I’m currently in the Northwest, planning and prepping!
Great things are coming! Soon, there WILL be a dedicated ISBU production facility in the US aimed at building sustainable, affordable housing and even (gasp!) ISBU building forays into commercial and industrial buildings!
I’m literally working from dawn till dusk, so today, I’m hitting the mailbag to answer that age old question:
Bull Elk (seems fitting as I’m literally surrounded by them) asks:
“How about pointing us to some ideas how to make an ISBU blend in! This is the one thing my imagination is having a hard time overcoming. I’m thinking an off grid or perhaps on grid but semi-isolated rural setting. Perhaps pine forest, but could just as well be rolling hills with sage brush & few trees. Expecting a move to SW Idaho in early summer…. (Yes, new around here, still working through some of the older material)
Love your blog, Ronin! Great insights on matters of not only cleverly economic housing but also life & economics. Good stuff!”
Okay Bull Elk,
One of the biggest myths perpetuated by “wood and brick ilk” is that ISBU buildings (especially homes) stick out like sore thumbs.
These naysayers say things like: “ISBU Structures are garish, ugly, and property value killers.”
Bull. They’re just boxes.
Sure, they ARE boxes made of steel, but they are simply boxes, none the less. They can look just like any other home in your area, in your sub-division (should you live in a progressive area that allows urban ISBU construction) or on your block. The possibilities are endless.
People who have read my blog and books (start with “Introduction to Container Homes and Buildings” – you can find out about it in the sidebar on the right of your monitor) know that we’ve built homes that look like “modern/sci-fi” dreams and we’ve even (gasp!) built homes that look just like the house next door.
But if you use your imagination, you can “hide” an ISBU structure MANY other ways.
Here’s something to think about;