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I love the view. Let’s park it HERE.

30 Jan

Lately, we’ve been involved in a lot of “heavy lifting”.

Building ISBU homes isn’t just about “lifting large steel boxes”. It’s about lifting up the spirits of the families that will dwell within them. It’s about lifting up those who need a hand, so that you can empower them to then lift up their neighbors.

We’re still doing clean-up in the Philippines and Vietnam.

Residents walk on a road littered with debris after Super Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines

Before that it was flood clean-up in Colorado.

Flooded Structures - Lyon CO

Before THAT… it was clean-up after the Montana Wildfires.


Before THAT, it was tornadoes that ate entire towns (like Moore, OK);

Moore OK2


Before that, it was Superstorms that tried to consume the East Coast of America;


And let’s not forget the tsunami that stuck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan;


After we relocated to Montana, it started out with responses to the Colorado wildfires that decimated “family and farm”…


We sent hundreds of tons of hay to families trying  to keep their livestock alive as firefighters fought the fires.

Yeah, we’ve been busy.  Sometimes it feels like it’s never going to stop!

While we’re doing that, a lot of families beginning the building process are watching us and wondering about WHERE they should build. People ask us about “location”.

A realtor will tell you that location is everything. Their mantra is “Location, location, location.” Seriously, I’m not kidding.

Now if you ask US, we opt for THIS:

20'd Homestead - WYAnd that leads many families to ponder WHERE to put their new home.

Most families already have a good idea as to WHERE (in generality) they wish to live. They have the “circle of impact” defined. You know;

  • X miles from town
  • X miles from work
  • X miles from school
  • X miles from the relatives

You get the drill. We don’t see families pulling up stakes and moving hundreds or thousands of miles away from everything  that they already know. Usually, they’re just relocating to the ‘burbs or someplace rural that is within reach of the support mechanism they’ve already established.  The reasons for this are two-fold;

  • They don’t want to be forced to tackle rebuilding an entire support network WHILE they are building  a new home, and
  • They don’t want to be so far away from “friends, relatives and neighbors” that those people can’t be enlisted to come out and HELP them build their home.

It’s fairly easy to figure out that a house placed on a parcel of property that is both narrow and deep (like a “strip lot”) requires a different mindset and thought process than a house placed on a wide and shallow lot.  That means that you can’t really determine the final design of your home until you know where you’re building it.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to write a “primer” on home site selection. Here’s some of the topics that we’re going to cover;

  • Approach/Access to the Homesite,
  • Orientation of the Homesite,
  • Views OF the Homesite,
  • Views FROM the Homesite,
  • Taking advantage of Natural landscaping, and much more.

I’ll leave you with this;

Selection of your homesite is EVERYTHING. Nothing is more dangerous than a “P.O.’d Mother-in-Law” with a crowbar:

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