We have started the design of our first prototype World 3 Home. We are starting to work with some people who have experience with this type of housing and people who will live in it to see what changes or modifications we may need to do. The paneled construction is intended to be Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) for the walls and the roof. A single ply membrane roof and a large “barn door” to open the main living area up to the outside.
On the front, as you can see in the first picture, we have a covered porch area to extend the living space as well as create a covered area for cooking. Solar photovoltaic panels are on the porch roof to provide some basic electricity for charging cell phones and maybe some basic lighting for the evenings.
As you can see in the plan view, we have a basic central living space with sleeping spaces at each end. Depending on the arrangement, this home, at 10′ x 28′ (280 square feet), could house a family of four or five people. Each sleeping area has windows on each of two walls for some cross-ventilation. The living space has a window on the back wall and a large, sliding panel door to open it up to the porch.
We are trying to keep these simple. No plumbing, only basic electricity and a simple shape. Yet we are also trying to give them some style and color. We’re also planning on creating these homes in a way that allows relatively easy personalization. That way, each family who receives one can add their own distinctive personality to their place they call “home”.
We also are planning, with the solar, to provide for rainwater collection. That way, depending on the climate where it is built, the family will have access to cleaner water for drinking or cooking. You can see the rainwater tank on the end elevation below, complete with hand pump for filling pots.
We’ll keep you in the loop as this design progresses. This is really just our “first hit” and we’re wanting to see if what we’ve come up with is actually what people would want or need. And we’d appreciate your input, too. Let us know what you think!