Focus Group and the Design

We have done a little more research on our prototype home and have scheduled a focus group in just a few days. We’ll report back here the results of that time.

We are inviting some key people we know personally and some we know of their work in this area of aid. From construction people to humanitarian workers, we are assembling a group to review this first stage of our design. They are people we trust and value their opinions.

You can see a little better now the form of these homes. In the first picture, you can see the covered cooking porch with the photovoltaic panels. At the right is our rainwater collection tank.

We are still researching construction methods. The SIP panels may prove to be too expensive, so we are looking at alternates. We’ll discuss this with our focus group. We are contacting a local (right here in town) company about the foundation anchoring method and we’ll keep you posted on that, too.

We’re really getting pretty excited about the idea of providing homes for people. And that’s where our focus is: building homes, not just housing.

5 thoughts on “Focus Group and the Design”

  1. Nice idea-wonder about native sustainable plants which might sub on regional basis to be made into panel alternatives? You might even find your idea popping up in the agri based Detroit area. They are tearing down entire neighborhoods and some are turning them back to farm land. This concept could work well for that AND perhaps in support of migrant farm workers (with tweaks).

    Wonder what industrial cast off could be used in foundation materials? Perhaps a way to use old plastic housings which don’t recycle well? If it weren’t for off gassing .

    1. Good thought, Joe. We are currently looking at a panel alternative made from completely recycled carpet fibers. Some of our products we are considering are agri-based, too. I don’t know if old plastic would still off-gas. Worth checking into. Thanks!

  2. I’m very excited to hear how your plans are progressing. Will there be an outdoor cooking area designed into the prototype as well? I attended a gathering of like-minded folks recently and one person is working on kit stoves and designs for efficient outdoor multi-fuel equipment. I’ll try to bring that contact info with me.

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