Extending the Scope
The original project scope (see below) got recently extended when I realized that even though we really want to go forward in transforming our home, yard and lifestyles to a greener way of living, my passion is really into creating a situation with a much more purist approach that does make much less compromises in terms of material selection. Our existing home does not allow that without using a lot of resources and energy in changing a fairly well functioning house, which does not make sense. So we decided to take the front yard, the house and the North facing deck area as one part of the project and the rest of the backyard as another part, implementing an "Eco-Finca" that is designed and built from scratch following "ecosocionomic" design principles. It would use no metal, plastic or Portland cement, only natural materials, is a small, very functional living space, providing for all energy needs, water, sleeping, eating, resting and food. Designed in a way that it can serve as "crash bed" and that "modern" conveniences can be easily integrate later, like access for piping gas or water and tubing (bamboo), in which other types of pipes could be inserted for wiring, etc.
I decided to change the title for this project from "Urban Residential Retrofit for Sustainable Living" to "Urban Residential Re-Design for Sustainable Living". The word "retrofit" sounds a little bit like plumbing and more focused on the constructive piece of this project, leaving out the social and economic thinking going into it.
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