Building An Earthship In Darfield, B.C.

We are a family of five living in Darfield, BC.
Our house is six hundred square feet in total and we are feeling cramped.

We have decided to build an earthship!

So starts the adventure ...

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Plans have been submitted for a building permit!

The whole thing cost us $200 (application fee only, more to come!) and we still have to double check a few things. I sent the original HPO application by Greyhound ($13) to ensure we could get the paperwork back in the 2-3 weeks it may take for permit approval from our regional building authority.

The paperwork....was tremendous! I am dead certain that the amount of paperwork exceeded what we filled out when we got married, had three babies, and bought our first house...combined! There were at least 9 pages of signed documents, not including the two copies (7 pages each) of house plans.

It seemed to go very well. We met with the senior building inspector and went over the major systems to explain them a bit more. He had already seen a few tire buildings, but not something as elaborate as our home. What we are planning on doing does not seem to be out of the realm of experience for our building authority but I'm fairly certain our home will marry many of the systems only seen individually in the past...

Now we wait... in the meantime, we will try posting about some of the issues we have been ignoring for several weeks while Chris finalized the plans...

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