As of 4/9/2014, we've hit $3,755! You, our backers, are AMAZING!
Please help us hit a $4,000 goal in the next 12 days! We've learned from the solar specialists at Amaresco that the batteries we budgeted for will not be enough to support off-grid solar, so we are looking at an extra $1200 on our battery budget- gulp! With an even $4,000 we can absorb that cost.
And also, it will feel pretty bad-ass to have hit $4,000.
Thank you again for your words of encouragement and financial support.
Please share our campaign on Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you can, so we can hit our new target and celebrate! See you at the open house on May 1st!
Housing is a problem.
In America, our problem is that our houses are too big, too pricey, cost too much to heat/cool, and are made of materials that emit gasses and are unhealthy for us. Mortgages can bankrupt families. New construction destroys habitat. How can we answer these challenges sustainably?
A team of Arizona State University graduate students are putting together
a mobile, fully functional house to showcase sustainability practices. We are answering the question, "How much does it really take to make a home that people can live in happily and healthily, that doesn't impact the environment?"
Maushaus will travel all over the Phoenix Metropolitan Area to public schools to as an educational tool to teach and inspire people about what can be possible. We want to excite the next generation about what sustainability can do and how it can help people. There is no replacement for an example of sustainable solutions that people can touch, feel, and experience.
Maushaus will feature solar panels, greywater recycling, a fully functional kitchen, a composting toilet, a shower, sleeping space for two-to-four, a "living wall" for indoor gardening, a living room and work space, all in approximately 100 square feet.
Construction has already started on Maushaus. This is a live project but we can't make Maushaus PERFECT without additional funding!
We really need your help!
Please help us graduate- and stay sane -by donating to our project. Your money will help purchase the expensive, but essential, items for Maushaus.
- 1KW Solar panels, generator ($2000) 500w of panels donated by Sun Harvest Solar!
- An additional 800-1200w has been donated by Sun Valley Solar!
- Deep Cycle batteries ($500)
- Composting Toilet ($1300)
- 14' trailer ($1300) We already purchased this! Construction has started!
- Kitchen Appliances ($200)
- Building custom (tiny) counters and cabinets ($500)
- Siding & roofing ($500)
- Flooring ($100)
Keith, Sigma, Jared, Will, Kayce, Andrew & Bobby are all busting their behinds to get donations and materials to make Maushaus stay under a projected budget of $10,000. We are scrambling and scribbling, applying to every research grant ASU has to offer. We are borrowing and begging for the help of every carpenter, plumber, electrician-y friend we know! We have already begun design and construction. You can keep tabs on us at www.themaushaus.com
But we need your help too.
Please donate anything you can to our project and follow our Maushaus blog. With your help, Maushaus will be rolling onto ASU Tempe Campus in time for graduation 2014!
Risks and challenges
Rest assured, Maushaus is not a dream. It exists, now. It has a roof, and windows, and extra jacks to make her stable. But we just have a shell without appliances, wiring, plumbing, or finishings. What we are fundraising for is the funds to make sure she is a sustainable tinyhouse, with all of the features that make that possible.
The challenges we anticipate running into are with things like wiring and plumbing. We are hoping to be able to hire master electricians and plumbers to evaluate our work and keep us from making any disastrous mistakes- or fixing where we go wrong!
And although Keith is very skilled, the rest of us are not professional contractors. We make mistakes. Some of us (me) got caulking goop in our hair, instead of in Maushaus. We installed a window upside down and had to extract it (not simple!). These things take up time and valuable daylight. We have to do our best!
NONE of the money we raise is going to any of the students. We are not even paid for the time we spend building Maushaus. This is our applied project, and we do it as a labor of love. All the money we raise goes towards making Maushaus the best tinyhouse it can possibly be.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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