Homerizon project - A new concept in self-sufficient housing
Homerizon project - A new concept in self-sufficient housing
Homerizon is redefining modern living with a state-of-the-art self-sufficient low-impact elevated living space.
Homerizon is redefining modern living with a state-of-the-art self-sufficient low-impact elevated living space. Read more
A new concept in self-sufficient low-impact living.
With an elevated, footprint-reducing design, Homerizon offers 900 square feet of elegant living in a 30-foot (9m) diameter that allows a panoramic view of the surrounding area. The 40-foot (12m) tall structure is built of engineered laminate wood, whose roof incorporates photovoltaic solar panels as well a vertical wind turbine able to provide the entire electrical needs of the home. The living space consists of a large living area, 1 or 2 bedrooms and an attached greenhouse adjacent to the kitchen area. An additional 5 foot wide (700 square ft.) balcony-terrace surrounds the living area.
The elevated design also means the structure is flood-proof, with the base of the principal living area raised 30 feet above the ground. Homerizon can be built to 3-season or 4-season specifications, and incorporates the latest in low-energy technologies. An additional 300 square-foot median platform is also present mid-way up the stairs. The finished structure is an elegant, modern looking home that incorporates natural wood-finish for an environmental, natural feel. Homerizon is not only a shift in the way we live, it’s the evolution of home construction.
Purpose of our Campaign
The goal of our campaign may seem low relative to the scope of the project. This is because of the additional funding that we will be able to secure from governmental agencies through R&D subsidies. It is to be noted that much of the preliminary structural design research already completed by the engineering department of the Université de Moncton was financed through such subsidies.
There has been an incredible amount of interest in the Homerizon housing concept – a fact that is crucial to the success of our project: we need people like you who believe in a better future for all.
Our main goal with this campaign is to show that there is support for Homerizon among the general public. Tangibly, our goal is to produce and build the first Homerizon Chalet in the next 18 months. Even a pledge of 5$ can show that one more person believes in the project, a show of support that means so much more than the monetary value of the pledge.
We need to be able to show possible investors, government agencies and future partners that we have more than a dream. We’ll need to finalize plans and specifications, backed by research. The more successful our campaign will be an indication of how quickly we can bring Homerizon to reality.
So contribute, back us with 5$, 500$ or 5,000$. Whatever you are comfortable entrusting us with will become a sign of your support for an exciting and unique project that will prove to the world the possibilities offered by renewal energy, and help set the bar for innovation and architectural design.
How far we can go
Stretch goals - For certain, there are many possibilities open to us in a project like Homerizon. One of the aspects that have been brought up by many people would be the possibility of incorporating an elevator in the design. We’ve considered it, and we think it’s a great idea. Unfortunately, research and development is limited, and we want to make sure the majority of our funds go towards making Homerizon a viable reality. That said, we’re already exploring the possibility. If our campaign can reach $60,000, we will be able to accelerate the research and design of an elevator system that will integrate with the Chalet concept, and bring that idea to reality much faster.
We would also like to explore the possibility of incorporating a custom app to help homeowners monitor and control every aspect of their Homerizon, making it a truly efficient, adaptable home.
After that, any additional funds raised will not only allow us to access greater funding from government agencies, it will also allow us to explore the possibility of creating our own technologies like wind turbines and solar panels, and also allow us to bring the next generation of Homerizon concepts to market earlier.
A 3D visit of the original concept
The Homerizon team has been working on the pre-development stages of the project for over nine years. During this time, the team has arranged meetings with pertinent designer, architect, and engineers who have shown initial interest in the project. The Homerizon team has laid the ground work with many of these groups such that when the time comes to obtain approvals, permits, and/or support, these groups will already be familiar with the Homerizon concept.
Our goal has been to work closely with these specialists from the very beginning, not only to avoid surprises later, but also to ensure that we're on the right path from the get-go. We are always excited to discuss the project with governmental agencies, community groups, and non-profit groups who have an interest in Homerizon and we welcome their feedback and advice.
The Homerizon Team
- Jean-Pierre Desmarais, co-president
- Jean-Marc Desmarais, co-president
Board of Advisors
- Richard Lachance, Architect advisor
- Gérard J. Poitras, Faculty of Engineering – UdeMoncton
- Christian Kenny, Faculty of Engineering – UdeMoncton
- Serge Larochelle, Ecological Development advisor
- Scott Girvan, Marketing / Website & Model Maker
- Christian Robert DeMassy, Design and illustration advisor
- Rocklyn Warren, Promotion and video advisor
Social media shout-out $5 - We’ll thank you on social media for your support and we’ll send you a digital high resolution image.
THANK YOU $10 - Your name will appear on the website as a backer* and you will receive a personalized email from us thanking you for your support. *If desired.
Picture yourself there $15 - Receive one (5'' x 7'' / 13cm x 18cm) unframed print of your choice of Homerizon concept drawings by illustrator Christian Robert DeMassy (see the drawings below).
The big picture $20 - Receive one (8'' x 10'' / 20cm x 25cm) unframed print of your choice of Homerizon concept drawings by illustrator Christian Robert DeMassy (see the drawings above).
Color your world $20 - Receive a Homerizon bundle of one recycled colored pencil case plus a box of 6 recycled pencils as well as a round pencil sharpener. Pencils in five colors : Blue, Red, Green, Yellow and Orange. Comes in a recycled pouch. Non-toxic. Pencils and cardboard box both made from recycled paper.
Recycled Notebook $25 - Receive an 80-page A6 Homerizon notebook and pen, made of recycled cardboard and PLA (corn starch or bioplastic). Elastic closure.
Poster / Affiche $30 - Receive one (16'' x 20'' / 40cm x 50cm) poster print of any models from the Homerizon drawing collection, signed by the two brothers (select from the list above).
Bioplastic Solar calculator $30 - Receive a Homerizon Solar pocket calculator (10 digit). 100 % Corn starch, bioplastic. Recycled cardboard gift box.
Homerizon on the Heart $40 - Receive the Homerizon T-SHIRT with our logo, athletic grey.
Crank it up - Flashlight $45 - Receive a Homerizon rain resistant no battery required crank flashlight with three LED lights. Equipped with a rechargeable lithium battery with dynamo crank.
Cap it off $50 - Receive a Homerizon photovoltaic CAP with 2-LED lights. Khaki color with embroidered logo. It fully charges in 8 hours of direct sunlight and will provide more than 10 hours of light. The two - 3mm Floodlight LEDs angled down at 25 degrees for close-up task lighting provide 13 Lumens.
Home Station $60 - Receive a Homerizon two tone clock and weather station. Functions: alarms, calendar and thermometer (°C or °F).
Spirit of the radio $85 - Receive the Homerizon emergency mobile phone solar charger flashlight / FM radio, 4 high intensity LED lights. Large efficient solar panel with a 20 years life, the lithium battery capacity is 500mAh. Lighting time of 3 hours and the radio time of 2 hours. Comes with 4 adaptors.
Blueprint to the future $100 - Receive five (16'' x 16'' / 40cm x 40cm) reproductions of the original concept of Homerizon blueprint by the architect Richard Lachance.
Stairway to Heaven $150 - Your name will proudly be featured on a plate mounted on one of the steps or balcony railings of the first Homerizon Chalet construction, that will be seen by every person entering this new concept of home living. Placement will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. We’ll also send you a replica of your plate as a souvenir.
Commemorative Plaque $500 - Your name will be immortalized on a permanent plaque that will be mounted at the base of the first Homerizon Chalet construction during its inauguration. Giving your grandkids something to look forward to. We’ll also send you a reduced replica of the plaque you can proudly hang in your home.
Environmental Leader $1,000 - VIP invitation to the inauguration of the first Homerizon Chalet construction. Transportation not included. You’ll also receive a set of limited edition blueprint artwork. PLUS the Commemorative Plaque rewards.
Corporate Sponsor $2,500 - Gain visibility for your company while showing your support for green initiatives. Your promotional flyer will be included in all our reward mailings, mention of your brand on social media, your logo as partner on our website and future home show appearances for 1 year. Flyers to be provided by sponsor. PLUS the Stairway to Heaven and the VIP invitation to the inauguration rewards.
First Builders $3,000 - You and a guest will be invited to a private ceremonial dinner where you'll enjoy cocktails, dinner, and accommodation while getting the first glimpse of the final design drawings for the Homerizon Chalet. Transportation not included. PLUS the Commemorative Plaque reward.
Advisory Board Member $5,000 - You’ll join the Homerizon International Advisory board and have a say in the development of our concepts. PLUS the Commemorative Plaque and the First Builders rewards.
Visionary Leader $10,000 - All the above rewards PLUS - The 1 meter high original concept model that been used for the home shows (a value over $18,000). Includes a custom hard case.
Risks and challenges
Today, Homerizon's main challenges are to stay abreast of new technologies and make housing cost-effective. We want everyone to be able to acquire a healthy, self-sufficient and vibrant home, in harmony with its environment and its occupants, thus contributing to a better world. Homerizon is constantly evolving and developing innovative new systems to remain a pioneer in what we like to call "A New Housing Era".
There is still much work to be done to be able to make the Homerizon concept a real, viable reality. Rest assured that we have the right people and partners in place to make this a reality. Our cooperation with experts in the fields of engineering and environmental technologies assures we have the right minds at work to accomplish this goal.
A project of this scope is dependant on outside funding. While the money raised with this campaign will go a long way to help us, its main goal is to establish popular support in order to secure additional governmental and corporate funding.
Finally, the goal is to be able to make this housing concept not only innovative, but affordable to all. Such a goal will only be achievable with large-scale distribution. In other words, as sales increase the goal is to reduce the upfront cost to make it achievable to anyone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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