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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 8 2011 9:47 PM UTC +00:00
$1,164
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
85
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, July 8 2011 9:47 PM UTC +00:00

About

With your help, I'm going to convert a shipping container into an off-grid home and write a book about it.

Off-grid meaning what?

By off-grid, I mean fully able to:

  • Capture my own water
  • Generate my own power
  • Dispose of my own waste
  • Grow (at least some of) my own food

Why a shipping container?

I think shipping containers look aesthetically pleasing, provide a strong- and cost-effective base for building upon, and travel easily. On the travel note: my design will collapse to within itself for easy portability.

Documented as in how?

Documented as in thoroughly:) I've read enough DIY books and Instructables to understand how frustrating it can be for makers to skim over small details: you never know what little element will be key to somebody improving on your project years later. To this end, I'm going to write a full, step-by-step book covering every element of the process as well as costs incurred. To fill in any detail that's still lacking, I'm going to use a helmet camera while completing the work and post the full video online.

How will I do it?

I've obtained a 20' shipping container, had it delivered to my backyard, and confirmed that it's small enough to keep code enforcement from stopping my project. For the last year, I've researched different options for making the subsystems I'll need.  I'll reuse existing materials wherever practical, but I'll also provide full detail on how to use commercially-available alternatives. Including cost of the container and assuming you have minimal access to low-cost / recycled materials, you will be able to build your own for less than $20,000.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Ebook and full video of the conversion process, with each section available as I go.

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    Printed book signed by me upon project completion. Also ebook and full video.

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    An hour consultation by phone with me about your container or any other sustainability project. Also, ebook, video, and signed printed book.

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    A half-day visit to my project site in Austin, Texas (y'all get yourselves here). Includes snacks, ebook, video, and signed printed book.

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    I will visit your site, within the continental u.s., at my own expense and spend a weekend helping you with your sustainability project. Includes ebook, video, and signed printed book.

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Funding period

- (30 days)