Anyone who knows me knows that I've been dreaming of building my own earthship on a large acreage (enough for a woodlot, orchard and gardens) for many years now. I think about this all the time and someday in the no-so-distant future it will become a reality. I love growing vegetables/gardening, and definitely love the idea of living in a home that can provide me with self-sustaining renewable supplies of food, energy and water.
I also have dreams of a more integrative city.
The market is going strong, with the unit sales and average sale price for homes sold in July 2009 being the second highest ever recorded for the Kitchener-Waterloo region. The 2008 housing peak, broken by recession fears, appears to be normalizing on an higher slope than the pre-2008 levels.
There were 522 unit sales last month in the K-W, with an average sale price of $274,895. A total of 486 residential units sold in July; 314 of which were single family detached homes.
The exterior of a home can be a real asset or a real liability when trying to resell a property. Keeping the lawn well-maintained and green is especially important at this time and sellers are often keen on dumping chemicals and pesticides to ensure their lawn looks healthy and green. But there are other ways to keep your lawn green while being more "green" yourself.
For a healthy lawn, you need to start with healthy soil. Lawns grow best in soil that is a mix of clay, silt and
The need for a Central Transit Corridor that would link the three cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge was first identified in 1976 and it seems that an active plan is finally underway to start to really connect them. The region is currently connected by a bus system or by hopping on one of the many roads, highways or walkways. The growing population makes congestion a real issue as nearly three quarters of a million people are expected to be living within the K-W in the next 25 years.
What is an earthship, you ask?
Earthship in Brighton
Let me tell you. The earthship was the brainchild of one American man named Mike Reynolds who began experimenting with different types of architecture in the 1970s.
Reynolds dreamed of a home that would be entirely self-sustaining and completely sustainable, using natural materials indigenous to the area or recycled materials for building,