There are three main ways to create a gorgeous natural home for yourself. You can either build the thing from the ground up, find an old structure and renovate it, or buy someone else’s project. I’ve now done two out of these three, and have been considering the pros and cons for a long while now. So here is the Mud Home take on the matter.
Build from Scratch (Green Plots)
Renovating (Brown Plots)
Taking on Someone Else’s Project
There didn’t used to be many modern natural builds to take over, but that is definitely changing as more and more people try and set up alternative lifestyles or permaculture-based homesteads. So these days you could find yourself taking on a project that someone else has half-finished, or perhaps completely finished. This method brings its own raft of considerations, bonuses and headaches.
Be Generous Folks!
On that note though, it’s such a downer when people take over someone else’s project and start blaming every failure and every problem on the previous owner. It’s just not conducive to success or happiness, and ignores how incredibly difficult those beginning couple of years are when you first start a project. The attitude of gratitude builds dreams in my opinion. It’s the make or break of a good life. See what the previous owner gave you, rather than continually moaning about their mistakes. There is probably some similarity between you and the previous owner, which is why you were drawn to the same land, and at some point you have to take responsibility for choosing to become the new guardian.
Extra Things to Note
Many of the pros and cons depend on the particular building regulations in your area. In Europe it is sometimes easier to get through the red tape by renovating. I said sometimes, because hey there’s enough red tape around here to encircle the planet three times over.
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22/4/2023 02:03:07 pm
Thank you for this article. For our (dream) project I had never considered anything but starting from scratch. This gives me some new insights. Current priority is getting the kid (with Cerebral Palsy) through High School with a read education, but after that, who knows?
5/5/2023 01:58:26 pm
There are so many ways to do this I think. Nearly always our ideas of how it will be are too big and high maintenance. Honestly? There's a lot to be said for just camping in a piece of land for a summer if you ask me:)
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