Author's details

Name: Mark Squibb
Date registered: May 25, 2011


Chief cook and web person.

Latest posts

  1. Is it really an Off Grid home? — July 3, 2018
  2. Is it Really a Berm Home? — July 2, 2018
  3. Squibbship and the outdoor whiz metric — October 30, 2016
  4. Finish Photos — January 7, 2016
  5. Energy Free Buildings — September 14, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. A Big Gl ass Wall — 3 comments
  2. Chipcrete Experiment — 3 comments
  3. Knocking $27K off my roof — 2 comments
  4. The 5 Minute Tire — 2 comments
  5. Snow! — 1 comment

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Jul 03

Is it really an Off Grid home?

Here is an appraisal error and how it contributed to a declined loan. Here is an appraisal that spooked a lender.  This appraisal describes an on-grid structure as off-grid.  The appraiser then tells the lender that off grid homes are a very small market. Here is a Fort Collins Magazine article that describes the structure … Continue reading Is it really an Off Grid home?

Jul 02

Is it Really a Berm Home?

Did you know most lenders will instantly reject a loan application when an appraiser describes a structure as “Berm Home”? Others will reject it when appraiser describes it as “Off Grid”? This presentation begs appraisers and lenders use clear language and accurate descriptions when describing energy features of structures. Here is an example where two … Continue reading Is it Really a Berm Home?

Oct 30

Squibbship and the outdoor whiz metric

Who ever thought a high end magazine would agree with my curious perspective that the ability step outside and go pee without neighbor complaint would figure as a article-worthy metric for quality of life? The project was officially dubbed a Squibbship.  Who would have thunk… Loading…

Jan 07

Finish Photos

Some photos of the near-finished product. We are still putting finishing touches, but have Certificate of Occupancy. YAY!

Sep 14

Energy Free Buildings

So what makes a building sustainable? Wikipedia defines Green Building here…  Does this definition make sense to you? I hung on the word efficiency as a cop out.  Efficiency means to limit consumption of external resources – minimize waste. How cool is elimination of the need for external energy altogether?  Think of a house as a free-standing energy system – without … Continue reading Energy Free Buildings

Apr 28

Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Green Jazz In today’s world where everybody is super jazzed about green building you’ve probably noticed something very strange…. Why is it so hard to find a cool project to work on? Where are all those ultra-cool green projects that ought to exist? How come all the projects that claim to be so green are … Continue reading Why is it hard to find cool builds?

Apr 07

The New Solar Scoop 

Just about anyone who installs a solar panel has one simple question – where should I point this darned thing?  That silly sun moves around all the time.   A fixed solar panel works perfectly only when the sun sweeps through the daily horizontal alignment for maybe 10 minutes, and at the season-selected tilt angle […]

Oct 12

Bandsaw 101

Using a portable bandsaw mill looks easy – just put the log in the cradle and cuta away. Well… Not so much. After a mountain of scrap, and probably 20 hours of unnecessary cuts – I eventually dialed in a method of efficiently cutting a log. This tutorial enables a beginner with a bandsaw mill […]

Oct 09

Download the Design Here

Here is the link to download the sketchup model of the house.   Sketchup is a great freeware 3D modeling program formerly owned by google. It is now managed by a group out of Boulder. It’s a great program. When I invested the 2 weeks of long days building the model, I often wondered if […]

Jul 03

Chipcrete Experiment

This experiment is in search of an affordable floor.  At 2000 sq/ft, a 4 inch thick floor is about 25 yards, 3  truckloads of concrete, about $3K in concrete, delivered. A week rental on a concrete sander prices out at about $1000. So – the hard DIY price on a sanded concrete floor is $4k.  Since I have a more »

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