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Homestead House

Tuesday 30 Jun 2009

House in a can

Homestead House by Michael Jantzen
Homestead House by Michael Jantzen Homestead House by Michael Jantzen Homestead House by Michael Jantzen Homestead House by Michael Jantzen Homestead House by Michael Jantzen Homestead House by Michael Jantzen
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22/09/12 Stev, CO
Has this actually been built or is this just an idea? Is there a company that builds kits &/or plans for this? Any help would be appreciated.
14/09/12 Vi Brown, Ft. Smith, Ark.
I think this is so intriging. But.... how would it be in the southern US where we live on the edge of Tornado Alley? Sould it hold up like a concrete dome home that the winds supposedly just blow over?? What about the cost?
03/08/12 terry, victoria bc
i would like one could i get more blue prints and costs ect plz
19/04/12 Mary C. Charest, Earlville, NY
Please email me more information on how to purchase one of these.
25/04/11 paul, phoenix
looks great. with the solar and wind technoligy it would be great to put on our property in the desert. where could we check one out?
29/06/10 Tom, Fawn Grove, PA 17321
Please, where can I purchase the plans?
18/04/10 pc, Palatine
I'm intrigued, but want to see and feel the inside space. Get the sense of light, air, etc.
16/03/10 Jenna, Kilgore, TX
I love this!!!
09/02/10 pj, san diego
how much will this project be and where will you be selling it? i would like to buy one some day, so keep me updated.

Recyclables and agricultural methods used to create eco-house design 

The Homestead House is a conceptual design for alternative housing that explores the potential use of a commercially available steel, prefabricated, modular, high strength, low cost, arch building system normally used for agricultural purposes. Its architect, Michael Jantzen was inspired by his experimental design work in the late 1960s as an undergraduate at Southern Illinois University and decided to re-examine this work.

The steel arches and straight panels used in the building system are formed from thin recyclable steel sheets, which can easily be bolted together with simple tools, and with unskilled labour. Once the arches are bolted together, they normally do not require an additional secondary support structure. As a result, very little material is required to form an extremely strong envelope that can be taken apart in the same manner in which it is assembled. In this way, the entire structure can be recycled by erecting it again in a different location for a different function.

The extreme modularity of the Homestead House design allows for a great degree of flexibility in the way in which the modules can be clustered together to accommodate different needs. The size and shape of the entire structure can easily be altered over time by adding or subtracting complete modules, and or by adding or subtracting one arch at a time.

There are various ways to insulate the Homestead House. In the present design, an entire second structure (made of much lighter gauge material) is erected inside of the outer shell and cellulose insulation (ground up newspaper) is blown in-between the two structures in any thickness needed. This Homestead House is designed to function off of the standard utility grid but it would be able to generate its own electricity with photovoltaic cells and with a small vertical axis wind turbine.

The structure would be passively solar heated and cooled and the domestic water would also be heated by the sun. Rainwater would be collected off of some of the roof arches and directed to above or below ground storage containers. Many other alternative energy gathering and storage systems can be employed, including the possible use of solar and wind powered hydrogen manufacturing, for use throughout the house.

Michael Jantzen

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