this forum needs some building code inspectors!
@knowitallteen Well, $10,000 plus $7,000 for approval is not too bad for a house. That is still a bit pricey. The main problem is the limitations people have to build what they want. So, what can be done about that?
For those who want to build what they want, how they want, it is very helpful to find land that is free of government scrutiny.
Look for towns, counties, or countries with minimal or zero building codes and zoning codes. These exist, but they are the exception. These places are usually low income and low population. In the US, look for counties that don't generate enough taxes to pay a building inspector. There are a few small towns in the US that meet this criteria as well - they are even more rare in my experience.
For those who want the freedom to build without government interference, but aren't willing or able to live in a low govern
ment area, a different approach is to have secluded property and strong boundaries. If your structures are not visible from the road, and if you keep your gates closed and fences maintained around your property, then you have a reasonable chance of remaining immune from direct government intrusion*. However, you must also be very discreet about letting anyone else see your buildings, especially neighbors. If anyone knows that you have unpermitted structures and decides they don't like you, they can and often do report it to the county. It makes sense to be on excellent terms with your neighbors before considering such a project. It can be helpful if you know that your neighbors also have unpermitted structures. However, I have seen entire neighborhoods get ratted out by a single obnoxious human being.
There are other solutions as well, but these are the ones I am most familiar with.
*Many counties regularly check satellite images for the appearance of unpermitted structures. However, at this point, they need to conduct an on-site inspection before they can make any claims. In most counties they can't legally hop a fence or open your gate to conduct an inspection. If the cancer of governmental tyranny continues to grow at its current rate, they would soon be able to conduct such inspections via drone or other intrusive method. In general, the longer a structure stands undisputed, the better a chance it will have of being grandfathered in if necessary at some point.
@zander This is very helpful. Thank you.
@knowitallteen I think someone should bring this up with governing authorities on construction. There is a demand for sustainable housing. This is a solution to it. In places like Hawaii and California, where there is a need for it to be sustainable and cheap. They would be more willing to create codes for dome homes.
I think someone should bring this up with governing authorities on construction. There is a demand for sustainable housing. This is a solution to it. In places like Hawaii and California, where there is a need for it to be sustainable and cheap. They would be more willing to create codes for dome homes.
"Governing authorities" are motivated and influenced primarily by profit potential. This is because federal, state, county, and city governments are corporations...
just like McDonald's is a corporation.
McDonald's menu, pricing, advertising and ingredients are based on what will make the most profit. McDonald's is not concerned about our health or well being, except as it pertains to profit. Most people are willing to pay more for food that satisfies their addictive cravings conveniently than they are willing to pay for food that is healthy or inconvenient in any way. Therefore, McDonald's is happy to provide the least healthy food possible, because it provides the most profits. We pay McDonald's to do it.
Our government authorities are no different.
Mr Joe Biden is currently the president of the United States corporation.
Chris Kempczinski is currently the president of McDonald's.
The building codes and zoning codes that are in place are there to create profit. Aircrete is cost effective, sustainable, and efficient. That type of technology is not good for business.
@zander I don't know if that's completely true. When you are using such materials and products that are cost effective, you are cutting down on expenses, not necessarily profit. Domegaia is a construction company and they're all about pushing for low-cost housing. Also, government (democratic) generally responds to what people want when enough of us want it. This is where activism comes in. Their job is to spread awareness of problems and solutions. Domegaia is still not well known among a lot of people. All of my friends have never heard of it. This is a place where it can grow. Keep in mind these techniques of Domegaia are very new. We're only seeing just the beginning.
@knowitallteen In any case, there are many solutions that are out there that are very interesting. I am really excited to see how it plays out. It is not a question of if, but when these solutions will start spreading.
Domegaia is a construction company and they're all about pushing for low-cost housing
Their ideals are strong and they do want the best for the common people. However, Domegaia is not a construction company - it's an understandable misconception. Domegaia makes a modest profit from the sales of aircrete related equipment and aircrete dome workshops. The workshops are hands-on classes that generally run for 10 days. At the end of the workshop all the students and Domegaia instructors go home, regardless of how far along the dome project is. They are good at what they do, and being selected to host a Domegaia workshop is like winning the lottery. But they are not a construction company and have no intention of becoming one.
@zander So they're more about educating.
@knowitallteen Nevertheless, they're a company. Like all companies, they use the profit to expand their cause or business. So, when that cause is providing people skills and tools to build their own, you have something great that is rolling.