My parents are looking to build a new house before too long. This post is directed at them. For the rest of you, the latest Solar Decathlon just started in California. So I won't be attending. And you won't be suffering from 2 weeks of pictures.
Here's some stuff I've seen at various Solar Decathlons that you might want to think about.
|Not the green wall. The garden just off the patio.|
|A garden rack made of old angle iron and using a rain barrel for water.|
|Same, but up close.|
|These are on tracks so they can be pushed aside. Just reuse what we pulled off Grandma's barn.|
|These don't slide, but can be pushed out.|
|Or you can have them on rails AND able to swing up.|
|Or WAY up.|
|A lattice on the south wall should help keep the house cool. But mosquitos may hide behind the plants.|
|A flexible drain rack ingredient stand behind the sink.|
|A use for the wood from the barn.|
|If you want to use solar water heaters or energy collectors but don't want them seen, you can do the roof like this.|
|Then the water can be easily collected and used in something like this.|
|If you want to get away from the farm house look you can make something from old grain bins.|
Dad's collection of interesting grasses could be put to good use, too.
|Sliding shelves to open up the house for family gatherings.|