eco-friendly

COMET Update - Documenting Progress

Well, the weather has been steadily improving here in Massachusetts, and I'm getting really excited about "breaking ground" in the COMET. I'll be moving her away from her factory parking lot home to my house where I can work on her. Soon I'll be peeling back the walls to see what surprises wait for me there (most likely a rotten wood surprise). Then I'll be testing the electricity and looking at the wiring to figure out how to best implement my totally DC solar system, while fixing up the tow wiring/lights.

This may be a little premature, since nothing has really been set in stone yet, but I'm VERY excited and honored because Derek Diedricksen, fellow MA tiny house guy and artist (check out relaxshacks.com) asked me to bring the COMET to his summer Tiny House Workshop this year, and give a little talk about the project and show it's progress. It'll be great for people to be able to feel the space and see my work in progress: a behind the scenes sort of thing. The fact that I'm going to be towing the COMET around while it's being worked on makes me think I should work backwards: design and repaint the exterior first, then work on the inside. I want to have a really eye-catching and informational exterior design so that people know what the project is all about, and maybe put the website on the side so people can find more info about it. Anyway, more details on the COMET's live appearances this summer will follow.

The COMET, expanded

What does The COMET mean?

C - Cost-efficient. The Comet will focus on using affordable products and affordable methods in it's construction. It is important to me that the goal of The COMET is within reach for anyone wanting an alternative way of living. I will be using as many free and recycled materials as possible, as well as salvaging what can be re-used in the original trailer.I'll be divulging lots of good resources for cost-efficient materials and projects.

O - Off-grid. The Comet will be completely self-sustaining in energy and resource use. Some of the systems that will be incorporated include photovoltaic, rainwater collection, and a composting toilet. The Comet will be able to function completely off the grid. It's the ultimate freedom!

M - Mobile. Of course, the nature of the camper trailer is to be mobile. The advantage of this is flexibility and cost-efficiency. Flexibility in your housing can lead to opportunity and greater personal freedom. Financially, a mobile structure is generally less expensive to maintain and keep. In most states anything on wheels is exempt from building codes, zoning laws, and taxes!

E - Eco. Eco-friendly means good for the planet and the environment. It also translates into "human" friendly as natural products are generally more healthy for us than products soaked in chemicals. The materials that I use in The Comet will be sustainably produced and non-toxic. All building materials (aside from what I can find for free/recycled - which still have to be healthy of course) will be examples of new technologies in sustainable "green" building methods. In addition to using only Eco-friendly building materials, all of the fabric, linens, cleaning products, hygienic products, etc. within The Comet will also be eco- and people- friendly. The trailer itself will be "green" by using only renewable energy sources. It's really important to me that The Comet is a naturally safe, healthy, and environmentally responsible home.

T - Trailer. Because that's how we roll! Literally. Get it?