Monday, June 25, 2007

THE COST OF BUILDING A MICRO HOME BY WALT BARRETT

I have noticed that several people have commented about the high cost of the micro homes, and I would like to comment that as an experiment we have been gathering used, and surplus materials for free. We find that in our area there are literally container loads of practically new sheets of plywood, and many other types of construction materials going to the landfills on a daily basis. Also, there are many people, and contractors trying to get rid of used tempered glass sliding doors and windows that will go to the landfills. These used glass units can be separated with a razor knife if they are filled with moisture and used as single glazed windows or non sealed double glazed units simply by making new wooden frames for them. If you are poor with no home you can't be splitting hairs about single or double glazing, especially in a mild or warm climate. It all depends on your budget.
My calculations indicate that a 16' long X 8' high x 10' wide exterior shell can be built for practically zero dollars using these recycled materials. The worst-case scenario is that you might have to spend $300.00 for additional materials to build an empty shell. The recycled sliding glass doors will save a fortune in siding etc by turning them into solid walls. That leaves a great deal of money for someone to do a custom interior design for his or her own particular requirements.
Another thing that bothers me about the published costs of these tiny homes is that you can purchase a deluxe larger size aluminum camping trailer for two thirds ($37,000.00) or less of the published cost of many of these homes at $50,000.00 or higher. There is even one camping trailer advertised in Germany for only $6000.00 and two people can easily live in it. What makes a micro home cost, in this case, nearly ten times the cost of a metal camping trailer that is even larger? Personally, I think a little more research into the costs is needed by the consumers. These tiny homes can be mass produced on a low dollar basis, and a business can still make a fair profit doing it.
We also need more research into newer materials that have hit the market recently. There is a honeycomb material that is currently being used in the construction of truck cargo compartment bodies. It will give you an exterior and interior wall all in one unit. The only sacrifice is that the wiring would have to be exterior mounted on the walls and ceilings. There are several attractive products for that purpose on the market now. Low voltage LED lighting can also be used for a great savings in power.
Of course, the problem of land costs remains the greatest problem in our area. We have to get a handle on that. I believe that eventually the powers that be will have to make changes in how the available space in neighborhoods will be used to relieve the pressure in the housing market.

Monday, June 18, 2007

FOUR BLOGS BY WALT BARRETT

Please visit our other blogs too.

The China Depot Blog is Hosted by Walter H. Barrett

Walt Barrett's Photo Blog Sponsored by Chinadepot.com & Tranquil-ads.com

The Next Billionaires Will Be Green by Walt Barrett

BUSINESS SUCCESS STORIES by WALT BARRETT

Thanks,Walt

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A NEW BLOG WRITTEN BY WALT BARRETT

We have added a new blog on google making it a total of four.
Here is the URL. http://businesssuccessstoriesbywaltbarrett.blogspot.com
All of our blog links are listed in the my profile section of this page.
The new blog is about succeeding in the Internet business, and will be loaded with tips and products from new companies. We are accepting and editing submissions.
This will not effect our other blogs.
Thanks,
Walt

WE HAVE A NEW WINDMILL TO EVALUATE BY WALT BARRETT

We have just ordered a new 1000 watt windmill from China for our inventory. We are expecting that with the rising energy costs that sales for a low cost windmill will be getting stronger. Our new machine comes with the tower and the 120 volt a/c inverter and all installation hardware. We also offer solar,and hydro power, including the lowest cost solar water pumping system on the market.
Check it out at www.chinadepot.com
Thanks,
Walt

Sunday, June 03, 2007

I'VE BEEN BUSY WORKING ON THE FUTURE! by WALT BARRETT

Well it seems I haven't written on this blog in about a month. Time sure fly's when you get to be an old timer! Well, I have managed to keep my photo blog up to date and, my China Depot blog isn't too far behind.
The truth is that I have been very busy. We are busy building a small TV studio, and gathering up energy saving products to sell with our new video advertising program we are starting when the studio is finished. There will be a solar water pump installation video, and another one to follow for a windmill we expect here from China in about sixty days.
It seems that energy costs have not yet gone high enough to stimulate the sales of energy savings products into a serious mass market business as of yet. Let's see what happens when the fuel prices go above $4.12 per gallon. This is going to be very interesting! I'm getting ready now, how about you?
If you haven't ordered you emergency hurricane generators yet -- What are you waiting for? It's too late when the power goes out!
We also have an exciting new water source heat pump that will cool your home, heat your pool, and hot water at the same time.
I have also been very busy collaborating on a Great new SciFi movie script for a good friend in Hollywood. We hope to see it filmed in the fall.
Please visit our photo blogs and photo albums on Google. I promise you some great photos of people, places, and things.
Have a great day!
Walt