Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need to be a veteran to buy a home in these communities being created and built? No, there is no restriction to who can purchase them. They are being targeted to veterans, but open to anyone unless the community is age restricted.
Are these homes only available to purchase? No, there may be renting opportunities from owners of 4-plex homes who need to rent out the other 3 homes of their 4-plex. There may also be investors interested in building Energy Positive homes for renters, as they offer a better ROI (Return on investment) with no heat or electric bills.
Where are these being built? Single homes are being planned for construction on single lots in Chetek WI, North of
Eau Claire, and around the Twin Cities MN area. We hope to identify property for the communities and begin building prototypes this Fall, and have foundations poured for many homes before winter so we can be building homes all winter long.
By leaving your contact e-mail and name at the bottom of this page, we can send you updates weekly as we locate property to build on and builders to partner with.
What are the cost of these homes? We are looking at about $80 per square foot for the homes, plus whatever the land and garage costs are. It is estimated that a 1,300 square foot 2-bedroom 2 bath home with a double garage should be around $140-150,000. There should be a selection of smaller and larger homes than this being built, and this will be coordinated with the Veterans who want to buy them based on the response in each area.
What is a "SIP" home? Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system for residential and light commercial construction. The panels consist of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). We have a building technique that takes SIP's to a whole new level of efficiency. By using SIP's, a particular kind of foundation, and some design improvements to traditional construction, the result is a model home so efficient it almost breaks the rating system.
How efficient are these homes? The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that a typical resale home scores 130 on the HERS Index,
while a standard new home is awarded a rating of 100 (Lower is better, like golf). An efficient home can boast a score of 50. Our model home scored a 6! With a smaller energy appetite, these homes need fewer solar cells for power and heat.
Do you have any home designs? YES! Click on this link to see 15 home designs.
Nearly any home design can be made with SIP's, so if you have something else in mind, let us know.
Tell me more about this indoor winter garden and community center. We will design each new community with an eye on solving issues. One issue is that people don't get to know their neighbors like they used to. We can create opportunities for connecting with each other with a central Community Center with indoor and outdoor seating and garden areas.
The winter greenhouse attached to the Community Center can lower food bills, and provide better food choices for better health. The winter greenhouse will use Aquaponics to grow fish and plants together in an organic system that uses 1/10th the water, and plants grow in 1/2 the time in a small area. Outdoor community gardening areas are planned as well.
How can I learn more? By leaving your name and e-mail address below, we can keep you updated with weekly e-mails.
Please put any questions in the message box that your have. That way they can be asked and answered in the weekly e-mails for everyone.
A unifying project like building a community center and indoor Aquaponics garden helps create neighborhood cohesion.
The idea is to get people in a new neighborhood working together as a group, veterans meeting each others' needs.
Serving each other makes unity possible.
If this is something you would like more information about, send us an e-mail. We will update you weekly on our progress.