I also grow tired of city living. Spending 18 years in a small village of 500 people, no sidewalks, no street names (rural route highways!) and the ocean just outside my window- I need that connection with nature. As corny as it sounds my soul starts to whither away after too long in the city, no matter the 'green space'- it's never enough, doesn't even come close to comparing true quiet.
So... for years Andrew and I have been talking about building our own home... away from a city. Unfortunately, building a home= having money and not being in school or in debt. Andrew is still in university so there is no way we can justify getting a mortgage and building a home when only one of us has a full time job.
But the countdown is finally ON. Andrew should be done his degree THIS coming September and we can finally look into houseplans. ECO house plans! I have dreams that include passive solar energy, geothermal heating, a cute whimsical house plan, a yoga+music room, LOTS of windows, sustainable insulation, zero VOC paint, sustainable wood, energy star rated appliances, a GARDEN... all of this right on the ocean (lol go big or go home eh?).
(Like this home- isn't it super duper cute????)
Except building 'green' is complicated. Especially in a province where many people build their homes rurally, but 'green building' practices are still quite new and granola. 'Eco' home plans all look either hand drawn or a bit sketchy, or expensive. And I have no idea where to even start looking for a contractor who would be on the same page, or what green materials would be realistically within our budget and timeframe. Or what a timeframe would actually BE for an eco-home.
It is completely overwhelming and I know it's going to take quite a bit of reading, searching and study. The best resource for Nova Scotia that I've found so far is the Ecology Action Centre's Building page. There's also an 'eco-village' in the southern part of the province: Eliopoli. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet, but there are some interesting links...
That's ok... hopefully we have some time to get things set up and ready to go, now that the timeline isn't in years but more likely months.
So... I'm putting out a little call out to my peeps- any suggestions, tips or ressources (whether they are reading materials, links, or contacts- especially in NS) for building a green home? We'd love to have them!