Source: Simplicity Love
Good evening, all. This post is one that I have been working on for a few days – a lot of research has been poured into this and there is always room for more. We view this aspect of the trip to be one of the major tasks, and therefore will revisit this topic often. There are quite a few factors that go into building a home; we are going for a simpler approach that is most budget-friendly and as natural as possible. After many months reading blogs, articles, journals, etc., we have discovered that the best material to use for our situations would be combination of Earth bag construction with a cob (a mixture of white sand, clay, and straw) finish. Coastal Grecian towns, such as Mykonos, have inspired the overall look we are striving for while building: a nice, modern white finish, a square shape, and a use of clean lines. First, let’s take a look at some inspiration photos that we have molded our ideas around (click on the photo for a description).
This is a great example of a smoother finish of cob/adobe. According to many Cob-Building blogs and journals, using a towel or flat tool to smooth the material will give it a more professional finish. If seeking a more sculpted, Earthen feel, use your hands! Found on kerosabermais.com
I really enjoy the idea of an entry way as shown above. I also like the steps leading to the roof of one of the buildings. As of right now, we are planing to build two small square buildings; one as a bedroom, and the other as a living/visiting area. To match the overall look we are going for, I will either be using a light wood or a glass door, depending on budget and pricing. If anyone knows where to get cheap glass sheets, let me know in the comments below! Found on contemporist.com
Note: we will not be installing a pool – importing pool chemicals and having to the battle the mosquito swarms will be too stressful (defeating the whole purpose of the move). Also, the ocean will either be right below us from cliff side, or we will be on the beach. But, this is an extremely accurate example of the square structures we’re focusing toward. Found on abitaredecoracion.com
We would like our exterior to stay rather square, with the 45 degree angles and hard lines. But, the interior in this pictures has caused me to questions doing one of the rooms with a cave-like curve. The finish is what we will be aiming towards, and the build-in seating area with area pillows are fantastic ideas. Found on elleddecor.com
Another fantastic representation of the clean exterior. Not a big fan of those windows, however. Found on cultoftomorrow.tumblr.com
All about the square look, and the white finish. I also really like the doors, with a nice swinging out feature. It’s a battle between these and the glass foldable/sliding pocket doors. Found on deluxearch.com
Another example of the build-in furniture, as well as a nice white interior. I’m also intrigued by the ceiling design. Found on elledecor.com
One more cave interior for the record, featuring gorgeously sculpted entryways. Found on elledecor.com
Next, we will be taking a look at the backyard, outdoor kitchen, and outdoor shower. We are wanting to live a more indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with the space to be surrounded by natural elements, as well as trying to be as Earth friendly and environmentally conscious as we can. We will be growing our own food, as well as use the tools that Mother Nature provides for medicinal, aesthetic, and ancient purposes (click on the photo for a description).
The idea of growing grass or moss on your roof is simply remarkable! What an eco-friendly way to roof a house, and to cut back on imported goods (roofing materials). There are many DIYs floating around out there – Found on allowaytimber.com
And here we have it: a quick DIY for a grass roof. Simple enough! Instead of a slope, our roof will be flat in order to be able to have a terrace-type spot. Found on allowaytimber.com
The fire pit + coffee table is a fantastic addition to your backyard space. This is an excellent place to spend an evening with a few friends around the fire! Outdoor sectional seating allows for more room for company, and is a simple build! Found on interiorsbystudiom.com
What if you could have your very own version of a Korean BBQ in your backyard? With many DIYs and versions available online, it’s a simple task when wanting to spice up your next dinner party. Bonus points for a low table with cushion seating – Found on amazinginteriordesign.com
The shade and privacy that the tropical plants give makes the dining space as a whole look more natural and comfortable. Also, much adoration for the table set up, in the midst of a lighter color choice on my part. Found on lonny.com
Two words: hanging vines! I love the organic look it gives, and balances with the white. Instead of hanging from the edge of the house, we would love to see them hanging around the dining area, as a natural backdrop.
The vine-wrapped wire to form a lightweight pergola is a fantastic idea! Easier set up, minimal tools used, using natural elements – what’s not to love? Found on amazon.de
Behold! The most beautiful open grill on Pinterest, and also an extremely simple build! Create a mold with a few 2x4s. Fill it in with cement or cob, let it dry, install a grate system, and get cooking! Found on fornobravo.com
An amazing set up for an outdoor kitchen, including great organization for chopped wood, a sleek and simple counter top, and surrounded by tropical plants. The grill we’d incorporate would be flat, definitely not a round top. A kitchen island is in question, as well as just more counter space parallel/facing the other. A clay over will also be built and installed in this area. Found on brit.co
Multiple things to appreciate in this example, including the umbrella fixture, the walls lined with cacti, and the clean and simple seating. Found on lascositasdebeacheau.blogspot.com.es
Yet another example of a white, square adobe home – however, within this specific photo, we will be focusing on the trees incorporated within the deck (or built around, I should say). It’s a natural element that reduces the number of trees torn down during leveling and the clearing of the property. Found on thegiri.com
I’m a big fan of this partially-consumed space – the real question is: Sand, Cob, or Deck flooring? Found on gardenista.com
It’s nice to see others getting creative with their gardening. It would make a nice center to a backyard, after the kitchen and dining area, before the shower. Found on bengreenfieldfitness.com
Ravenala madagascariensis – these are some of the most beautiful tropical plants that I have come across online. Excellent for a pop of color, privacy, and a good space-filler. We will definitely be planting these when the time comes.
Imagine, taking a shower surrounded by tropical plants;what could be more cleansing? Plus, there is always an option to set up a small irrigation system to collect the left over shower water to water the plants! Found on topinspired.com
This is essentially the ideal shower for us – the pebbles, the drainage underneath to water the plants surrounding, and the rainfall-esque feel from the customizes shower head. Found on theownerbuildernetwork.co
This pathway is absolutely breathtaking! I love the wild aspect of the slightly overgrown plants, as well as the use of white sand as the path medium. This is a very budget-friendly pathway, and the privacy that the decorative bush provides is far from out of range. Found on elledecor.com
Who doesn’t like to get a little creative when it comes to construction? I admire the art-deco feel that this privacy wall brings, as well as showcases more excellent uses of cacti. Found on ultraswank.net
I N C O N C L U S I O N
With hard work, resourcefulness, and determination, our goals will be achieved. To some of you, the idea of building your own home on an island is a laughing matter. Fortunately, a lot of people have discovered the freedom of letting go, trusting themselves, and building a life that they enjoy.
Posts in the near future, I will go further into topics, such as rainwater collection, irrigation systems, solar power, DIY household items, decor, and gardening specifics. Stick around –
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