HOUSE 3
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House #
House Style
Size Ft2
Year Built
Cost/Ft2
3
Straw bale
ca.640
NA
NA
Architect/Designer
General Contractor
Sub-contractors (significant) & Type
David Silvercrow David Silvercrow NA
Primary E-Design Factors
Significant E-Products Used
Results—Positive/Negative
Load Bearing Straw Bale

Used recycled windows, doors, appliances, almost everything

Vigas (rafters, beams) from national forest with $10 permit

Compacted dirt floor
Wood heat
On-demand hot water
Old satellite dish as sweat lodge (sauna) roof infrastructure

NA David has developed an inexpensive insulated panel system he hopes to manufacture. He wants to make inexpensive housing that is easily made—“Hogon to Go”.

Very minimal environmental impact.

Very extensive use of recycled materials.

No mortgage needed.

If we take care of the basics - food, water, and shelter, our culture comes through. We are all the same family. We are all cousins. This is a conversation of peace that David Silver Crow shares with visitors who find their way to his gentle hogon – hexagon house on the Coleville reservation.

 David sees that by spending our time working just to support a mortgage we are not as able to connect with nature and each other. He is a deeply spiritual person who invites us all on the journey to learn about the joy of building, using sacred geometry, improvisation, and teamwork.

 David has built many hexagon homes in the Methow valley and elsewhere. He hopes to pass on what he has learned by securing an old apple warehouse to set up a facility to prefabricate the six sided hogon houses. He calls the idea “Hogons To Go”. These homes will be very inexpensive, quick to build, and lay light on the land. He is looking for people to work on this idea with him. The first prefabricated hogon is to be gifted to a deserving recipient.

 This is a basic description of his idea. The six wall and six ceiling sections will be made at the warehouse, designed as a panel made from a wood frame and foam interior with a waterproof lining. Once made, all the house parts can be trucked to a site on a single flatbed truck. The doors windows and flooring can be ordered at a Home Depot type store. The floor is tamped earth with a sand and gravel base and foam insulation. A store purchased floor can easily be laid on this foundation. The interior load bearing structure could be lodgepoles harvested from the local forests for a $10 permit.

 If you have the opportunity to visit David, you will see how he has built his hogon to feel like it has been there, tucked into the hill, for centuries. This is the essence of true shelter. If you are interested in David’s idea, please call him at (509) 826-5189.