Ukrainian Eco-Homes Inspired by Folk ...

Ukrainian Eco-Homes Inspired by Folk Tradition

There are 11 comments on the The Epoch Times story from Aug 22, 2012, titled Ukrainian Eco-Homes Inspired by Folk Tradition. In it, The Epoch Times reports that:

KYIV, Ukraine-In previous centuries in Ukraine, it was said that during his life, a man must raise a son, plant a tree, and build a house.

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Dr Lecter

Toronto, Canada

#1 Aug 23, 2012
Great article. I'm sure this trend to folk style eco-homes will catch on as energy prices escalate in the next decades.
Warrior Poet UGX

Oakridge, OR

#2 Aug 23, 2012
Many of the houses in the country are built with quarried stone. I have seen many many houses in villages in what I call the "outback". They look very similar to those in the outdoor museum in Kyiv. The main difference is that instead of thatched roofs they now often use a material that looks like corrugated metal but is in fact a conrete based material.
My friend Leonid has this on his roof. He then uses it to catch rain water in storage tanks to use in watering the gardens when there is no rain. Drinking water is, or course, still from a well. It is very good tasting and healhy water.
A modern building system which the article does not mention is: High density polyfoam blocks slipped down over reenforcing rod and then filled with concrete. The wall is then plastered inside an out. My Step-son and his fmily live in such a house. It has great insulation properties. A new Greek Catholic Church being built in Yuzhne is using this type of construction. It will be three stories or so tall when finished.
Buddy Rojek

Noranda, Australia

#3 Aug 25, 2012
Ukraine. Do not allow local government rules to prevent you building a home by hand. This is the downfall of the West. In the West (USA UK EU, Australia) there are so many rules to build a house it costs so much, you have no money left over to eat good food or buy a nice car, take a holiday or wear nice clothes.

Even in the village areas, these rules exist. It is suffocating bureaucracy!

So if a Politician proposes building regulations because they are corrupt and paid by builders to stop you saving money, vote them out!
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#4 Aug 25, 2012
Warrior Poet UGX wrote:
Many of the houses in the country are built with quarried stone. I have seen many many houses in villages in what I call the "outback". They look very similar to those in the outdoor museum in Kyiv. The main difference is that instead of thatched roofs they now often use a material that looks like corrugated metal but is in fact a conrete based material.
My friend Leonid has this on his roof. He then uses it to catch rain water in storage tanks to use in watering the gardens when there is no rain. Drinking water is, or course, still from a well. It is very good tasting and healhy water.
A modern building system which the article does not mention is: High density polyfoam blocks slipped down over reenforcing rod and then filled with concrete. The wall is then plastered inside an out. My Step-son and his fmily live in such a house. It has great insulation properties. A new Greek Catholic Church being built in Yuzhne is using this type of construction. It will be three stories or so tall when finished.
Learn to spell, you stupid moonshine drinker. Only thing your friend Leonid has, is a shack next to Kiev church.
Philip Alchurch

Calgary, Canada

#5 Aug 25, 2012
Eco Construction is the key to energy independence. I built my Chalet on the Gulf Island with glass facing south side, so I get passive solar heating when needed, all year round. My heating bill is 200 dollars a year, as a result of my insulated eco home. Rain I collect from rainwater in my 6500 gallon cisterns,from my chalet roof system and my well pumps automatically into a cistern to get water when the water table is up. I get natural air conditioning from patio doors and fans and large high level mounted opening windows and large overhangs that cut out the direct sunlight. My water bill is 0 dollars a year. Having said that , I built a completely modern home with high cathedral ceilings, marble and cedar siding from the native on site trees, that is worth about 600,000 -750,000 dollars and cost me relatively little build, so I have no mortgage.Looks like the Ukes are doin what I do.
Philip Alchurch

Calgary, Canada

#6 Aug 25, 2012
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Philip Alchurch

Calgary, Canada

#7 Aug 25, 2012
Check above WP . ( virus free) . That is my ECO home on the Island.
Jay

Calgary, Canada

#8 Aug 25, 2012
Philip Alchurch wrote:
Check above WP .( virus free). That is my ECO home on the Island.
That is a brilliant ECO home design, Philip. You are man of many talents. Is there anything you cannot do? Keep up the good work. Cheers.
Warrior Poet UGX

Oakridge, OR

#9 Aug 25, 2012
Yes Jay, there are a few people left who would be called "Renaissance Men". That just means that they are creative and willing to try many diferent things.If they don't know how to do it they
will find out from varius publications available. Not too strangely, many of them live in rural areas where the ability to do many things instead of "calling a man to do..." is a survival trait. I do not claim to have built such a palace as frined Phillip but I feel quite happy that I coud, over a number of years, convert a plot of land with nothing on it but brush and trees and convert it into a working farm/ranch with a comfortable home. What really makes me feel good is that 99% of the work was done with my own two hands.
Philip Alchurch

Calgary, Canada

#10 Aug 25, 2012
Yes, I know what you mean WP. I cleared the land with my own bare hands and a chainsaw, and had a portable sawmill brought onto the land to make the fir 8x12 and 8X10 joists and beams for the house and cedar planks and siding for the house, from the trees growing on the property.I then designed the whole house and the cistern and water system as water is a problem on the Gulf Islands. I had professional trades do all the inside work,as I know my limitations though. I do all the routine plumbing , electrical and carpentry maintenance now though, as honest trades are hard to come by these days. It said by locals to be the most picturesque house on the Island with its late 1800s "Arts and Crafts" style and "Cape Cod design elements" , such as the dormer window, and oak spindles and 1800s style crystal chandeliers. The cathedral ceiling and 3 skylites give it a modern flair inside though. It is very satisfying to have found the land and cleared it and then designed the home to suit the lot and solar orientation. I laugh at those here that think that when one gets educated,it is beneath one to work physically. I totally agree with your sentiments WP.It is a pleasure to enjoy what one has done with one's own hands and one's own brains. It is the best feeling in the world.
Lukashenko is Dr Phil

Finland

#11 Aug 26, 2012
he. I wish the construction worker would go show his expertise to Ukraine. The stray dog eating cannibals would have houses collapsing every second week.

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