A recent article in a local news paper gave us cause to reply in writing on the newspapers web site, Facebook Page & Anywhere Else We Could Post It ! Enjoy.
The article was about the recent 37% rise in building permits and that articles URL is at :
Can anyone imagine what the number of new homes would have been here, all along through this recession if we were all just allowed to build a home, on the lands that we already own, here in Jackson County when we desire to do so ? Well, that's not the case here in Jackson County any longer, even despite the Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS) ruling, back in the Summer of 2015, when it redefined what is a freedom of personal choices.
Our alleged equal protections under the constitution's 14th amendment freedoms are being violated by our county commissioners and the zoning and building permitting departments and by county laws and this needs to be changed by our county leaders, or we need VERY different county leaders that uphold personal freedoms, as upheld by SCOTUS.
When read, the ruling text of the Summer's-2015 SCOTUS decision I write of, made it clear that its "equal protection" logic, should also apply to everyone's rights . Does this include that of property owners, equally as well those wishing to marry or make other personal choices, as it may define them ?
THAT DECISION READS IN PART:
"(1) The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause, extend to certain personal choices, central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs"... It goes On to say:
"When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution's central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed".....
Well, if these are equal liberties for us all, then why are our personal choices of our properties use, not allowed or even lawfully protected by our present county laws, as that without special permission (granted only from the county's zoning board and the commissioners) we can't even build a replacement home on our own lands if they are zoned commercial ( even though they were built upon commercial land originally ).
Additionally, If your home burns, by more than 75% - then you can't rebuild it EVER !
What kind of communism is this ?
Additionally, if your lands are some how out of compliance Well Then - no hearing for you ! .
Or if the land is commercially zoned or on the planning map as such , for future uses, we can't even get them changed back to residential zoning (without an act of the special commissioners meeting only available twice per year) and then we are told as that it would financially affect the government's purse, so they won't allow those changes.
Whose Land Is It?
The Property Owners Or The Governments ?
Freedom for 1, should equal at the least - freedom for all, including the property owners, regardless of that land's zoning or our alleged required compliance with their zoning changes to our land. And lastly this has happened all across this county in the name of progress !
Let us try and break down, what we could do for you just a bit :
#1 Design work is but one phase of any project and we do it for our consultation clients.
#2 Site consideration also takes some study, of which you could do that part (Site Review ) .
#3 The actual mental digesting, on our part, of what the client actually wants, then incorporated into a list, that we can review - over and over as we work for you, so we get it right is another phase.
#4 Then a Bubble plan is drawn. This just gives you the homeowner, a loose overview drawing of the basic floor layout, facade views etc.
#5 After this has your approval , then the plans can be drawn to build from.
#6 Final plans are drawn & delivered BY ONE OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS, & this person varies depending upon regulations and country we are asked to perform work in. This varies but is an average base of $2,500. for a 2 bedroom 1 bath living room kitchen with a Georgia Adobe™ Wintergarden™ across the front, (per set of original building plans including 4 copies ) and up depending on the above steps and as detailed here on our web page, the buildings size, finishing details, any assistance or outside labor required to produce that work , ETC. . including Any work drawn upon from outside our company staff, for example Architects in your state, or engineering stamps ( as may be required by your local government ) or any outside assistance and references required for us to draw the plans and present them to you as complete, is in addition to this base cost of $2500. minimum per plan set and the larger the structure or more unique, the more the plans cost. IE. Custom Cost More ! Also, It is not odd for construction final plans to cost $5,000. or more because of the works requirements. We will have to discuss all of this with you and come up with the price for your house as another house likely won't cost the same as yours does , unless it's all very much the same, "Standard " .
All the above could be done by you , the homeowner/DIY Builder , if you knew just what you wanted and how to accomplish that goal. Home drawn plans, when the home is homeowner built, are sometimes allowed by building inspection offices, so do consider this option !
Construction stage Option 1 A) Hire "someone" ( perhaps Georgia Adobe™ ) to build for you. Average cost is equal to greater than conventional construction cost all due to cost being partially a local skilled labor issue and one of possible government inspection and government education to what is being done. If someone is skilled in this knowledge it will go quicker and likely less expensively. Georgia Adobe™ generally does not come out and build small single family homes any longer, due to man power issues. Unless the project is a Very Large One, due to the cost of training a crew to build structures as required you the owner may need to take on the role of general contractor and hire local labor to build for you from our plans.
We are seeking company's to become licensed to build for us , but this is a developing process and you should inquire as to what is available where you live at by dialing 706-363-6453. If we are hired as the builder we average $250.+ and up per square foot for basic Labor and Materials ( All Depending Upon The Finishing ) .
Construction stage Option 2 B)
Spend the time at one of our DIY Builder classes to study up on all that is required of any person that is building a Georgia Adobe™ home and then when you are ready go DIY , meaning you are the General contractor, designer, and perhaps the actual builder or you are hiring &/or recruiting laborers , to do your work for you at a price you can afford ~ as you direct them to do , from what you have learned.
When in doubt on a part or construction step, we are here guide you and you can always for a consultation fee, ( $250. per hour ) hire us, just on the phone, to walk you through the steps as they arise, so you can "less expensively", accomplish the task of home construction, as you can afford it.
This could only cost you ( and remember this is an estimate not a quote that we like to reference ) as little as .25 cents on the conventional construction dollar, but the cost of your experience and knowledge about construction, and outside labor or government re-education is a cost in addition, that no one but you, could fully gauge.
When we can here in Commerce Georgia, we hold classes ( Called Building Seminars available 12 times in 2017 ) for a 4 day seminar , others may require more training , as it's an individual thing. This prepares you in part for Georgia Adobe™ construction and is while not all inclusive, a great step forward for the DIY Builder. We need a minimum of 10 people to do a seminar so get behind your friends and let's get together at the next class to prepare you for the construction of a paid for Georgia Adobe Home ! Please see the University Of Georgia Adobe School Of Ecoitecture Page™ At This Link For More Details. http://www.georgiaadobe.com/university-of-georgia-adobe-school-of-ecoitecture.html
Georgia Adobe Homes™ Are Built From Rammed Earth To Become The Strongest Home Possible. Earthen Homes are the way 70% of the planet's homes are built. We started out making Adobe Bricks which are actually In The International Building Code and are "Traditionally" hand made from 70% Sand and 30% Clay. Adobe Brick, Cob & Rammed Earth are all are made from the same materials (yet cob varies widely and is less favorable), but of the 3 methods, Rammed Earth Is The Stronger Formula than the others, containing the same sand and clay a slight amount of moisture and compaction making this all natural and a faster better process, by far preferred by most inspectors, that learn what to look for in "Masonry Construction"! Here's 1 Interesting Video about Hand built small homes and the building codes that effect us all.
When starting a project , We always tell our design clients,
#1 take a deep breath;
#2 let's begin by you imagining, just what your idea of a home is, from the moment you drive up to the edge of your land right up to the point you get home . Describe everything you see in your minds eye, from the entrance of your driveway, up to your gatehouse, the landscaping between those two points, then the landscaping around your gatehouse, then the approach road to your home.
How will the driveway traverse through your dream landscape, are there old large plantings, understory plantings, flowerbeds, riding fields, bridges, fishing ponds and then the house. It will appear from the approach road, only to disappear and be seen again, just as you cross the front lawns gate and then the home is then fixed within your gaze, right in front of you down the driveway. On to the center of the buildings main facade, around to the motor pool, park and walk past layers of house , the glass the drapes and the plantings up the sidewalk, containers , in ground & more. On to your door past the artwork that embraces your idea and the homes motto and into your new home.
See the views from within, the foyer, the plantings within, fish splashing in the fish bowl, into the living hall, gazing into the rooms on the halls either side, through the living room, into the family room, over to your office, your formal dining hall, the family dining room, the kitchen and from each window, all the views that leads your eyes to your landscape, and the lawns in-between, the party areas, the pool, and more.
Now write down your vision, list those things you have conjured and we will draw a bubble plan of what we understand, work with you to plan it, just to get it right, and all the while - helping you with the details to get all the flows right and then when you are ready, we can if the project is right for both of us , come make all that happen and hand you the keys when we are done. Or, If you wish we will even teach you how to do it all yourself at a Georgia Adobe Ecoitecture™ Building Seminar.
Our Phone Number Is 706-363-6453 Lets talk for FREE, for an hour about what you need and see if we can be of service.
Consultation Is The Place To Start Your Next Building
Initial Consultation Charge :
FREE FIRST CONVERSATION !
WE PREFER THE PHONE 706-363-6453 , BUT WILL TRY EMAILS IN SELECT CASES, ( HEARING PROBLEMS ETC ) UPTO 1 EMAIL EXCHANGE.
After that 1st FREE Hour is over we charge $250 per. 60 minutes of our time
&/OR $125. is charged for 30 minutes of our time (Our Minimum).
Project Site Visits, Training Sessions At Your Location or Speaking Engagement Charges
We want to work from our offices, therefore charge a minimum of a full 8 hour day is required for "every day"
out of our Commerce, GA office including any travel time or days at Business class airfare cost
plus Round trip ground transportation to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport ($400.+)
The Host provides us a car and driver for round trip ground transportation, in the host’s city - including our airport pick up plus Local accommodations at a agreed to hotel shall also be provided by the host.
A 50% deposit to reserve project visits or speaking engagements is required.
The entire remaining balance is due into our offices at a minimum of 30 days before our departure,
to your project or event.
The consultation rate for our answering of any questions you may have regarding your site, for example:
as to if or how a Georgia Adobe™ structure would or could work in your situation and in your climate, just how you get started details, for our answers to your code questions, for any building plans verbal or drawn and/or any systems recommendations and /or the plans for the same, facility remodeling and retrofit questions, and any detailed answers to questions that can‘t be handled on our FREE INITIAL PHONE CALL, etc. are services we customarily charge for, at the above rates.
We will tap all our years of experience and our professional level resources , and keyhole data so as to provide you with our best answers. We have the capability to send drawings with façade and elevations shown as graphics of your structure by US mail and by email as well as to exchange both voice, text and email conversations with you, and through social media at these same fees. We can take PayPal for your convenience or Bank To Bank Transfers with an additional $30.00 Transfer fee per transfer required for bank to bank and for paypal fees as well.
If you decide that you are interested in Georgia Adobe’s™ services for Consultation or Construction Services including Commercial, Residential, Industrial Agricultural Structures or Exhibits all the way to a beautiful and final landscaping of your grounds and even help with your Furniture and Equipment choices designed and/or built all customarily installed, including an infrastructure to be independent of any utility connections, the best way to make use of our talents, research and skills is to simply begin by placing a PHONE CALL FOR A FREE INITIAL CONVERSATION to our Company Founder :
Joe Woodall, Rogue Ecoitect™
Georgia Adobe Ecoitecture’s™
by Dialing 706-363-6453
10 AM – 5 PM / 7 Days A Week.
Other info is throughout our web site
All these expenses are quoted and contracted for, specifically on each project, before the outset of any work and are difficult to quote here, at random, therefore please speak directly with our company Founder Joe Woodall.
From the payment of these fees, the client receives from Georgia Adobe™
Our work is based upon the common and standard building practices of Rammed Earth And Adobe Construction and the Georgia Adobe™ building concept, but is not warranted to meet all specific local codes of any area ( except for the World Model™ Georgia Adobe™ , which are as much as 50% higher than our standard work, due to a lot of additional work to meet those goals) and further changes, as may be required , to keep the client compliant with specific government oversight or regulations will cost more in work output therefore an additional charge may be required.
Though we may suggest certain paths to follow , for example any electric, septic, wells, landscaping, setback and general site design plan , it's the responsibility of the Project Engineer, Architect and or General Contractor to make sure this portion can work before beginning construction.
Our Work Provided Will Be For :
A Limited License For 1 specific client to build, 1 specific structure per original plan set, and all further use of those work products would be fee based and require the purchase of a new Limited License to build another Georgia Adobe™ structure from.
Step 1: Presenting the Concept
If your particular location, state or county, has not already approved a Georgia Adobe™ Home concept, ( WHICH IS HIGHLY LIKELY ) , we would suggest you present the concept to the government employee in charge of permitting and approvals, but do this only when permitting is required. As always, we recommend every builder skip building anywhere that something must be approved , as that it will just cost you more money & time.
Remember this, Georgia Adobe™ can advise you all the way through any project, START WITH US ! We have documents that will help this process to become much easier for you, so as to present Governments and planning departments with documents and to get the permits needed to build a Georgia Adobe™ Home and we can always help with the redesign of anything to meet and exceed all specific governmental building codes, but you as the building owner and General Contractor, may find some of your planning and permitting expenses, slightly higher than any conventional construction and the chosen materials could become limited to more conventional construction materials, because of any government "over" regulation, based upon the IBC and what is understood by that government employee, so as to be correct conventional materials. This is the price we all pay to have governments in control of our lives ! ( MORE ON THIS BELOW ! )
Never underestimate a corporations influences of the IBC. and the path of least resistance, will always financially benefit you, the builder.
Take A Look At The Georgia Adobe™ Brochure
This is a basic overview of some of the parts of our Ecoitecture™ systems, available online from our company's Brochure page, detailing the process that we advocate. Georgia Adobe™ buildings incorporate Ecoitecture Systems™ and have as your selections , both active solar, conventional facade styles and passive system designs there, rainwater collection, Greywater Systems, and more and all our clients can freely download and used this to present the Georgia Adobe™ building concept, to both family, government and friends as needed. Republishing in a public forum such as online or in book form is only allowed by written permission, so please contact us for this written permission as all contents of our web site is copyright 2007 - 2017 By Joe Woodall Of Commerce, Georgia And both Georgia Adobe™ and Ecoitecture™and Ecoitect™ are Both Our Servicemarks and Our Trademarks.
Contact Joe Woodall, Ecoitect™
for more info and to get started with your new home !
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Joe Woodall our company's founder, as a lay person Also Has Some Thoughts About
The 2015 SUPREME COURT'S Marriage Decision That If It Could Be Presented to the SCOTUS
Could Effect all of our Personal Choices and All Based Upon The US CONSTITUTION & The 2015 SCOTUS Decision About Marriage Choices.
PLEASE READ ON :
Not that marriage has any direct links to construction, but you likely will be considering the housing question when married, but Freedom of choice sure does affect us all !
I think the recent "equal protection of due process " logic of our rights that comes from the Courts wording :
"individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs... "
should extend to housing freedom and our choices of the same as well.
We should now be able to build homes anywhere we own the land, without asking or requiring permission
and we should be allowed the use of the methods and materials of construction we wish ~ all based upon my recent interpretation of the 14th amendment freedoms,
we all are said to currently have.
The actual ruling text of the SCOTUS decision makes it clear to me that its "equal protection" logic, should also apply universally
to the rights of all in the US and property owners should not be left out of these freedoms of choice nor that of our personal dignity .
THE DECISION READS IN PART:
"(1) The fundamental liberties protected by the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause extend to certain personal choices
central to individual dignity and autonomy, including intimate choices defining personal identity and beliefs...
When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution's central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty
must be addressed".....
In what is only a layman's understanding of Freedoms and the wording that effects us all, I think your personal choice is now lawful , and without permission
nor permit any longer. Freedom for 1 means freedom for all !
When your ready to take that next step towards new & self sustainable housing & Alternative Energy Systems
Contact Georgia Adobe™ To Assist You further.
The information presented may no longer be the case, and you should be prepared to defend your legal position of choice
before you iqnore laws, codes and permitting requirements as that government has more men ammo and time than anyone of us , so proceed carefully !
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Plans, Building Codes, Construction Permits And Construction Training
The International Building Code (IBC) is currently the set of regulations all must conform to
when regulated by government. This was agreed to and accepted by the US Govt. through treaty
with the United Nations. We make every attempt to draw plans based upon conforming with these demands when possible.
Mortgage Company’s kind of control the flow of loans to construction projects, by their choice of what they feel comfortable with
visually and in balance with community standards.
If funds are needed , lenders often require all the structures to conform to the same IBC. Therefore, the buildings codes and lending
institutions have basically exerted a control upon the type of housing, that is going to be built or perhaps
even made available to the world.
Building permits and financing often must be obtained in many cases, and prior to the building of any new construction ,
the design must be proven, to the building inspectors office ( and perhaps to the bankers too ). As that inspectors are
employees of the controlling government, charged with upholding the IBC. they are not paid to take any risks on new
ideas, as they are just paid to enforce the existing laws, (as they understand it). Consequently, they go by
the existing written rules of conventional construction practices, all based upon this IBC. regardless
of any other issues, that may be obvious to the public, all just to make sure they don't lose their jobs,
because of a neglect of code.
Now, anyone understanding the massive amount of chemicals in modern building materials, including
(OSB.) oriented stand board , Plywood and particle board composite materials, such as may be used in
sub-flooring and imitation hardwood flooring and/or other building materials, would think that these materials
would have never been allowed into a home, but the reverse has taken place, all due to government employees
and congressional staffers ( preparing agreements to treaties ), come to government employment
out of the select people, once employed by the very transnational
building and chemical corporations, manufacturing modern building materials.
To further complicate these matters , certainly when an alternative construction methodology is chosen ,
banking institutions do not normally approve loans for alternative construction, as that - what they may
perceive as new ideas, are not understood by their appraisers, whom rely upon the IBC. Nor is this new form of construction
understood by most government employees, as methods approved for new construction.
This means you might find getting a loan difficult for a non-conventional structures ,
without at the least some local government re-education and appraiser re education too, so as to gain their approval.
Banks normally have but 1 objective, and that is to secure a lien on the property, for their easy resale,
so as to cover themselves in the case of your default. Since 2007, lenders have become more difficult to work with
and gaining approval for any loans , let alone those not known as resalable by the appraiser or as conforming to IBC.
will be difficult
Additionally banks almost always stick to things that have a proven track record of resell value, irregardless of whether they
are appropriate for the clients, or better for the community and/or better the environment in general. They are
never are your friends , they are just pawn brokers in fine suits, so leave them out of the equation, by building
an affordable Georgia Adobe™ structure, in a better location ( that has fewer restrictions ) , yourself,
instead of settling for a conventional building , that may cost you a fortune to operate !
Simply put, Conventional structures, often cost more financially in total and also environmentally, since they use energy
as though you owned a utility company !
What if you must build, where government controls construction ?
Reference your individual personal freedoms as per the 14th amendment to the US constitution
is one method that may work, if you are willing to back that assertion of freedom upm with
The (IBC) also has a clause that allows local governments to allow for “Alternative Methods” ,
not covered in that document. It essentially states that alternative methods must
meet the local requirements and the standards of those presented in the IBC.
Your objective would therefore be,
to simply illustrate how the Georgia Adobe™ Home, meets and/or exceeds the standards
put forth in the IBC. and this can be done & we can help you with documentation meeting the IBC's standards.
Every state and county in the US (and Perhaps the world for that matter ) , has a different policy
on how building approvals are handled and each government regulating the same,
has the power to interpret alternative methods as they see fit.
This means that if you find a favorable government, your in luck, but remember, if one government
agency approves something, it does not necessarily mean that , the next one will.
No one has rejected a Georgia Adobe™ structure yet, but some locations, have been more difficult
than others to deal with. Thus, your first step should be to find out how your local regulating agency
operates, whether or if they have a permit process and/or building inspections and find out
about those inspections (of what exactly they are ) , and then you will know if you
should go to present the Georgia Adobe™ Home concept and to whom and what to bring.
The World Model™ Georgia Adobe™ Home, takes all these factors into account and the plans for
the same are drawn with conventional materials chosen where correct, though no chemically laden
and fuming materials are chosen, to be a part of a Georgia Adobe™ plan. Thus, no plywood or ,
manufactured materials past the inert natural ones, are drawn in which include a use of lesser amounts of concrete
than conventional structures will use, and this is drawn into the new home plan.
The use of Portland Cement which is kind of “Green” just because in of its a long term use,
is used sparingly, but this also allows your compliance in strict areas ,with IBC and
permitting about anywhere.
When you are in a situation of governmental overreach , the purchase of the
World Model™ Georgia Adobe™ plan , should save the builder from additional common
permitting problems and/or actual building problems, that could extend
from alternative construction when used in conventional areas, as that the base materials
can all be conventional and allowed by the IBC.
One factor to also remember is that : A Georgia Adobe™ Home can be designed to be built
about anywhere and also in stages, so that sections or slices of the total could be crafted ,
just as you have the funds or needed permissions to do so.
Start here and end up here, or as the Johnny Cash Song went :
“one piece at a time” , can apply here accurately.
If you retain within your head all, but required information you must give out, the possibilities of a
Georgia Adobe™ Home & it's concept or any other methods you might know about for use on your project ,
might not hurt your chance of approvals and this gives you an advantage, until you are required to
present them, perhaps when you are in a better position, to defend their next objection.
After all, if someone comes in to a permitting office,
one that only knows positive things about regular old conventional construction
and they only know negative things about alternatives in construction methods
and you were to say to them that you want to build your own home,
( perhaps if you are clearly not a skilled builder )
and were asking to not be required to meet codes or even be required
to use conventional materials, nor to hook up to the public utilities already in place,
as you are going to make your own ( Power , Water Etc. ) , and that you will collect rainwater
and snowmelt to drink, plus reuse some of that as Greywater, up to 4 additional times ,
well past the initial use in your quest of growing of vegetables, fish and other plants, therefore
you only need the smallest sewage discharge tank & drain line system designed,
plus you are building with Earth and Recycled materials like
bottles, soda cans, used, tires and recycled materials -
Well , the reception initially – may not be a favorable one !
Contact Joe Woodall Ecoitect™ At 706-363-6453 for assistance on your project !