26-09-2017 12:34 PM - edited 26-09-2017 12:35 PM
I currently own a business that does well. Last year I used funds from that business to start a project for low income people on the island I was born (Dominica-yes the same one that got raved by Hurricane Maria last week ). We built a fancier prototype of this home here in the US and need to take this project to the next level. I have tried getting media attention around this in the town of St. Louis where I currently live-no luck. I feel like I'm missing something and I'm not sure what. I'm looking for ideas and opinions on how to get this project off the ground. I will happily share photos of this home if others are interested.
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on 26-09-2017 01:53 PM
Welcome to the community!
I am familiar with Dominica, and hope that you've been able to get in touch with family or friends there as I know most communications went down once the hurricane made landfall.
Yours home plans sounds like a literal potential life saver, it would be great to know more.
26-09-2017 08:12 PM - edited 26-09-2017 08:28 PM
My Family has lost the roof to thier home. They are going to be fine. They are just having a really hard time right now.
We used shipping containers to build all metal roof housing. It is safer than traditional build and less costly. The island had tons of shipping containers due to our trade deficit so it is an item readily available. We used architects and engineers who donated their time and we completed to 1st one last oct.
I tried upload photo but the site keeps saying the photos are too large for uploading, these 2 are the only ones.
on 27-09-2017 07:15 AM
@WilS It's heartbreaking to see the damage the hurricane has done and I wish your family well.
In in terms of shipping containers it's a material I've often thought could be used to fight the housing crisis. There are many examples of them being used in the UK , and other places. I've noticed recently that they have been used for cafe, restaurants etc as well as homes.
I'd love to hear more about your project.
28-09-2017 06:09 AM - edited 28-09-2017 07:31 PM
If we had our dreams full filled It would look like this:
The architects and engineers in St. Louis who assisted on this project would go down to Dominica with US architect and engineer students and partner in Dominica with Dominica labor force / workers and students and side-by-side build these homes until Dominicans can build them on their own. We want the transfer of skill and knowledge to be a big part of what we do.
The Prototype cost me US$70,000 to build from the first concrete pillar to the last piece of furniture put in home. The home is 1000 ft.² with 2 1/2 bedrooms and one full bath. About $20,000 off the build was education just us learning how to get it right. So we feel confident we could build them for $50,000. In 4 to 6 weeks. And we would use only shipping containers no traditional build like the prototype has.
I am including this dropbox link please let me know if you can see photos through.
on 28-09-2017 12:34 PM
Have you looked at pitch@palace - they are currently in Australia, but do travel the world looking at projects they can help to get off the ground and support. Just a thought.