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Quirks Have Taught Me Alot

March 23, 2018

My post today is a little different.  I'm not talking about my house but rather about a place that has taught me a thing or two about sustainable construction.  It's short and sweet and I hope you enjoy it.

 

Down the road a piece and around the corner sits a place I recommend folks stop by when they are out enjoying the wildflowers on the weekend.  Just off Interstate 10 on Highway 71 is the QUIRKY COUNTRY MARKET just north of Columbus, Texas.  This place has inspired me over the years in many ways.  This place is a living laboratory with rainwater collection systems, all sorts of solar panels (complete with a giant battery room), really unique plant life, ponds, an art studio with a sculpture garden, and a 6300 square foot gift shop that will please young and old.  You can visit their website at http://icm71.com.   

Some of the structures were built using modern energy efficient details.  Structural insulated panels (SIP's) were used on the residence built on site.  LED lighting fixtures can be seen all around the place.  Take a look at the pictures below.  You'll notice there are no power lines.  This place is totally off the grid.  There is so much here you could spend the entire day exploring.  Go visit.  Let me know what you think.

 

 

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