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Old 10-01-2007, 01:29 PM   #21
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Here are some homemade circular homes, not what you had in mind, I'm sure.
Just for fun:
Cae Mabon

The cutest one:
A Low Impact Woodland Home
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:39 PM   #22
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Is it so weird to not care what the outside of your house looks like?
I'm pretty sure you've been my neighbor at least twice.
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Old 10-01-2007, 01:52 PM   #23
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I'm pretty sure you've been my neighbor at least twice.
I know, I know, this is an issue in neighborhoods, but I am talking about a house in the woods where the only ones who'll be bothered by your choices are the deer and the taxman.
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Old 10-01-2007, 02:09 PM   #24
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I know of at least one house, built in Texas, where they excavated a hill, inflated a membrane, and created a shotcrete dome. They then re-buried the house except for some skylights here and there.

Find out the rules so you can better break them.
I'd have to add that that last example isn't breaking the rules unless they are hiding it from the county like your first example. (that underground house is actually very energy efficient) My intention is not to lie to the county, it is just to have housing that isn't valued by others, so it is assessed low, according to the county's own rules.
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Old 10-01-2007, 02:23 PM   #25
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Has anyone on the boards actually lived in a non-traditional house for a couple of years or more?

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Nope, but came close to building an underground/earth berm house. Straw bale wall construction also interests me.
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That's what I mean, find out what those rules are so that you can break them... well, at least bend them severely in your favor.
I know you are just trying to stir things up, but I fail to see how it is bending the rules. If the county wanted to assess based on square footage as Andre mentioned, they would. And then I would have to pay their high rate. But since they assess based on property "value" they themselves are the ones that would decide my property does not have as much value as a similar sized house with a typical suburban facade. Not only are they saying it has less value, it does have less value, it will not appreciate like normal real estate.

I guess you would think that people who buy mobile homes are bending the property tax rules, too?
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I'd have to add that that last example isn't breaking the rules unless they are hiding it from the county like your first example. (that underground house is actually very energy efficient) My intention is not to lie to the county, it is just to have housing that isn't valued by others, so it is assessed low, according to the county's own rules.
I take issue with you saying he is 'hiding' it.... just because the tax man does not want to put in the effort to find out what is there is not 'hiding'...

Now, if he lied and said the shack was all he had, then of course he is 'hiding'... but, keeping quiet is not.
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If you would like everyone in the house to hear your woman moan, then a dome is for you.
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Amazing then that no frat houses are domes........
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