Building Usonia is web series we are working on to document the construction of our new home.
Usonia is a word used by Frank Lloyd Wright to describe efficient, affordable homes that connect people to nature. We are taking our own perspective on that idea and calling it New Usonia. You can read about that below.
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Episode 2: Clearing the Property
In this episode we took down the dreaded green monster from The Upside Down... Kudzu. It was fun and our experiment worked. With the Kudzu gone, we could estimate the slope and get one step closer to breaking ground.
Episode 1: Buying Property
In this episode we go through the steps we took to find and buy property without an agent.
Maybe you want to do the same thing, or maybe you're just curious how we did it. Either way, Enjoy!
We want to create a guide for others to be able to build their own house. So, we have decided to document the process of designing and building ours.
We will go through the process of getting land, coming up with a design concept, building it, and moving in. We'll talk about ways to keep costs down and things to do yourself.
But we aren't stopping there!
After building our own house, we are going to keep designing and building other homes using the New Usonia concepts and document those projects the same way.
So if you want a house but don't want a cookie cutter or fixer upper, give us a shout in the "Become a Partner" section below and let's talk!
We want the show to be educational, entertaining, and encouraging, while highlighting beautiful design.
We are working on long term plans for small houses, medium houses, grow-able houses, and New Usonian Neighborhoods. So join us, follow us, reserve your spot for a house, or simply subscribe below and stay updated.
Thanks so much!
Become a partner!
Our partners will help make this project not only great to watch, but also a guide to all the people who follow our process in their own projects.
So whether you want to share your product with us, sponsor an ad, or just get involved and help out, let us know and we will be excited to chat with you!
Producing this will take time and money so if you want to help out financially but don't have anything to advertise, you can simply donate to help us pay the bills! If you do, make sure we have a way of getting in touch with you because we want to send a big ole Tennessee thank you!
New Usonia is a concept relating to residential design that we laid out to define principles for better middle class housing in the US.
The concept takes inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright’s original vision of Usonian homes that developed as affordable versions of his Organic Architecture.
New Usonia relates to a number of issues faced in the 21st century with how middle class houses are designed and built. The response of New Usonia is to improve the design standard for homes. It is not to be a stylistic revival of Frank Lloyd Wright homes, New Usonian Homes will likely look very different from Wright’s. It is to be a fresh look at the ideas of Organic Architecture being affordable to the middle class in the 21st Century.
Here are seven basic principles that layout the ideas of New Usonia:
The first house of Building Usonia will be the new home/office for Jacks Avenue.
Most updates will be seen on our channel and instagram feed but as the project goes on and is completed, we will dedicate a space just for the Jacks Usonia.