Hansen says the average person can build a tiny home for around $20,000, and if you use recycled materials the cost is even less. Building a tiny home isn't just for the experts as just about anyone can do it. "Anyone can do it, anyone can have it, and you can do it in probably a year or less," Hansen said. He's working to develop a blueprint that would give specific instructions and a list of materials needed to build your own tiny house. He's also working on one of his own, which he'll give to his sister. The tiny house began as a project at Riverside High School. Students were learning to build the home in exchange for credits in math, science and English. That program is now on hold but Hansen says teaching students how to build a tiny home could empower them to live debt free. "A high school student if they started when they were a freshman, they could have something like this when they graduate high school," he said.That last sentence is the best part. If the house becomes the central project for your school time, you will actually LEARN something in school. You'll graduate with a place to live and skills to live with. Beautiful idea! Most tiny house advocates are either pointlessly serving the rich or stupidly serving the homeless. (Recreating tramp camps. NOT what the homeless need.) Hansen is REALISTIC.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.