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REVISITING THE GREEN DREAM HOUSE

This morning, we dealt with the failure of a 6 month old router, no signal, hard to diagnose problems, you know, we all have days like this. I’m beginning to feel like I can’t wait for cloud computing. Hopefully somebody knows what they are doing in the cloud and we’ll all benefit from not having software, links, applications and connections that conflict. Won’t that be nice?
But, finally, back on-line, and I get a delightful e-mail from John Clapp, the owner of the Green Dream House from Mc Cook, Nebraska, pictured above.
When we visited in September of 2010, we were told the house was sold to a new owner and as far as anyone knew, the new owner wasn’t giving tours of the place.
Well John Clapp is the new owner and he is definitely giving tours.  He’s owned the house since 2004 and says requests have tapered off. A woman by the name of Judy Mahoney won the the Green Dream House from the American Recylers in a drawing a number of years ago. Many, many recycled materials went into the place. You can see the original blog of Sept. 12, by clicking on 2010 blogs, go to Sept. until you find it.

Here is an excerpt from John’s letter:

The story that I heard about some of the history of the process of this home was that of the $200,000 winnings $40,000-$50,000 was used to purchase the lot (location) and to tear down an older rental home.  The original plan was for a finished basement and a matching garage in the back of the house.  I guess that the building funds ran short and these items were never completed when I purchased the home in 2004.  The actual builder, who I never knew, Tim Gilpin became ill before the house was completed and passed away due to cancer.  The basement is still unfinished, but in 2006 I completed a detached 3-stall garage behind the home facing south.  I used the same siding board and green metal roof that matched the original house as I was hoping the keep the recycled theme alive for me and any future owners.  An interesting  point was that these recycled materials were more expensive than regular materials in the building process. The home is all electric with two heat pumps and I have never had a bill more than $175.00 per month during the cold Nebraska winters and very hot Nebraska summers.
Thanks for stopping by McCook and posting the article as I found it very interesting.
Thank YOU, John, for the information.
Now recycled building materials and sustainable forest products are coming down in price. I’ve seen bathroom walls tiled with junk yard porcelain toilet lids, and wall board made from ground prescription bottles, and outside walls built from straw, adobe, lath and mud plaster, steel beams, foam blocks…the list goes on and on. Yes, many of them are as expensive as traditional materials but some are not. You can make the wallboard and adobe bricks yourself.  The good thing is the prices are getting more and more affordable as people demand “green” building. My daughter and her husband built their cabin out of mostly recycled wood. Old decking boards, “window mistakes” and wrong sized doors they picked up ahead of time were drawn into the plans.  You can buy used cabinetry and appliances that have been discarded when people remodel. They can be picked up at bargain prices. You can buy end lots, or close outs in tile and hardwoods cheaply that  blend and are beautiful, though not new.  Warehouse carpeting that’s new but not fancy. This Old House, a PBS television program does this all the time. Its worth a little extra effort to find the bargains and make a second use of what might otherwise end up in the landfill. In fact, some old reused products are better than what you can find on the market today.
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McCook Nebraska – Day 2

Jim says:

Yesterday was a day of rest and relaxation. After a very relaxed morning we headed into town. First stop was at the local do-it-yourself car wash to clean the exterior of our very dirty Bronco II. Then I took Mary around to see the local attractions ( old buildings, etc…), a little grocery shopping, then back to the motorhome where we spent the afternoon in one of our favorite pastimes…reading.

Yesterday I reported we had gone to the High Plains Museum and that I would show you of some photos today. For a museum in a small town out in the middle of nowhere it had lots of interesting exhibits including a 1907 International automobile.

Here are four photos I took…

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To see the other 30 photos, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/HighPlainsMuseumMcCookNebraska091010#

Yesterday Mary wrote a rather comprehensive Blog about our visit to the High Plains Museum. Here’s the link to her Blog post of yesterday…
http://marysramblins.blogspot.com/2010/09/high-plains-museum-mc-cook-nebraska.html

Today we are once again back on the road and expect to cross into Colorado. Here’s my route as far as McCook, Nebraska…

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McCook, Nebraska

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I had an abbreviated driving day of only 127 miles with Mary driving 65 of those miles. We departed Hastings, Nebraska at 9:00 AM in drizzly, foggy weather.

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A foggy morning in a small Nebraska town.

As we continued following a portion of the old Oregon Trail, the weather cleared.

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Following the Oregon Trail across the high plains of Nebraska.

We arrived in McCook, Nebraska and stopped to visit the High Plains Museum. Population is about 8,000 and at an elevation of 2,570 feet. McCook is a pretty and clean town with wide streets…made of red brick on the main street of Norris Avenue named for a past state senator. As we entered McCook we came across Kerrer Park which is a free tourist camp..a site generally seen only in the mid-west. It’s sponsored by the City of McCook to encourage travelers to stop and enjoy (spend your money) their city. It worked! We have the best site…level and shady. It has 30 and 50 amp electricity at each site, 6 RV spaces, 3 water spigots and an RV dump station.

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You don’t see these on the east or west coast.

It’s so nice here and because we’ve driven about 900 miles in the last four days, we’ve decided to spend another day here…rest and relax.

Yesterday we did visit the High Plains Museum. I’ll show you those photos tomorrow.

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about McCook, Nebraska…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCook,_Nebraska

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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