After many discussions between the Homesteaders, HAB, and the campus administration, it was decided that cabin three be torn down and a new cabin be constructed. Homesteaders past and present were the driving force behind its design, features, and ultimately the construction. Construction began in the spring of 2013 and took place throughout the summer, and by August it was ready for residents. This new cabin, since named Cabin Atlas, is a huge step in the history of the Homestead.
Some of the features of the cabin include:
- Radiant floor heating
- Clivus Multrum composting toilet system
- Cashew oil-based spray foam insulation
- Concrete and brick flooring (high heat capacity for passive solar heating)
- A Trombe wall (passive solar heating system)
- High-efficiency washer and dryer
- Indoor showers
Contrasting with other buildings, Atlas is designed more like a house than a single-room cabin. It houses nine Homesteaders, with three triple bedrooms (one on the first floor, two on the second floor).
Homesteaders came up with the name “Atlas” to exemplify the lifestyle changes that came along with its construction and the broadening of the Homestead’s horizons in regards to its ability to provide a highly sustainable yet comfortable lifestyle. (You’ll also notice the dozens of maps on the walls, we thought it was a nice touch.)