Saturday, April 20, 2024

How One Man Built a 4,000-sq-ft Oklahoma House Using Strawbales That Stands Strong Against the Elements

In today’s society, the cost of ⁣owning ‍a home can ​be a significant financial‌ burden. ‍With rent prices continuously increasing, many individuals ⁣are dreaming of having their own space. However, the high ⁤costs⁤ of housing and steep mortgages make this goal seem unattainable.

SOURCE: YOUTUBE – KFOR OKLAHOMA’S NEWS 4

So, what alternatives are available for those looking to⁢ save money and reduce living expenses? Some are turning to tiny or mobile homes, ‌while others are choosing to live off-the-grid to cut costs on utilities like electricity and water.⁤ But one man in Oklahoma took a‌ unique approach to achieve his goal‍ of retiring without ⁢debt.

Meet Rob Brian, ‌a hardworking ⁢individual who spent 25 years in the oil industry in Alaska before ⁣deciding ⁣to retire. Despite spending a lot of⁢ money​ over ⁢the years, Rob was fortunate enough to own a farm, have some savings, and possess the skills to build his own home.⁣ His ‍vision was​ clear: ⁣to retire ⁣without any debt. With 330 acres of land ⁤rich in natural resources, Rob utilized his resources to construct his dream home.

SOURCE: YOUTUBE – KFOR OKLAHOMA’S NEWS 4

Instead of purchasing a traditional house, Rob bought two old horse barns, one 50-foot and the other 30-foot, located on a hill. For nine years, he dedicated himself to this passion project, working tirelessly day and ⁣night.‌ The result? A stunning ⁣4,000-square-foot home in Mulhall, Oklahoma. Rob ingeniously connected the two horse barns to create ⁣this beautiful⁣ abode, showcasing the hard work and the beauty of⁣ natural materials like cedar wood from his farm.

But‌ Rob didn’t just focus on aesthetics; he also ensured that his house could ⁢withstand Oklahoma’s harsh weather. Using robust materials like sturdy wood, straw bales, and stucco, he made the house resistant to heat, rain, and tornadoes. ⁤The engineering⁢ of the house is so perfect that it’s hard ‌to believe it was a one-man‍ job. Every detail of the house reflects‌ Rob’s​ creativity, from uniquely carved‍ baseboards to wine bottles repurposed as glass windows.

SOURCE: YOUTUBE – KFOR OKLAHOMA’S NEWS 4

Rob’s property also features‌ a pool, making it an ideal retirement haven. Initially, no one believed in Rob’s vision. ⁣As he told⁤ KFOR, “They just ‍thought ⁢I was nuts, thought I was crazy. It wasn’t until the very ⁢last year when everything came together, had windows in, had doors in, that they go, ‘Oh wow,⁢ that’s pretty cool.” But Rob’s goal extends beyond his personal achievement.

He wants to inspire younger people to embrace a ‍debt-free lifestyle, starting⁣ with simple steps like picking ⁤up a hammer. He ‍encourages saving for land, materials, and‌ tools,​ believing that these skills ​can ⁣help build a dream home in the‍ future.

SOURCE: YOUTUBE – KFOR OKLAHOMA’S NEWS 4

To see Rob’s vision come to life, watch the video below. Share ‌this inspiring story⁤ with your friends and‌ family ​to show them that anything is ‌possible with ⁢hard⁢ work, determination, ‌and a little creativity.

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