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Gtgt TRAVELERS ON THIS ROBESON COUNTY ROAD HAVE A SURPRISE IN STORE WHEN THEY DRIVE BY THE HOME OF PAMELA DARENCIS, LOCATED JUST SOUTH OF PEMBROKE. SHE’S BUILDING A HOUSE OUT OF A 14,000 BUSHEL GRAIN SILO. gtgt IT IS 18 FEET HIGH, APPROXIMATELY. AND THAT’S, UH, NOT COUNTING THE ROOF. AND, UH, IT IS 30 SQUARE FEET IN DIAMETER, ROUND. SO IT IS APPROXIMATELY 1200 SQUARE FEET OF HOUSING SPACE. gtgt IT’S ONE OF VERY FEW SILO HOMES IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY AND THE FIRST ONE IN ROBESON COUNTY. WHEN SHE RETIRED FROM HER CAREER WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT A.

FEW YEARS AGO, PAM MOVED BACK HOME TO PEMBROKE. AFTER SEEING A STORY ABOUT SILO HOMES ON TV, SHE DECIDED TO TRY AND BUILD ONE HERSELF, BUT IT WAS A CHALLENGE BECAUSE THERE WEREN’T ANY GUIDELINES OR BLUEPRINTS TO FOLLOW. gtgt I JUST FIGURED IT OUT AS I WENT ALONG. NO, THERE WERE NO PLANS. UM, THE ONLY THING WAS LOOKING ONLINE. UH, TRYING TO FIGURE OUT, UH, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE OTHER ONES HAD DONE. gtgt WITH THE HELP OF TWO NEIGHBORS WHO ARE BUILDERS, PAM DESIGNED THE HOME SHE WANTED.

THE TOP PRIORITY WAS TO MAKE IT SELFSUSTAINING. gtgt RENEWABLE ENERGY IS MY THING. I WORKED AT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY FOR NINE YEARS, AND IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL, UH, MANAGEMENT. SO, UH, I WANTED, UM, AS NATURAL AS I COULD EVEN THOUGH I DID USE INSULATION. I DON’T LIKE THAT KIND OF INSULATION, BUT I USED IT. INSTEAD OF SHEETROCK, I USED CYPRESS, CYPRESS TREES. SO THE CYPRESS THAT YOU SEE ON THE INSIDE IS CUT TO A HALF AN INCH SO IT CAN BE PLIABLE AND BEND. THERE’S PROBABLY, I GUESS, PROBABLY OVER 200 MORE PIECES.

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OF CYPRESS IN THERE FOR THE UPSTAIRS AND THE DOWNSTAIRS. gtgt THOSE TREES CAME FROM THE LUMBEE RIVER AREA IN ROBESON COUNTY, AND MOST MATERIALS IN THE HOUSE WERE BOUGHT OR FOUND LOCALLY, THEN REPURPOSED. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS SATELLITE DISH SITS ATOP LOGS CUT FROM LOCAL TREES AND COVERS THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOUSE. NUMEROUS RENEWABLE ENERGY FEATURES ARE ALSO PRESENT. gtgt THERE IS THE WIND TURBINE, SMALL WIND TURBINE, WHICH IS A BACKUP TO THE SOLAR. I HAVE THE VERY BASIC SOLAR, WHICH IS ENOUGH TO RUN A TELEVISION, TWO FANS, A SMALL REFRIGERATOR.

MY STOVE IS WOOD SO I DON’T NEED THAT. SO I CAN RUN THREE OR FOUR THINGS CONSECUTIVELY AT ONE TIME WITH THIS BASIC SYSTEM. I HAVE A GRAY WATER SYSTEM, WHICH IS THE WATER THAT I USE LIKE, YOU KNOW, BATHING OR, YOU KNOW, WASHING DISHES, GOES INTO A TWO BARRELS THAT ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE GRAIN BIN, AND I CAN TAKE AND USE THAT WATER TO WATER MY GARDEN. gtgt THE HOUSE ALSO HAS AN ANTIQUE WOOD BURNING STOVE FOR COOKING AND HEATING. IN THE BATHROOM, A METAL HORSE TROUGH SERVES AS THE BATHTUB.

AND THE TOILET IS SELFCOMPOSTING. PAM’S GOAL IS FOR HER HOME TO BE TOTALLY SELFSUFFICIENT. AND EVEN THOUGH THE STRUCTURE MAY HAVE THE APPEARANCE OF A GIANT TIN CAN, PAM SAYS IT’S ROCK SOLID. gtgt THE CEMENT FOUNDATION IS OVER 12 INCHES DEEP AND THICK, THE THICKNESS OF IT. IT IS BOLTED DOWN. THE STRUCTURE IS VERY SOUND. IT’S BEEN INSPECTED. MY NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET SAID AN ELEPHANT COULD GO UP THE STAIRS, YOU KNOW, IT IS THAT STURDY. gtgt ALONG WITH USING LOCAL MATERIALS TO BUILD THE HOUSE, PAM HAS FILLED IT WITH INTERESTING OBJECTS AND.

NATIVE AMERICAN ART. MANY OF THE PIECES INSIDE HER HOME WERE MADE BY LOCAL ARTIST KAREN CORONADO. ON THE DAY WE VISITED, KAREN WAS TEACHING A GOURD PAINTING CLASS. gtgt THESE ARE JUST SIMPLE CRAFT PAINTS YOU CAN BUY AT ANY CRAFT STORE. gtgt SO IS GOURD PAINTING A TRADITIONAL ART FORM FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES, OR IS IT PRIMARILY LUMBEE gtgt I DON’T KNOW. gtgt ALL ACROSS THE BOARD, HMM gtgt IT’S WORLDWIDE. gtgt CLASSES LIKE THIS DEMONSTRATE PAM’S DESIRE TO USE HER HOME AS A PLACE TO SHARE NATIVE AMERICAN ART AND HER LUMBEE.

INDIAN CULTURE. SHE ALSO WANTS TO USE HER SILO HOUSE AS A REALLIFE CLASSROOM TO EDUCATE YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE AREA ABOUT ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT. gtgt IT’S SOMETHING THAT I WANT TO SHARE WITH THEM AND HOPE TO FOR THEM TO PICK IT UP AND BE INTERESTED IN YOU KNOW, IN THE ENVIRONMENT, IN THE CLIMATE, IN KEEPING THEIR THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, THEY’RE CLEAN AND JUST SHOWING THEM HOW IMPORTANT IT IS, HOW WE ALL LIVE IN THIS THIS WORLD TOGETHER, AND WE’RE DEPENDENT ON ONE ANOTHER.

Gtgt AFTER ONE YEAR OF PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION, PAM’S SILO HOME IS NEARLY COMPLETE. INCLUDING ALL OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY FEATURES, HER TOTAL COST FOR THIS HOUSE WILL BE ABOUT $55,000, CONSIDERABLY LESS THAN A TRADITIONAL HOME OF SIMILAR SIZE. AND WHILE IT’S REWARDING FOR HER TO SEE THE TANGIBLE RESULT OF HER WORK AND EFFORTS, THE PERMANENCE OF THIS UNIQUE HOME ALSO REFLECTS PAM’S RETURN TO HER ROOTS. gtgt THIS IS, YOU KNOW THIS IS OUR HOME, UM. THIS IS WHERE MY FAMILY, MY RELATIVES, ARE HERE. MY MY ANCESTORS ARE HERE, YOU KNOW.

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