At first I wrote everything in German. I was soon able to find out that English communication in international exchange is very important. That's why I am working hard and diligently translating everything into English. The double effort also costs me twice as much time. For now the blog will only be responsable in German (if you like, use the Forum).
Yesterday I (also thanks to Erik from America) visualized many inspirations in a PowerPoint presentation bilingually. Also, I have designed a logo, the C looks like a human and the O could be interpreted as a world or as a round thing. Com. stands for community and because the "C" is not really a "C", the first word is OM. As soon as I get to that, I will put the presentations in the forum. But even so are some magic symbols included, which anyone can find themselves interested.
Now I'm ready to introduce the ComBungalow project to the general public and to hang the big bell. Facebook forums, open source forums, other forums that pursue the theme of cheap to live and live free.
I wonder what channels and advertising opportunities are still available to bring the project around the world faster to the general public. Maybe I find in the forum some hints or even helping hands? I would be very happy.
Conventional construction method and Turnkey construction (furnished).
Due to the intensive participation from our community so far ;-), we have decided the next steps and initiated the realization of our vision.
For this, we let build a prototype house, according to our design, from specialized companies, with common construction methods.
Doing so we will gain a lot practical experiences and get a demonstration- and holiday ComBungalow. We will build the first ComBungalow, in the Dominican Republic, near the most beautiful holiday dream beaches. It will be a bungalow with 4 private Appartements.
All who are interested in actively or financially participating our first ComBungalow Project are welcome. Please use our contact form in the blog with the respective subject.
LEO & MARIA
Sponsors and donors?
For the world's first com bungalow in the Dominican Republic, we still have plenty of promotional spaces to award. Manufacturer of e.g. Windows, doors, tiles, kitchens, roofing, furniture, sanitary facilities, bathroom, lamps, insulation, etc. are hereby invited by us to sponsor our ComBungalow with their products or equip. Preference is given to ecological, nature-related, health-promoting, materials and solutions. Upon request, sponsors or donors will receive a badge on the sponsor's or donor's outer wall, the resulting ComBungalows as gratitude and for marketing purposes. We distinguish between a collective plaque, only with name and a single plaque with logo and web link, which is attached but only from € 1000 worth of money on the wall. In addition, everyone who wants to support the project and to be named, will be published on our website. We are open to all offers from sponsors, although not everyone will and will be included in the project.
We look forward to contacting potential sponsors or donors. Anyone who knows potential sponsors or manufacturers of suitable products can help enormously by making them aware of our project.
LEO & MARIA
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Our settlement is intended for all loving people in the world. Regardless of which origin, religion, language, diet, age, gender, skin color, etc. All those who want a free happy, healthy, close to nature, loving, self-sufficient life, in harmony with nature, humans and animals. To all those who want to realize themselves in this life and want to experience their daily routine and their favorite activities independently. They want to do what pleases them instead of having to earn money. However, if you just want to lie down in the hammock, drink alcohol and let yourself be supported by the community, you're in the wrong place here. We see ourselves as enterprisers, back to nature and not as refugees, from a destructive and exploitative society. Splitting criteria (such as political left or right, faith, origin, etc.) are uninteresting and undesirable to us. No one is forced to do anything he should believe or know. Everyone has their liberties as long as he does not violate the freedoms of the community. For this purpose, rules are introduced that make a loving, functioning community life possible and to which everyone is entitled to adhere. Social status, finances and consumption were the values of the previous culture. Our new values are based on love, compassion, fellowship, justice, freedom, beauty, harmony, symbiosis, peace, joy, dance, song, socializing healthy food, but no drugs, alcohol or any negative technologies and sounds. The settlement is designed so that we will have minimal fixed costs, as everyone will create their own private, cheaply built apartments. Anyone can plant the permaculture plants he likes to harvest on the area near them. Self-responsibility means that everyone lives so that the community is positively influenced by it. There will be many opportunities to get involved and to realize yourself. An independent school, a university, medical care, shops and workshops are also planned.
If you feel positive and would like to participate, you are welcome to contact us and express your interest. The others are allowed to stay in the hamster wheel.
LEO & MARIA
As you can see in the picture, there are 4 different phases in the Nature Village project. Our project is currently still in the development phase. We have not yet decided on a land and a special plot. First, we need contact and the help of pioneers. We call on all developers, planners, land owner and financiers, as well as all professionals, to support and help us now in this phase. In the next phase, we will add craftsmen and then nature designer. Only when the first houses are habitable, the first ComPeople (community people) can move in. No matter how you want to participate, it makes sense to get in touch now, as the seats are limited. And who comes first, the first serves.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please let us know if you see yourself as a pioneer, craftsman, nature designer or ComPeople. We would also like a meaningful description about you, your skills experience and preferences, as we may be allowed to make a selection. Please use our contact form: https://combungalow.jimdofree.com/kontakt/
If everything works out, we'll see each other soon.
LEO & MARIA
Hurray, we have two names for our projects!
Our first Nature Com Village project has received the name "SAMANA". Not only because it will be built on the half isle Samana, in the Dominican Republic. The word comes also from Sanskrit and means i.a. Peace, pacification.
The world's first "prototype-holiday- investment-marketing-ComBungalow " will be built in the Dominican Republic. To mention it a little easier, we have named it "HolyDays".
With this first project we will ensure the contacts, experiences and technologies, which are needed to realize and build the Village SAMANA. We have already checked some possible building places near the beautiful beaches. With the addition of new technologies and know-how from our community members, together we will be soon able to build it. For this we will use the modular open source ComBungalow wood construction method. We have already contact, with interested people, who would like to participate active and financially in this project. But we want to choose the right people, who are both technically and financially suitable for us and this first project. For that we are willing to wait some days more and drink some TEA. Who would like to participate, is invited to contact us, with the contact form on our website.
Aside from the two project names, there is plenty of news to report. After the initial silence, the wind pulls now and we get going ahead. Today I (LEO) developed, an ingenious cost reduction solution that I will publish soon.
Until then we wish you all the best and
LEO & MARIA
we LEO & MARIA have created two videos for you. In the first one we introduce the ComBungalow concept. In the second video we present the world's first ComBungalow. This is a vacation project in the Domenican Republik. We call it „HolyDays“. For this project, we still offer posibilitys to participate.
Have fun watching and thank you for forwarding.
LEO & MARIA
As already described in the blog, we named our construction project "HolyDays".
We will build - not only - for our community, the first reference, prototype, demonstration and holiday bungalow, in the Dominican Republic. ;-)
This project offers us builders the chance to build affordable holiday apartments which are many times the value, they will cost. The apartments can also be rented to vacationers, which makes the whole thing even more profitable.
At the moment 3 more co-owners have the chance to participate in the first ComBungalow. Since the quality of the ComBungalows is very important to us, we would like to have professionals who, in addition to their financial participation, also bring with them a wealth of know-how and craft experience in building houses. If you want to keep yourself out of work, you can substitute yourself with capital. As soon as all owners are on board, the realization of the first ComBungalow will begin..
This way, we will create the world's first com bungalow, as inexpensive and yet as high-quality as possible, in a beautiful seaside vacation place, in the Dominican Republic.
We will also publish the insights gained and our know-how, open source (for example, as films, photos, testimonials). This will be the first com bungalow, a place of creation, encounter and getting to know each other. Anyone who wants to view the com bungalow or build one, can make a holiday with us, live rehearsal and decide whether he likes it.
So dear, financially blessed and capable construction experts, if we have aroused your interest, then just get in touch with us.
LEO & MARIA
Everybody is important! What can I do, I'm just a ... ? It is not necessary that you participate in a technical or skilfull way. You would make us all happy, especially your friends, relatives, acquaintances, etc., if you would introduce us to each other. No matter if you spread our link or talk to someone about our ideas. We develop the power of realization through networking. Networking often reveals the case, that the friend, of the aquaintance of a friend, the appropriate one is. For example we have met at lunch Hector and told him our ideas. He introduced us to his acquaintance Carlos and Rosanna. Carlos is a constructor from the USA. His wife and he have had a similar vision as we have for years.
The more people learn about the benefits and advantages of our community, the more they can get involved. In the interplay will find the appropriate partner, which will make the thing better and more useful for all. We forecast a global, cross-lingual network that is used by all and will be advanced by some hundred of people. At the moment I am (LEO), in the forum a lone fighter, for the good (open source) thing. You can change that by making us better known.
Please help us to do everything possible to make us better known. No matter what it is. We leave it to your creativity. Do what makes you and others happy or what appears in your intuition. That will be the best thing.
Thank you, also on behalf of the ComBungalow community.
LEO & MARIA
We want to reduce the costs of a private home to a minimum. Instead of being in financial debts for a lifetime and have to work for it, our approach is to start with a small but affordable housing and then expand it as much and as soon as we can. Instead of paying for everything on our own, we divide the costs and the work. For this, we combine 4 separate apartments, fully equipped with kitchen, into a ComBungalow. At the same time, we achieve a high quality of living through the combined know-how and promote community togetherness.
Benefits and advantages of the Open Source ComBungalow Community
Cost distribution (sharing)
Networking with skillfull help
exchange of experiences
Self-realization and realization of the own fables
Worldwide available standard
Free download (construction, architects and construction plans, parts lists, know-how, drawings, etc.)
Cost division due common acquisitions
Inexpensive modules with timber construction
Expandable with different modules
Latest building technology
There are currently delays in the realization. The exact location is again in question.
After visiting some beautiful properties, we were to decide, to buy one of them. We talked to some Dominican friends about this issue. From them we have learned that the best building sites on the beach, are offered overpriced. They advised us to be careful, with supposed bargains, because there were often fraudsters at work. Many have lost all their money getting into a trap. We also learned that the legitimate possession of a property is only the first minor hurdle. Anyone who wants to build a commercial or tourist property would need a lot of expensive permits. Sometimes years would pass until it is clear whether or not construction is allowed. It is unpredictable for us to know, how many costs and approval times we will have.
These risks were not known before. With these conditions, we are not longer willing, to realize our HolyDays project here. For this reason, we are hereby officially rowing back with the project. In this regard, we will take back all postings and offers.
Deferred is not suspended. ;-)
If things don’t realize easy, its because they should not be. It’s not good to force them.
We are curious what will open up instead.
LEO & MARIA
For the reasons we have mentioned bevore, the Dominican Republic will not be the location for the first ComBungalow project "HolyDays". The second project "Nature-Com-Village SAMANA" can still stay in the DomRep. The 8 hectare property, far out of town, offers other benefits. However, SAMANA will not be built until the first project is completed.
We are happy about the many positive resonances and people who want to participate. So far, three pioneers and two craftsmen have gathered in our communinity. We all are looking forward to get started.What is missing is the right property for our first project. That's why we're looking for land for our HolyDays ComBungalow. We gratefully accept suggestions.
In the meantime, of course, we continue to make contacts and bring the development of ComBungalows, in the forum. Your ideas and contributions are very welcome.
LEO & MARIA
We don't want venture capital!
Today I got an offer from a risk capital investor. Lidie F. has graciously condescended herself to make the following suggestion: "I'm ready to work with you and to make an investment of between € 5,000 and € 15 Mio. in debt financing."
But what does it mean exactly? It means that the investor wants to have his risk capital duly paid back. The result is that the interest returns from the project become the main target. People, animals or plants are not any longer the centerpoint, but the "Return of Invest."
The return of the monthly interest-bearings become a strict duty. This brings the necessity, through exploitation and usury, in order to be able to repay the (unnecessarily made) debts on time. If not ee are threatened with bankruptcy and foreclosure. Who is doing a huge favor to whom?
Instead of escaping the hamster wheel, a much more exhausting contract is being cemented.
Until full repayment, the investor is the owner of the project. He becomes the main determiner and co-decision maker in all important matters. His interests are at the center of all efforts.
Let's put Lidi and all her debt capital vultures!
It goes ahead at a snail's pace, if we leave out this expensive "money turbo". But it will be more funny and consistent for everyone else.