Community News – September 18

Newlywed Couple Eagerly Awaits Canadian Round Home  
Local newly weds, Michael and Maddie O’Laire are celebrating their recent marriage as many do- by purchasing a house. However, theirs is different than most in Homer.
The 1140 sq. ft. home components were loaded into a 40 ft. shipping container from the Mandala Homes prefabrication factory in Nelson, BC Canada on August 21, trucked to Seattle, then barged to Alaska. The total package consists of 6×12 foot wall panels with windows installed, BC cedar ceiling, roof and floor system and a detailed set-up manual. The home package will be delivered in Homer this week.
Michael is a local carpenter, so he understands the value of Off-Site Construction in the short Alaskan building season. A typical Mandala Home is erected to weather-tight in a few weeks. Michael has prepared the foundation and full basement, made of insulated concrete forms, and will be ready to begin constructing the house next week.

Michael and Maddie conducted extensive research into building a round Mandala home and discovered benefits like panoramic views, natural day-lighting, a healthy environment, and the extreme structural strength of a round building in the face of strong winds and heavy snow loads. They are also looking forward to enjoying the reduced cost and comfort of living in an Energy Star qualified home. A preliminary energy rating from the house plans earned a 6 Star energy rating, the highest energy efficiency rating available in Alaska. Newly constructed 6 Star homes are eligible for a $10,000 rebate from Alaska Housing Finance Corporation’s new home rebate energy program.
An award winning company, Mandala Homes, founded in 2000, is an internationally recognized leader in engineered, energy efficient, prefabricated round homes and commercial buildings.  Mandala Homes is a qualified Energy Star builder and is proud to have built the first Energy Star qualified home in B.C. in 2011. Mandala Homes is dedicated to providing exquisite spaces while minimizing the impact on the environment. Mandala Homes partners with clients in designing beautiful, energy efficient homes using sustainable materials such as eco-certified wood and non-toxic insulation and finishes. The homes have a natural and creative appeal and represent a new wave of innovation in green technology and prefabricated home design. Inspired by nature, Mandala’s round home designs are highlighted by an abundance of natural light that spills through a signature central skylight. For more information visit or email

Annual meeting and book signing
The annual meeting, board of directors elections for the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center will be held  at 6 p.m. Sept. 26.
A Special Presentation and Book Signing by Hig and Erin of Ground Truth Trekking will also take place.

Time to clean out your closets
McNeil Canyon Elementary is hosting a garage sale on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunchroom size tables are available to rent for $20. Half-a-table is $10. Call Laura at McNeil Canyon for more information or to reserve a table.  235-8181

Eating local year-round
Learn how you can enjoy local garden fare in the wintertime, too. Join Bette Seaman, South Peninsula Hospital’s registered dietitian and nutritionist, to learn unique and traditional ways to store your market fare to enjoy throughout the winter.
Seaman will present on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market. The presentation is free and includes samples of local produce. For more information, contact Bette at 235-0320.

Homer Entrepreneurs’ Network
The Homer Entrepreneurs Network meets monthly — the last Wednesday of every month — to exchange ideas and experiences on the practical aspects of entrepreneurship and creating an entrepreneurial business.
Come and meet other entrepreneurs or “wanna-be” entrepreneurs, and experience what it takes to succeed. The next meeting takes place Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at K-Bay Caffe on Pioneer Avenue.

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1 Response for “Community News – September 18”

  1. Jim says:

    The advantages of using shipping containers as your construction building blocks include:

    They are inexpensive. A used container will cost between $800 and $6000 each, depending on size, age, condition and distance from the building site. Each 40 foot container gives you 320 square feet. .

    Energy concerns. It takes far less energy to reuse shipping containers in a building than to melt them down and reform then into steel beams. Add solar panels and even the ongoing energy use will be green.

    Examples of plans can be found HERE-

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