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Auto-Rising Home

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The new "Auto-Rising Home" contains:

1) Vertical Rails upon which the house can slowly rise.

2) A trash compactor in the sub-floor

Over time, the household waste gets compacted right under the house.


A) Decreases garbage pickup & disposal costs.

B) Decreases sensitivity to rising sea-level

C) Identifies the worst consumers on topographical charts for easy identification & interventions

D) Increases home value, as you have a mine underneath it, with more rare earth minerals per volume than many mines. (Assuming you throw your e-waste there too).

I can't see anything that could possibly go wrong here.

sophocles, Mar 31 2014

Floating houses in Holland http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6405359.stm
Floating houses, and yes with flexible hoses attaching everything [MisterQED, Apr 03 2014]

Permission sought for 'rising flood house' in Lincolnshire http://www.bbc.co.u...ncolnshire-37961466
Now a reality. [8th of 7, Nov 14 2016]


       Why have a trash compactor in the sub-floor? Just ensure that the house can both rise and fall.   

       Raise house. Place waste under house. Ensure children and liked pets are not under house. Lower house. Repeat.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 31 2014

       With increased height offering better views, this idea might create a garbage market where one could buy garbage or near-garbage to prop up one's home.   

       Also, this will be a boon for house-front stairway manufacturers.   

       Both would be a source of tax revenue to help the less fortunate afford stilts.
the porpoise, Mar 31 2014

       [Max..] yes! The house becomes the compactor. Elegant.   

       [porpoise]. Ah, yes, stairs. But, who wouldn't want to climb a rope ladder to get to their rising house? And, a slide or pole would be a decent descent.
sophocles, Mar 31 2014

       // pole //   

       Fireman's pole .. immediate bun.
8th of 7, Apr 01 2014

       The roof is not mine... but I will raise it.   

       This could solve the spent Uranium disposal problem. Everyone could have some in the floor to help compact the rubbish (which one ought to occasionally call "garbage" -- Is this getting irritating?)   

       Just think how much more interesting your cockroaches would be than your neighbours' if you managed to secure more Uranium than them.
skoomphemph, Apr 01 2014

       I thought, "this is probably some form of house-in- the-form-of-a-tethered-barge as a defense against transient flooding". Then I thought "the water, sewerage, electric and gas connections would be a nightmare". Then I read more than the title, first guess wrong, problems still apply.
bs0u0155, Apr 01 2014

       // "the water, sewerage, electric and gas connections would be a nightmare" //   

       Water, electric and gas - two flexible pipes, one flexible cable - widely known to exist.   

       Sewerage is a little more tricky, but using a macerator a flexible 50mm pipe should be entirely adequate.   

       In areas that expeience freezing temperatures, either lagging or trace heating would be needed.
8th of 7, Apr 01 2014

       And after 500 years - an interesting dig for archaeologists.
pashute, Apr 01 2014

       8th is right. As for sewage, it flows by gravity & has vents to atmosphere by design anyway. So, all you need is a drain pipe on the house going vertically within a larger pipe that's fixed. & screens to keep out the critters. Right?
sophocles, Apr 01 2014

       //deter further crap from being carried into the house.//   

       I, for one, support all paper and some plastic garbage as methods of carbon sequestration.
Voice, Apr 02 2014

       Garbage can save the Planet! Quick! Start an organization that requires funding, and Protect Our Garbage from destruction.
skoomphemph, Apr 02 2014

       <Notes that not only is [skoom]'s house higher than all the others, but it appears to be supported entirely by piled up banknotes>
8th of 7, Apr 03 2014

       Mister President, we would be most greatful if you would assist us. We seem to have temporarily run out of space, and there's a little something lying on the path we wish you could see your way clear to looking after for us ...   

       No, no, of course we'll have fixed this by the time the budget allocation arrives, but at the moment the excess bundle of paper is terribly scruffy. Our engineers have assured us that by next week the house will have been modified to sequester more banknote CO2.
skoomphemph, Apr 03 2014

       The basic idea is baked in Holland and several other places. (link) I'm missing the whole "advantage" of having my house on top of a festering pile of garbage as any anaerobic pile would be. The two solutions are the Chinese version where you turn the pile into a methane extractor to power the house or the eco version where you turn the pile into a compost pile and use it to heat the house directly.
MisterQED, Apr 03 2014

       There is...a house...in New Orleans...
It's called...the Auto-Rising Home...
And it's been...the ruin...of many a halfbaked idea...
And [sophocles]...I think...this is one (organ solo)
normzone, Apr 03 2014

       Why leave now ? The party's just getting interesting ..
8th of 7, Apr 04 2014


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