Waialua is one of the few places on Oahu that remains untouched by rapid urbanization. This small North Shore town consists of small, local businesses and many homes that are off the grid. The drive to Waialua is dotted with expansive farmland and ocean views, and nestled in the quiet town, Casey and Shae Goepel have built their own sustainable dream home. As a first-time home builder, Casey spent seven weeks constructing their family home that is entirely off the grid.
Not only is their house off the grid, but many of the materials used to build the home were salvaged from old structures or recycled materials from Re-use Hawaii. Ultimately, they had to rework everything to incorporate it into their new home.
One of the most significant additions to the metal container that comprises a majority of the structure was drywalling and insulating the walls to keep the house at a cooler temperature. Casey is proud to say “the entire build was powered by our solar-table; saws, planers, circular saws, drills, drivers and all.”
As Casey and Shae have constructed a sustainable home for their family, they intend to raise awareness for climate issues while encouraging others to consider their environmental impact. Casey said, “The more we understand how and what we consume, the more we will be inclined to consume less. I encourage everyone to become more aware. Pay attention to your habits. You’ll be surprised to see that taking a few simple steps today can contribute to a much better tomorrow.”