The Ten Generations Home


Medieval era homes.













originally published on, September 2003

by Douglas Black

In this article I put forth a concept radically different from the 1990s – 2000s mindset, namely building as many square feet for as little as possible.  I tried to show how, from a sustainable point of view, this flawed notion inherently included planned failures and replacement inevitability.

17th cent house in Italy

17th Century Home, Italy


In the past ten years a movement towards smaller homes in lieu of so-called Mc Mansions, rapidly rising materials costs (particularly lumber), and the Great Recession have only made the idea of a 300-year home more practical.   Read On…..











Douglas Black

Douglas Black


Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.

Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new.  He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog –

He also uses his MagicEightBall to predict sporting outcomes and shares on his blog

Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field and other sports venues around Chicago, he captures moments in the built environment.

And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.








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