On a small island off of the coast of Maine, a lot sat vacant for over 30 years. Bruce Porter, a retired Columbia University professor, enlisted the help of his daughter to help him build a getaway cottage that operates independently of the grid. Alex Scott, of Alex Scott Porter Design offered her father a way to take advantage of an empty lot he had been sitting on since the 1970’s. Now a writer, Bruce saw his neighbors on the island drag gas tanks and generators to their houses and decided he was going to pursue a more undemanding lifestyle for his cottage.
Bruce and Alex decided to install a composting toilet, solar panels, along with a water system that uses the rainwater collected from the roof to meet the houses water needs. The system starts to collect water after the first 5 gallons wash off of the roof to remove dirt and soot from the supply. It then uses a syphon to collect water from the top of the tank, so any remaining dirt stays at the bottom of the tank.
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