Our guiding vision at Longhouse is to help create a future in which everyone has the opportunity to live a life of abundance. We all deserve the right to use our time how we choose, and the freedom to pursue our passions. The world we find ourselves in works against those ideals, but we think there is a way to build a better future for everyone.
It all starts at home.
We imagine a future in which megacities, endless suburban rooftops, and slave factories no longer exist. The word “commute” is gone from the English language. The daily struggle to get up and sell your time and productivity just to get by is over.
In our vision, we live in communities connected both locally and remotely.
Our homes are in villages of friends and extended families which are safe and nurturing for everyone from newborns to great-grandmothers.
Our homes are living things which support our needs. They are built of good healthy materials and last for centuries. They harvest water and energy. They recycle waste and produce food without effort. They keep us warm in winter and cool in the ever longer summer.
These things are all achievable right now.
We know what to do to bring this vision to life. More importantly we know there are plenty of people out there like you who want to share this future.
If you want to build a better future, we are here to help you do it.
That’s what we’re about.
I am Derek Sallans, Home Designer
After nearly a decade in the mining industry, exploring for gold and coal, working underground, and managing large projects, I decided to make a change. After all the damage I had caused through those actions, I felt I needed to pursue a more positive future. I began to study the inter-relationship between the natural and the built environemnt, and the transitions which are occupied by humans.
My scientific background combined with years of living on the land lent me an affinity with natural materials and forms, tempered by an understanding of the value of technology and data. This synthesis of philosophies manifests in my work through the use of low carbon renewable materials employed in thoroughly modern ways.
My principal interest in the industry is to create spaces to nurture a more traditional way of living. Community, comfort, and low energy use are the key goals here. With better ways of building employed to provide better ways of living, maybe we can start to envision a better future for everyone.