Wouldn't it be nice no building codes at all. Just make sure you live up hill from the neighbors with all that sewage flowing down hill.Septic and Sewer
Would you really buy a house from someone who said they built it to "their" specs.?
Septic and sewer is a big expensive ugly hoax. Neither is necessary. Sure, some irresponsible people would pollute waterways with sewage if left to their own solutions and yes some folks might wash waste downhill on your property. But it you have a farm above you, or own farm animals yourself, this is already happening.
This same thing happens every time it rains and sewer plants get storm overflow and it flushes raw materials into waterways.
Farms with cows and horses wash waste matter into streams and creeks every time it rains.
Deer manure, beer manure, wolf manure, etc. all end up washed into waterways regularly.
What is the result? Not much, except for those large corporate many head farms that also send into waterways heaps of pesticides - which are far more dangerous than fecal matter.
How about all the birth control pills the medicated masses are swallowing, the behavior medications, etc. Sewage plants are unable to filter these compounds out of 'cleaned' water discharged back into waterways from treatment facilities. Net result, mutated fish, dead lakes and hosts of other deathes in nature.
Human urine is a very good nutrient source for growing edible plants and totally harmless. Humanure is also a good soil building compound, although you compost such and break down any pathogens before application.
I highly recommend Joseph Jenkins fine books on the topic - older versions are free downloads on his website:http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure.htmlSelf built homes
Back about 100 years ago many people built their own homes. They weren't contractors or builder but rather normal people doing what they had forever - providing for their family. It's only recently that we've embarked upon this costly luxury of having people do everything for you. I know people that call an electrician to change lightbulbs. We have people fooled as to the complexity and danger of things.
As a free society you have the right to own you land and do what you want on your land. Since the rise of code and zoning however we have done away with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It has become about neighbors regulating non-fashionable non-conforming behavior. How many HOA's tell you what color your paint has to be? Great utilization of time and resources
While HOA are the epitome of anti-American, codes and zoning aren't far behind.
It amazes me that with all the building codes they still allow people to build out of wood, vinyl and other flammable and often highly toxic materials. How many people were permitted to install asbestos in there homes not so long ago? Ditto for lead, and today all the love for evil vinyl. If codes were about saving lives and safety they would demand highly fire retardant materials like adobe, cob, ferro cement, glass and steel. It's downright hard to burn earth or cement
In 2004, in the United States there were estimated 395,000 home structure fires. 13,700 injuries to inhabitants and 3190 deaths. Leading cause of fire? Smoking and cooking.
But we still allow people to smoke in homes and allow kitchens to be within house structure rather than sensibly isolated in it's own fireproofed building. Why? Because the masses would bitch and moan about that impacting their freedoms. Even the aweful insurance companies still insure folks like this which causes higher premiums for everyone.
I see many homes built by owners own two hands. Young couples are pioneering in this way again. My father in-law built his place himself without codes 30+ years ago and it's sturdier and nicer than many most luxury homes. It's totally doable without codes or government infringement.
Look at the movement like Mike Reynolds earthships:http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=mike+reynolds
Face it, codes and zoning exist for taxing authority purposes. It's so they know you have x bathrooms and x bedrooms - so they can punch the variables of your home into software and come up with a new higher yet generic tax assessment. It's all about property taxes.