We have seen a lot of homes as movers but none as strange as these. Despite some odd proportions, strange building materials, and off-the-wall colors, these prideful homes all have redeeming qualities that endear them to their owners. For one, they’re all unique. And in this cookie-cutter world, that’s saying a whole lot! Which is your favorite?
What are their stories?
Top Left: A House That Rocks
If you’re looking for a rock-solid investment, how about this house in Portugal? Situated between two giant boulders, the house walls are formed of mortared masonry, and the living area is covered by concrete tile roofing. Fireproof, windproof, and impervious to insects, a house like this might qualify you for lower homeowner insurance rates.
Top Middle: If the Shoe Fits, Live in It
This three-bedroom, two-bath home boots the idea that houses can’t be fun shapes. Built in 1948 as an advertising gimmick by a Pennsylvania shoe salesmen, the Shoe House endures today thanks to its tough stucco exterior finish.
Top Right: This House is a Real Steel
Think twice before you bang your head against the walls of this Gainsville, Fla., house. Built from salvaged steel shipping containers ($2,500 to $5,000 each), this 2,200-square-foot flight of fancy features three bedrooms and two and a half baths. It’s fireproof, sustainable (repurposed materials!), and you sure won’t have to worry about termites.
Bottom Left: Make Homes, Not War!
Can your home survive nuclear winter? This one can. Made from a decommissioned missile silo in upstate New York, it’s one of the strongest structures ever built. The 2,300-square-foot, below-ground portion includes a full kitchen, entertainment center, and two private suites. Entrance is gained via an 1,800-square-foot log home on the surface, and there’s a private runway. Buy-in price? About $750,000.
Bottom Middle: DIY Earthbag Dome
Earthbag domes like this one make great garden sheds, studios, chicken coops, and houses. They’re made using polypropylene rice bags or feed bags filled with soil and then stacked like masonry. The small dome shown here is for storage and costs only $300 to make. You can check out this unique building technique on Instructables.com.
Bottom Right: Swiss Chalets Tolkien Would Dig
These eco-friendly homes in Switzerland come with lots of perks, including lakeside views, rooftop yards, and underground parking. Because the structures were built into the earth, they’re naturally insulated — heating costs are slashed and air conditioning isn’t necessary. The only bummer: You have to mow the roof by hand, which can take hours to do using a scythe.
Forced to move out of Husker Nation? Not to worry; Husker Nation is literally everywhere!
From the East
Chartered since 1920, the D.C. Huskers (Washington, D.C., that is) goal is to serve the alumni community living in and around the nation's Capital; to encourage the alumni's continued support of the tradition, mission, and progress of the University of Nebraska; and to promote social, cultural, and intellectual opportunities for alumni and friends.
Last fall, one of our employees watched a Husker game with the D.C. Huskers during a mother-daughter trip to D.C. They cheered on the Huskers to victory against the Minnesota Gophers!
To the West
CFN (Californians for Nebraska) is an organization of friends, fans and alumni of the University of Nebraska that have joined together in support of the University and its athletic programs. Californians for Nebraska supports the University of Nebraska by coordinating activities among graduates, former and present students, friends and others having an interest in the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska. They have been preserving and promoting Nebraska tradition and spirit in Southern California since 1903!
And nearly everywhere in between
Yep, it's true! Go to www.huskerbar.com and you'll discover a nationwide directory of Nebraska Husker bars and watch sites. They sell unique Husker t-shirts and gear as well as curate great Husker news.
Now we really would hate to see you go; but if you must...
"Can you take my freezer full of Nebraska Beef?
Why, of course, we can!
Although we aren't able to move cattle, one of our top special requests for people moving out of state is, "Can you take my freezer full of Nebraska beef?!" We actually have a special generator that we haul to plug in the freezer when we stop at night on long distance moves.
Local News Update
Kearney Moving is there to help customers in the good and the bad!
Kearney Moving is committed to helping customers through a stressful move. Recently Hays KS was hit with torrential rains that created a scenario no one wants to face. Almost six inches of rain fell in the Hays, KS area, washing out county roads, flooding basements and possibly causing the roof collapse at the Big Creek Crossing mall.
A clothing store at the mall received significant water damage and was forced to close their store while clean-up and reconstruction takes place. During this difficult time they reached out to Kearney Moving to help them remove some of their inventory. On very short notice Kearney Moving was able to dispatch a crew and truck to the damaged store to begin the critical process of removing undamaged inventory. All items will be stored at the company's storage facility until reconstruction is completed.
Kearney Moving owner Justin Halbgewachs said "We are happy to help people whether it's a business or a residential move. We know moving can be stressful even when everything is going according to plan. We hope they are able to get up and running soon." Kearney Moving serves the Hays, KS area providing local, instate, and nationwide moving service. For more information or a free estimate go to kearneymoving.com.
Kearney Moving values the importance of each employee’s family. And we’d like to introduce you to one of our growing families and share their story.
Employee Josh Weinberg and wife Rachel met while working at a local grocery store, married in 2008, and were then quickly blessed with daughter Adrianna in 2010. They both grew up in fairly large families, and they desired a large family as well. After trying for another child relatively soon after Adri was born, a year later it seemed as though they had paid a small fortune in pregnancy tests to no avail and were becoming a bit discouraged. They were excited to grow their family, so they sought out other medical options and also began researching adoption.
While in high school, Rachel did some mission work at an orphanage in Haiti, and she had always hoped to one day give an orphaned child a home. In 2013, Rachel listened to a speaker at a women’s church event share her story about adopting a child from Ethiopia. This was a significant turning point for Rachel as she and Josh decided to take a huge step of faith by trusting God and following Him on an incredible journey of faith and hope.
The Journey Begins
Even though they weren’t sure that this was definitely God’s plan for their family, they knew there was a biblical mandate to care for orphans, and they desired more children. After slowly researching agencies, they finally decided on one and began the intense adoption process: paperwork, fingerprinting, counseling sessions, background checks, and hours of education, not to mention significant financial costs.
Fueled by a desire to adopt a family-less child, they worked hard to raise funds, and they saw God provide through every step. After being qualified to adopt from six different countries, they decided on the poorest country on the list: Ethiopia. After submitting their dossier, they pursued children on waiting lists, but - for whatever reason - something would always fall through. It all came to a frustrating halt when the country essentially closed its doors to international adoption. Although this process was difficult, the Weinbergs are thankful that God spared them and a child from a connection that may never have been completed.
Following this heartbreak, Josh and Rachel decided to pursue a U.S. adoption through a small Florida agency started by a woman who had experienced her own frustration when adopting her own two boys. They continued another long wait coupled with many new frustrations: extra fees, contract changes, and then actually meeting a birth mother who decided on another family. Through this all, the Weinberg family grew in their faith as their longing for a child increased their longing more after Christ. They saw how adoption is such a beautiful picture of the gospel of Christ.
God Had a Different Plan
After nearly 5 years of trying to add to their family, Josh and Rachel learned in June of ’15 that they were expecting! They rejoiced that God had given them the desire of their hearts, but in the wait God had given them something more: a desire for more of Christ and a longing to minister to orphaned and hurting children. On February 24, 2016, the Weinbergs welcomed Harper to their family. Through this journey, big sister Adriana – now 5 ½ - has developed a sensitive heart toward children who don’t have mommies and daddies. Josh and Rachel were very open with her the whole way about their struggles as they prayed and cried together many times over their desire for a baby. She is overjoyed at the arrival of her little sister and takes her role as big sister very seriously, knowing that Harper is a tangible gift from the Lord.
A Few Words from the Weinbergs
From Josh and Rachel, “The Kearney Moving family was so supportive throughout this process, always encouraging family to remain a top priority in the business. The company has graciously allowed time off for Josh for the different adoption meetings and conferences, as well as time when Harper was born. Some of the Kearney Moving family were there at our fundraisers, and the business helped sponsor our Glow Run 5K. Since having Harper, many of the employees have rejoiced with us in celebrating her life through gifts and visits. Our desire to adopt hasn't changed. We still trust God with our future whatever that may look like."
Having Fun: Keeping a Positive Attitude
As you can see, the Weinbergs have a strong faith. Josh can have a serious conversation about his faith and the importance of his family, but he can also make you laugh so hard that you cry. As an employer, it has been a joy to watch Josh work through this process and yet see his amazing attitude through all of the ups and downs. Some of Josh’s greatest attributes are his joyful spirit and positive attitude. Josh began – like most of our employees – as a crew member, then advanced to a senior crew member and now works as a foreman. He has an incredible ability to have fun while at work and has a great sense of humor, making the crew and customers laugh or smile. Our customers love Josh; he consistently ranks as one of the highest tipped employees here at Kearney Moving.
Although Josh can make nearly anyone laugh, he is a professional and does his job very well. He works hard. We trust him to manage any size crew we assign, to take an 18-wheeler anywhere in the country, and to take care of our customers at every level as he is able to sense needs and address them. Josh has experience handling high stress situations like a pro; for example, a few years ago he hit a patch of black ice and his truck slid sideways with oncoming traffic heading towards him. Thankfully he kept a cool head and was able to get the truck straightened out, keeping the crew, truck and furniture safe.
Important Team Member
We are proud to have Josh on our team. This past year he earned a special award from Atlas Van Lines for customer service, and he has won multiple awards from Kearney Moving for customer service and safe driving. Josh plays a significant role in modeling some of our company’s core values as they shape our company’s culture. More specifically, he exemplifies “have fun while you work” and “build a positive team and family culture.”
Having said that, as much as he enjoys work,
he typically can't wait to get home to be with his wife and two children!