|RE: Handmade Houses||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Rob Sandelin (floriferousmsn.com)|
|Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 20:39:02 -0600 (MDT)|
Tricia Bowler- Archambault asked, Building homes ourselves, with local materials, is one way to bring the costs down. I am interested to know if others have any thoughts about this in relation to the high cost of co-housing development. There are a growing number of Lot-development cohousing projects. This model creates lots upon which individual owners finance and build their own homes. If you do this with the idea of variety and affordability in mind, then owner building is an obvious pathway for some folks. At Sharingwood we have 4 owner built homes out of 24, with a fifth owner built home under way. The total cost of the 5th house is projected at $65,000. This is still expensive, but much less than the $490,000 price tag on one of the homes here. There are 7 no-mortgage homes here, which include all of the owner built homes. The difficulty of this model is the prolonged period of building. Sharingwood first house went in in the year 1987 and we still have 4 unbuilt but owned lots. It also takes some thought and capital planning to have a commonhouse. We built our commonhouse ourselves (mostly anyway, we hired out some of it). This also seems to not work in urban areas and its hard to find developable land in competition with professional real estate developers in areas which are growing. We were very fortunate in that the land was purchased in the early 1980's when 40 acre parcels were possible. The price was low and if we did this starting today I doubt it would work as the lot costs would be way too high because the land values have skyrocketed here. Rob Sandelin South Snohomish County at the headwaters of Ricci Creek Sky Valley Environments <http://www.nonprofitpages.com/nica/SVE.htm> Field skills training for student naturalists Floriferous [at] msn.com --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.332 / Virus Database: 186 - Release Date: 3/6/02 _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.cohousing.org/cohousing-L
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