50+ and affordable - self-built
From: Marganne (margannemacnexus.org)
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 13:26:26 -0700 (PDT)

From what I've read here, there's an idea that attached dwellings that stick to design guidelines is more economical than detached homes. It's probably true if a traditional home or condo is the goal.

I think it will take a paradigm shift for people to think out-of-the-box about living space. Check out my comment in an earlier reply about a project in Vermont. Pre-fab, modular or manufactured homes aren't what they used to be.

I hope there are a lot of responses to your request for existing developments that are self-built. I'd like to think I could build a small home by myself, but at my age and physical health, I need to be realistic.

Seth. You are NOT crazy! ;-)


At 9:38 PM -0700 6/28/07, Seth Schneider wrote:
I've been lurking on this list for a little while, but want to chime in with
agreement about Sharon's point. I'm extremely interested in the
affordability part of the discussion, even though I'm significantly under 50 years old.

Along these lines, I'm wondering if anyone knows of any cohousing
developments that have been built entirely, or in part, by the residents.
Building one's own (single family) home can save a significant amount of money. And while building a cohousing development together seems more complex than building a single dwelling and full of potential risks, the monetary savings could be quite significant.

In addition to examples, I welcome any opinions about this concept (even if it's along the lines of "you're crazy to even consider the idea").


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