|Re: a strategy for affordability||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ron Czecholinski (ron.czecholinskigmail.com)|
|Date: Sat, 22 May 2010 16:55:36 -0700 (PDT)|
Sharon and Greg - I agree whole heatedly, where there is a will, there is usually a way (with many obstacles, detours, and variables). I started building in the mid 70's as an "owner builder" highly influenced by the back to the land movement. In preparation to build my own house I got a job with a contractor and went to one of the first owner builder schools in the country - Shelter Institute in Maine. I built a 1500 sq. ft. house on 2 acres for around $30,000 - the folks that started Shelter Institute built a much smaller house for under $2,000 (no, I didn't forget a zero). I have been committed to simple living and alternative affordable building ever since. The model I am working on right now with a small house of 700-1000 sq. ft and an auxiliary cottage of 300-500 sq.ft. could allow for an investment starting around $65,000 on a co-ownership arrangement - and sweat equity could possibly reduce that further. In addition, I am pretty sure I could find several other ways to help people find affordable alternative options - a group willing to be significantly involved in development and building, as well as to think outside the box and relocate if necessary to an area that has conducive code will have many options to choose from. Several years ago, as home ownership was becoming more and more elusive (unless you are comfortable with barely manageable debt) I decided to start turning some of my attention to consulting for owner builders. Also, having a long time interest in community (and 10 years experience) I believe the best context for this effort is in the context of a co-housing type of structure. I finally have been freed up to pursue this more directly and am excited to be pursuing a project that I hope will provide some of the answers. I also am glad I found my way back to this list - I have followed this movement since the early 90's and visited this forum (without contribution) off and on over the past few years. If this project continues to come together I hope to learn and contribute much more. -- Ron Czecholinski www.diy-home-building.com www.naturalchoiceinteriors.com
- Re: A strategy for affordability, (continued)
- Re: A strategy for affordability Greg Nelson, May 21 2010
- Re: a strategy for affordability Ron Czecholinski, May 22 2010
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