Re: Affordable and Small Houses
From: Sharon Villines (
Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 07:59:51 -0700 (PDT)
> On May 25, 2015, at 3:52 PM, Emilie Parker <emilie.v.parker [at]> 
> wrote:
> I really love that small house.  Several times I've had it explained to me
> that the small house 900sf-ish single family one story is not a good resale
> prospect in a PUD because the cost to build is just not that much less in
> required sales price than a two story -- 1800sf-ish plus basement.

But you have to heat them and maintain them — refinish floors,  paint, etc. 
Plus have a larger HVAC and tend to accumulate more things. Larger rugs. My 
floors need refinishing and will cost close to $2,000 plus 5 days of living 
somewhere else. Painting will cost the same. In a smaller place it would be 
half that. 

It’s not just about construction costs. What can you afford down the line?

But with a project in Florida, the greatest demand was for one bedrooms and the 
bank refused to fund them. No resale value. And that’s what people wanted!!!!

Sharon Villines
Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC

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