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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #21 by leary
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Wow, adobe house huh? I had to look what kind of homes those were. Looks like they are cheap to build but need dry areas, although I could be wrong about that. I also tried to find some cheap houses and came across these "promoted" links on e-bay.
www.ebay.com/i/153984026384
www.ebay.com/i/153985768207
Looks like they need significant assembly, so if someone does that, the cost will be much higher.
I think cabins cost on the lower side too.
Man, I wish I was handy!!



 

Here's another type of home for consideration that's  under $70,000 and requires no assembly.
We've  been seriously thinking  of buying one for my Mother-In -Law, whom  I now realize will be with us for the duration.
We live on four  acres , so I could put this house for her 3+ acres  away.
www.tumbleweedhouses.com/tumbleweed-models/cypress/
 

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7 months 3 weeks ago #22 by KentE
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I've been intrigued by affordable/alternative housing for quite some time.

One interesting venture was based on dome-shaped silo tops, which are relatively inexpensive because they're commercially produced in quantity. The company offered coupling kits to expand, window and door inserts, etc. Provide your own concrete pad, plumbing, wiring, etc.

Another option, long on labor and short on cost, involves a bulldozer to cut away part of a hillside (or build a hillside), so that you have a dirt dome. Spray it in concrete, cut open access door, and dig out the dirt from inside.

I was intrigued by metal pre-fab Lustron houses, after seeing a number of them in our city, including a street with maybe 6 of them in a 2-block stretch.. A post-World-War II adjustment to the need for affordable housing for returning vets, they were assembled on site.
timeline.com/lustron-homes-federal-homeowners-281eca7e3cac
I've talked to a few owners of Lustron houses, and they were/are not as bad as the linked article makes them sound-- the residents all enjoyed them, with the quirks of not being easy to remodel . An especially interesting possibility to me is that the houses can also be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere. The US Military had a bunch of them for on-base housing, and a few years ago had a lottery for a chance to buy one from housing units/bases being phased out. I put in my name, but no joy.

Geodesic domes and earth-berm housing is also intriguing. I spent some extended stays in an earth-berm.

With the exception of the Lustron, many city zoning codes make most of these non-starters. Out in the country, a much better chance.

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #23 by Isamorph
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7 months 3 weeks ago #24 by ajzwilli
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Fascinating!
About storing the produce - how did you store produce below ground?

While I agree with Chelle to buy as much as you can, just be aware that you can make it on small amount of land. I grew up in a family of 6 and we survived primarily off a garden no larger than an acre (tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, sweet corn, zucchini were primary crops) as well as had some livestock on just a few acres. Produce was canned/frozen/stored below ground to make it last for most of the year. I've hunted deer on timber parcels that are just a couple acres if it's in the right spot (i.e. near a water or food source).

This article explains it better than I can since there are so many variable depending on what you want to store:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Root_cellar

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #25 by peterquinn
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Here's another type of home for consideration that's  under $70,000 and requires no assembly.
We've  been seriously thinking  of buying one for my Mother-In -Law, whom  I now realize will be with us for the duration.
We live on four  acres , so I could put this house for her 3+ acres  away.
www.tumbleweedhouses.com/tumbleweed-models/cypress/
 

 
I didn't know such fully-assembled houses were available. Thanks for sharing!

How about a fifth-wheel instead of the Tumbleweed? I just read that - "The average price of a new fifth wheel is about $35,000. Low-cost fifth wheels can be had for as little as $20,000 while more expensive fifth wheels will cost up to $50,000."
 
So many possibilities!

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7 months 3 weeks ago #26 by peterquinn
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KentE - Thank you for your comment. Very interesting! You may like this affordable home. www.fastcompany.com/3056129/this-house-costs-just-20000-but-its-nicer-than-yours

I've been intrigued by affordable/alternative housing for quite some time.

One interesting venture was based on dome-shaped silo tops, which are relatively inexpensive because they're commercially produced in quantity. The company offered coupling kits to expand, window and door inserts, etc. Provide your own concrete pad, plumbing, wiring, etc.

Another option, long on labor and short on cost, involves a bulldozer to cut away part of a hillside (or build a hillside), so that you have a dirt dome. Spray it in concrete, cut open access door, and dig out the dirt from inside.

I was intrigued by metal pre-fab Lustron houses, after seeing a number of them in our city, including a street with maybe 6 of them in a 2-block stretch.. A post-World-War II adjustment to the need for affordable housing for returning vets, they were assembled on site.
timeline.com/lustron-homes-federal-homeowners-281eca7e3cac
I've talked to a few owners of Lustron houses, and they were/are not as bad as the linked article makes them sound-- the residents all enjoyed them, with the quirks of not being easy to remodel . An especially interesting possibility to me is that the houses can also be disassembled and reassembled elsewhere. The US Military had a bunch of them for on-base housing, and a few years ago had a lottery for a chance to buy one from housing units/bases being phased out. I put in my name, but no joy.

Geodesic domes and earth-berm housing is also intriguing. I spent some extended stays in an earth-berm.

With the exception of the Lustron, many city zoning codes make most of these non-starters. Out in the country, a much better chance.

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7 months 3 weeks ago #27 by KentE
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Thanks, peterquinn! That link is really interesting. I'm going to look for more info, and try to remember to watch out for the instruction set! (Just as a quick look, probably better situated for a moderate climate, since it's open underneath & would be hard to heat in colder areas-- unless they have a ground-skirt kit of some type. But this type of issue exists for many alternative housing designs. As an example metal construction like a quonset hut can be problematic in desert areas.)

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #28 by realLexusl21
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Interesting house. I wonder what it would cost to add 3 bedrooms and other rooms ECT.

Probably no permit here with the earthquakes.
 

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7 months 3 weeks ago - 7 months 3 weeks ago #29 by Isamorph
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Shipping container houses are a growing possibility.
 
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7 months 3 weeks ago #30 by peterquinn
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I read this article www.24hplans.com/top-20-shipping-container-home-designs-and-their-costs/

The problem is the costs spiral up.

There must be a way to build cheaper homes. Maybe we should look at how cheap homes are built in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Mongolia (yurts) or other resource-constrained countries?

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