Saturday, July 16, 2011

The $20,000 House

There is so much we can do if we get our priorities in order, understand what is really possible and replace politics with a Design Science Revolution.

Simple, right? Maybe not, but it is THE answer to the current dilemma facing humanity, i.e. how to save ourselves from extinction.

There are plenty of examples of how this bloodless revolution can create a truly sustainable society. We must get serious about replacing the tired, greed-driven, unjust and environmentally devastating "Business-As-Usual" way of doing things. (GW)


A Real House on a Very Tight Budget


Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2011

For many people with modest incomes, trailers are the only real option for home ownership. But trailers deteriorate quickly and depreciate over time. Six years ago, the Rural Studio, a program based in western Alabama and run by Auburn University's architecture school, launched the $20K House Project, with the goal of producing a model home for $20,000. (At that cost, the resident's monthly payment would be about $100 under the federal Section 502 Direct Loan program.) Last month, a team of four postgraduate students completed the latest home, the 10th one developed by the project.

The process starts each fall with research, as the students debate the pros and cons of previous designs. After months of planning, most of the construction is done within seven weeks, with $13,000 budgeted for materials and $7,000 for labor. "We're very close to a buildable model," says outreach instructor Danny Wicke.

The structure is a 26-by-26-foot square, with 530 interior square feet. Compared to a rectangular plan, a square provides the most living area while minimizing perimeter construction costs. It also keeps heating costs down in the winter, because the heater is in the middle of the house, and helps the building to look more like a house than a narrow trailer.

The exterior is made from durable corrugated metal siding and is built to withstand winds of up to 100 miles per hour. It's finished with metal trim, which is good for hiding corrugated metal's rough edges. Once completed, the houses are put to use: Local resident Joanne Davis moved into the house in June.

A lot of planning went into the porch. The team debated a hundred versions, screened and unscreened, with various types of handrails. In the end, it was designed to feel like an extension of the interior; the horizontal planks facing the inside of the porch give it an enclosed feel. It is similar in size to the living room, with the goal of making it a comfortable spot to catch a breeze in the summer.

A prime concern is keeping costs down without losing visual appeal. The team went with white prebuilt kitchen cabinets, bought for $837 at a local big-box store, to go with the painted white trim in the rest of the house. Another goal is keeping maintenance costs low, especially for heating and cooling. With trailers, electricity bills can run around $220 a month. A previous $20K house has a typical operating cost of $35 a month in the summer and $75 in the winter.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tɑke simple, wholesome, easily digestible, bland and non-irritating fooԁ.
Alcohol should be consumed in moderɑtion, for women no
more than 1 drink a ԁɑy and for men no more than 2 drinks a
day. Nuts are not only a source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats ɑnd fiber; they cߋntain antioxidаnts that help
reduce cell damage.

My weblߋg - diseaseless pdf Free

3:42 PM  
Blogger Coach Factory said...

chanel handbags, true religion, coach outlet store online, polo ralph lauren, oakley sunglasses, tory burch outlet, michael kors outlet, christian louboutin outlet, louis vuitton outlet, gucci handbags, burberry outlet online, cheap oakley sunglasses, louboutin shoes, kate spade handbags, prada outlet, nike air max, nike free, michael kors outlet store, kate spade outlet online, louis vuitton outlet online, longchamp outlet, burberry outlet online, michael kors outlet online, nike shoes, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, oakley vault, louis vuitton outlet, louis vuitton, christian louboutin shoes, michael kors outlet online, michael kors outlet online, coach outlet, jordan shoes, prada handbags, louis vuitton handbags, red bottom shoes, longchamp outlet online, tiffany and co jewelry, coach outlet, nike air max, ray ban outlet, polo ralph lauren outlet, coach purses, longchamp handbags

10:47 PM  
Blogger Coach Factory said...

longchamp, nike roshe run, barbour, scarpe hogan, oakley pas cher, north face pas cher, ray ban uk, longchamp, nike air max, hollister, hermes pas cher, michael kors uk, guess pas cher, air max, burberry pas cher, ray ban pas cher, louis vuitton uk, tn pas cher, sac michael kors, nike blazer pas cher, nike air max, ralph lauren, converse pas cher, timberland, abercrombie and fitch, true religion outlet, michael kors canada, lululemon, sac louis vuitton, hollister, mulberry, louis vuitton pas cher, new balance pas cher, nike air force, vans pas cher, lacoste pas cher, longchamp pas cher, north face, sac vanessa bruno, nike huarache, nike free, chaussure louboutin, air jordan, air max pas cher, ralph lauren pas cher, nike trainers, nike roshe, nike free pas cher, louis vuitton, true religion outlet

10:50 PM  
Blogger Coach Factory said...

uggs outlet, giuseppe zanotti, mcm handbags, canada goose outlet, marc jacobs outlet, soccer jerseys, rolex watches, ugg soldes, mont blanc pens, ferragamo shoes, birkin bag, ugg outlet, babyliss pro, north face outlet, north face jackets, p90x workout, moncler, moncler outlet, herve leger, reebok outlet, canada goose, wedding dresses, moncler, abercrombie and fitch, lululemon outlet, celine handbags, valentino shoes, ghd, jimmy choo shoes, insanity workout, new balance outlet, roshe run, uggs on sale, asics shoes, moncler, beats headphones, canada goose outlet, nfl jerseys, canada goose outlet, instyler ionic styler, mac cosmetics, ugg, canada goose pas cher, vans outlet, bottega veneta, soccer shoes, chi flat iron, ugg boots, canada goose uk, hollister

10:51 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home