Wednesday, May 26, 2010
New House, $18,500
The foundation isn't even dug yet but lumber prices were creeping up, so took delivery on materials. We lost most of the driveway for awhile.
Even though it's a tiny house, it's lots of lumber. The fire resistive codes for this region call for lots of heavy timber. The seismic zone we're in (directly over part of the Elsinore Fault) calls for heavy bracing for those heavy timbers. Since I wanted a 'green' building, the walls are extra thick for more insulation.
It's a small lot with a big septic system. Actually, it wasn't even supposed to be a buildable lot so I was lucky to get to build at all. I ended up with a 20x20 area on which to build, so I'm going up, and also cantilevering out. More heavy timbers.
So, new houses are going for $18,500. Self assembly required. Land, utilities, permits, plumbing, electrical, propane tank, appliances, and fireplace not included.
There's really no suitable location for the materials at the building site. That's why they were delivered to our home