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DIY Home For Less Than $3500!!

DIY Home For Less Than $3500
DIY Home For Less Than $3500!!
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB-MhZkYVo8

Here’s a short video by Kirsten Dirksen that tells the story of how Jenine Alexander built her own home for under $3500! Nearly all of the materials she used in the project are reclaimed and the base is a trailer so there’s no land cost to pay either! Jenine’s blog about her self-build experience can be found here: http://www.forgeahead.org/Productions/Home.html

In some parts of the world, building a house is seen as a right for everyone but it can be difficult or simply impossible to achieve for many people in the western world – prices of building land remain high, even in recent times of economic hardship and the amount of red tape involved is enough to put off many who can afford it! Thanks to people like Jenine and the growing popularity of self-build on the internet, there are plenty of new ideas, resources and information available that will give more of us the chance to make it happen.

With the recent trend of employment contracts getting shorter, more people are looking to rent property instead of buying, which means that rental prices are higher than ever – after all, who wants to wait for a house to sell before being able to move closer to their new job or to end up paying rent and a mortgage at the same time?

A good way to get round this problem is to have a mobile or “semi-mobile” house! It’s a brilliant way to give yourself the freedom to live a more flexible lifestyle – and the idea seems to be catching on.

Mobile homes don’t have to be tiny – we found this amazing trailer home that folds out like a pop-up book! http://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-mobile-house-expands-to-420-square-feet/

Don’t forget the building codes and regulations – in most areas, mobile homes need to meet the same building codes as permanent homes – here are a couple of links to help you find out what these codes are and more info about starting a self-build project:
(US) http://ecodes.cyberregs.com/cgi-exe/cpage.dll
http://greenhomeguide.com/
(UK) http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/
http://www.selfbuildportal.org.uk/interactive-guide-to-self-build

If you’re looking for further inspiration, we found some more tiny homes here: 16 Tiny Houses We Love

Okay, here is the video: