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ooh, and I forgot.

A few days ago, my mom and I went to eat lunch at the museum. We do this on a regular basis, since the museum is walking distance from her house and just a few stops away on the light rail from my work. We usually eat lunch and then wander upstairs to the bookstore to check things out. We can ALWAYS find stuff in the museum bookstore.

I ended up picking up a book on prefabricated houses, because I've heard that this is a really cool, inexpensive new direction that architecture is going in, and I wanted to read more about it.

Anyhow, the book sent me to the internet to look stuff up, because I think one of these buildings would work perfectly for my back yard. Eventually, I'd like to put up another structure partially to increase property value, partially to increase living space, and maybe to use as either a home office or as a studio or both. I don't really want a garage apartment like pretty much everyone else in my neighborhood has. I saw a few buildings in the book that would work, but this one caught my fancy immediately, and I started fantasizing about what I'd do with it. The smallest version is only 14x24 feet, so it wouldn't overwhelm my back yard at all. I'm amazed that it costs about the same as a five series BMW, and transportation is included. Obviously there's work involved in the site development, but compared to designing and building a structure on site?

Anyhow, it's another thing to add to my list of fantasies about my house. Repaint, fireplace, kitchen, bathroom, second house....


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May. 24th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
Obviously there's work involved in the site development, but compared to designing and building a structure on site?
my parents actually did this for the house they put up in Raymond. The other thing to consider is what it would take for the contractor to get the structure into your backyard. That in itself can change the landscape of your yard permanently. My parents used to have this long, twisty driveway, & they had to flatten & shorten the whole thing just to get the house in place, 'cause the transport couldn't maneuver up the hill. It was this whole thing, & I got mocked about it at Christmas. Don't ask.

But take a look at how much clearance you have on your yard on either side of your house & what kind of equipment they'll need to get in & out for whatever building you want. that's my advice. Other than that, my parents seem to like their house, and there are a couple of other neighbors that did the same thing without complaint. *shrug*
May. 24th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
I figure if I'm going to do this, the entire landscaping would have to be redone in the back. I'm not adverse to that.

I'm also not married to any one design, though I really like the theory behind prefabrication and the cost. There are a few steel manufacturers here in Houston that have done a lot of the fabrication of more modern houses in their factories, and then they deliver the parts, and your contractor sort of puts them together like tinker toys. That's pretty cool too. A house outside of Ft. Worth was built like that a few years ago and won all sorts of architectural awards. The cost savings are significant.

This is years and years down the line, so I'm just at the fantasy stage right now.

My parents didn't realize how inexpensive some of these houses are. I think they're looking at the opportunities at the ranch.
May. 24th, 2004 03:37 pm (UTC)
yah, like I said, it's not bad at all. Half my parents' neighborhood was done that way. My parents got a big ass four bedroom, two living room, dining room, kitchen, two full baths, with full basment & two car garage for about $150 - 175k, which was about $200k after the groundwork was done. Their biggest problem right now is that they don't have enough furniture to put in it, so the place looks a little bare. *g*
May. 24th, 2004 04:45 pm (UTC)
and just a few stops away on the light rail from my work.

I. Am. So. Jealous!


My dad and the ex from KC did a lot of stuff on pre-fab housing, and housing factories. I like them. Except for the whole. You know. Tornado thing. :-)
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