How to save $1000’s on your micro house project — 3 Comments

  1. We have a few weeks to wait for the man whose property we are purchasing to receive his title so he can sell to us. The property contains and old, collapsed house and barn, both of which have rusted corrugated metal roofs. Some of the wooden siding on the house looks salvageable. We hope to purchase a very inexpensive travel trailer in which to live while we build our small house (I already have a triple pane stained glass window, rescued from a door our neighbor tossed). The property is wooded, so some resources there…hoping to use earthbags and cob, as well as cordwood and slipform construction…not building micro, but want small. We’ll be building a couple of workshops to work out of (his and hers) and I want a greenhouse so we can have fresh food all year ’round. This is all in answer to prayer, as we had no means a few months ago. One morning I prayed that, if we were meant to do this, God would give us the money to do it; that afternoon, I opened the mailbox and pulled out a letter informing us my husband could take out his retirement in a one-time withdrawal…it was a retirement fund he did not know he had, from a job he had worked years ago…God is SO GOOD!

    • Good idea on the travel trailer, thanks. I’ve heard prices on RVs and boats are low now due to the recession. People need cash.

      Earthbags, straw bales, poles from a forest, etc. are cheap. It’s all the hardware and mechanical stuff that adds up. Using recycled components as shown in the video (plus doors, etc.) will greatly reduce costs. Build small and add on later. And look for rural areas with few or no codes.

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