The ‘Low Down’ on Housing Costs — 7 Comments

    • HA! I mean, choke/gag! That house is green because of the money going into it…..

      I wonder how ‘green’ it is when you count all the transportation methods used to bring in all those blocks from the skyscrapers, wood from Portugal, and flooring from old granaries (which makes me a little ill to imagine what became of those ancient granaries….)

      And only a few percent more than your ‘average 5600 sf multi-million traditional home’…. which I guess means a ‘home built in the ancient traditions of a 20th century Hollywood filmstar/peasant family…’

      I think I’d like to drown myself in that (gasp) 50,000 gallon underwater cistern, since I can’t use the exhaust from (another gasp) FIVE electric cars….

  1. Hi Owen,

    I write a pretty popular blog about repurposing shipping containers (ISBUs) and turning them into affordable, sustainable housing.

    You often find earthbags sneaking onto our building sites. We’re not quite sure how it happens… we suspect gremlins… :)

    Actually, we (quite often) use these wonderful steel boxes as components in “multi-alternative building practice” builds.

    Frequently we hear about outrageously low square footage costs being achieved. We know it’s not true, and we then try to explain it until we’re blue in the face!

    And then… you just mosy on in and tell it like it is, and we all just sit around wondering why WE didn’t just say it that way.

    Thanks for making us look stupid! :)


    (Er… Not for making us look dumb… for telling it like it really is, in a manner that can’t be dismissed.)

  2. I’m talking about building a sturdy, durable home that meets modern standards, is insulated against heat and cold, etc. You could build a jungle hut or whatever out of wattle and daub, bamboo, etc. for less.

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