Probably a very common question...what was your completed cost?
- - MOLLY IN FALLON, NV
DEAR MOLLY IN FALLON:
This is a very popular question shugar! The Entourage likes to say that I’m “less than the price of a new car.” We have much admiration for everyone that chooses to construct their own homes themselves with lots of love, care and superb craftsmanship while saving on labor costs. With family far away, no construction experience nor power tools….and while the kitties are super cute sidekicks, they wouldn’t be much help in wielding nail guns. The decision was made to sell everything of value and save up for a qualified builder.
I was professionally built by Walt Quade, Owner of Small Home Oregon located in Portland. He is a small home advocate and Anita was smitten when he shared that due to our size and simplicity; we are inherently easy on the environment and cost a fraction of more conventional housing. I took approximately four (4) months to be completed. Walt's expertise, care and support was exceptional throughout the build and he is now part of the family! My full dream team is here.
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My total cost for the build including labor was around $30K not including appliances, décor, solar, and off-grid systems. Here is a list of the major expenditures included in the $30K total:
$13,600 - Builder labor
$4,505 - 24’ double axle Iron Eagle trailer with fender flashing
$1,950 - Soy-based spray foam insulation (R-21)
$1,700 - Curved metal roof materials and installation
$1,495 - Milgard windows (9), entry door and lock
Many have also asked if floor plans available for this custom built model. We have connected with Lina Menard, proprietress of Niche Consulting about creating "As Built" plans following the holidays and hope to have those available by late Spring. The initial floor plan layout is available here.
In addition to Molly, the following FABULOUS people also inquired about my cost and floor plans: Linda, Jennifer, Karen, Trudy, Jenaeni, Elliott, Jane, Jill, Moni, Mery Ann, Jon, Patricia, Leo, Sara, Daniel, Tracy, Mary, Pam and Malik!