13 November 2007

waiting for jason to tell me this isn't possible

Today I'm looking at homes, because it's something I do pretty often really... but finding what I want is this, "a compact, affordable house that connected with the outdoors" through the creative use of windows, open space, and the magic of concrete flooring. The folks who built this house paid $110,000 all told, in Austin, where I'd guess land costs a little bit more than Indy.

I'm sure there a quite a few things about that design that won't work in Indy, but somehow there's gotta be something along those lines that works here, in an affordable sort of way.

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Ooh, pretty. And in Arkansas, of all places.

I like this one too.

But I'm willing to bet these would be a lot more expensive.


Jim said...

You appear to have the same architectural tastes that we do. If we could build a house like that for $110,000, we'd do it in a heartbeat I'm sure.

Mike said...

let's buy up fountain square (it's cheap) and start the revitalization then.

Jason266 said...

It COULD be done. And I know an architect who would be happy to help both of you. For a price, of course.

Anonymous said...

I have that issue of Dwell. I was frustrated that they didn't go into the "how's" of it all, but instead focused primarily on the design. I wonder what they do for jobs, who designed the place for them, and how they paid it off. Probably some get rich house flippers!! ;)

Also, yes, you should buy houses in Fountain Square. Ours is up right now. 1629 Lexington Ave. Have a look-see...then buy it!


Kevdogg said...

how much of the work can you do yourself? Labor is the biggest expense. Find some handy relative that owes you big time and save a bunch. OR, one of the biggest tips I got on home improvement... build the house solid first. Add the extras later. Like light fixtures? Have cheap ones put in first, then later, when you can afford it, buy the nice ones. Same goes with cabinet pulls, hinges, door handles, faucets... those little jobs you can do yourself. Save lots of money on the mortgage by putting in the really cheap ones. It won't hurt the infrastructure of the house. I guess most folks put in the expensive stuff and that jacks up the mortgage so they skimp on things like insulation and cheap plumbing.

Just my two cents. I agree with jason. You CAN do it. And $100,000 mortgage payment is usually cheaper than rent. (with good credit)