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How to build your own starter house in just 5 steps β€” for $25,000

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  1. JXM
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    I really like this as a concept, but it doesn't solve a few of the major issues with building a house. This is a big deal. You have to find unbuilt land (or pay to demolish something that is...

    I really like this as a concept, but it doesn't solve a few of the major issues with building a house.

    β€œAll you need is a plot of land connected to a utilities infrastructure..."

    This is a big deal. You have to find unbuilt land (or pay to demolish something that is already built) that is connected to sewer, electric and internet. Even if it just goes to the edge of your property, it can still cost thousands of dollars to extend it a few hundred feet to your building.

    The ability to grow a house incrementally offers housing security, without the need to go into debt.

    You still need enough capital at the outset to buy the materials and such for your first build (including the infrastructure costs mentioned above). This is a huge barrier for people entering the workforce now. They just don't make enough to save up for something like this.

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    Hidegger
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    Somewhat misleading. You need land, water source (well or city), sewage (septic or sewer) and more than likely located near enough to an electrical service. In most areas you have to be licensed...

    Somewhat misleading. You need land, water source (well or city), sewage (septic or sewer) and more than likely located near enough to an electrical service. In most areas you have to be licensed to do wells, septic or electrical, certainly not something you can setup a rag-tag workshop of unskilled people and not get fined heavily, shut down or forced to demo for evading the law. You also wouldn't be able to sell the place if you somehow managed to have all of that unprofessionally done.

    Expect something like this to cost at least another 50k and that would be with some of the cheapest land available to build on.

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    1. JXM
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      That's basically what I said in my comment. It's a lot more than just "building a house". There's all sorts of infrastructure concerns. And if you went with septic instead of a gravity line for...

      That's basically what I said in my comment. It's a lot more than just "building a house". There's all sorts of infrastructure concerns. And if you went with septic instead of a gravity line for sewer (which is the cheapest option), you'd still be paying a lot of money to get it installed (since, as you said, those usually require licensed contractors for environmental reasons). A dirt cheap septic tank installation is still thousands of dollars.

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  3. Micycle_the_Bichael
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    Link to open building institute page for more info: https://www.openbuildinginstitute.org/ Would love to get me a plot of land in Minnesota or Maine or someplace, learn to build one of these and...

    Link to open building institute page for more info: https://www.openbuildinginstitute.org/

    Would love to get me a plot of land in Minnesota or Maine or someplace, learn to build one of these and live in one.

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