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(SacBee)   Lowe's to market 'Katrina Cottage' kit. ROV/AUV buoyancy system optional   (newsobserver.com) divider line 42
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2006-09-02 11:32:31 AM
Seems like a great idea.
 
2006-09-02 11:50:33 AM
I also think it's a great idea, and not just for quick housing down here. They'd make for great starter homes. I remember seeing some houses that were from the old Sears kits - it would be really cool to see that concept work again. Judging from the photo, these homes aren't bad-looking, either.
 
2006-09-02 01:58:18 PM
I like it.
 
2006-09-02 03:23:23 PM
CougarJeff pretty much summed it up for me.
 
2006-09-02 03:25:06 PM
What's the over/under on how long they will take to get the affectionate name "Crack Cottages"

Let's see, three-four weeks of construction. Sold in NOLA. I say about six weeks.
 
2006-09-02 03:34:05 PM
I wonder how long they'll hold up. You might see whole neighborhoods of them. THe "shotgun homes" were born out of economic necissity, after all. Once they're up, people will live in them for a good long while.
 
2006-09-02 03:35:41 PM
Don't worry; some bureaucrat will screw this up by over regulation soon.
 
2006-09-02 03:36:29 PM
you want a strong hurricane resistant home?

you gotta go dome:

gilglover.com
 
2006-09-02 03:38:04 PM
I'd take one. Better than my hole in the wall apartment with the upstairs neighbors stomping around all the time, the downstairs neighbors blasting music all the time, and the next door neighbors banging on the walls all the time.
 
2006-09-02 03:38:55 PM
Hey, they were a big hit in San Francisco in 1906!

1906 Earthquake Refugee Shacks

It makes perfect sense.
 
2006-09-02 03:45:18 PM
seems like a temporary solution. and expensive for one.
 
2006-09-02 03:50:13 PM
So when did $25,000-50,000 plus land plus four to six weeks construction become affordable for a house under 1000 square feet?
 
2006-09-02 03:52:00 PM
I wouldn't mind one.
It does beat apartment living, or renting.
 
2006-09-02 03:53:43 PM
Magorn
I gotta agree with you there,
here I am relaxing on Fire Island:

home.earthlink.net

BTW, that is one magnificent example of a dome home you posted there. Any more details? Where is it?
 
2006-09-02 03:55:43 PM
nuclear_asshat: What's the over/under on how long they will take to get the affectionate name "Crack Cottages"

I would going to say it is a perfect replacement for your meth labs, but you kind of beat me to it. Damn you.
 
2006-09-02 04:02:58 PM
Quite possibly a good Photoshop contest subject -- Photoshop alternate designs for Katrina Kottages.
 
2006-09-02 04:19:13 PM
Hey, great indicator of our economy, shotgun shacks making a comeback. They were quite popular after the "Great Depression".

They'll probably be even more popular after the housing bubble pops.
 
2006-09-02 04:41:08 PM
Concrete monolithic domes are better than the geo-wooden domes. Its a matter of thermodynamics and all those fancy corners and stuff allow wind pressures to get under there. Geo-wooden domes are better than most houses but not the concrete monolithic ones.
 
2006-09-02 04:44:37 PM
Bud_Dwyer: Hey, great indicator of our economy, shotgun shacks making a comeback. They were quite popular after the "Great Depression".


These are built to be expanded. I think it's a fantastic idea for someone who just lost everything, and doesn't want to live in a trailer. Who's farking idea was this trailer shiat, anyway? Like those aren't going to grow wings and fly to Canada in the next big storm.
 
2006-09-02 04:50:16 PM
I like it. Reminds me of the original Levittowns. Small, affordable housing that can be expanded later. What's old is new again. Wouldn't mind having one myself, either--assuming I can find a place to put the damn thing. Figure around $75,000 total (average price around $35K plus land, construction and HVAC), and for most parts of the country you've got a decent starter home for not a lot of money--with none of the headaches of buying an older structure (repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs). Actually a normal home can take months to build--this is done in six weeks--whcih means construction costs would be lower.

And if they can stand up to a hurricane, they can handle just about anything Ma Nature can throw at it.
 
2006-09-02 05:01:01 PM
'N if we read the article correctly, they come with appliances, too. So I don't think the price is that bad.

These would be ideal for my part of the world, the Caribbean, where we have lots and lots of low income folks and very little decent affordable housing. Historically, West Indies homes are small anyway 'cos a lot of your livin' is done outside.

How do they come as kit? All packed into one container for transport?

Sign me up for one.
 
2006-09-02 05:13:48 PM
keysercade

So when did $25,000-50,000 plus land plus four to six weeks construction become affordable for a house under 1000 square feet?

I guess it depends on where you build. It won't work out here in So Cal because Just to get the permits will set you back $35k to $50k. But in West Virginia...
 
2006-09-02 05:37:31 PM
jwrebholz: And if they can stand up to a hurricane, they can handle just about anything Ma Nature can throw at it.*

*Except wildfires
 
2006-09-02 06:00:02 PM
Gunter glieben glauchen globen: *Except wildfires

well I did say "just about". But if you don't build in a semi-arid climate with lots of brush and junk around, a wildfire probably won't be a concern. For example, we don't have wildfire problems in western PA. Nor in the deep South. Not even so much in the Midwest.
 
2006-09-02 06:01:29 PM
A friend of mine lives in one of the original Sears "kit" houses and it is really a neat little house. I think these, if they are sturdy enough to stand the test of time, are quite ingenious and a great alternative to the FEMA trailers.

And aren't those trailers due to be taken back by the government after the turn of the year? Or am I just making shiat up?
 
2006-09-02 06:10:02 PM
2006-09-02 03:53:43 PM yoyopro

that is a spectacular window behind you. Amazing


the caption for that picture identifies it as just west of Love Field in Dallas Tx
 
2006-09-02 06:15:19 PM
I'd buy one to set on my property out in BFE so I can have something besides a tent to sleep in when we vacation.
 
2006-09-02 06:24:04 PM
Magorn

I should mention that the outside of the domicile I'm in is not so pretty as the one you pictured. Just a plain dome covered with brown shingles. To the locals, it is know as the "nipple house".
They can laugh all they want - they have no idea how beautiful it is from the inside, behind that spectacular window!
 
2006-09-02 06:24:18 PM
castufari: I'd buy one to set on my property out in BFE so I can have something besides a tent to sleep in when we vacation.


True dat - those would make wicked vacation homes, for sure.
 
2006-09-02 06:39:20 PM

yoyopro-

I'm betting that for entertainment you bring an ADD kid in and tell him to go stand in the corner.

Seriously, I always have liked geodesic domes. There are a bunch just outside of central Texas we toured years ago. Very cool homes. NOLA could use these, faster assembly, safer to live in.

But no wood, all concrete. Particularly for New Orleans, with the Formosan temites. No wood.

 
2006-09-02 06:59:51 PM
ya man, the dome is the way to go. i remember all the hippies in arizona wanted one of those. geodesic dome builders were sprouting up like crazy. i guess all you need is a perfect triangle for a template to get started. they are wind, storm and earthquake resistant. easy to heat/cool i hear also. far out man--get the bong...

www.operationx.org
 
2006-09-02 07:05:06 PM
I just watched Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke" on YouTube (really!) and anything, ANYTHING that can help the NOLA residents back under a rooftop on their land will make me happy.

Thing is though, seems them Army Corp of Engineers more or less band-aided the levees, so maybe a floatation device should be included.
 
2006-09-02 07:16:25 PM
How are these better than normal manufactured houses? You can get almost 1,700 square feet for $30k.
 
2006-09-02 08:15:03 PM
artman
I just watched Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke" on HBO on demand (really!) and that race baiting tool can DIAF!
 
2006-09-02 08:15:57 PM
img178.imageshack.us

And you may find yourself...
Living in a Katrina cottage...
 
2006-09-02 09:08:07 PM
Since we are thread jacking this into a dome discussion, Imagine how many of these FEMA could have purchased for one trailer currently rusting in AK.:
www.thepod.net
www.thepod.net
www.thepod.netYes that Is CardBoard, weather treated, and assembled with a hot melt glue gun, and yet the main beams can support 500lbs or more, and the structure can easily handle a 70+ mPH wind, (and because the cardboard beams are hollow then can be filled with insulation for 4 season living.

I've seen them demonstrated at Burning Man (yeah Shocker-I know) and apparently they were used post-Tsunami for emergency housing
 
2006-09-02 09:21:28 PM
Okay Magorn
THreadjack and all .. . BurningMan is a great place to test out alternative housing - - you and I are kindered spririts, I spent over twenty year in Chicago (I'm a School of the Art Intstitute of Chicago Grad)

SO, I live in Manhattan now, and I try to meek out an eager living, but someday I'll LIVE in an awesome alternative housing for my retirement life. And I will laugh at the fark text. It's awesome. We've got it all! It is America! Ghod Bhleass it heheehheee
 
2006-09-03 01:22:48 AM
Living and growing up in the SF Bay Area has made me realize how valuable housing is. I'd buy that house easy. Some condos here are comparably sized, and priced around 500k. All of you who are lucky enough to live in cheaper places should be thankful.
 
2006-09-03 02:08:15 AM
Screw rebuilding NOLA as it was. Knock the levees down, and rebuild on what isn't UNDER WATER! Should save billions in tax dollars.

But the house kits are kewl.
 
Biv
2006-09-03 06:00:14 AM
Okay kids, please tell me what DIAF means.
 
2006-09-03 07:37:55 AM
Okay kids, please tell me what DIAF means.

I could tell you, but then you would have to die in a fire.
 
2006-09-03 07:42:08 AM
 
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