Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Affordable Housing: Meet Amazon's $18,000 "Lillevilla" House with Free Shipping

what we are seeing is the evolution of the truly independent cabin, allowing settlement anywhere.  Much is made over what is missing such as a power hookup, or actual foundations or plumbing, but all those also call for reengineering as well.

A cabin such as this can be easily set up on a simple steel post and beam frame with easily extendable support legs able to hold the whole thing on any compact uneven surface.  Thus moving the cabin is easy in itself as you merely take the foundation frame with you and it will not be a problem because the cabin itself is small enough to be amply strong enough. 

Power kits also need to be engineered as well as do plumbing kits for a total stand lane set up.  Yet we know we can do this.  The point is to allow minimal land disturbance for an insulated living shell secure against the weather.   Obviously a central supply for all that is the easy way to go for both a bath house and a small  transformer rig as we have on farms in particular.

Rather obviously, farms are already setup for all this and running several independent cabins that are clearly both temporary and movable is well within their capacity.

Yet remote locations are also highly attractive as well and all this can be as temporary as a tent camp.  You only need to be able to roll a truck in and that is pretty standard.  Any prospector can do this...


Affordable Housing: Meet Amazon's $18,000 "Lillevilla" House with Free Shipping

July 1, 2019

Amazon is out to make housing affordable. It will eventually succeed. Looking for an affordable home? Meet the Under $20,000 Home on Amazon.
  • Inside Combined Floor Area: 292 Sqf + the sleeping Loft (not part of the 292 Sqf)
  • Wall thickness: 1-3/4″ (44 mm) – dual T&G windblock pattern
  • Ridge Height: 12′ 8″ – Back wall height: 8″ – Kit weight is 7300 lbs
  • Doors: Exterior (2): 62-1/8” x 76-1/8” – Interior (1): 32-1/2” x 76-1/8”
  • Windows | front: 36” x 36” | back: 54-1/8″ x 36″ | left: 27-5/8″ x 46-7/8″ | right: 21-3/4″ x 68″
  • Inside Floor Area: 354 Sqf + Loft 129 Sqf
  • Wall thickness: 2-3/4″ (70 mm) – dual T&G pattern
  • Ridge height: 14’9″
  • Floor, Roof/Ceiling boards thickness: 23/32″
  • Adding/deleting rooms, room size changes are available for this model
Want Still More room?
  • Inside Floor Area: 1108 Sqf (712 Sqf downstairs + 396 Sqf upstairs)
  • Wall thickness: 2-3/4″ (70 mm) – dual T&G pattern
  • Ridge height: 15’11” – high ceiling floor area 235 Sqf
  • Floor, Roof/Ceiling boards thickness: 23/32″
Prefab Boom
Prefabricated and modular housing — with homes prebuilt in factories — is having another moment. From 2013 to 2018, industry revenue grew an annualized 8.6% to nearly $10.5 billion, including growth of 4.1% in 2018 alone, according to research firm IBISWorld.
Sears used to sell houses in its catalog. We have now come full circle.
Not Included
These prices do not include foundation, electric hookups, insulation, etc.
Many will not meet building codes, but that last one might straight up or with some modifications.
Coming Soon
I suspect for under $80,000 there will be prefab, well-insulated, and everything included (even the foundation, kitchens, bathrooms, etc.) homes that will be of reasonable quality and meet building codes in many cities.
Good luck finding land at affordable prices with electricity and utility connections readily available, to put one of these houses on.
Then again, try places like Danville, Illinois, my home town.
The problem, however, is $80,000 is an enormous price for decaying cities like Danville.
$50,000 will buy very livable homes.
Thus, we need to see $30,000 homes, with everything included, that can be built on the existing foundation.
In time, I expect this to happen.

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