Buying land and building is something I've always wanted to do. But quite frankly I don't have the carpentry, plumbing, or electrical skills to do so. Sure I can do the household repairs but not build a house. Or at least I don't think I can.
...so I learned some of the simpler ones on the job (like silver soldering copper plumbing pipes, and laying ceramic floor tiles). And I'm an electrician by trade, so I was familiar with the construction process. We hired small local companies for the stuff that was beyond our capabilities (like roofing, pumping a concrete foundation, and installing a septic system), and my wife and I worked as their laborers to help keep costs down.
By acting as general contractor, building a very simple plan using standard construction methods with nothing fancy (Home Depot), we were able to own a small home (including land) for under $170 a square foot in an area where comparable homes are presently selling for $700 a square foot.
Do a Google search: tiny homes and you will be amazed and inspired at the innovative homes people are building!
They're the wave of the future for Americans who want to build their own home but don't have a lot of money.
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