Re: cordwood masonry, rammed earth, or earth bags..
we looked at houses around here, and none of them are cheap enough to buy outright. its going to be hard for them to get a decent loan after filing for bankruptcy... there are plenty of tracts of land though. three to five acres for under 8 grand, all over the place.
it will actually be a permanent home for them. the heating can be done with a wood burning stove. between our two families, we have a few really nice ones, including the one i grew up with.
i think we are in a bit of a unique position... we have all the support and most of the materials on hand. at any time, we have access to all the heavy equipment we could want, back hoes, cranes, tractors, etc. if we are willing to cut and mill the trees ourselves and wait for them to cure, we have access to practically unlimited amounts of lumber. we have access to insanely cheap crushed concrete to do all the prep work for a foundation. we also have people that can help out with coding issues.
ultimately, i would like to put my parents in a house that they want, mortgage free. we are looking at building very cheap, very labor intensive, and probably very slow. if we can find a place cheap enough that already has existing infrastructure, we might go that route. so far, we havent seen anything...
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