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In Praise of the Granny Flat

What You Need to Know about San Diego’s New Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance Last fall, California passed new legislation to make it easier for San Diego

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Are Tiny Houses More Trouble Than They're Worth?

Picture this: the middle class was shrinking as the economy became rockier. As the in-hand dollars of the average American diminished, housing insecurity

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The right floorplan, and attitude, can make intergenerational living a beautiful thing

As Sydney house prices continue to sky rocket, the great Australian dream of owning your own home is becoming an impossible feat for most families. In

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Owner building steel homes

Part 3: Building steel homes series describing the installation of ceiling, support and roof frames.

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Post and Beam Frame Installation

Post and Beam Frame installation for your backyard shed

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Installing vapor lock home insulation on your kit home frame walls.

Vapor lock house wrap is essential when cladding a wood framed kit house to provide additonal home insulation.

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Steel yourself ebook review

I finished your book on owner building - it left me keen to get started! I love checklists and this book is full of them - it's worth the cover price

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Brisbane builder perfects quintessential Australian tiny houses that Queenslanders swoop on

What happens when the iconic outback slab hut meets with the simple-life philosophies behind modern minimalism and the tiny house movement? In the case

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Kithomebasics book downloads

A selection of book downloads for owner builders

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It's a pre-fab sprout!

Bespoke flatpack houses which allow homeowners to pick and choose where they put each room are painstakingly assembled at a former shipyard Smith’s Dock,

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Owner-builders outpace traditional companies on permits

For the first half of 2015, Hultquist Homes has captured the No. 1 spot for the most single family permits with 21. Spinell Homes ranks No. 2 with 15.

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Ebook: Steel yourself review

This is a great book! It covers everything you'll need to know even if you are a non-steel kit home builder. Michael has really comprehensively explained

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Voices: 7 things I learned from building a tiny house

I was part of Santa Clara University’s rEvolve House team where a group of undergraduate students designed and built an off-grid tiny house (on wheels!)

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Why it’s important for tradies to keep on top of tool innovation

Much like any profession, we all rely upon our tools of trade to complete our work. From dentists to mechanics, brain surgeons to musicians, or carpenters

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LLC Launches New Company Hunting Shacks

Hunting Shacks are the Nation's first mobile hunting cabins that can be towed behind a truck with all the amenities of a stationary home. The mobility

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"Tiny Chalet" Wonder, For An Ecological Swiss Ski Vacation

The Thyon tourism office rents innovative tiny houses to ski vacationers: 56 square feet, fun and environmentally friendly. But it's not so simple. THYON

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How small is too small? 80sqm housing blocks to go on sale in Perth

A house on a quarter-acre block, with enough space to play cricket in the backyard and host a Hills Hoist, was once the Australian norm. But soon blocks

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Buy a Home Kit and Build Your Own House

Domes, timber-frame homes, log homes, panelized houses and steel-frame homes. Kit homes offer an easy, inexpensive option for building a house. There’s

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Prefab styrofoam dome house, another futuristic Japanese design

The Innuit who live in northern Canada once built homes out of ice blocks. Now a modular home manufacturer, Japan Dome House Co. Ltdhave come up with styrofoam

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Glendale approves interim ordinance regulating granny flats

A temporary process to review and approve any property owner's second-unit expansion, known as a granny flat, was approved with a 4-0 vote by City Council

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SA Domestic Building Insurance Needs to Plug the Holes

The domestic building insurance scheme in South Australia is struggling to remain viable and requires a significant overhaul in order to address deficiencies

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Kit home fascination discussed

The audience at Next Senior Center was fascinated as Wendy and Andrew Mutch described their obsession with kit homes. The couple lives in a 1926 Sears

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Builder offers prefab post and beam homes

Yankee Barn Homes' classic American-style dwellings are produced in a factory and shipped to the site. A New Hamsphire designer and builder of prefab

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These efficient modern prefabs raise the bar for shipping container homes

In our roundup of eco-friendly prefab homes you can buy right now, one of the newest companies featured is Honomobo, based in the Canadian province of

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Roof-top Solar Hits a Crossroad – Are Smart Meters the Answer?

Australian rooftop solar is now at a crossroads – but it’s all positive. New technologies mean big data can be gathered from systems so that performance

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Installing home storage cabinets

Beautiful home storage cabinets for the hallway

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Steel Yourself

I bought this book for my husband because we liked the idea of a steel kit home and I think he could do it himself! He found lots of insights and good

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Steel yourself ebook

I thought this might have been a manual but it turned out to be a go to whoa description of this guys owner build. Worth it just to get the budget costing.

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The 5 best luxury tiny houses on the market

While there are still cheaper models available, tiny houses seem to have risen in price lately, reaching the kind of money that could buy a full-size home

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How to build a steel framed garden shed

Building a large steel framed garden shed with blueboard cladding

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