After learning about the cultural needs and expatiations of a housing in Haiti, we set to work in identifying a strategy to address the idea of creating a $300 house. The Haitians expressed the need not of extremely cheep housing but that of jobs. So how could our house design spur job creation. This along with getting local material costs led us to identifying an idea that we would only spend $300 on imported goods and then $1,700 on local goods and labor. The house ends up costing $2,000 but it can create jobs which was more important to this location.” – Joseph Sandy
via Joseph Sandy » $300 House Workshop.
One of my long time readers, Joseph Sandy, is one of the contenders in the Shed of the Year competition. Here’s what Joseph says about his shed:
Originally designed for storage, it now also serves as a quiet retreat from the main house. It features rain-screen siding of reclaimed redwood fencing. A polycarbonate clerestory provides ample light for any use. The interior walls are plywood and pegboard to provide a finished appearance with flexible use/storage options.
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Joseph Sandy recently wrote up a short overview that explains the kind of projects that can be typically built without building permits.
Here’s a really nice little tiny house design by Joseph Sandy. I really like the opposing roof lines and how that might help direct rain water into a cistern. Nice use of interior space too and features a cantilevered loft.
Tiny House Design – 120 sq. ft.