Being interested in all of the Green Building movement, I try to keep up with all of it pretty well by reading various sites and staying up to date on new construction techniques-products- etc. Something else that I try to keep up with are just really interesting projects. One that has caught my eye from the beginning was Brad Pitt’s ‘Make it right‘ project in New Orleans.
How amazing is this whole idea?! LEED Platinum homes for under $150,000~ The Lower 9th is very needy of this kind of construction. It is more durable not only with lower maintenance but they also stood up without a doubt to Gustav’s fairly recent 115 mph winds. Combine that with lower utility bills and a healthier home, I’d give everyone on his team a High Five if I met them in person! Awesome stuff!
But, we are also in dire need of this kind of construction in Houston. We may not necessarily have the winds or potential flooding in all areas, but affordable Green Housing. LEED Platinum homes under $150,000 would truly be a DREAM come true for so many people.
Imagine a family with high Medical bills that are in desperate need of a Healthier home to live in? After all, we have a world renowned Medical Center and Cancer Treatment Facility here. How about just a lower maintenance and lower utility home in general? We need this in so many areas stretching from North Montgomery County all the way down to the Coast.
But, the cost to build that kind of home is WAY high. I have thought for quite some time now~ If there were just some practical floorplans out there already designed, it would reduce the cost considerable to both a Homeowner AND Builder/Developer that was interested.
While reading this recent article that talks about how Pitt’s first homes are complete I began to realize how in the world they are accomplishing this task. Here is a quote:
Heavily subsidized by Pitt’s foundation, the per-house budget of $150,000 is possible because of donated materials and services, including the architects’ designs.
Althought it may not be Practical to think that anyone could get donated materials, how about those Home Designs? Oh Yeah!
So, Brad~ Mr. Pitt. How about this? Sell some of those designs to help raise money for the 60 or so homes left to sponsor. Builders, Developers and Homeowners all along the Gulf Coast could benefit from the design. The Design alone would save a CONSIDERABLE amount of money.
What do you think? The homes may not be able to get under $150,000 – But $175,000 maybe? That’s well within the Median Price Range of SO many areas.
Anyhow, I’ll stop dreaming now. Unless of course there are more people that think this is a fantastic idea. :0)