Housing is a fundamental human right. For most of human history, our homes were built by hand from whatever local materials were available. However, since the Industrial Revolution, most housing has become little more than quickly constructed, mass-produced, uniform boxes. At the same time, the invention and standardization of the 30-year mortgage and our ever-increasing reliance on credit has come to mean that many of us never own our homes outright.
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- Phoenix Commotion — working together towards low-income home ownership through sweat equity and 100% recycled materials.
- HabeRae — revitalizing neighborhoods by creating urban infill using modern technology and sustainable and reclaimed materials.
- Builders of Hope — rescuing and rehabilitating whole houses slated for demolition.
These projects and others like them demonstrate that building one’s own home does not have to be an unattainable dream. This beautifully illustrated guide is a must-read for anyone interested in creating quality zero- or low-debt housing, reducing landfill waste, and creating stronger communities.
Jessica Kellner is Editor of Natural Home and Garden magazine and a passionate advocate of using architectural salvage to create aesthetically beautiful, low-cost housing.
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