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Jul 27, 2012 1:11PM
First, most of you so-called 'BUILDERS' have no taste whats-so-ever. That would be gaudy coffered ceilings, Crown molding - UGH!. Most of the builders and architects in the U.S. have know idea what style is! Give me a break with all your traditional garbage and McMansion crap! Totally ugly or boring on the outside and Gaudy junk on the inside, you know why because that's what's most POPULAR with most homeowners - WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT BUILDING or ARCHITECTURE or INTERIOR DESIGN!!!!!!!!!!! That's why most builders SUCK in this country most of you have conformed to NO NOTHING home owners so you you FAIL in those regards!
Jun 21, 2012 5:23AM
That home is barely prefab....still looks like alot or "traditional work" to be done on site to complete house, including all plumbing and electrical work. I came across Mesocore Homes which is a great new pre fab house that completes all electrical and plumbing work in the factory. Thus once the core arrives to building site, your 1000 sq. foot house takes just 3 weeks to complete! One other feature I found great was that the house has full off grid capeability. 
Nov 12, 2010 4:40PM
Oct 4, 2009 3:08AM
This is over priced, I am a contractor  and this should have cost at the most about $40 to $50 a sf, even with subbing out most of it . Copper siding give me a break,they saw him coming. It started out simple enough then what happened, some how it went down hill from there. If this guy has money to burn, he could have paid my way from upstate NY, an given me a place to stay while I built it from scatch an still saved money!!! 
Aug 21, 2009 4:43PM
Yes, 100k where I am from is a little costly (KS) but in Tuscan AZ it might be a steal.  The Contractors probably charged a premium for doing something out of the ordinary.
Aug 21, 2009 1:12PM
This IS NOT a 22k house.  The shell kit cost 22k and didn't include the foundation or a lot of the finish out, the roof etc etc.  I wish people that are touting this stuff would have the stones to DETAIL what it REALLY cost rather than just throw out something totally misleading.  Do a simple spreadsheet of the major components and a TOTAL COST.
Aug 21, 2009 10:13AM

Nice... but it looks a little like a fast food restaurant.Disappointed

Aug 21, 2009 9:09AM
Now if this is to build on the cheap, I have little faith in this entire article, the publisher, and anyone who took part in putting this front and center.  You paid one heck of a price for a 675 square foot box.
Aug 21, 2009 7:12AM
Boy was that guy taken.I am a home builder in Texas and I could build a home loaded ,granite crown,hardwood trane ac etc.And also a finished out garage on a nice lot and still not spend 150 a foot.
Aug 21, 2009 7:10AM
slide 4, looks like they're missing a stud above the door. Who pulled layout on that wall?
Aug 21, 2009 5:09AM
I don't know    Where I live, the same money (or less) could've bought a nice 3 bedroom 2 bath brick home in an established neighborhood. You gotta be kidding me! Over $100k for what is basically a converted storage building?!  HA HA HA! No wonder the economy is in the tank.
Aug 21, 2009 4:59AM
LOL .... I hope that house would wipe his butt too for a $150 a square foot! A typical new home these days averages from $100 - $125 a square foot and that includes the labor! Nice home though too bad it didn't have a Cadillac logo over the front door .... LOL.

These articles are always too brief and never give you substance or any depth.  The builder talks about a lot of problems and things of that nature.  I would have loved to hear about it.

Aug 21, 2009 3:47AM
Buy a pre-fab for $22,500, and end up $100,000, and he's proud of himself? Notice he said the cost was $150 per square foot for 675 feet =$101,000, but he knew the whole happy point was lost in the actual cost, which he quietly left for us to total. First of all he had to rent a crane to unload the materials, then it took professionals to get the wall up, electric and plumbing. Unfortunately it appears he had no construction experience, and got taken one jobber at a time. I think the lessson here is clear, a novice doesn't have any business doing what he did. With $100,000 he could have bought two homes, and paid for both from the rent of the second. Now that would have been a story!!!
Aug 16, 2009 2:14PM

Do a search for "Rocio Romero" you will find her site.  This is a wonderful alternative to custom homes and yes, the "green" part of this house is what you make of it.  Putting bamboo flooring in is "green"  putting in a swamp cooler in a dry climate area is a "green" feature. Like I said, the green is what you make of it.  You could also do the opposite.  Carpeting, regular lighting no "low E glass", real air conditioning, etc.


The copper color of this home is the color I like the most and would actually look good on 5 acres I own in the Sierra Mountains.


Rocio Romero received her degree from Berkeley, a Cal State.  Her qualifications seem to be impeccable.  The Rocio Romero website shows many possibilities for this design.

Aug 16, 2009 1:57PM

Hmmm...I wonder if  this house would stand a chance for someone living in Louisiana.  Can you say Katrina, Camille, Gustav....and the list goes on...Sad

Aug 16, 2009 1:53PM
In my opinion, although it looks very cool, very expensive. Unless it includes the price of the lot.
Aug 16, 2009 1:47PM

$150k per square foot is NOT cheap.  My husband is a licenced GC and this economy has

really hurt us.   As I write he is outside framing up our last house  by himself.  We are building this one out of pocket and with a $30k loan from our 401k.  This house is 1,653 square feet and we expect our total expenses to be about $60k or about $40 a square foot.  It will take us about 12 months to complete but it will be done right!

Aug 16, 2009 1:26PM
Im confused... what is "eco" about it? or are they referring to economic? Im seeing this label being used and abused... any clarifications?
Aug 16, 2009 12:18PM

Looked great but, could have used more pictures. Just showed enough to make me more curious. Is there a site to see more pictures. It would have been nice. Plus more info in the builders notes would have been nice.


Thanks    Roy10



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