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Mar 17, 2012 6:05PM
MSN runs similar articles like this a lot. Still, there are NO AFFORDABLE homes for lower to middle class workers. Their all a architects "dream" and most are impracticle in a lot of locations in the US. I live in florida, not gonna happen for most of these.  Please MSN, get real and show us doable, practical, nice looking (not always MODERN!!) homes.  We need this and it's still sooo far from being practical and in reach for most people who make less than 75$K a year.    Come on, we don't need "dreams" and magazine layouts, we need the Real Deal. IMHO>
May 29, 2011 2:21PM

I like your house, where can I find one.


Apr 8, 2011 3:17AM
HotWe have a small house in Thailand approx. 750 sq.ft.
Apr 8, 2011 2:30AM
Am gonna have one of these right away!!!
Apr 7, 2011 9:43PM
My perfect green home is still not a reality but will be here sooner than most folks think.  The kingdom of God, set up by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ will be providing my mansion and it will be the ultimate 'green home'.
Apr 7, 2011 7:10PM
These "green" houses aren't free!  The idea that putting welfare recipients in them and keeping them "off the grid" is nonsense!  These houses actually incur a cost to the builder.  Have you ever read anything about Thoreau Macrena?  He chose to live a very austere life - no one forced him into the woods.  The builders and inhabitants of these green houses aren't freeloaders...
Apr 7, 2011 6:23PM
Personally, i dont mind the "commercial bldg/storefront" look.  It does lack warmth, unless the sun shines through those big windows, then we're warm.  Unforturnately, the current architectural trend is in this direction.  I think the same "greenness" can be applied into any architectural style.  Buy/design/build what turns you on.  The important thing is to "go green" and be united in our future.
Apr 7, 2011 6:03PM

Yeah, lets put the people on social security in the middle of nowhere, with houses that are 'off the grid'...I mean, just because they are probably old and/or disabled makes them perfect. Ugly, overpriced, no infrastructure, and decidedly hundreds of miles from the nearest healthcare. Yeah, that would be one way to get rid of them. Hitler had his ideas about dealing with the old and disabled, too.

For the most part, the houses shown here are ugly, have lots of stairs, and you probably need to parachute or hike in. Somebody who commented earlier suggested that's what we do with them. He probably still thinks it was a GREAT idea to put Katrina survivors in pre-fab trailers that were and are still toxic.


Another example of the press touting  the 'latest' thing (which they are not...look at any of the older trailer parks filled with rusting turquoise and yellow cans slid cheek by jowl next to one another) no privacy, slots for the poor, elderly and criminal.


Now the latest is to build apartments for elderly in which there is no real community, therefore no support systems, and people sit in until they die. 



Apr 7, 2011 5:48PM

People worry too much about trends. If it wasn't for our oppressive controlling governments, I would be happy living in a grass shack. The HOA and building Dept where I live would have no part of that. You see , they like to keep us under control in order to collect taxes. We are ants working for the queen. 

Apr 7, 2011 5:43PM
Granted the houses featured may be "green", I don't consider a home greater than 1000 sq/ft as "small".  I'm comfortable as a single person in my 700 sq/ft 2-bedroom house.  It was built in 1959 before anyone was thinking green.
Apr 7, 2011 5:33PM
I'm afraid that some of these small places wouldn't hold up against a tornado or hurricane in areas that are prone to have such.  They'd be tossed around too easily like a mobile home would be.
Apr 7, 2011 5:30PM
I think that if one was wealthy and was looking for a gettaway place, that was located a part of a retreat center of some sort, it'll be ideal, where you could set up several as cabins and such, and then they have meetings in a meeting center there, but most people are very poor and if they bother with buying a house, they have to figure out how to get the most out of having to live at home, without much disposable income.  This would turn a lot of people into homebodies.  Which means that they actually need a bigger house, more rooms, more outdoor space, more things to do at home.  I think that the most eco-friendly thing folks could do is get solar battery panels on their homes, if they own them, which I would, if I owned one and could afford to buy such.  but, most people own only one piece of real estate in their name, and they don't eat at restaraunts everyday, just occasionally.  Most of the time, they eat at home, and that's why they get all sorts of extra rooms and design different areas of the house differently, so that they won't get utterly bored with their house.  My mother's side of the family always had several bedrooms, two eating areas at least, at least two living areas, and things like that.  It's a cute building, but I'm afraid with if it's the only place I have, it would be hard to be satisfied with it for more than just a few years before desiring to sell it and move on to the next place because charming it may be, eventually, one gets bored if one sees the same thing all of the time.  We can't handle it.  It'll be too stressful in the long run.  But, it'll be great at first.  Maybe it'll make a great office in back of the house or something like that.
Apr 7, 2011 4:54PM
....Although I must say house number 4 would make a very cute doghouse!
Apr 7, 2011 4:52PM
Well I guess "incredible" is a subjective word.  There isnt one of those homes you could pay me to live in.......  
Apr 7, 2011 4:41PM

For the most part the homes lack warmth and a homey style.  Give me a good old California Ranch, (built in the 60's) or a charming mountain cabin.  Green is just not doing it for me.

Apr 7, 2011 4:35PM
They should offer homes like the front page house to single people living on s.s.
Apr 7, 2011 3:34PM
Is this article designed to make us all fell better about living in cardboard boxes & shipping crates after what's left of our economy tanks in the next few months ?
Apr 7, 2011 3:24PM

Who let the gold diggers on here?

Jenny, you might be beautiful, but you're shallow and materialistic.

Try Chinese sites.

Apr 7, 2011 3:07PM
The alpine house in Slovenia was the only decent looking one in the entire bunch.  The rest were horrid, and no mention of price.
Apr 7, 2011 2:49PM
Like the houses, hate some of the tacky references.
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