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Can people really build there own houses?


That's a good question.

To find out I apprenticed myself as a carpenter soon after college and spent the next several years learning how to build houses.


It was a pleasurable experience, and the conclusion I reached was that most people, provided they were physically fit and had the cooperation of their neighbors, could indeed build their own houses with a certain amount of professional assistance.

What's more there were considerable savings to be had if they approached it the right way.  The right way being to build and finance in stages instead of all at one time.  When you consider that financing costs are typically as much as the cost of the house itself, this lesson comes home.

And did I mention:  land is much cheaper outside the cities, where the cost of the building lot often rivals the cost of the house as well.

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more than houses, the question is "Can we build a closely knit commune?".. Humans are social animals, and pre-Industrialist societies are commune societies.. the forefathers of all those in US were once living as big group.. the capitalists who control america had successfully atomised people..

if you have a group of 100 people, who are matrimonially related, and do a common job, and have a common purpose, you can build NOT just house, but a whole village..

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