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Posted by  JWmHarmon on September 30, 2003 at 10:46:20:

In Reply to:  Re: Just Starting Question posted by Bob A on September 30, 2003 at 08:21:10:

One of the best solutions to your design goals might be to design a complete small house with an eye towards enlarging it with future additions. Your friendly local banker might have some reservations about lending money for a house that is not completed. From the banker's point of view, it is harder to sell an unfinished house than to sell a finished house if you default on your loan.

By designing a complete small house you can overcome the banker's objections. You will also have a completed house. If you have designed it with the intent of building future additions, then you can have the best of both worlds. If you design with the intent of building on, then you have a design which looks like one cohesive design; it is just done in stages.

One example would be to design your house with a small kitchen. One wall could be a temporary wall, perhaps with two atrium doors, which could be moved to the outside wall of a family room addition that you build later. Moving the doors creates the opening to the new room.

Your house could be designed as a number of separate units to be connected by hallways. Each unit could be a complete house and each could be built and completed separately. When you are ready to build the next section, you would simply attach it to the existing house.

Early colonial builders often built "Salt box houses." The main part of the Salt Box House was built first with a gable roof. As the family grew, an addition was built on the back of the house with a shed roof giving it the traditional Salt Box look.

If there was no need for the salt box addition, then the main part of the house was complete.

This same idea can be applied to a variety of housing styles.


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