A Manual of Cost Cuts for Strong Acceptable Housing was written by Laurie Baker to help with sustainable housing for poor in india.
I like this idea because building a home is not cheap. My wife and I are trying to build a home on some land, and we watch tiny house and shipping container home shows and are amazed that 200 and 300 square foot homes can cost $100,000 dollars.
Something has to give.
In Baker’s own words:
This manual is mainly put together to help deal with working out inexpensive, effective and acceptable housing schemes for the homeless families in Kerala.
Perhaps much of the content of the manual may be of relevance to many other parts of India.
In Kerala we have no deserts and no big black cotton soil areas, but it is hoped that some sections of the manual will be of help to anyone planning to build small houses on small plots for homeless families.
Some of the material may also be of help when rebuilding houses which have been destroyed by cyclones, floods, earthquakes landslides and so on.
Almost everything in the manual has been used and tested by the writer over the past half a century in India.
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