One thing I left out of my calculation the housing unit costs the other dayÂ in the interest of simplification was the efficiency of the building, but I probably shouldn’t have because it’s a huge factor. David Baker pointed out in a comment: One thing, if the 800 Square foot is cost for the building… Continue reading Building Efficiency and Housing Cost
There were a number of suggestions from readers, via both the blog comments and Twitter, on how we could build cheaper multifamily housing. Here are a few ideas with my thoughts: Prefabrication – Most large projects already take advantage of this to some degree. Many contractors pre-frame wood walls in a factory and crane them… Continue reading How can we build cheaper urban housing?
A question I have heard a lot lately is â€œwhy canâ€™t developers build housing for the people who need it most instead of for the rich.” Letâ€™s look at what a typical multi-family development project in a reasonably central part of San Francisco would cost to build (in a very simplified way). Iâ€™m assuming an… Continue reading “Why canâ€™t developers build housing in San Francisco for the people who need it most instead of for the rich?”