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The 20K House Project – Inspiration from Rural Studio

by Chad Ludeman on May 5, 2008 · 5 comments

in Design,inspiration

It’s been some time since I posted an inspirational project here. Last week, David Buege from Rural Studio contacted me about some $20K Houses they had been building for the past few years, so I thought I’d take the time to showcase them here.

Rural Studio is a remote program of the School of Architecture at Auburn University in west Alabama. For the past few years, their students have been designing and building low-income housing for only $20K in materials and labor ($10K ea). There is a Rural Development loan available through the federal government where very low income people in rural areas are able to borrow a maximum of $20,000 for home repair or construction.

The Rural Studio embarks on many projects each year, but the 20K House project was started in order to create a precedent that homes could be built on this extremely low budget that would outlast and outperform substandard housing or trailers that many in this very low income bracket are living in. This is extremely inspirational and really puts things in perspective for our project and others like it. I hope to visit David and his crew sometime in the future to see the work they have done in person. Check out their site and blogs for much more info and images, including interiors.

For more inspirational posts from the past, check out our inspiration category.

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1 Daniel August 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

Auburn is not in West Alabama, it’s in Southeast Alabama.

2 Cam August 27, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Auburn is not in West Alabama but Hale County (Rural Studio’s location and where the houses are being built) is.

3 Marian Wynn April 12, 2010 at 4:19 pm

It looks like this project has been shut down. The $20K Houses link in this article is now broken. So is a link to Samuel Mockbee’s biography. Nothing lasts forever, especially the good things.

4 MeganAckerman May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm

No the project as well as the program is still up and running. Try searching on google, or through Auburn University’s architecture program website. There are photos, blogs of current projects, photos of past projects, and directions to get there if you wanted to visit west alabama.

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