A Crazy Housing Market
By now the negativity which undergirds our modern housing market is old hat. Everyone knows it is unstable, and everyone knows that investing therein isn’t the most predictable course of action. What people don’t seem to realize is that there are affordable, sustainable alternatives.
Sustainability, Affordability, and Quality
It’s actually possible to construct a grid-independent sustainable structure of greater quality than traditional methods for less money. Now, these structures may not have the inherent aesthetic appeal of traditional options, but they’ve got it where it counts: sustainability, durability, and value.
According to Fidelity Steel, a purveyor of metal buildings in WV and elsewhere, “Traditional methods such as wood, stone, and brick are slowly taking a backseat to the benefits of steel construction. Business owners and homeowners alike are finding that it is not only cheaper, but a better quality build as well.”
One of the most popular prefabricated building models today is the P-model steel building, which has gentle curvature on the top, can be customized based on width, length, and color, and is weighted to withstand multiple feet of snow as well as hurricane-level winds.
Such a building can be used as a residential structure (depending on zoning codes in a given neighborhood); a shed, a garage, a workshop, a restaurant, a hangar—you name it. The sky is the limit; how you use the interior space is ultimately up to you.
Making Your New Structure Grid-Independent
Power grids are being knocked out left and right in America right now. From hurricanes to tornadoes, infrastructural accident and economic flux, it’s becoming harder and harder to depend on what were once traditionally sustainable modes of energy. Add to that the expense of your monthly utility bill, and finding a better option suddenly takes on a whole new urgency.
Well, the politics of the “green” movement may not be something you agree with, but what is hard to dispute is the efficacy with which sustainable energy options have been streamlined. Did you know that the low cost per Watt of a solar panel today is only $0.70? That means, before charge controllers, power inverters, installation, and energy storage costs; you can get a 3.1 kWh solar system for only $2,170.
How much you spend on facilitation accoutrements like batteries and charge controllers is up to you; you can get it done for anything between $500 to $3,000, depending on your acumen and perspicacity. Assuming an average cost of $5,000 to $6,000 per 3.1 kWh system is reasonable.
Such a system will add between $18,000 and $24,000 to your property’s value, depending on where you’re located. That means by spending $5,000 or less, you get $13,000 to $19,000 in returned value. Now, when you consider that the average cost of a prefabricated steel building is $16 to $20 per square foot, suddenly it’s like you’re getting paid to build such a structure.
A New Business Opportunity?
A 500 square foot prefabricated building can be acquired for $10,000 at $20 per square foot. Throw in a $5,000 solar system, and its value is $18,000 to $24,000. Shoot, you could build one and sell it, then turn the money into a bigger project. Do that a couple times and you could turn commissioning and completing such projects into a business.
Look into such sustainable options. Technological innovations are making them more affordable than ever before. And the end result is something which can be depended on with greater assurance than a variety of older architectural methods. Sustainability has never been so effective or so affordable—and to top it off, these solutions seem to be good for the environment.