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The ProHousing Project

Ongoing Research



This is the first phase of this project. We welcome input from any interested and/or experienced persons who would like to contribute to our pool of resources and information. We are conducting additional research on the following to supplement and complete the project:

-- Existing small houses
A study of existing small houses in the community, most of which violate current building and zoning codes, but provide effective, practical solutions for the occupants.

-- A Contractor's View
Looking at prices, construction techniques and materials, and workability from a contractor's standpoint.

-- A Realtor's View
What people are looking for, what the market is looking for, and an assessment of the problems that might arise in buying, selling and renting the micro-dwellings described in this project.

-- A Banker's View
The feasibility of arranging financing for these innovative housing concepts.

-- A Zoning Administrator's View
An overall view of how these concepts might fit into current zoning practices, or how zoning might have to be amended to accommodate them.

-- A Building Inspector's View
An opinion on whether changes in existing building codes are possible or desirable.

-- Owner-Builder Classification
Examination and evaluation of existing owner-builder categories (such as Class K housing in California and the empirical structure code of Island County, Washington) to expand legal and economical opportunities for people to build their own modest homes.


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