It traces the roots of DIY to the long standing practice of owner construction, particularly among working class immigrant groups, the emergence of new materials for home construction (like gyprock drywall), kit homes
in small towns, and the prefabricated homes that became popular in mid-sized towns like Peoria, Illinois, (a town famously serving as a quintessential 'average market'(16)).
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Faced with a blitzed housing landscape after World War II, the then Labour government came up with a temporary solution of prefabricated, kit homes
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do not afford the same flexibility where any changes to the original plan can take you right back to the drawing board.
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Chapters cover log preparation, needed tools, site and cost considerations, sample designs, accomodating heating systems and other utilities, the differences between manufacturer's kit homes
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This argument about community building is weaker for silverware and bathtubs than for kit homes
and city planning, but it does help connect these regional businesses by pointing out how they all contributed to the national community of the middle class.
Falcon Rural Housing, a housing association based in Somerset, began importing two- and three- bedroom ready-to-assemble kit homes
from Canada early last year.
Marshall said the cost of houses built with the Phoenix technology is about half that of traditional kit homes