A big “thank you” to The Consumerist for directing us to this news …
According to the Lowe’s website:
Soon after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, architect and planner, Andres Duany developed the concept for a small, permanent home designed as a dignified alternative to the FEMA trailer. The first Katrina Cottage was designed by Marianne Cusato as affordable housing for displaced residents and emergency workers …
Now, as a result of demand in other markets, Lowe’s is making available Katrina Cottage plans and kits to consumers across the country.
Similar to the Sears “Modern” mail-order homes that were popular in the first half of the 1900s, the Katrina Cottages are considered to be complete homes. A purchase of a Katrina Cottage contains all of the required materials except for the home’s foundation, HVAC system, and furniture.
The smallest blueprint plan Lowe’s offers is for a two bedroom, one bath, 544 square foot home. The largest blueprint plan is for a five bedroom, three bath, 1807 square-foot model. There are 11 plans total, and all models have plans available for additions and build-outs.
Pricing isn’t direct on the website, but piecing together what information exists, it looks like costs start around $20,000. For the price of a new car, you could have a new home.
If the cottage style doesn’t speak to you, but you’re interested in small, pre-fabricated homes, you might enjoy the homes listed on FabPreFab. Many of the homes on the site are just as small, some ever smaller, than the Katrina Cottages.