Ready-Made House Costs $500 (Oct, 1937)

Ready-Made House Costs $500

Equipped with a stove, refrigerator, window screens, dining table, couch, and other home accessories, a new type of prefabricated house costs less than $500. Designed as a first unit to which later additions may be made, the factory-built structure includes living room, dinette, and kitchen, with folding beds for four people.

  1. Blurgle says: November 22, 20073:24 pm

    What a change: nowadays those windows would cost more than $500 each.

    And I can’t imagine how how bitterly cold that place would get in the winter. I don’t see how a furnace or even a woodstove could fit in there, and there certainly isn’t any insulation like there would be in a log or sod house. People would die in droves during the first winter, either from the cold or from CO from a heater.

    Maybe they were only used in extreme southern Florida?

  2. Neil Russell says: November 22, 20074:09 pm

    Things had changed in the other direction on the timeline too; when my house was built in 1900 it enclosed 1600 sq feet (expanded later to over 2000), was built out of heart pine and came with 6 gables, a tin roof, and a covered porch. On it’s half acre lot it sold new for $1000.
    It still sports the original roof.
    The pine was considered to be “low end” in those days but because of its high content of sap acted as its own deterrent to termites. That’s how so many of the “cheap” houses like mine survived and the nice ones made of oak crumbled away.
    I’ve often wondered about the heating in an old house like mine, it has three small fireplaces for burning coal and a flue in the kitchen for a wood stove. When it was built there was no insulation other than an inch of siding board, 4 inches of dead air, and an inch of wallboard inside and before I renovated it, the place got COLD!
    Those folks were made of sterner stuff than me!
    Of course the lack of heat probably was low on the list of complaints, particularly when considering there was no indoor plumbing in the house until 1922.

  3. Mike Brisendine says: November 23, 20076:39 am

    What’s the size of that structure? Maybe, 8′ by 20′? If so, that’s 120 square feet. Four folding beds? It would be inhuman for four people to live in that small box.

  4. Mike Brisendine says: November 23, 20076:41 am

    That sould be 160 square feet. Sorry.

  5. mc says: September 12, 20087:58 pm

    You would need very little heat to heat a place that small. I have been in small tents in the winter that got all steamy inside with nothing but body heat, so a house that size (assuming there are not a lot of leaks could probably get warm from a kerosene lantern or a small stove.

  6. Meg says: September 21, 20082:43 am

    I’m doing something interesting I think. During Katrina when I couldn’t find some friends I designed a house to withstand tsunami, hurricane, tornado, and probably fire too. Now it’s morphed into different categories. I’m a student (older) and I FINALLY bought a lot to start building one. Anyone interested in something like this please write [email protected] I need help. Meg

  7. tariq hussain malik says: October 30, 20089:46 am

    Dear Sir,
    I search your site.Kindly send me details of ready made house with covered area and price.

  8. c.karthikeyan says: November 20, 200810:30 am

    dear sir/madam,i am a student and i am searching for a readymade low cost house for the economically weaker section.
    please do reply and provide answers for my following doubts.
    1. area of the house
    2. materials and method of production of house
    3. area required for producing a house
    4. weight of a house
    5. is it foldable?
    6. can the house be produced on site?
    7. are multi-storeys possible in this type of house?
    8.cost of a manufactured house.

  9. Toronto says: January 3, 20092:54 pm

    It looks a little like the ‘container cottage’ house made of a disused shipping container. They happen to be 8’x20′ (or 8×40′ for the big ones.)

    Or this one, for those who like things fancier: http://www.azuremagazin…

  10. Mohan says: January 3, 200912:26 pm

    We do ship affordable ready made houses. Please email me for a full brochure

  11. samuel boothe says: March 19, 200910:03 am

    ii would pay easily more then 500

  12. Lalchand says: August 4, 20097:48 am

    Want prefabricate home for plot size 30×45 feet. can you please send the details and costing.

  13. sujith says: August 14, 20094:51 am

    please send me about the Ready made houses details for the my mail address.

  14. -DOUG- says: August 14, 20098:26 pm

    You notice how MANY people are expecting to be EMailed but gave no EMail address?

    Meanwhile, look how much better for $725.…

  15. Firebrand38 says: August 14, 20098:55 pm

    Seeing as how they’re responding to an article from 1937 I’d say that it’s par for the course.

  16. deepak says: August 31, 20096:02 am

    i m a student and i want to know the whole process of building low cost readymade homes

  17. kassa says: September 6, 200912:10 am

    I am from Srilanka and i recently bought a land in Florida near Panama City. Now i want to get somebody or a company to build a small house there for me. Can you help me in this regard?

  18. baboo ji says: February 1, 20115:58 am

    kindly send the budget of two bedroom house……..

  19. JMyint says: February 1, 201111:42 am

    Everything old is new again:…

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  21. faria sajawar says: June 20, 20119:17 am

    dear sir/madam,
    for a holiday homes project in coastal island area called kuakata in bangladesh, we want to buy at least 100 ready made duplex cottages which is between 350 to 500 sq feet per floor. so, please send us about samples of ready made houses with details, designs and prices of your products.

    faria sajawar
    shiblee hatchary and harms ltd.
    kuakata, Bangladesh.

  22. Sam says: November 3, 201110:31 pm

    Build a housewith ribs like a ship.After building the house of ribs cover the ribs first with 2by 4 planks then cover the planks withplywood ,then cover the plywood with tar paper and after cover the tar paper with roofing tar all over the house – outside the house!After tarring the house outside put roofing paper and nail it all on the inside of the house using staples.After stapling staple some visqeen plastic and over the visqueen plastic put wool felt that is enclosed in plastic and tack that to the wall all over the house and before enclosing the plastic put neem oil all over the roofing paper and on each stage of the wall insulation process to keep the bugs out.Also enclose the wall in plywood and then put up drywall and plaster everything!After you do this your whole house should be airtight!

  23. Rajike says: March 1, 20122:01 pm

    dear sir/madam

    kindly send me appx. prices of ready made houses around 400sq. ft as i am planning to donate a house to a houseless poor person.



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