I was looking through the Lowes flyer this weekend hoping to find a great deal on windows when I came across their Katrina Cottages plans. The idea is quite intriguing, but the there’s very little on the site that details what the total costs will be. It’s mostly just the plans for sale, and they’re being sold as replacement shelters… or vacation homes. The plans are rather simple, and the artistic renderings are somewhat attractive, but the photos on the website are a little less so. Maybe it’s just my aversion to the look of modern building materials.
I’m partial to the ideas at the Open Architecture Network, which seeks to be a cooperative/clearinghouse for shelter and structure ideas.