A Revolution in Housing

Wally Walls is honored to be part of this Team delivering Better homes in Bath, Maine. This development features 7 single family rental homes. The homes are 3 bdr/2.5 bths and are constructed using Better materials to deliver energy efficient, sensible housing in a community with only a few rental homes available - none of which are energy efficient, and many of which are outdated and may have issues relating to mold and wood boring insects.

Of course, these new homes may not be for everyone. There are some that want to pay high utility bills to live in homes with mold and wood boring insects because “that’s how we build homes.” While that statement may seem tongue-in-cheek, the truth is that is how many react when they hear “for rental housing featuring light gauge insulated walls.” Banks, investors, municipalities and contractors too often default to wood construction in a “for sale” environment with larger zoning lots.  As a result, there is a dearth of decent, sensible “for rent” product nationally.  Rather than not repeating sins of the past, we are consistently fed larger, less energy efficient homes to buy and then wonder why we face a house-poor populous and housing bubbles.

Here’s the thing folks: Land is not getting cheaper, construction materials are not decreasing, and salaries are not rising at the same rate of increases identified here. Given that, why is it that building Better homes that are sensible in stature, energy efficient, and less expensive is such a radical thought?

 Some folks, like those on this sign, get it. To quote John Lennon: “Some people say I am a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” 

Which side of this debate are you on? What are you building with? 

Better. Better. Better.

John Nunan