A Homebuilt Low-Cost Home Makes Retirement Easier

Duane and Dee Mark find that changing one's lifestyle when retiring is made easier with a homebuilt low-cost home.



Energy self-sufficiency, low-cost maintenance and do-it-yourself home building form the core of Arizona residents Dee and Duane Mark's retirement strategy.
Energy self-sufficiency, low-cost maintenance and do-it-yourself home building form the core of Arizona residents Dee and Duane Mark's retirement strategy.
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Dee and Duane wanted to be off - but not too far off - the beaten path, and this land west of Kingman, Ariz., fit the bill.
Dee and Duane wanted to be off - but not too far off - the beaten path, and this land west of Kingman, Ariz., fit the bill.
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By scrounging, trading and salvaging materials, Dee and Duane saved a bundle. This temporary house, where they'll live while building their straw-bale home, cost $675.
By scrounging, trading and salvaging materials, Dee and Duane saved a bundle. This temporary house, where they'll live while building their straw-bale home, cost $675.
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All the insulation for the mini-house cost Dee and Duane a mere $50.
All the insulation for the mini-house cost Dee and Duane a mere $50.
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