An $800 Portable House

With a little recycling and a lot of ingenuity, Bill Case built a portable house for $800.

065 800 dollar portable home - rock ballast
Rock ballast (next to Bill's homemade stove) helps to "anchor" the structure.
065 800 dollar portable home - home and studio
Case pottery studio (on the left) and the bargain dwelling's smaller living quarters (on the right).
065 800 dollar portable home - wall cuts
Cuts in the styrofoam wall serve as shelves for knickknacks.
065 800 dollar portable home - outhouse
An imaginative, free-form outhouse.
065 800 dollar portable home - water barrels
Water-filled barrels set behind a large studio window provide thermal mass.
065 800 dollar portable home - wall bolt
 Removable bolts, such as this one, join the 8' x 8' prefabricated walls. Because they can be easily removed, the fasteners make the house portable.    
065 800 dollar portable home - wall diagram
Diagram reveals layered composition of walls.

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