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Now I Own a Piece of American Land. What Can I Build?

First of all, Congratulations on owning a piece of American Dream!

In U.S. there are many different types of residential buildings. Traditional Single-Family House, Manufactured House, Mansions, Tiny House, and Recreational Vehicles are common.

Traditional Single-Family House

Traditional homes are often called “site-built homes” by home builders. A traditional or site-built home is one that’s constructed piece by piece on a building site. A home is considered built by traditional standards when it’s constructed on the land where it’s intended to remain basically forever. Traditional housing comes in all shapes and sizes, from small one-room living units to ultra-luxurious mansions. New site-built single-family homes cost an average of $83.38 per square foot, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. A typical 2000 square feet traditional house would cost about $167,000 (in 2010 price index).

Manufactured House

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Manufactured housing is sometimes referred to as “mobile housing” or as “mobile homes.” Manufactured housing is factory built and manufactured homes are delivered to building sites in one or more pieces and then joined together. Most manufactured homes aren’t permanently affixed to foundations but sit on wheeled platforms. The Oregon Manufactured Housing Association says that the cost per square foot of a manufactured home is nearly half that of a stick-built home, at about $41.24. A typical 1200 square feet Manufactured House would cost about $50,000 (in 2010 price index).


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A mansion is a large dwelling house. The word itself derives through Old French from the Latin word mansio “dwelling”, an abstract noun derived from the verb manere “to dwell”. Mansions usually have specially designed rooms meant to accommodate leisure activities of a particular kind. Many will have a conservatory or greenhouse, a library, while others will have an infinity pool or a home theater. Some have all of these features. A modern mansion today may not necessarily be limited to a single house standing alone, mansions may be compounds or a grouping of larger houses. In general in Manhattan or many cities a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) house would certainly be described as a Mansion, but a similar-sized house in the Atlanta suburbs probably would not. Calling a dwelling a mansion indicates a level of grandeur and consumption considerably greater than the norm in that location, with the additional connotation of quality, and correlates highly with the housing patterns of the upper class.

Recreational Vehicle

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A recreational vehicle, often abbreviated as RV, is a motor vehicle or trailer which includes living quarters designed for accommodation. Typical amenities of an RV include a kitchen, a bathroom, and one or more sleeping facilities. RVs can range from the basic — containing only sleeping quarters and basic cooking facilities — to the luxurious, with features like air conditioning (AC), water heaters, televisions and satellite internet. RVs can either be trailers (which are towed behind motor vehicles) or self-motorized.

Tiny House

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The tiny-house is an architectural style that advocates living simply in small homes. A residential structure under 500 square feet (46 m2) is generally considered a tiny home. Tiny-house promotes financial prudence, economically safe, shared community experiences, and a shift in consumerism-driven mindsets.

Smaller homes are less expensive than larger ones in terms of taxes and building, heating, maintenance, and repair costs. The lower cost of living may be advantageous to retirees. In addition to costing less, small houses may encourage a less cluttered, simpler lifestyle, and reduce ecological impacts for their residents. Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments.

This building type is probably the most affordable option, and the easiest to set up. For example, Amazon has a solar powered Tiny House for sale for only $38000 including shipping delivery of the house to your residential land!


At Elegment Land, our hand-picked residential lands can accommodate all your needs, from recreational to living, from mansions to tiny houses. We specialize in selling beautiful and affordable residential lands. However, please keep in mind that we are not building developers 😉

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