If you are on a tightest budget and even building your own house is too much for your pocket, there is another way. You can buy a block of land and relocate someone else’s house – how’s that for an idea?
The advantages are obvious – it’s cheaper than building a new house (you can save up to 50%), it’s faster – removal can be finished within a couple of weeks, and often the quality is better because many of the older houses were built using higher quality materials than those used today.
Apparently there are many people who sell the houses they own for removals – to avoid paying demolishing costs. I saw several houses for sale in the Trading post (http://www.tradingpost.com.au) for $1000 – $2000, plus the removal of a house costs, about $30000 – $35000. The way it is done, you hire a removal company and they handle everything – remove the roof, cut the house in sections of transportable size and then move the house to your site where they install and re-join it, as well as put a new roof over it.
Here is a couple of links to house removal/relocation companies I found:
Isn’t it amazing how much creative thinking can save you?