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Alternative Sustainable Housing Options, Summer Studio 2009 is a project created by the Community Design Center of Atlanta.  CDCA has provided student engagement for over 30 years. This Summer Studio is a launch for the ASHO initiative series. For this Summer Studio, we decided to explore a much discussed, hot new phenomenon – container housing. This year’s studio is a collaborative of local professionals and architectural students from MIT, Tuskegee University, Southern California Institute of Architecture to name a few. Our hope is to creatively design and build 4 affordable homes in Atlanta using ISBU’s. We plan on sharing knowledge learned through this collective design and building process with other areas of the country as well.


Our team has been awarded lot #3. Given the lots size we were allocated 4 ISBUs and had to design a 3 bedroom, 2 bath sustainable home and keep the construction price below $85 per sq. ft. Greg Mullins with Nodus LLC and Jeff Dinkle with Eco Custom Homes are the professionals guiding group #3 students. This project is slated to be developed in the East Lake Community overlooking theEast Lake Golf Club. East Lake is a transitional neighborhood consisting of homes built from the 1890s to 1930s. One of the greatest challenges is to create a design using a modern design for, a box, but introducing “period” details so the home will fit in with the community. The design phase of this project will be complete in August, with construction slated to begin soon afterward.

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Costs of Custom Homes

The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market?  The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want.  Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.

Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:

New Construction: