? Well, we're totally doing it
. We've been considering buying a cheap triple-decker and fixing it up, but we recently discovered that there is city land to be had in Boston for half price, if this website
is for real. So we started thinking we might be able to build something that would suit our needs, but we have no idea where to even start thinking about how to price a project like that out to see if it's feasible.
We've partnered with a nonprofit, so we're tax-exempt. Will that help us? Are there developers who work with nonprofits (and are maybe less expensive)? Architects? What kinds of grants are available for nonprofits or individuals who are building houses (green energy, for example)? What other questions do I need to ask? Can you answer them?
Some possibly relevant information: This won't be like cohousing; the nonprofit will own the house in perpetuity. We're looking for land that's walking distance to the T, and it appears to be available in Roxbury and Dorchester, which we are fine with. Some of us just moved to Fort Hill and we love it. We're planning to build something pretty big -- at least 12 bedrooms. We are all solidly middle income folks; we don't qualify for assistance, but we are not made of money. The coop is specifically kid-friendly, and our nonprofit focus is on expanding the availability of kid-friendly cooperative housing in Boston.