Not sure if this is really a good thing.
A local developer who generally speaking develops nice home has started a new program called "Bigger Homes, Smaller Prices" and they are marketing the homes to young families. Furthermore, all the "BIG" homes are located in the Kalamazoo Public Schools school district thus making they eligible for free college tuition as a result of the Kalamazoo Promise.
Their website states you can get a brand new home including building site for as little as $62 per square foot.
While this is a realtively new program, Mrs. PDB and I have been looking into how they can do this. Not because we are interested in buying but because we are interested in construction, planning, and other reasons. Their website says they can due this as a result of a "BIG 10-point Value System" but after some talking to other developers and contractors we found they are cutting major corners.
For example they are not putting swithced in the closet for the lighting. They are using cheap pull chain lights.
They are not putting subflooring under the laminate flooring, they are just throwing it onto the OSB below,
No eaves on the homes,
No padding under the carpet,
And everything is extra. You want them to rough in the plumbing in the basement for another bathroom. That will cost you $700.
Personally I think this is going to kill the reputation of this company. It seems to me that they are putting their reputation on the line for a little short term financial gain.