Campaign Introduction

We are looking to build a community of smaller, more affordable houses in Cheshire County to help with the housing crisis and provide more options for people that can’t afford or don’t want the larger mortgage that comes with the larger houses that are currently on the market.  Our goal is to build 1 to 2 bedroom 400-600 sq ft houses (not condos) for $100,000-$150,000 (under $1,000 monthly mortgage payment-including all taxes and insurance), each with their own yard, parking, privacy, rights to modify, etc.  Besides a lower mortgage payment, living in a smaller house provides many benefits, including less cleaning and maintenance, more money to spend on fun stuff like traveling or freedom to work less, more time outside and with family/friends, less environmental impact/more sustainable, etc.

Knight Affordable Housing Solutions – Create an Affordable Housing Development of 400-600 sq ft Houses in Cheshire County

by Benjamin Knight

  • $7,000

    Funding Goal
  • $3,787

    Funds Raised
  • 11

    Days to go
  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
54.10%
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Keene, NH

Campaign Story

I think everyone can agree that we’re in a housing crisis.  There are more people in need of housing than the housing available on the market, driving up rents and prices on home sales.  We need more housing of all kinds.  There are plenty of organizations building normal-size housing (2000 sq ft), large-size housing, apartments, condos, etc., but not many are building new tiny and small houses.  But why?

Well, lots of reasons.  First, there’s very little to no profit in it, and most of these organizations are focused mostly on profit.  But we are not.  Our sole purpose is to provide the houses people want and need at an affordable price, even if we don’t make a profit.  We’re not quite a non-profit, but that’s basically how we run the business.

Second, bigger houses are cheaper per square foot than smaller houses because a lot of the cost to build a house is not dependent on the size, such as septic, well, land, etc.  So a 2000 sq ft house might be $400k (200 per sq ft), a 500 sq ft house might be $150k (300 per sq ft), but what’s more important, we think, is that a mortgage on a $400k house is around $2,500 per month vs. $1,000 per month on a $150k house.

Third, our society has taught us that bigger is better, and we’ve gotten used to living in bigger places and accumulating lots of material possessions to fill that space.  Once we shed the stigma that comes with “downgrading,” we see that while it does take a bit of getting used to, it offers lots of benefits beyond the lower monthly mortgage payment, such as:

  1. Less house maintenance cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, etc.) and fixing items that wear over the years (a smaller roof or floor cost much less to replace or upgrade).
  2. Less space means less items to buy, clean, repair, store, etc.
  3. Less mortgage payment means more disposable income to spend on travel, fun, upgrades to the house finishings (nicer wood floors or voice-activated smart home features), etc., or less time you need to work, so maybe you can just work part-time, or one person in the relationship can stay home.
  4. A smaller space encourages more family time within the house as there isn’t as much space to escape each other (which can be a pro and a con, right?), but it also encourages more time outside and trips to visit family.

Many people could benefit from smaller homes on the market: low-income, homeless, retired and looking to downsize, young people just entering the workforce, etc.  And by making housing available for these folks more in line with what they want and need, it frees up the other housing for those who want and need it.

Our goal is to purchase land and build a community of smaller homes (400-600 sq ft) in Cheshire County, each with its own yards, parking, etc. and sell each for between $100,000-$150,000.  Any money from this campaign will get us on our way towards purchasing the land, getting designs and permits approved, adding roads/septics/wells/foundations, purchasing materials, paying for the labor to build the houses themselves, and then marketing and selling.  We are currently seeking private investors, partners, and bank loans and will also be preselling properties to raise additional funds to complete the project.

There are lots of cool rewards to choose from below, please review and pick one or more of your favorites.  Let me know if you have other ideas you would like to see for rewards.

Learn more at Knight Affordable Housing Solutions.

Rewards

$10

Grandma's Favorite Recipes

(%60 Off Black Friday Weekend special, originally $25) For your $10 donation, I'll open up the vault and share the long guarded family recipes of all the cool things both my grandmothers used to make. Recipes for things like Peanut butter balls, sugar cookies, zucchini bread, fudge, bolgolgi (Korean beef stir fry), applesauce, and more.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$20

$25 Gift Certificate at Pizza Palace in Bellows Falls VT.

$25 Gift Certificate at Pizza Palace in Bellows Falls VT, good for anything on their menu including pizzas, calzones, wings, grinders, sandwiches, salads, drinks, etc.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
2 backers
3 rewards left

$25

Grandma's homemade goodies

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend special) For your $25 donation, you'll get the best homemade goodies around, grandma's favorite recipes. Choose from either peanutbutter balls (milk, dark or white), frosted sugar cookies, or chunky applesauce. Or choose mix of all.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
5 rewards left

$25

Learn How to Juggle

(Buy one get one free Black Friday weekend special) I'll teach you or your kids how to juggle 2 or 3 balls, bean bags, rocks or whatever.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
1 backers
4 rewards left

$35

Handyman Services - 1 hr

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend Special) Handyman Services to include painting, raking, tree cutting, flooring, light plumbing/electrical, etc. 1 hour.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$40

3 months free Compost Dropoff - Elm City Compost

Donate $40 and get 3 months free Compost Drop-Off

Estimated Delivery: January, 2023
0 backers
3 rewards left

$50

Introductory Lesson: MMA/Wrestling/Judo/Kickboxing

(Buy one get on Free Black Friday Weekend Special) One on one Introductory Lesson in either Wrestling/Judo/Kickboxing/MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Instructor: Ben Knight. Instructor Bio: High School Wrestling State Champ; Judo Brown Belt, State Championships in Several New England States; Keene's First Professional MMA Fighter. Length: 1 hour

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$50

Introductory Lesson on How to build a house

(Buy one get on free Black friday weekend special) One on One Introductory Lesson on How to Build a House. Can spend time on an overview of the process, or a specific topic such as planning/design, site prep, framing, sheathing, rough plumbing/electrical, insulation, flooring, sheetrock, roofing, windows/doors, etc. Method: can be verbal, but ideally hands on with an actual project. Length 1 hour.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$50

Semi-Private Fishing Trip/Sightseeing Tour out of Hampton NH

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Special) I'll take up to 4 people at a time ($50 each) out on my boat. We'll leave out of Hampton NH and spend the day looking for dolphins and whales, checking out the Isles of Shoals, and fishing. Ever wanted to try driving a boat out on the ocean yourself, here's your chance.

Estimated Delivery: May, 2023
0 backers
8 rewards left

$50

One night stay in rustic micro cabin on peaceful brook

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend Special) Experience small living first hand in this unique rustic micro cabin on a peaceful brook in Sullivan. All details and pics can be found on airbnb at the link below:

airbnb.com/h/rusticbrookcabin

Estimated Delivery: April, 2023
0 backers
10 rewards left

$50

Excel Training from an Excel Expert

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend Special) One on one Excel Training - beginner, intermediate, and advanced available. Learn how to use all the cool features of Excel to save time and get the most out of it. Learn basics, or advanced formulas, pivot tables, graphs, etc. - Length 1 hour.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$50

Homemade Bolgolgi (Korean Stir Fry) or Chili and Cornbread

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend special) For your $50 donation, I'll make you a big batch of our family favorite Bolgolgi (Korean Stir Fry with vegetables and white rice) or Chili and Corn bread. Feeds 6-8.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
1 backers
1 rewards left

$50

Fun with Smelting-Turn your scrap metal into treasure

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend special) Turn your scrap copper, brass, gold or silver and and melt it down to create bars or coins. Length 1 hr

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
1 backers
9 rewards left

$60

3 Months Free Compost Collection-Elm City Compost

Dontate $60 and get 3 months of free compost collection by Elm City Compost.

Estimated Delivery: January, 2023
0 backers
1 rewards left

$100

Hand Made Board Game - "Get your Goat"

(Buy one get one free Black Friday Weekend Special) Donate $100 and get a hand made wooden board game called "Get your Goat" (similar to Trouble or Sorry but with marbles and regular playing cards). Comes with a deck of playing cards, marbles, and instructions.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$150

Custom Basket Dresser

(25% off Black Friday Weekend special, $200 value) I can build you a custom basket dresser, for up to 6 baskets, made from wood (painted or stained), to help you keep your clothes organized. If you’re not familiar with basket dressers, it’s a simple but elegant alternative to a traditional dresser/bureau that uses standard laundry baskets that slide in and out of the dresser. The benefits to a basket dresser are that it’s much lighter and easier to move around and you can pull out the baskets easier to look through or move around.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
2 rewards left

$150

Free Event Waste Collection - Elm City Compost

Donate $150 and get free waste collection (trash, recycling, compost) for an event of up to 100 people. Generously sponsored by Elm City Compost.

Estimated Delivery: January, 2023
0 backers
1 rewards left

$250

Custom Closet/Pantry Shelving

(Half price Black Friday Weekend special, $500 value) I’ll turn that messy and disorganized closet or pantry into something all your friends will be jealous of. I can install your choice of metal wire or wood shelving (painted or stained) to help keep all your stuff neat and organized.

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
2 rewards left

$300

Custom drawings of floorplan and 3D exterior views of your dream house, plus estimate on cost to build

(Buy one get on free Black Friday weekend special) We'll spend an hour or two getting an idea of how big of house you're looking to build, what it should include, how it should be laid out, what it should look like, etc. Then I'll draw up a 3D floor plan and 3D exterior views of the house. I'll then provide an estimate of what the house will cost to build, what that estimate includes, what it doesn't, etc...

Estimated Delivery: December, 2022
0 backers
10 rewards left

$375

Backyard Zipline

(Half price Black Friday Weekend special, originally $750) For your $375 donation, I'll come out to your property and help you pick out a good spot for a zipline, up to 200 feet long. I'll then buy all the mateials and install the zipline, including a safety brake, and teach you how to use it. Includes pulley, rope and harness. Great fun for all ages.

Estimated Delivery: April, 2023
0 backers
2 rewards left

$500

Contract/Deposit on presale of a 400-600 sq ft home in small development

(Half Price Black Friday Weekend Special, $1000 value) Reserve your small home in this private community of up to 10 homes. Each home will have a private yard and parking on a minimum of 5,000 sq ft (1/8 acre) . Estimated final home price will be $100,000-$150,000 for a 400-600 sq ft home. Estimated time frame for signed and executed contract is March 2023 with additional deposit(s) due over the coming months to fund construction. Estimated time frame for builds to be completed is March 2024 to October 2024.

Estimated Delivery: March, 2023
1 backers
9 rewards left
  • Match

    Hi Everyone.  First, thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  We’re over 20% of our goal now!!!

    Also, we received a $500 match from the Local Crowd Monadnock – that means for every donation we receive it will be matched up to $500, so if you haven’t already, please check out all the cool rewards and consider donating again, some would make really Christmas presents.

    As always, if you questions, comments, or concerns, angel investor contacts, leads on land to develop for small houses, ideas on new rewards you’d like to purchase, please feel free to reach out.

    Thanks everyone.

    Ben Knight

    603-313-1504

  • Black Friday Weekend Special

    Black Friday Weekend Special going on from now until Sunday 11/27 at midnight.  All rewards on this campaign have been discounted to half price or buy one get one free.  Thank you everyone for your support.  Ben

Name Campaign Location Date
Sharon Tweedie North Monmouth, ME November 27, 2022
Christine McDermitt Keene, NH November 20, 2022
JACKSON KNIGHT SULLIVAN, NH November 19, 2022
Matt Keenan Dublin, NH November 19, 2022
josephine russell surry, NH November 17, 2022
josephine russell surry, NH November 17, 2022
Emma Armstrong Walpole, NH November 11, 2022
Matt Keenan Dublin, NH November 11, 2022
Danise Kimball Westminster, VT November 08, 2022
Jodi Newell Keene, NH November 07, 2022
Albert Diemand Spofford, NH November 03, 2022
Albert Diemand Spofford, NH November 03, 2022
Jen Wyman North Swanzey, NH November 02, 2022
Lazaros Xanthopoulos Bellows falls, VT November 02, 2022
Boss Jenkins Rippey, IA November 02, 2022
Richard Adler Berlin, VT November 01, 2022
Ricky Small Phoenix, AZ October 27, 2022
Anonymous Sullivan, NH October 27, 2022
Liza Wyman Sullivan, NH October 23, 2022
Jen Risley Keene, NH October 22, 2022

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