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Old 02-13-2017, 06:29 PM   #1
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Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


Just about 5 years back, I remember everyone talking about them. I had quite a few people ask me if I had ever done work on one or built one myself. These days, I don't really hear much on them. Is the craze over or do only certain areas still focus on smaller living spaces? I always thought they were interesting but I like my space.
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Old 02-13-2017, 10:27 PM   #2
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Re: Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


Still a significant population that is interested in them, but most zoning, building codes and hoa's don't allow them either on foundations or trailers.

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Re: Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


Out here in Oregon we have a lot of them.

-My friend's aunt wrote a book about them and runs a lot of workshops.

-A low-income trailer park near me just converted to all peaked-roof tiny homes.

-A friend of mine just bought a tiny home from someone 1500 miles away, had it trucked here and set up on someone's acreage outside of town.

-Another friend across the country in NC builds them for a living. His are nicer than many I've seen. I think he thinks more about aesthetics than most.

-Around here you can get an 8'x20' single story shell for $12-$15k, a nice finished 8'x35' with loft for $60k.

I dunno, though. The whole roadworthy-without-permit restriction seems annoying and silly. You could make them a teensy bit wider (10', 12'?) if you're not planning on moving that often, spend only 10% more in materials for 30% more floor space (those are guesses).
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8 ft width definitely limits your design options a whole lot.

I like the idea of small efficient homes, but if you are going that small you might as well just build out a nice trailer and you can actually go places with it.


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I think it is still growing. I don't see them much in my area, but there is still alot of attention surrounding them.

I don't think it will last. Surely someone will realize they can buy a camper for less money and it will be much nicer.

As said above, the zoning laws have jumped in to slow it down.

And lets face it. It's a fad. These things come and go.
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Re: Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


There was a property for sale the next town over from me. Actually had a tiny house on it, built by one of those guys on TV. Forget which show.

Owners were selling because the town wouldn't consider it a permanent residence/give a CO.

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Re: Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


Most of the people I know who are interested in them dont have the means to pay for them
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They are still trendy but I recently read quite a few experiences written by tiny homes owners that they are regretting their decision. They say they need more space and that less space is not necessarily more practical. Here is one of those posts http://www.businessinsider.com/five-...y-homes-2015-7
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There are a lot of ways to live a life where your house doesn't hog your time and money. I don't see a tiny house as the best way to get there. I am all about an extremely efficient life but its still nice to be able to invite your friends or family over. I am much more jealous of people who can rent and can move across the country on a moments notice than I am of those tied to an impractical piece of property.
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That's BS, the guy just converted it to an RV, and is calling it a tiny house.

I guess the pop up camper van is a tiny house now...

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I agree. I also still scratch my head when someone takes a perfectly good, maximally designed travel trailer, knocks it down to the frame, then starts over with 2x4s and reclaimed cedar siding etc.

On the other hand: There's many a family or at least couple that lived their lives out in 7-800 sf homes.

Here, min square footage is 1400. Yes, we have McMansions & horse estates. But inbetween them are still a few "tiny houses", some going back to the nineteen teens I bet.

I keep meaning to snap some pics of some incredibly small ones we have here and forget.
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Whose tiny home can do this:



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I keep meaning to snap some pics of some incredibly small ones we have here and forget.
Most of the really small ones up here that were around 50 years ago are gone now. Slightly larger ones are still around.
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Re: Is The Tiny Homes Craze Over?


I wonder how many folks go crazy after they commit to tiny house living.
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Most of the really small ones up here that were around 50 years ago are gone now. Slightly larger ones are still around.
Oh yes. This place is a ticky-tacky mess of add-ons that started out 75 years ago. It originally couldn't have been 500 sf. It eventually got added onto on all 4 sides. Then an upstairs. Then an extension to the north.

Finally, around 1999 or so I added a front porch and a laundry room.

My bet is the people who buy this place will knock it down and build a McMansion about a 1000 ft further back from the road - nearer to the nudist retreat.

People today seem to be all about isolationism.

It's crazy.
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I don't think it would be that bad for a single person if you've got water and sewer. Then it's just a matter of being efficient with your stuff. I think it's borderline child abuse for some that I see on TV that are planning on moving their family of four with two dogs into 240SF. But to answer your question, last I checked there are still at least a few shows on TV. There's a company near here that I follow on FB and based on their posts they are shipping usually one a week and some weeks it's two or three.
I also hear the argument that you'd be better off buying a camper/RV, but I think that's missing the point. The tiny house market is willing to pay considerably more for something that looks like an actual house. They wouldn't buy a camper no matter how much cheaper it was just like most people wouldn't buy a mobile home no matter how cheap they are.
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I read a story about a couple that spent something like $260K building a tiny house, then abandoned it.

People have all kinds of good ideas. The original tiny houses around here were one or two room shacks with dirt floors and an excess of squalor.
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Post WWII there were quite a number of "basement houses" around here. The guys would hand dig a full basement (jeesh!), they lay up a full depth block basement, put a flat roof over it and a set of stairs going down. The stairs stuck above the roof approx 5 ft as I recall.

At a later point, roof would get stripped and a regular framed dwelling put on top.

As late as when I graduated high school in 1969, there were still a couple that never got the main level put on. Those kids really were living poor too.
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There's a couple of tiny house peeps I kinda keep an eye on.

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