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Would you? Could you? Live in a Tiny Home

  

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  1. 1. What is your 'main' homes sq footage?

    • Above 5000 sq'
      2
    • Above 2500 sq'
      8
    • Above 1000 sq'
      34
    • Less than 1000 sq'
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In the news today:

A Florida developer said he can put people in a small home for the price of a mid-sized car.

Dan Louche is building his second tiny home on his father's Deland, Fla., rural property. The outside of the 160-square-foot home is cedar. Inside, it's knotty pine.

The materials are the same and sometimes better than those found in conventional homes, but Louche builds the small house for $36,000. It's less than half that if you build from his plans.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/Florida-developer-builds-tiny-home-for-price-of-car/-/1735978/8814848/-/2ql9i6/-/index.html

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I wonder if this will ever catch on in Houston... especially inside the loop.

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Are you guys plotting your escape from the impending zombie apocalypse?

I have a Subaru sti, and can pretty quickly attach a big metal cow pusher on the front, I can put lots of gasoline in the back and I'm good for a speedy getaway

A Subaru? Really? I have never known anyone that owns a Subaru. I've seen the comercials on TV all the time, about the guy loosing his sunglasses and the other where he does want to part with his older Subaru (which incidentally looks just like the new one), so he makes room in the garage for both.

But really, I never see anyone driving one around here. Is there even a dealership here in Houston?

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A Subaru? Really? I have never known anyone that owns a Subaru. I've seen the comercials on TV all the time, about the guy loosing his sunglasses and the other where he does want to part with his older Subaru (which incidentally looks just like the new one), so he makes room in the garage for both.

But really, I never see anyone driving one around here. Is there even a dealership here in Houston?

There are dealerships, but they're about as far away from Santa Fe, Texas as they knew how to get.

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I wonder if this will ever catch on in Houston... especially inside the loop.

Given that they would likely be classified as mobile homes, it would be hard for them to "catch on" in Houston, due to the numerous restrictions on mobile homes. However, prefab or modular homes may achieve a moderate amount of success in the right location and with the right demographic.

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This is my first HAIF post...I've been frequenting the site for at least a year but been to shy to contribute so please bear with me, hahaha. :-)

I've been researching these tiny homes for a year or two now. My personal opinion is that a small family could live in a house of 600-800 square feet if you're prepared. Tumbleweed Tiny Houses (http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/) has a great little plan for a family and they provide shelving/closets built into the house for ample storage. Then again, I don't have very many things (by choice). My husband and I currently live in an apartment and I think it would be more than feasible to raise a child in a small home. I think we have way too much room currently, personally-- we don't use the dining area and rarely use the office area except for storage, and our guest bathroom has never been used (we rent a 2 bed/2 bath). Husband and I don't see eye to eye on how much room we have vs. what we use though. I'd love to "downgrade" to a tiny house.

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We used to live in a place that was around 600 square feet. All in all that was a little to small. Now we live in 950 sq ft. That is fairly comfortable. I think as energy prices (and therefore heating and cooling costs) increase house sizes will decrease.

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I just saw this in the news and since someone posted here, I figured it was enough:

San Francisco is testing out 220sq ft. apartments.

Since everyone knows living there is insanely expensive, they hope this will allow a single person to afford their own place.

I don't recall the size of the smallest apartment I lived in, (400sq?) but man, that does sound tiny.

That's like Tokyo tiny.

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I just saw this in the news and since someone posted here, I figured it was enough:

San Francisco is testing out 220sq ft. apartments.

Since everyone knows living there is insanely expensive, they hope this will allow a single person to afford their own place.

I don't recall the size of the smallest apartment I lived in, (400sq?) but man, that does sound tiny.

That's like Tokyo tiny.

I've seen layouts for single-unit 20-foot shipping containers (160 sq. ft.) that were tight but livable. The trick, I think, is to approach a floor plan in three dimensions...to think like a naval architect.

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When I lived in Houston I had apartments at 820, 700, and 1,450 square feet.

The smallest apartment I ever lived in was 459 square feet (not in Houston). Two people. But it was the best apartment I've had (right, Puma?). Even with all of her clothes, my wife would love for us to move back there if we could (we tried, but there's a huge waiting list).

There's far more to a making a good home than its size. If you're judging the happiness of your life by the size of your home, you're doing it wrong.

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i could, but usually that means I'm spending alot of time outside or elsewhere in general (coffee houses, restaurants, bars, etc). Living in a hut in an adverse environment in the middle of nowhere sounds like punishment. Ideally I'd live in a vibrant city with a small, private residence with a private courtyard. Efficiently laid out, I could probably be very happy in 1000 sq-ft house with 500 sqft yard.

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i could, but usually that means I'm spending alot of time outside or elsewhere in general (coffee houses, restaurants, bars, etc).

Isn't that the point?

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I do live small.  My primary residence is a condo that I have owned since 93 just shy of 800 sq. ft. that does not include the 8x5 private balcony or a small storage room on the ground floor.   1 bedroom, reasonable in size but a queen is it if you want anything else in the bedroom.  For such a small place it does have a decent galley style kitchen at about 10 ft. long.  I looked at a lot of other small places and most of them did not come close. Over the years the years I have come to appreciate that feature and the balcony the most.  

 

About a year ago my job took me south down to Corpus Christi.  I did not want to sell the condo and hated everything I looked at for rental in CC.  I finally shifted direction bought a 5th wheel RV.  Its about 32 ft long with these slide things that make it around 12 feet wide in some places.  I'm living in it M-F and love it. The people that design them really know how to maximize space and I think anyone looking to down size should take a look at them for great ideas.

 

But what really makes both of my living quarters great are the locations. In Houston its the heart of Montrose, what more is there to say.  In Rocport I have a front row view of Aransas Bay, that pic is from my desk/dining table where I am typing.   You just cant beat it and all of it is small or very small.

 

All of that said no wife, kids at home etc.does make this style of living a lot easier.

 

Htx

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