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Cabin fever: Are tiny houses the new American dream?

"'Muller and Nithya in their self-built, 120 square foot “micro-homestead.'”

"…In today’s economic climate, a culture of excess seems increasingly ridiculous, and more and more people are beginning to question a lifestyle facilitated by debt. In talking to tiny house enthusiasts, I hear a number of themes repeated: affordability, simplicity, living within one’s means. There’s an intent focus on unburdening oneself from material possessions, and fixating on things besides money. These may sound like radical ideas, the soapbox declarations of crazed anarchists or hippies, but the people who are espousing them are intelligent, educated, and, for all practical purposes, quite normal.…"
From grist.org, click here.

4 comment s:

Scarlett Fairchild said...

I love what you are doing, Lloyd. I have gotten so much from your blog. Thank you and keep on keepin' on!

Anonymous said...

Like the American Dream before this one (and the one before that one), it's just another marketing scheme, philosophical necessity, new reality that a group of Americans are trying to sell to another group of Americans who didn't/couldn't/wanted to think it up themselves.

These tiny homes are being peddled for exorbitant prices that, evidently, some folks are paying because they think they have no other options. Yes, this is America, I know.

I have to cringe almost every time I read about a "tiny home manufacturer" who's now selling their new Tiny Realistic/Necessary/Desirable American Dream (It's 150 sq. feet!) for only $22,000 -- the price my parents paid for their brand new, two-story, brick and wood and real plaster home in 1950.

This whole thing is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

Jeez - a little harsh, no? "This thing" isn't for everyone, but it definitely isn't ridiculous. If people are willing to buy a quality product from folks who want to create it, why be nasty on a blog (at least in part) dedicated to the subject? If you think $22,000 is exorbitant for a home, maybe next you should check out a couple sailing/cruising blogs...

Perhaps next time you can keep your negative, entirely unhelpful thoughts in the basement of your parents' $22,000 home.

Lloyd Kahn said...

Yes, Anonymous #1 above: the tiny house things is actually a movement, not a marketing scheme. The expensive ones I've seen are very well built, of quality materials. But the main reasons for this movement are the downturn in the economy, bank mortgages, high rents -- and the overwhelmingly enormity of houses built in the last 30 or so years. So what about your parents' house? My parents paid $8,000 for a house in San Francisco in the early '40s that now is worth 1-1/2 million.

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