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Sunday, 8 January 2017

I Wonder

Has anyone been following the recent trend toward 'tiny houses'?  I've watched a few shows where (usually) young families opt for a living space of under 400 square feet on wheels.  They are soooo cute, these tiny houses, with their storage under the stairs and 1/2 a fridge/1/2 a stove combinations.  Not so cute with their composting toilets but hey, each to their own.  These young families with their little kids are so excited and hopeful.  I\d like to talk to them in about two years time to see if they are A.  still living cheek to jowl with each other
B.  still living ANYWHERE together
and C.  if their kids are in therapy.
Enquiring minds want to know.

16 comments:

  1. They might surprise us, Delores. The money they save by making a tiny home rewards the work and experience that comes with the project. We grew up in a more humane economy and were able to afford crazy old houses that were half again that size. Mainly, young families want a safe place to lay their heads at night. Enlargements, improvements, movement to new properties will doubtless come by and by.

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    1. I hope they DO surprise us Geo. It all sounds good on paper. It's the human element that causes me to shake my head.

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  2. I've seen those shows and I laugh at the people who think their lives will be so cosy and happy etc.
    I have just me and one cat and live in slightly UNDER 400 square feet and every day, EVERY DAY, I wish for more space. And more storage, since all I have is one wardrobe and a few small kitchen cabinets.

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    1. I shudder to think of the hubs and I trying to share a tiny space. We have 1000 sq ft between us and sometimes I feel like we need to build an addition.

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    2. My brother has 400 square metres. METRES!! his living/ding/kitchen area could hold my entire flat. Plus he has an extra 50square metres worth of balcony.

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  3. I recall my grandmother saying to me, with a snort, "When your parents were married, your father was going to build all their furniture!" Another snort. "We and our friends gave them everything!"
    Hope and faith in one's abilities and the future never changes. Did you notice they all are parking the unit in a friend or relative's field.

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    1. Most of them seem to be doing that don't they?

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  4. My brother and SIL spent 10 years of retirement on a 40 foot sailboat and did just fine. Not for me though.

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    1. Good for them. Wouldn't work for me either.

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  5. I subscribe to Treehugger and they do a lot of pieces about tiny homes. Mostly I like to see how they configure everything. Given a choice, I would not live in one, and my husband would definitely find it challenging. He doesn't even want to consider moving into a smaller house than we're in now (which is pretty big). Maybe it has something to do with whether a person (or family) tends to be introverted or extroverted. If you just need a place to sleep and eat, and don't mind spending a lot of time outside the home, it would work better. Maybe in some cases it's just a matter of what a person can afford. We can get through a lot of things when there's no alternative.

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    1. It's true. I've learned to never say, "Oh, I couldn't do that." However, I'd prefer NOT to live in a tiny house....not with his royal majesty at any rate lol.

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  6. These days it often seems there are more and more flats/apartments being built than family homes.
    Family homes are needed with space to play in the garden/yard.

    Times they are a changing and I fear not always for the better.

    Looking at our immediate family we all have homes, we all keep warm, we all have good food ... and the grandchildren have garden/yard space to play safely. We have a lot to be thankful for.

    Unfortunately not all are blessed this way.

    All the best Jan

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    1. We spent the first 11 years of our daughters life in apartments....we practically lived at the park.

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    2. I can remember going to parks with my mum, her friend and her daughter. The daughter and I got on really well ... so well that we are still in contact sixty years later ...
      I think if you have a park nearby you should use it!

      All the best Jan

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  7. I only need a tiny house. I live in a tiny cabin as it is.

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  8. I lived with my large dog in a caravan for 5 years. It had a full size awning, though, which gave me more space. I also had a table and chairs surrounded by a container garden outside and I spent a lot of time walking with my dog. I loved every minute of it, was warm and cosy and had ample storage space for my few belongings.
    So why now, living in a 3-bed bungalow with garage, greenhouse and garden, do I feel as though I don't have enough room to paint or store my canvases - and just because I am sharing it with my daughter-in-law why am I feeling so hard done by?
    I can only surmise that whatever space you have, it is sufficient as long as it is YOUR space and yours alone.

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