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Big Dave2

Tiny House Craze

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Does anyone understand this tiny house craze that's going on? I don't have much to do but watch TV and there are tons of shows about people buying tiny homes. Isn't a small house on wheels just a trailer house? If I stay in my camper for more than 3 nights and the weather doesn't allow us to spend almost every waking minute outside, I go stir crazy.

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1 hour ago, Big Dave2 said:

Does anyone understand this tiny house craze that's going on? I don't have much to do but watch TV and there are tons of shows about people buying tiny homes. Isn't a small house on wheels just a trailer house? If I stay in my camper for more than 3 nights and the weather doesn't allow us to spend almost every waking minute outside, I go stir crazy.

I think their mostly "Minimalists" who are trying to live life with less by leaving a smaller foot print in the world.

There are tons of videos on Utube. I think some of them are pretty cool and would make get small hunting cabins for a few guys. Full time living? Not so much.

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2 hours ago, Big Dave2 said:

Does anyone understand this tiny house craze that's going on? I don't have much to do but watch TV and there are tons of shows about people buying tiny homes. Isn't a small house on wheels just a trailer house? If I stay in my camper for more than 3 nights and the weather doesn't allow us to spend almost every waking minute outside, I go stir crazy.

They mostly seem to be in areas with good climate and very high cost housing.  I don't quite get why they just don't buy a 24 foot travel trailer and get it over with, instead of some 50K "little house", but that may be due to some legal quirk.  Last one I saw, wife had show on, guy ended up parking it in a friend's yard.  I don't think that would go over with the authorities if it was a camper trailer.

Brought this to mind..

 

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Trailer parks are for rednecks.

Young hipsters living in tiny houses are much cooler than that.

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1 hour ago, PurpleFloyd said:

What ever happened to just living in a trailer house in a trailer park? Is that no longer a thing?

That's what I keep thinking as I watch these shows. I get the idea of minimalist living but it seems to me like it would be much easier and less expensive to buy a small trailer home. 

Some of them want to travel with it but again it seems to me that for the $30,000+ that they pay for these things you could buy a pretty nice fifth wheel camper with slide outs to vastly increase your living space and live in that. 

I guarantee that if you come back 3-5 years later these young hipsters are no longer living in these tiny homes.

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12 hours ago, Big Dave2 said:

Does anyone understand this tiny house craze that's going on? I don't have much to do but watch TV and there are tons of shows about people buying tiny homes. Isn't a small house on wheels just a trailer house? If I stay in my camper for more than 3 nights and the weather doesn't allow us to spend almost every waking minute outside, I go stir crazy.

That's exactly the way I see it...looks pretty dopey to me....why not just buy a motorhome? Then ya can change yer scenery and don't need to mow. I think I'll go into production; I can make a fortune turning them out left and right daily. :grin:

 

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There are a lot of ways to go about living the minimalist lifestyle.  Camper/trailer, old farm house in the country, or the tiny house.  People have been doing living in campers/trailers for decades and people have been moving to farm houses in the country for centuries in order to scale back and live a more minimalist lifestyle.  The fact that both have been occurring for a long time is probably the reason you they don't get their own shows on TV.  The new trend in this style of living is the custom tiny house.  Its new, trendy, and the customization part fits into this DIY trend thats been going on for awhile.  The minimalist trend has always been there and now added in the DIY trend and you get the tiny house fad.

Personally I could make it work if it were just myself but I don't want to raise my family in that type of house, we'd all go crazy.  I do like the tiny house concept for a cabin though.  A friend of mine has a nice lake lot in Wisconsin that had several old small cabins on the land.  The cabins were set too close to the lake so if they wanted to build they couldn't tear them down and build on the same spot, they'd have to build the new house further back from the lake.  However, they were allowed to renovate the existing cabins as long as they didn't alter the footprint.  They basically turned each cabin into one of these tiny houses (not quire as small as some of them that can be moved to new locations).  It worked out really well for them.  They ended up with 2 cabins each with 1 bedroom, small kitchen, kitchen table, and a living room space.  The 3rd smallest cabin they turned into bathroom and shower house that the two cabins shared and that was connected through wood walkways.

They did eventually build a larger house on the property but the cabins became guest houses.

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3 hours ago, swamptiger said:

Most of those tiny houses don't even have holes for ice fishing.

The first comment out of my wife's mouth last night when she saw the tiny homes these people were looking to buy was "That looks like a fish house."

Would you live in this one? My small wheel house is almost as big as this except for the loft.

 

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16 hours ago, Big Dave2 said:

I don't have much to do but watch TV 

Have you considered a career as a reality show critic? 

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I see it as no different than the mobile home craze of the early 60's....they even came with the furniture, curtains, and everything you need..advertised as "just get the bedding and pot and pans!'' The 60's also had the small "futuro" homes....

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Bet they spent a fortune on curtains....:grin:

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The woman we hired to be the photographer for our wedding five years ago wound up moving her family into one of these and was on a reality show about it - although not one on HGTV, I think it was on TLC - not sure since I haven't watched it. She and her husband have two small kids and I know they wanted the minimalist lifestyle and to get away from the trappings on consumerism. I can't imagine they'll be happy with their decision once those kids hit 10 years old or so, but they could probably just sell the thing and try to by a good old fashioned single family home in the suburbs like they had been living in previously.

From the one show I watched about these - they seem like they would be fine for a recluse or anti-social type of person. You know, like most of us here on HSO if we didn't have families.

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My buddy Tom in Sandpoint, Idaho's, has his neighbor down the road from him, Ethan,  lives in a treehouse...he was on one of the channels about building it. He was the guy that had rigged his bicycle on pulleys to go up to the top when ya pedaled it. Now THAT's totally whacked, to me. Here he is.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Duffman said:

I thought this fad was already over?

You know how silly Progressives are. Back to saving the plant again with small foot prints!  ;)

 

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On April 18, 2016 at 9:57 PM, swamptiger said:

It's a glance into our socialist future...:grin:

Boy is that a stretch. Maybe some would rather go small and spend their hard earned money on experiences instead. Not everybody enjoys staying within ten minutes of their underground bunker..

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21 hours ago, MNUser said:

Boy is that a stretch. Maybe some would rather go small and spend their hard earned money on experiences instead. Not everybody enjoys staying within ten minutes of their underground bunker..

 

True, but as Big Dave said, rednecks have already been doing it for years.  But it was a lifestyle choice, not a "save the planet" sort of thing.

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