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Have house will travel: Inside the
Tiny House Movement where more
and more Americans have rejected tradition
for a simpler - and cheaper - lifestyle

Daily Mail (UK), by David McCormack

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/5/2014 1:08:40 PM

Once upon a time an American family’s home was their castle and the bigger the better, but growing concerns about meeting mortgage payments and the environmental impact of large houses has helped fuel a new movement of people who are happy to live small. The Tiny House Movement is a growing group of people who are happy to downsize the space that they live in and enjoy simplified lives as a result. While the average American home is around 2600 square feet, the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. Scroll down for video -Large homes come

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/5/2014 1:15:56 PM     (No. 9954153)

The self-storage business will boom.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: afortiori, 8/5/2014 1:19:07 PM     (No. 9954155)

As a side note, can the Daily Mail condense their headlines? No reason to read article adter seeing headline.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/5/2014 1:20:46 PM     (No. 9954158)

RV?


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Reply 4 - Posted by: losgatos, 8/5/2014 1:21:04 PM     (No. 9954159)

I´ve lived in sailboats and motorhomes so I´ll pass on a Tiny House.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 8/5/2014 1:27:39 PM     (No. 9954166)

Cute...but how many retirees in their seventies, eighties, and up want to climb up a ladder to go to bed--and down it several times a night to use the toilet?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: joew9, 8/5/2014 1:29:36 PM     (No. 9954167)

Average American home 2600 sq ft!!?
They must be counting the driveway and the carport.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 8/5/2014 1:32:45 PM     (No. 9954169)

This only works if you have a lot of outdoor living space, and really good year-round weather.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: hisself, 8/5/2014 1:33:13 PM     (No. 9954170)

Average home 2600 sq ft.

So for every home that is 1300 sq ft, there is one that is 3900 sq ft.??

That strains credibility.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/5/2014 1:36:02 PM     (No. 9954173)

I´m with the earlier poster. I have lived in a mobile home back in the days when they were small and cramped. I don´t want a Tiny House. They certainly are cute, however.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 8/5/2014 1:50:27 PM     (No. 9954194)

From their website:

Useable space = 176 SF.
Price and financing payments
18´........20´...........24´
$57,000....$60,000......$66,000
$324/SF.....$341/SF.......$375/SF
Weight: 8,000 pounds.

"Tumbleweed is a nationally certified RV manufacturer, and our homes have conventional RV hookups."

Why not just buy an RV? You don´t need the heavy-duty vehicle for an RV.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/5/2014 1:59:52 PM     (No. 9954207)

This one is easy to spell:

FAD.

(Won´t catch on. But it doesn´t take much to get the Mail excited.)

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Reply 12 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 8/5/2014 2:06:33 PM     (No. 9954214)

A liberal´s dream for the rest of us. 176 square feet of living space for 60K? Is it worth it for basically living in a small bedroom? Forget about cooking, storage, running water and privacy.

Other than a dry roof over your head, just a step up from living on the street. Prison with the freedom to come and go.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Coy860, 8/5/2014 2:06:35 PM     (No. 9954215)

Wonder what the divorce rate is for retired couples living in that small space?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: civilservant, 8/5/2014 2:13:46 PM     (No. 9954224)

Classic democrat economics in motion........tiny houses....totally dependent upon Mommy and Daddy owning property on which the RV is parked.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 8/5/2014 2:27:18 PM     (No. 9954237)

Forget about having a few friends over for dinner. Seems rather a solitary and isolated lifestyle.

Just right, I suppose, for those who live in a virtual world that communicates predominantly by text or social media without face-to-face contact. Kind of sad.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: woodenleg, 8/5/2014 2:33:32 PM     (No. 9954243)

Watch for the liberal/left to begin to tout this as a way to "decrease your carbon footprint".

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Reply 17 - Posted by: maddtom, 8/5/2014 2:44:31 PM     (No. 9954248)

Ridiculous notion for the well-off hipster craze.1. Company info- 24´ model shown costs $66,0000-assembled. For the 18´ model ($55,000) price you can get a tricked out 37.5´ 5th wheel trailer with 3 slide outs. 2. You still need a truck to tow it. 3. It´s made of wood- MUCH heavier than a similar sized 24´ 5th wheel made primarily of aluminum and fiberglass-about the same stress on the truck as the much larger 37.5´ fiberglass trailer. 3. You need to park it somewhere,so you need to own property (more $$) OR you need to park it at an RV park and pay monthly lease/utility fees (also $$). 4. You either need to A. park it somewhere with utility hook-ups ($$) cuz that washer/microwave/TV/baseboard heater/nite light´s not gonna work without electricity or B. bring a generator with you (where you gonna find room for it?). 5. If you want to avoid fees you COULD park on some random bit of land, but good luck not getting shot by the landowner.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: SallyHerigstad, 8/5/2014 2:45:03 PM     (No. 9954249)

You can buy a lot of houses for $100 - 150 per square foot. This runs about $340 per square foot, and you don´t even get any land with it. Plus, it´s a lousy investment - kind of like buying an electric car.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/5/2014 2:47:06 PM     (No. 9954252)

From the "Long, Long Trailer" to "Lost in America" On the web one can find specs for small homes as well as lovely pics of those already built and ´folks´ living there. Big things came come in small packages.

Remember the article on ´living in a dumpster in New York City"? Or the ´closet´ apartments in San Francisco"? Having a home outside the population of big cities might have advantages.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MMC, 8/5/2014 2:56:29 PM     (No. 9954261)

I have been charmed by the cute homes. However, I would prefer a small home with a basement thank you very much...and a corner of the roof where I can send DH.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 8/5/2014 3:06:14 PM     (No. 9954269)

It is nobody´s business what size house anyone lives in. You could fit every human on earth in the State of Texas and nobody would be touching anyone else. The earth is a huge place....

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Reply 22 - Posted by: rubberneck, 8/5/2014 3:07:34 PM     (No. 9954271)

I could never live in one of those little cracker-boxes on account of my stuff.

"That´s all your house is- a place to keep your stuff. If you didn´t have so much stuff, you wouldn´t need a house. You could just walk around all the time. A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. You can see that when you´re taking off in an airplane. You look down, you see everybody´s got a little pile of stuff. All the little piles of stuff. And when you leave your house, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn´t want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. They always take the good stuff. They never bother with that crap you´re saving. All they want is the shiny stuff. That´s what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff! Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore."
- George Carlin

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Reply 23 - Posted by: dbdiva, 8/5/2014 3:10:42 PM     (No. 9954274)

Adding to #12 and #16 ~ Yep the libs will love this idea but anyone wanna bet that Al Gore´s residence will remain huge?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: 4Justice, 8/5/2014 3:40:58 PM     (No. 9954301)

#3, I just moved into an RV. But I didn´t have a choice. I can´t afford housing here anymore. Since the foreigners have been allowed to buy up all the real estate for cash, everything has skyrocketed way above the cost of living.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mackrand, 8/5/2014 3:57:47 PM     (No. 9954313)

I always cracked up when I heard George Carlin talking. Pithy comments galore.

I am one of those portable people who long ago moved into a 35´ fifth wheel. The stuff that George Carlin talks about is insidious and for me consists of paper stuff that I can´t bear to get rid of. Forget the shiny stuff, old magazines for me really hold their value.... I´m fighting but it is really hard to trash the old stuff. I´m slowly cutting the pile of stuff down to size. Brutal going and I cry myself to sleep most nights..... A hazard of living "Tiny".

For me these Tiny Houses remind me of Lil´ Abner. Remember that guy who lived in an outhouse mounted on a tricycle? Different strokes for different folks?

Personally I would encourage everybody to go live on a boat and then an RV and then finish off with a Mobile Home in a Seniors Park someplace.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: tennman, 8/5/2014 4:12:10 PM     (No. 9954331)

So if the number goes from 100 to 1000 nationwide it´s an "explosion". Keep your storage locker. At those prices it´s no deal.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: coldoc, 8/5/2014 4:51:26 PM     (No. 9954358)

If you´ve ever seen what passed for an "RV" in GB (caravan) you´d know why the mail is excited about this. Besides, how much can you tow with a vauxhall?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: dittohead, 8/5/2014 4:51:40 PM     (No. 9954359)

@#13 - or the "assisted suicide" rate!!! LOL - I want to downsize but not to 100-400 sf - my husband and I would kill each other!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Muguy, 8/5/2014 5:06:20 PM     (No. 9954371)

Before long, many will be forced into this boondoggle because they cannot afford to pay taxes and live any other way.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 8/5/2014 5:15:25 PM     (No. 9954379)

Shelf life ... a week to 3 months tops. After that the marriage is over. There are times when you just need a little space. What do they do, turn around?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 8/5/2014 6:18:54 PM     (No. 9954419)

Sadly, after 6 years of the horrors of Øvomitnomics, this is the best most young people can dream of any more.

It used to be that you dreamed of owning a home, with a yard, fence, garden in back, etc.

Now you are lucky if you can make enough to afford to live in a tiny trailer.

After the way so many of those young people voted for Øvomit, I´m not so sure that I feel all that sorry for them. They got exactly what we warned them that they would get electing a socialist dictator-wanna-be!!!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 8/5/2014 7:02:20 PM     (No. 9954449)

We lived in a 30ft travel trailer with 2 cats and a dog while we were between houses last year. It was fun for a while, but impossible to keep uncluttered. Couldn´t wait to move into our new house. 2100 sq ft and at least the clutter is more spread out.

I would expect that those tiny wheely-thingys are against zoning regs in most places.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/5/2014 7:21:31 PM     (No. 9954460)

I could probably live in that if I were young and single.

Actually, once the left eliminates private property we´ll all be assigned to live in these, minus the vehicle (can´t contribute to global warming, doncha know) and will be charged rent by the IRS.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 8/5/2014 7:45:18 PM     (No. 9954476)

House yes. And cheap. Home, no. This is the ultimate democrat home. It doesn´t allow for expansion, it doesn´t allow for the fulfillment of the American dream and it doesn´t allows for a family. The perfect Dem dream home. Small, unimaginative and without a future. Just Like Dem policy.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Caveman, 8/5/2014 7:52:06 PM     (No. 9954478)

I would need 12 or 13 of those just for my stuff. I have always said my dream home is a two bedroom house with a 32 car garage.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: jsulman, 8/6/2014 12:31:04 AM     (No. 9954681)

My library would not fit in one of these boxes.

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President Obama firmly believes the United States is better off now than when he took office, even though the American people cannot “feel” it. During an interview with 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft, Obama said, “the country is definitely better off than when I came into office.” “When I came into office, our economy was in crisis,” Obama said. The president then cited lower unemployment, private sector job growth, and deficit cuts as evidence of his administration’s success. “I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis,” Obama said. When

Obama has had accurate intelligence
about ISIS since BEFORE the 2012
election, says administration insider

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martosko,    Original Article
Posted By: mitzi- 9/29/2014 5:45:29 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama´s intelligence briefings have provided him with specific information since before he won re-election in 2012 about the growing threat of the terror group now known alternatively as ISIS and ISIL, an administration insider told MailOnline on Monday. ´Unless someone very senior has been shredding the president´s daily briefings and telling him that the dog ate them, highly accurate predictions about ISIL have been showing up in the Oval Office since before the 2012 election,´(snip) ´Any time you´re hired by a boss to advise him about what to do in a high-stakes area, and he ignores you for

Rosie O´Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg
get in shouting match in front
of ´The View´ studio audience

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New York Daily News, by Don Kaplan    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/30/2014 5:43:43 AM     Post Reply
Well, that didn’t take long. Just two weeks into the new season of “The View,” co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg tore into each other during a commercial break — in front of their stunned studio audience. The spat erupted Thursday after Goldberg interrupted O’Donnell to go to a commercial break before the mother of five was finished commenting in a “Hot Topic” discussion about spanking children on the ABC gabfest. O’Donnell refuses to wear an earpiece to stay in contact with producers while the live show is airing, so she had no clue it was time to stop talking.

California becomes first
state to ban plastic bags

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Associated Press, by Fenit Nirappil    Original Article
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Sacramento, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015. Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next summer and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags. State Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles,

The Difference Between Winners and Whiners
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American Spectator, by David Catron    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/29/2014 4:59:22 AM     Post Reply
Democrats think conservatives in general, and Tea Partiers in particular, are stupid. Here’s how to reinforce that belief: Sit out the 2014 congressional elections because your favorite candidate lost his primary bid to an establishment Republican. If you live in Kansas, for example, you can suck your thumb while Democrat ringer Greg Orman beats Republican Senator Pat Roberts. If you’re a Kentucky conservative, you can stay home and b***h about Mitch while Alison “Rubberstamp” Grimes heads to Washington. If you’re in Mississippi, you can stay mad at Thad and allow Travis “no repeal” Childers to win. That’ll show those RINOs! It

The stars align for baby Charlotte
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Politico, by Kendall Breitman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 9/29/2014 2:46:41 PM     Post Reply
Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill. After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s daughter was born at 7:03 pm at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, POLITICO asked astrologers to weigh in on what is written in the stars for the former first daughter’s first daughter. “She may not follow her family’s politics, but she will follow the family’s activism and social justice and finding a way to serve the world, following in that


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