What Are Your Thoughts On The "Tiny House" Movement As A Homeowner?

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What Are Your Thoughts On The "Tiny House" Movement As A Homeowner? 

As a Manufactured Housing Specialist, general contractor and real estate broker and developer I look at the Tiny House movement as a positive step in housing overall in specific segments i.e. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU's) aka "Granny Flats", etc. 

 

There is a need for housing an aging and downsizing "Baby Boom" population as well as a young and fledgling "Millennial"population that has been far removed from home ownership to a great extent.

 

I'm not referring to the under 100sf "Tiny House On Wheels"movement. I think that niche has a rocky road ahead for a lot of obvious reasons i.e. zoning and building restrictions, land availability and affordability, infrastructure costs that will offset and nix overall development costs thereby making far less affordable.

 

Moreover, I'm referring to the, designed to suit the existing architectural and esthetically complientary, 450sf to 1400sf foundation built and permanently installed structures be they site built or delivered from a factory fully assembled and set up and  installed or penalized and assembled on site addition?

 

I know this for a fact because we are currently designing and constructing these property value increasing structures in San Diego County and they are being received with open arms in areas where it is feasible to accommodate them.

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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
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I think they are very desirable. I would like to have my home office in a separate structure from my residence, where we eat, relax and sleep. Just for the feeling that I am walking to my office. :) 

Dec 03, 2016 10:34 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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I don't get the tiny house movement at all.  I need some space.  Not all that organized or neat.

Dec 03, 2016 10:49 AM #2
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Obviously you haven't really seen the ones I'm describing in this post and showing in the photos Chris Ann Cleland I've built several and have a couple of my own and they are all very neat and well organized.

Dec 03, 2016 11:32 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
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I'm with Chris Ann Cleland -- don't quite get the idea of so little space. Here in Charlotte I can't remember anyone even raising the topic of tiny houses (yet).

Dec 03, 2016 03:05 PM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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John - I have been interested in the Tiny House movement since I first became aware of it about 9 years ago.  I've always thought if the big one hit and wiped me out, the tiny home direction would be the way I would go!  I always thought it would be neat to join up with the Renaissance Festival folks and travel around from place to place with them, with my tiny home on wheels.

Many in the younger generation (millennials) aren't as materialistic, or into consumerism as our old farts are.  They seem to be embracing the tiny home movement more.  That may change however, if they can shed some student debt, and see a raise in their wages.

Dec 03, 2016 04:49 PM #5
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS John, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!    

Dec 03, 2016 04:52 PM #6
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That's a hoot Myrl Jeffcoat I don't think you have too much to worry about regarding the big one, however, Sacramento has one of the lowest seismic zones in Cali. I think most places in and around your neck of the woods are in a zone 1-3 seismic area out of 5 zones 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest risk factor. Thank you so much once again for featuring my post. I really appreciate it.

Dec 03, 2016 05:18 PM #7
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A lot depends on the geographical area you're in and the zoning and building regs. In Cali it's becoming big biz Nina Hollander 

Dec 03, 2016 05:20 PM #8
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John, you make a good point, especially when you consider the cost of land and housing in many parts of California. 

Dec 04, 2016 03:11 AM #9
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Larry Johnston
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Hi John DL Arendsen  ,  I think the jury is still out when it comes to tiny houses.  People have a tendency to collect things, so they need room for them.  You know, like computers, TVs, stereos and even exercise equipment along with many other personal favorites. What about the family pets?  They need room too!

Dec 07, 2016 08:21 PM #10
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Karen Hellier
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Thank you for writing this article. I am very interested in the tiny house movement and think I will someday purchase one to live in on a piece of land out in the woods in New England. I haven't seen many articles about tiny houses on Active Rain so please keep them coming!

Jan 07, 2017 06:43 PM #11
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Kasey & John Boles
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I love tiny houses.  I think the movement is cool.    My house is entirely too large. However, I would love a tiny house but on a huge lot in the middle of nowhere.  -Kasey

Feb 13, 2017 10:54 PM #12
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You and lot's of other folks Kasey & John Boles and the team at Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC Could be happening sooner than you think.

Feb 14, 2017 08:04 AM #13
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Very well stated Christopher James Acclamating one's self to new surroundings is always going to be somewhat challenging, however, we are unique creatures and adapt eaisly to neo environs when we really put our midnt to it.

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