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More specifically, let’s talk recent innovations in architecture, and how they’re being branded and credited (or not credited, as it were)
A lot of recent trends in real estate, architecture, interior design, and furniture design have, in recent years, been trending towards smaller, more…
“They’re EXPENSIVE. Not as expensive as a much larger house maybe, but significantly more expensive than, say, a trailer home, or a budget apartment, or a small old house in bad repair, yet many small house blogs continue to push them as the “reasonable” alternative to current housing practices, and occasionally dip into shaming people who’ve lived in small houses by necessity...”
Yes, these homes are expensive. But this movement was begun, and sees the greatest growth in states that have a high cost of living. Jay Shafer is from California, where the median home price just rose to $400,000. If you put only 10% down that is still $40,000. If you build your own home you can easily come in under $30k. They are also popular in Seattle, Portland, Arkansas, and North and East Texas. Homes is these area are expensive and become more so when you talk about the cost of repair. The average price to fix a roof or foundation is $5k. You can easily spend that much if you have to fix plumbing or electrical on the labor alone. Also, these homes can fit in a backyard or in a slot at an RV park. They can be connected to solar power panels, water can be stored in containers, and waste can be collected and placed into compost piles.
A trailer must be placed in a special park that has space and connections for homes that large. Some of these homes easily top 40’. The connections for these homes are more expensive to create and maintain. Parks that house trailers can quickly fall into disrepair and become havens for crime, there is a reason why there is a negative connotation about them. Budget apartments are usually in high crime areas also. That is what allows them to be budget apartments; you must make sacrifices in space, safety, and amenities to create a budget property. And as they are budget homes, management has less incentive to maintain the property. There will ALWAYS be poor people that need a place to live.
“… it’s being presented as a brand new movement, with, predictably, middle class white males as the face of the movement… one could be forgiven for assuming that it was primarily a white movement.”
This is something that I have noticed as well, but doesn’t shock me at all. I am a 25 year old black female and I’m the only one of my minority friends that has seen my credit report. I am aware of what a 401k and 403b are, and I contribute heavily to both. I am the only one to have renter’s insurance. Of my minority friends I am the least materialistic, and the most financial responsible. I am also the only one with a college degree. In my experience, minorities, especially young blacks, are not worried about becoming homeowners. Clothes, cars, and jewelry are a higher priority than homeownership.
Wow! Well I do agree with some of the points made in the original post. The “tiny house movement” does seem to be primarily white but there certainly are exceptions. I wouldn’t say it has anything to do with racism, it has to do with culture differences.
As far as not praising those that live in trailer parks and budget apartments… I have to agree with tinyhouseamerica. Those places tend to be plagued with crime. A tiny house in someone’s backyard or a rural area is much more appealing to me.
Tiny houses don’t have to be expensive. And really it’s all relative. Sure in Georgia where I live you could buy a foreclosed home for $40,000. In California the same house could be close to half a million or more. I am proof that not all tiny houses have to be expensive, mine is about $6000.
Ryan & Hannah Corson give me hope. Family giving funds for a house in this way is so much more beautiful than the what happens to some of us (5 toasters and three coffee makers cluttering the cardboard furniture and one room apartment)
I also would love to have a cup of coffee with them. 😃👇