Skip to comments.All this can be yours for just $99! Company makes tiny, 65 sq ft build-it-yourself homes
Posted on 09/01/2011 7:17:13 AM PDT by SanFranDan
For those who are too broke to get on the housing ladder, an American firm is here to help.
Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Tiny House Company makes cute little homes that start from the bargain price of $99.
The cheapest home is a flat-pack to be built by the owner but, if you're not very handy, there are ready-made versions for $38,997.
The teeny homes, which start at just 65 square feet are kitted out with fully functioning kitchens, bathrooms complete with composting toilets and sleeping areas.
Some models even come on wheels.
As well as being environmentally friendly the homes are affordable for people on meagre incomes.
As the debt problem in the U.S. reaches tipping point Mr Shafer, who lives in one of his houses in Sebastapol, California, says that less can be more.
'People are starting to get a clue I think,' he said.
'People are starting to understand that excess is not necessarily a luxury. It can be a burden, a liability. People are living in 4,000 and 6,000 square foot debtors prisons.'
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Ah, so now we see what the leftist elitists have in mind for the rest of us... in the interim before they “cull” those who are diseased with capitalism.
Vacation homes everywhere.
Well THIS is good news. Guess ol’ Bammie’s stimulous spending is paying off. More Americans can now afford home ownership.
And this is going to be approved by a local zoning board exactly where?
Yep, the new tenements will have wheels apparently.
Cheaper than a chicken coop! Wonder if you can get one without the bathroom and kitchen plumbing. Chickens don’t need it.
My dog sleeps in one of those....
2,500 sqft homes in detroit cost $45
Not quite. The plans start from $99. The cost to build the houses looks to be around $20,000.
If he gets a following, more power to him. Although I think that the people who live in “4000-6000 sq. ft. debtors prisons” will be the LAST group who’d want these.
Face it, we all know some one (or read about some one here on FreeRepublic) about some one who bought too much house with not enough down and is underwater on their mortgage.
I’d consider investing in the mobile one if I fished and wanted an alternative to the RV’s, campers, and tents available.
Who wants to visit there?
What zoning board? What authority?
One point of tiny homes is they’re smaller than what most every zoning jurisdiction considers a regulatable home. You can stick ‘em almost anywhere.
I bet they will approve it here in good ol’ Portland, OR.
If I were single I could be very happy living in one of those. I don’t need or want a lot of space. That’s just me...
You need to add the cost of 24 hour security...
Gee, little homes on wheels. What a novel idea ... didn’t they used to be called trailers.
Eh, I say more power to the guy for seeing a niche and filling it in a unique way. Yes, these houses are largely aimed at hippie greenie-weenie types, and I have a few of those as online acquaintances who are in love with these Tumbleweed houses. But if somebody wants to live in a glorified RV trailer without any room to turn around, hey, why not? That’s their call. And if this is the company I’m thinking of, they actually have a few house plans of a reasonable size, up around 800-1000 sf.
I had a builing like that once!
I called it, MY SHED!!!!
Where I come from we’d call ‘em either hunting cabins or weaning sheds.
Is that really true?
I'm not doubting you, just would like to be sure for future reference.
I'd like to make something like this for a deer camp on my twenty acres of woods.
6 ft. by 11 ft. ???
With a funtional bathroom and kitchen? Only if they are the same thing
Per Tumbleweed’s website, the plans start at $99 not the house. The smallest house kit is $16k.
I'm saving up for the motorhome model. ;o)
8’ x 8’ homes with “fully functioning kitchens, bathrooms complete with composting toilets and sleeping areas?” Must be real nice having the kitchen and sleeping area just a couple feet from the toilet.
I have no problem with folks CHOOSING to live this way.
I DO have a problem in that, with everything the left does, it ALWAYS goes from an option to mandatory, eventually.
I would love one as a little hunting cabin. Stick solar panels on the roof and a solar or turbine water pump and it would be pretty cool.
KOA Kamping Kabin with facilities.....
Instead of the Mother-in-law home, it’s the teenager pad for the backyard.
Isn’t that what the airlines do now?
I’ve been in deer blinds bigger than that.
I prefer a version with a garage...this is about the same as some of their homes:
800 sq ft for a one bedroom is fine. I’ve lived in 3 bedrooms with 1000 sq feet, but I would rather not...it was OK when young, but I prefer more room in my 50s. We’re thinking of building a 1000-1200 sq ft two bedroom on 2 acres, and then adding the garage linked above as a garage/guest house.
That’s how we think. Our house is much smaller than our garage which is 2,400 sq. ft. We have bigger additional storage. I don’t want to spend my life housecleaning a McMansion.
>>Not quite. The plans start from $99. The cost to build the houses looks to be around $20,000. <<
Thank for clarifying that. I was thinking that this would be a great addition to my niece’s house in Cleveland. Her kids could play in it and we would have a place to stay when we went down.
>>8 x 8 homes with fully functioning kitchens, bathrooms complete with composting toilets and sleeping areas? Must be real nice having the kitchen and sleeping area just a couple feet from the toilet.<<
It’s the same way in our travel trailer.
Of course you’d have to check anyway, but would likely find verbiage stating “anything bigger than X with Y features is subject to regulations Z”, and that most of these “tiny homes” are just outside definition X.
The modern looking version you posted could be Zombie-Proofed really easy, the perfect one-man or one family fortress!
I am thinking the same thing- build three of these on my side lot and it will be PAID FOR befroe they graduate from college
There is NO better way to start life than rent free in a home you own
That assumes new purchases. Learn to scrounge sales, buy used, and raid dumpsters, and the price could be far less.
More at http://tinyhouseblog.com/ and other blogs.
This is kinda cool. Not to live in, but as a hunting camp, or a weekender in the country...
Hey gunner, ain’t that the shed where you keep the midget??
$20K for one of those?
Look like about $2K of wood, maybe another 2k for windows and roofing and fixtures
I’ll send you a kit for $10K
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