Skip to comments.Video: Family Lives in 320-Square-Foot 'Shotgun Shack' (vid and story)
Posted on 06/03/2011 6:46:49 PM PDT by dynachrome
Having trouble qualifying for a home loan? Then consider what this inventive family of three did and buy yourself a Mississippi-style "shotgun shack."
Sick of working two jobs apiece to pay the mortgage on their 2,000-square-foot home, Debra and her husband Gary decided to give it all up and start over by purchasing a 320-square-foot shack for $15,000 cash.
The video below, first submitted to the blog faircompanies.com on an open call for videos of tiny homes, shows the couple and their teenage son living mortgage-free in their surprisingly spacious abode.
The home includes a walk-in closet, conventional-sized appliances and even a lofted bedroom for their son that, the family boasts, is big enough to host sleepovers. Watch the video below to see just how far a little ingenuity can take you, even in today's prohibitive mortgage market.
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This is where Obama has taken our great country. New Hooverville. Who wants to live like that? This isn’t America, this is some Third World hell hole run by a communist African who knows nothing and to whom huts are perfectly acceptable — for the peasants. This shack may be a “solution,” but it’s also pathetic. Disgraceful.
Ha. thanks. I are lazy
Great song and video! Thanks!
How big is an Airstream?
If they hadn’t overbought in the first palce maybe they would still be in a 1000 sq. ft. home. I would not mind something like that for retirement, if I make it that far!
I could live there but only by myself.
palce = place
Maybe these people will be nice and rent it to Howdy Doody, Michelle and his mother-in-law after we kick them all out of the WH.
Exactly! Most RVs are much smaller, and lots of retired couple live in them. The big problem is that in many, many, parts of the country the Zoning police would evict you because it is not allowed by their law.
There are a lot of advantages to living in a small space. Most people would be better off with a smaller house and a bigger 401K.
No arms room? Where do they keep their ammo?
why does that little thing go for 15k?
THEY GOT RIPPED OFF!
Well, ya wouldn’t want everyone to know where the guns are!
He, Soros, Reid, etc pukes want us to at least have 600 sft to live in.
I guess.. if small is your thing. She said in her video 50K for a mobile home? ya... ok.. a new double wide MAYBE. I bought mine used, 1300 square feet for a hair over 10K.. I have MORE house and paid LESS for it.
They could have done better but they did a nice job with the space they have.
Consider the delivery charges, too. I like these “camping cabins” which can be pricy depending on the add-ons. Could be a permanent place if the SHTF.
Yes indeed, the American Dream, downsized, Obamastyle!
It’s an Obama World now, baby!
That is not a shack. I’ve lived in a couple of old WWII houses that were about 700 sq ft. One, hubby always laughed about he couldn’t turn around too fast in the tiny bathroom or he’d end up having se... well, you know. It was much easier to keep clean but I want a kitchen where I can at least get a good back swing on a skillet.
I wonder what type of college degrees Gary and Debra earned?
I live in a house roughly 2 1/2 times the one I was raised in with both my parents and 4 brothers and one sister. Do I need all this space? No. Could I live in much less space. Yes, if I had to.
I thought of this song right away. I’ll never forget the first time I heard this song, back in the eighties. It was by no means a new song but it happened to come on the radio when I was leaving work, and the traffic was all jammed up from a heavy March snow shower. One of those times with no wind and not very cold and it seems like it’s snowing flower petals. Left a mark on me.
For a while I lived in a full size, full feature, over the cab camper on the back of a pickup, people thought it was small living quarters and if course it was for a house, but like I told them, it is an utterly fantastic bedroom.
Me too, by myself, but only if it had a large wrap around porch with roof and a 3 car detached garage with a workshop. I would need the loft to have a full height ceiling since that would be my bedroom. Their master bedroom would be my TV/computer room. I would also need a basement with laundry room and closet space down there. And I would need 1/2 acre of land minimum.
I could make that work.
Snowing flower petals. A lovely image.
Why do people praise “tiny homes”, yet ridicule trailers?
I love this house!
Now an anecdote from Plutarch: Plato watched Diogenes the Cynic washing mere lentils to eat for his dinner while both were in a public square. Plato approached him and ostensibly said: "Diogenes, if only you'd learn to kowtow to kings, you wouldn't have to eat lentils." To which Diogenes immediately responded: "Plato, if only you'd learn to eat lentils, you wouldn't have to kowtow to kings."
I appreciate those who live simply, and refuse to kowtow to "kings."
My first apartment was about that size.
I’ve been thinking about living in a tent and a Suburban.
An Airstream and a Suburban would be better though.
Did I read it right? No plumbing? Ohhhhkay, I got some five gallon buckets I could send you. LOL.
There’s a company that sells these mini homes as kits. Quite innovative.
building codes for permanent living, at least in colorado, say the house has to be 600 sq. ft. I figure one of those composting toilets might do the trick.
I'm sorry, if you need a storage shed that is bigger than your house....... you need a bigger house.
If I get a hotel room that small I ask for an upgrade.
“This is not my beautiful house....this is not my beautiful wife...”
I currently live in 900 sq ft not counting the basement or the large enclosed porch or the detached garage. 3 bedroom but one of the bedrooms is currently my laundry room. I live alone and it would be a little tough for me to downsize. I happen to know there was a family of seven in my house before I was in it and that was before they added on to it. It was originally about 500 sq foot.
I once dated a girl that lived in a one bedroom quonset hut with a finished basement and a good sized deck and large detached storage shed. No garage. She lived alone. That was a nice little house. Plenty of room for one person with all the modern luxuries.
I think that was their business building.
Funny you should say that. When I'm partnered up with someone, they have to live in a tent at night, while I enjoy the cozy comforts of a shelled-in pickup bed (complete with two bedrolls and a 10-degree sleeping bag).
But for the last two years prior to this, I slept in the bed (unshelled) of a Dodge Ram, or else in the cab itself on nights that dropped below 40 degrees.
Honest truth: There is nothing more wonderful than falling asleep to the beautiful chorus of common poorwills in a desert canyon.
LIFE IS WONDERFUL!!!
Let's count our blessings!!!
Right there with you, sister. I will say a roof over your head is better than camping in a field BUT... we are definitely becoming a nation where this option is seen as “great” rather than just plain sad. IMHO.
Just the video makes me feel claustrophobic.
“I figure one of those composting toilets might do the trick”.
Or, one of those really cool wooden outhouse things decorated with the crescent moon and heck... add some stars, too. Joshing aside, you are way more adventurous than me.
I can fit 3 of those in my garage.
If that was their business building too. It's no wonder that they are living in a 300+ sq ft house. "Welcome to my business.... Please ignore that used mattress."
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