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Video: Family Lives in 320-Square-Foot 'Shotgun Shack' (vid and story)
realestate.aol.com ^ | 6-1-11 | Stefanos Chen

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at realestate.aol.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: downsizing; mississippi; tinyhome
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If you need to downsize, this may be a solution. Some comments at the site call it child abuse because the 17 year old doesn't have enuff space. (kinda close quarters for the bathroom, though)
1 posted on 06/03/2011 6:47:00 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome
Who could've ever thought I'd have a chance to post a link to this video?
2 posted on 06/03/2011 6:50:32 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dynachrome

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.


3 posted on 06/03/2011 6:52:39 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: 1rudeboy

Ha. thanks. I are lazy


4 posted on 06/03/2011 6:52:42 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: 1rudeboy

Great song and video! Thanks!


5 posted on 06/03/2011 6:56:10 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: dynachrome

How big is an Airstream?


6 posted on 06/03/2011 6:56:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: La Lydia

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!


7 posted on 06/03/2011 6:56:55 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

I could live there but only by myself.


8 posted on 06/03/2011 6:59:20 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: dynachrome

palce = place


9 posted on 06/03/2011 6:59:32 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

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.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 7:00:43 PM PDT by mardi59
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To: AngieGal

ping


11 posted on 06/03/2011 7:03:54 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Paladin2
How big is an Airstream?

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.

12 posted on 06/03/2011 7:04:59 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: dynachrome

No arms room? Where do they keep their ammo?


13 posted on 06/03/2011 7:05:19 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: dynachrome

why does that little thing go for 15k?

THEY GOT RIPPED OFF!


14 posted on 06/03/2011 7:07:41 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Joe 6-pack

Well, ya wouldn’t want everyone to know where the guns are!


15 posted on 06/03/2011 7:08:24 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: La Lydia
Ah shucks, you are being mean to our muslim marxist

He, Soros, Reid, etc pukes want us to at least have 600 sft to live in.

16 posted on 06/03/2011 7:09:10 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: dynachrome

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.


17 posted on 06/03/2011 7:10:31 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: dynachrome
I can remember seeing houses like this when I was a kid. In fact, several cousins lived in houses like that when they first got married. If they are happy then more power to them. I think Elvis's house in Tupelo is a little bigger but it may not be.
18 posted on 06/03/2011 7:11:32 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: mamelukesabre; All

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.

http://www.coloradocampingcabins.com/


19 posted on 06/03/2011 7:12:19 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

Yes indeed, the American Dream, downsized, Obamastyle!

It’s an Obama World now, baby!


20 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:10 PM PDT by catnipman
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To: dynachrome

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.


21 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:20 PM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: La Lydia

I wonder what type of college degrees Gary and Debra earned?


22 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:20 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: dynachrome

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.


23 posted on 06/03/2011 7:14:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: 1rudeboy

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.


24 posted on 06/03/2011 7:17:09 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: marktwain; Paladin2

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.


25 posted on 06/03/2011 7:18:24 PM PDT by ansel12 ( JIM DEMINT "I believe [Palins] done more for the Republican Party than anyone since Ronald Reagan")
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To: dynachrome
Well, there's always the Colorado Yurt Company. Actually some of them are quite nice...


26 posted on 06/03/2011 7:19:00 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


27 posted on 06/03/2011 7:21:05 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: dr_lew

Snowing flower petals. A lovely image.


28 posted on 06/03/2011 7:23:08 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: dynachrome

Why do people praise “tiny homes”, yet ridicule trailers?


29 posted on 06/03/2011 7:23:45 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: dynachrome
I spend a third of the year sleeping in the truck bed (covered by a shell) of a Nissan Frontier pickup out in the western wilderness.

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."

30 posted on 06/03/2011 7:23:58 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

31 posted on 06/03/2011 7:25:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mamelukesabre

My first apartment was about that size.


32 posted on 06/03/2011 7:25:40 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Flycatcher

I’ve been thinking about living in a tent and a Suburban.


33 posted on 06/03/2011 7:28:15 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: dynachrome

tinytexashouses.com/


34 posted on 06/03/2011 7:29:05 PM PDT by deport
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To: Paladin2

An Airstream and a Suburban would be better though.


35 posted on 06/03/2011 7:29:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: dynachrome

Did I read it right? No plumbing? Ohhhhkay, I got some five gallon buckets I could send you. LOL.


36 posted on 06/03/2011 7:30:26 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: dynachrome

There’s a company that sells these mini homes as kits. Quite innovative.


37 posted on 06/03/2011 7:31:19 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: momtothree

“No plumbing?”

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.


38 posted on 06/03/2011 7:33:01 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome
They showed the storage shed next door where they keep their extra stuff, and it's bigger than their house.

I'm sorry, if you need a storage shed that is bigger than your house....... you need a bigger house.

39 posted on 06/03/2011 7:33:04 PM PDT by kara37
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To: dynachrome

If I get a hotel room that small I ask for an upgrade.


40 posted on 06/03/2011 7:33:17 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: 1rudeboy

“This is not my beautiful house....this is not my beautiful wife...”


41 posted on 06/03/2011 7:33:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: bgill

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.


42 posted on 06/03/2011 7:34:36 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: kara37

“storage shed”

I think that was their business building.


43 posted on 06/03/2011 7:34:39 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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I’ve been thinking about living in a tent and a Suburban.

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!!!

44 posted on 06/03/2011 7:34:59 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: La Lydia

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.


45 posted on 06/03/2011 7:35:26 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: dynachrome
My garage is bigger'n that.
46 posted on 06/03/2011 7:36:16 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: cripplecreek

Just the video makes me feel claustrophobic.


47 posted on 06/03/2011 7:36:55 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: dynachrome

“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.


48 posted on 06/03/2011 7:40:00 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: dynachrome

I can fit 3 of those in my garage.


49 posted on 06/03/2011 7:40:48 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: dynachrome
She said that they keep an extra mattress in the the storage shed next door, and then they showed it.

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."

50 posted on 06/03/2011 7:44:30 PM PDT by kara37
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