Skip to comments.A Tiny House Grows in Washington, D.C. (Obamas new home 2017)
Posted on 12/02/2013 4:37:45 PM PST by Hojczyk
Lot 21 encloses four tiny houses, each measuring no more than 200 square feet. To the homeowners, these small structures represent one possible solution to the crisis of affordable housing in major cities.
One of the homeowners, 24-year-old Jay Austin, explains the concept as he kicks back on the postage-stamp front porch of his modern, 140-square-foot dwelling he calls Matchbox. "I wanted to do this project to examine how much space people really need rather than what they can afford," he says.
This is where evangelists for the tiny-house movement come in. Proponents of this small-space living say these houses can help fill the void. They can be built in vacant urban lots, allowing residents to reuse space in dense areas. More important, the tiny houses offer a cheaper alternative to buying a condo or a single-family house. Tenants of the Evarts Street lot in Northeast Washingtona community the owners call Boneyard Studiosbuilt their houses for about $35,000 to $40,000; that is less than the down payment required to buy many D.C. homes.
Affording a decent place to live can be a trying exercise in a city like D.C., where 57 percent of residents rent their homes. The median sale price of homes in the district rose 15.7 percent over the past five years, according to Trulia, a national website that tracks real-estate prices and listings. Rising prices have locked more and more residents out of the buying market and made previously affordable neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights, Shaw, Logan Circle, and Bloomingdale more expensive for working families and young professionals.
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I’m thinking more like 54sf for Zippy.
a 6x9 with three hots and a cot is way more than the bastard deserves
Gotta love the MSM. The toxic mix of regulations and liberal government create a situation where people can only afford matchbox "micro" houses and the MSM turns it into some beneficial social movement. Hell, if people lived in cardboard boxes in alleys, think of all the resources we'd save!!
How do you live in a house without a toilet or a shower? Legally, that is.
The neighbors with large homes will be found to have such “under-utilized” facilities.
So a hut.
These things are actually pretty cool, as a getaway or cottage. Where’s the pooper? If people want to live in these and pay for them with their own money, great. It’s (sorta) a free country.
"All of its residents, who hold down full-time jobs with the federal government or a renewable-energy company, keep other apartments."
The Obamaville Affordable Housing Act
Believe me...this is not Obama's idea of a house. He will demand 15,000 ft or more.
Cabins are for real men and women...not for sissy-boys and their beards.
I prefer little tiny free-standing houses to big, anonymous apartment blocks. And if the occupants own them and take pride in them, then I like them even better. So long as they are optional— not required.
Look like homemade trailer houses.
I had a fiend who had a very small home back in the early 1980’s. My guess is 350-400 sq. ft. Sleeping area was loft area. Stained wood siding. But it actually looked pretty nice, inside and out.
It can be done.
In fact my great great grandfather live in a dugout when he first moved to this county in 1889. I am not sure how large it was, but it was small. This was prairie, there were no trees for timber. It had to be brought in by wagon from 60 miles away. Water was a serious problem in the beginning as was heat (with no wood). But they survived. And actually did pretty well very quickly. Especially after the railroads came in after 1900.
“In fact my great great grandfather”
should have read:
“In fact my great grandfather”
Should have caught that.
I think we should allow people to have what they can afford.
Personally I want to be able to afford one of these...
and I can afford a Jpg darn it
My sweetie’s mother was raised in a dugout in New Mexico. Years later they went back to see if it was still there. It was...being used as a chicken coop.
I doubt that they were inside much of the day. Just a shelter at night.
Got to be kidding me right? What an eye sore. You can get a holiday trailer with everything and have better than that trash.
“Gypsy “ trailers have been around for a very long time. I know a guy that built one for about $10K.
No thanks I’ll keep my Airstream trailer and live in my old but large house.
Obama’s new home for 2017 should be GITMO.
A great place to spend time while enjoying your ‘funemployment’.
A bubble-head could probably live in that and put in a workshop.
This idea is certainly not new. Fredricksburg Texas has tiny houses called “Sunday houses”. It is where early residents of the area could live in town when they came in from their ranches out in the country. They are still there and many of them can be rented for vacations in this charming old Texas town. I’ll bet many old towns had them.
It is not only trailer living but tiny trailers.
Trailer parks are news?
The article shows SMALL mobile homes, with wheels and everything.
Even "regular" mobile homes are generally not that cramped.
That is the template on how more Americans are soon going to live - not these 200 sq/ft designer boxes for an "affordable" $35-$40,000 unless the government pays for them. Someday soon, the government is going to run out of our money and it will be "every man for himself".
Personally, I think when that day arrives the government will demand the extra space in your home be given to "unfortunates". Then the Gibsmedats will be in your home - not just your face and wallet. After all, they deserve affordable housing as a "right" just like "free" medical care.
There were some still in use near here in the 1960’s, along the Brazos river.
The pre-1900 settlers almost all started with one. The better ones had plaster or stone & mortar walls. Most of them were actually 1/2 dugouts. Usually with a foot or two of raised side walls. Original ones had sod roofs, later they used tin roofs.
But they were pretty warm in the winter and pretty cool in the summer. That was a blessing in this part of Texas.
hoarders of food will be attacked and so will hoarders of “too much” housing space
Most hunting camp(s) are bigger than that.
16 x 24 was barely enough space for food, beer, cigarettes, a place to sleep (that would include a floozy from the local bar) and a place to cook breakfast.
For what they paid to built their tiny houses they could have bought an airstream and had a toilet and shower.
Obama’s new home should be in Florence, CO.
We’re becoming more like the Soviet Union every day.
Personally, I think when that day arrives the government will demand the extra space in your home be given to “unfortunates”.
That was actually done after the Russian Revolution.
In the high desert no place to golf— I like it.
I have a building that’s 600 sq. ft.
I call it, “my shed”.
Great for garden and lawn tools.
That was actually done after the Russian Revolution.
....Bill of Rights, Amendment III....
No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
I wonder if we would have a defense under the Third Amendment? After all, these people are the Administration's "foot soldiers".
In any case, they will ignore the Third just like the rest.
In the UK, they instituted a bedroom tax, reducing housing benefits for those who had more bedrooms than the needed. Like rent control units in NYC, you had an elderly couple or single woman living in a house with three and four bedrooms. They couldn’t force her to move out because of the allotment, but now reduce the housing benefits to the number of people.
I can imagine something similar being introduced if you’re on Section 8, welfare or unemployment - even if you own your home. Or worse, the Medicaid clawback / liens on property used to turn over home ownership because a single surviving spouse or child shouldn’t have a four bedroom property to him/herself.
“I wanted to do this project to examine how much space people really need rather than what they can afford,”
Well I need enough space so that I can’r my neighbors and they can’t hear me, so I have more than one room and a toilet to live in, I’m not from a culture that lives butt to butt and shoulder to shoulder and I don’t want to feel like a sardine or a prisoner in other words I need friggin space or I will go POSTAL!