Is it just me or are any attempts to opt out of conventional housing tripping over dollars for dimes?
Does it prevent one from requiring to spend more given what it takes for entry
I thought they were cool, never had one, but I think there are better options. I think continuing some minimalism, but not worrying about it too much is the best way. For new construction a house out of precast concrete panels is a compelling option in customization, durability, and relative expense.
She spent 40 grand on that and probably had friends help her build it. At least the guys who built it didn't seem like contractors she'd hired. It's really not that bad if she gets a good bit of use out of it.
I think it's cool that there's a growing sect of people looking into living well within their means, but it seems like overkill to me.
It's okay to own stuff. Buying a small home or a trailer or something is probably a more practical choice, even if there's a social stigma attached. If they're appealing for mobility, I think >>1088732 is right.
My friend has been living in a 32 foot camping trailer for like 10 years. He paid about $4k for it and it was even in good condition (it's past its lifespan at this point though).
He parks it in his friends back yard (small acreage) and has electric and water going to it and tapped in to the leach field.
That is the way to do it; saved him probably 100k over the years vs. renting. But the big problem is having somewhere to put it. Pretty hard unless you live in bumfuck nowhere.
I would not buy or build a tiny home. Poor investment, bad value, hard to get rid of it.
I'm a skilled builder. Is there any money in manufacturing these? Is the market going to burst too soon?
>tripping over dollars for dimes?
big problem would be utilities. i don't know how those would connect, and most people like electricity and water to be easy. they would be depreciable assets - no good reason to pay money to upkeep, just do emergency repairs. and no one will buy an old one from you when they could probably get a new one for alittle more money. i wouldn't buy one if it wasn't going to last 15-20 years. you'd have to be permaNEET for that to be a matter though
> Living out of a mobile home full-time
My father does this. He buys big expensive cars every few years because they get destroyed on continental roads towing heavy weights. The caravans aren't meant to be lived in full-time and just don't last. Without months to dry out, the fittings just get destroyed by humidity from the shower. You have to empty the toilet yourself, and pour chemicals down it after you take a shit.
And he gets frostbite every fucking year because of the cold.
Not fucking worth it.
Exactly, they depreciate like RVs or mobile homes. It's impossible to finance them and difficult to insure them. For the value of a tiny home you could buy a real house. A real house with full legal rights as a property owner with a homestead.
>Those things actually go around 40-50k
Shit tier if you live in a place with affordable land and housing. Sure, you might get to post on /ck/ about how you aren't in a flyover, but when you're living in a house the size of my walk-in closet who gives a fuck.
Had a coworker who built and lived in one about five years before the fad hit. She saved a ton of money cause she biked to work and home, just spent the extra money going out and doing whatever. It was pretty cool.
I wanted one for awhile when I went minimalist, good thing the gf talked me out of it. We're in a 500 sq foot place now and it feels a little cramped. Not sure how I'd handle a 200 sq foot place that depreciates like a car, I'd rather just get an RV for cheap.
It's not that bad really. I'm a contract IT worker in the DC metro area, mostly working outside the beltway. One of my former co-workers used to live out of a class B RV and I seriously thought about doing it. He parks in the company parking lot, uses the building's gym for showers and working out since he can get in 24/7 with his badge. It's only ever an issue when trying to explain it to security, but once one of the executives says it's ok they shut up about it. He would show up for work at 8AM on Monday and leave for some place else for the weekend at 5PM on Thursday or Friday, depending on amount of work. He was the guy that got me started on FIRE, since he was able to save 70% of his income and is all but retired now at the age of 42.
I like the idea of small housing, but I'd rather have a small studio apartment in a big soulless sturdy concrete building of unindividuated anonymity.
I barely have any possessions, I just want to rent a little monk's cell with its own kitchenette and bathroom. Building and maintaining such a tiny house would probably only increase my troubles and obligations rather than take away from it.
tfw lived in a van for a while.
Part by choice, part because I had to. If I really wanted I could've afforded myself an apartment, I guess. The experience was worth it. Always a fun story to tell.