Hello! Welcome back! Whew, it’s Wednesday already – can you believe it? Sorry for the absence the past few days. I took a trip out of town and then was playing catch up. You know how it goes, right?
Well, this is a short post but I had to make some comments on an article that was posted in the National Review. You can read the article here. The author pretty much takes a stab at tiny houses… and well, I have some comments about this.
The author “had” to live in a small house when she grew up because her family didn’t have any money…umm, ok, that’s not that un-common…and she takes offence at people who CHOOSE to live tiny when some folks HAVE to do it out of necessity due to lack of funds. She then goes on to discuss (or dis) certain restaurants that serve food or have food on their menu’s named after “trailer trash”. Ok, that part is just non-sense as she can avoid those restaurants (and personally – who doesn’t love a good tater tot??? They are delicious! They remind me of the elementary school cafeteria – and nothing else) but I’m going to go back to the tiny house movement and her issue with why someone would WANT to live tiny when poor folks HAVE to live tiny. ummm…honestly, I don’t know many poverty stricken individuals who live in tiny houses. Have you seen some of the price tags on some of them?
Remember the Tiny House Jamboree?
If not, its a workshop/conference for tiny house enthusiast every summer in August. Over 50 builders had tiny houses on display. If I remember correctly, most of those tiny houses were coming in around $50,000 upwards to $130,000. uh, not exactly cheap when you can get a traditional house for that much – depending on location and a bunch of other factors but it is do-able. PLUS, if you purchased a house, you could get a mortgage and then there’s federal programs to help such as first time home buyers, vets, seniors, etc. (you can’t get a mortgage for a tiny house) Thus, if you were truly “poor” you couldn’t afford (or qualify for a loan on) a tiny house. =(
My next point (yes, you know I had another one) is that I’ve seen some HUD approved apartment complexes and while I haven’t been inside them, I would imagine, due to local zoning regulations, that they have a minimum square footage requirements. Without knowing exactly what that is I would assume most are around 800 sq feet for a 1 bedroom and at least 1200 sq feet for a 2 bedroom. To be called a tiny house, most come in under 400 square feet…
Let me put this into perspective for you…my first house ( a traditional stick built house with a foundation) was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath house that came in at a whopping 821 sq feet…did I mention it was 2 bedrooms? While this wouldn’t be ideal for a family this was plenty of room for me and Blue. I had a very workable kitchen, dining, living room, laundry room and those mentioned 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. According to HUD, this would have been the appropriate square footage for a 1 bedroom apartment…and this was enough of a house for me to keep up. It was double what I paid for my tiny house.
To wrap up this long ramble about my house is pretty much to say that even though I had a traditional house (albeit a small one) I could’ve gotten a bigger two bedroom apartment if I was on the HUD program for probably (again this is an assumption) the same monthly amount. Total assumption on my part but if that was true I wouldn’t have had any maintenance to worry about either! Ah, the joys of apartment life. =)
So I’m calling the article in the National Review complete BS! I don’t think the author did her research…or talked to me first. hahaha! =)
Enjoy your Wednesday friends!