One Big Problem For Tiny Houses

@FourWalls (9488)
United States
September 5, 2015 8:27pm CST
I'm watching Tiny House Hunting on the FYI channel. Apparently, "tiny houses" (under 500 square feet) are quite the rage right now. I'm laughing at these people paying more for a house than I paid for mine. My house is about 900 square feet...and under $50,000. They're paying $70,000 for less space than my garage. So here's the big problem for tiny houses, at least as I see it: what happens when this fad dies down? These people are stuck with houses that you literally can't turn around in without hitting a wall; and, in 5-10 years, NOBODY is going to want them. I understand the need to move away from "too much house" (really, does a single person need 14,000 square feet?), but isn't this pendulum swinging way too far in the other direction? Would you consider spending $60,000-$80,000 on a 200-300 square foot house?
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@sacmom (14338)
• United States
6 Sep 15
I agree, no one needs 14,000 square feet. However, I have to have my space and 200-300 square feet isn't going to cut it! lol
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@FourWalls (9488)
• United States
6 Sep 15
Tell me about it! At 200 square feet you have to go outside to change your mind! The other thing that strikes me as weird about it is how expensive it is. Some of those houses are running about $500 per square foot. If you're paying that much per sq. ft. you should be comfortable and not have to sleep in a loft with three inches of head clearance.
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@sacmom (14338)
• United States
6 Sep 15
@FourWalls Exactly! lol
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@hostessman (6922)
• Tucson, Arizona
6 Sep 15
there is no way I would ever look at a 500sq, ft, house... even if I lived alone I would not do it
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• United States
6 Sep 15
There is no way I would pay that price for a house that small. I couldn't imagine raising a family in it, or even one child at that. I mean think of the baby bed, play pen, toys, etc. The house is already gone.
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@FourWalls (9488)
• United States
6 Sep 15
It's funny that you mention having a family. The people featured on an episode last night were expecting a baby and looking for a house that's about 400 sq. ft. Serioiusly? You wanna live in cramped quarters, join the Navy. They'll pay you to sleep and live in 40 square feet of space!
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• United States
6 Sep 15
@FourWalls Oh jeeze. That is pretty sad. I guess maybe since they expecting, they aren't aware of all the space a newborn's stuff takes up. They are in for a rude awakening. Or let's face it they done lost their minds anyways.
@FourWalls (9488)
• United States
6 Sep 15
@TexanTornado You know what I found hilarious? At the end of the episode they did a "follow-up" and the couple said they were glad they went with the less pricey house because "we didn't realize babies were expensive." (There's a joke in there somewhere about people maybe needing a minimum IQ to reproduce, but... )
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@sharon6345 (106124)
• United States
19 Sep 15
I would personally never want a house to begin with. The cost of up keep and stuff I could never afford. the mental stress of losing it I could not manage. But,If I wre to get one I would die for a tiny one. I would love to put it on the back of a truck and move it to my next location. I saw the show countless times and the features in those homes is priceless. It takes a special kind of person to live in one. I have no use for a huge home that will need major repairs and a roof in the slightest natural disaster man could have.
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@marlina (60724)
• Canada
19 Sep 15
I would never buy a house so tiny, never.
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@owstalaga (4200)
• Philippines
13 Sep 15
Oh didn't know a smaller house costs more to make there. Well you know some people have their own beliefs so they prefer smaller houses, not really thinking much about the business/money side of it. But yeah it does seem impractical if they get smaller houses at a higher price than a bigger house at the same amt.
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@LadyDuck (118308)
• Switzerland
6 Sep 15
14,000 square feet for one person is a lot of space, but honesty 200-300 square feet are not enough. I believe I would feel claustrophobic in such a small house.
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