Tiny Homes

Explorations of the current interest in tiny homes, including information about affordable housing markets where ‘tiny’ is more of a necessity than a choice

Myth-Busting: What Makes You Think Tiny Homes Will Be Affordable?

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North America is a land of large housing lots. Not surprising therefore that their potential for doubling density causes affordable housing activists to pump their fists in the air...

Tiny Houses: A Figment Fit For The Imagination, But No Big Affordable Solution?

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In a lengthy, entertaining and informative article, Miles Howard explores the past, present and future of one form of dinky living. He focuses particularly on high tech gingerbread cottages...

Ventura County Swims Against Zoning Tide To Protect Trailer Parks

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From California comes word of more, not less, zoning restriction. That's rare good news for existing affordable housing in America's rapidly-declining stock of trailer parks. Governments from the feds (think...

Portland Prepares For Care And Breeding Of Affordable Grannie Flats

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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), grannie flats, garden suites, call them what you will, can be highly affordable. Better still, in a crowded urban landscape they have a residential footprint...

The Oversized American Dream: Is The World Witnessing Its Passing?

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Spacious countries not lacking in wealth — the United States, Canada, Australia and other roomy elsewheres — dreamed big in the twentieth century. For many successful individuals, those lifestyle...

Is An April Fool’s Joke A Warning Of Micro-House Reality?

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A Ketchum, Idaho April Fool's Joke this past April 1, 2019 saw a number of local dumpsters dressed up overnight as tiny homes, making a pointed statement about the...

Survey: Parking Your Shelter Overnight On The U.S. West Coast

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When a car is your shelter, parking is critical. It has become a particular problem on the US west coast, where the high cost of housing is forcing more...

Thinking Big About Small Spaces

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Do you want to help out the Extinction Rebellion by reducing your fooptrint on our planet? Have you no ambition to live in a multi-thousand square foot home...

Cozy And Bearable: Is There A Just-Right Tiny Home For You, Goldilocks?

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Okay, so you don't want to live in a maxi-cupboard on a parking space foorprint, a.k.a  a Hong Kong apartment. But on the other hand you don't need a...

Affordable Housing: How Small Is Too Small?

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As cities grow and grow, there are only two solutions to supporting new population. One is familiar to many: suburb-surrounded cities with ever longer commutes from a hinterland stretching...

The ‘Double-Wide’ Concept Comes To Affordable Shipping Container Homes

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In the tiny, affordable house department, shipping containers seem to be always the bridesmaids, never quite the bride. The public is periodically introduced to intriguing new designs based on...

Affordable Housing Wars: True ‘YIMBY’ Can Outflank NIMBY

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By all means, let's hear it for true YIMBY. Hold that thought. We'll be coming back to it. True YIMBY? Does that mean there's a fake YIMBY? Of course there...

Pirates, Cluster Housing and Affordable Shotgun Shacks In The Deep South

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An engaging personal journey into the American South touches upon the swashbuckling origins of a kind of deeply affordable housing. The author ponders whether 'Shotgun Shacks,' as they were...

Tiny Home Lovers: Passion In Spite Of The Trashin’

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Tiny house love? Let's leave aside the pixie cosplay in barnboard-sided flower box-festooned crooked-chimney peasant huts on roller skates. Of course people love them as they creep shyly into...

New Phoenix Yacht Club Takes The Float Out Of The Affordable Boat For Artist Live-Aboards

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Yacht racing has been likened to 'standing in a cold shower, ripping up hundred dollar bills.' Still, there's always the opportunity to save a dollar or two by living...

Alternate Universe Affordable Housing: Tiny Houses (Ho Hum) And Tiny Houses (Pixie Magic)

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The august BBC has thrown the weight of its interest into a study exploring the 'Pixie Magic' style of tiny housing, including its many warts. Ideally those warts would be little...

Ottawa Architecture Student Explores Tiny Affordable Homes As A True Art Form

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Not another tiny home! And this one on wheels. Isn't that what tourists drag around the countryside all summer? Well, not quite. Not when it's designed by an architectural student...

From Tents Without Rents To Sheds With Beds: ‘No Thanks’ Either Way, Say Neighbours

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In neighbourly America, homelessness belongs somewhere else, it doesn't matter where. And what about homes to house the homeless? They also belong somewhere else. It also doesn't matter where....

Blue Mountain City Council, NSW, Invests To Kick-Start A Garden Flats Experiment

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What do you call a small residence squirrelled away on the grounds of a principal residence? They may be known as accessory dwelling units (ADU's), garden flats, second suites,...

Bed In A Box: Spanish Affordable Housing Bottoms Out. Last Stop Before ‘Life In A Coffin.’

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At the bottom end of the 'tiny home' meme, there's a fine line between 'being cool' and 'being ghoul.' Worker days and vampire nights would appear to be on...

Trailer Park Ploys: Selling Out In A Hot Real Estate Market. Is Zoning The Antidote?

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Trailer Park residents are becoming an endangered species, even as their shrinking habitat is gradually being recognized as an effective form of affordable housing. Tiny homes? Tiny home communities? They're...

Real Life In A Tiny Home? It’s A World Cluttered With ‘Stuff’

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Why not downsize and live in a tiny home? It almost seems reasonable when you check out some of the beyond-cute photos that occasionally flicker into view. Some of us,...

Your Community: The Last On Earth To Climb Aboard the Modular Home Bandwagon

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Here's another theme, this one showing up in modular home-building articles we've been reading from around the globe. When it comes to factory-built homes, whether fully completed in-factory, or...

‘Manufactured’ Homes: Inexpensive False Hope For Affordable Home Ownership?

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With the prefabricated housing offering affordable housing possibilities worldwide, it's hardly surprising that 'mobile home parks', 'caravan parks', 'trailer parks' and similar solutions are being repackaged as 'manufactured home...

Prison Inmates Learn To Challenge Luxury Home Builders

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There is a certain smug complacency in the U.S. home-building industry. "We can only afford to build luxury homes" is the battle cry of an industry focussed on the...

You Can Invest In Affordability With A Manufactured Home REIT. A What?

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There are more than a few signs in North America that the hey-day of the much maligned North American trailer park is over. Try: ‘Naturally-Occurring’ No-Subsidy Affordable Housing. Too Bad...

Brandon, Manitoba Affordable Housing: Goldilocks And The Three Bylaws

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The housing in the first bylaw was too large. The housing in the second bylaw was too small. But the housing in the third bylaw was just right. Goldilocks...

ADU’s+Tiny Homes+Mentors For Ex-Offenders? It Beats A Suicide Watch!

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Beginning on a sobering note, A recent British study outlined the dismally low percentage of success in finding housing for those newly released from the prison system. The most...

Hong Kong: An Animated Future Where There Won’t Be Room To Move

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The authors of a South China Post article have criticized a recent study suggesting that Hong Kong's micro-apartment present can only lead to a future of even smaller flats. Their speculation: mental...

Manufactured Homes: Affordable Housing? Or A Dodge To Avoid New Construction?

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Mobile home parks, a.k.a trailer parks, a.k.a manufactured home parks: call them what you will, over time they've attracted a reputation based on their failings, while their successes have...

Poverty-Striken In The Suburbs? An ADU Might Do For You.

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ADU's (Accessory Dwelling Units), granny suites, in-law housing, laneway housing, call them what you will, these old, discredited housing solutions are generating new interest across North America. The favoured flavour...

Small And Self-Sufficient: An Affordable Housing Solution For First Nations Homeless Men

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Where the road meets the water at the end of a long British Columbia fijord, the magnificent scenery of Bella Coola is little comfort for indigenous men from the...

Bronx Attracts A Shipping Container Affordable Housing Project

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Not the ideal structure for Do-It-Yourself folks, at least those without cutting/welding skills, used shipping containers have some advantages in strength, mobility, stackability, availability and affordability. From the house...

A La Carte: A Piece Of Activist Art Designed For The Homeless

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Here's an easy-to-solve urban mystery: a repurposed shopping cart appears, piled high with grab bags of belongings as well as bags of various somethings which may defy description but...

Steel Yourself For A Vision Of Shipping Container Homes

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Shipping containers have been explored as a form of affordable housing for some years now. They are far from every expert's cup of tea, and face arguments that building...

Marriage & Cohabition Has Been Downsized To Co-living In Nano Affordable Hong Kong

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If you can't quite afford a Hong Kong microscopic (nano) apartment by yourself then why not co-live? So suggest enthusiastic Hong Kong realtors. Social conventions such as courting and...

Affordable Housing vs. Overnight Parking Zones. The Sordid Future Of Unaffordable Cities?

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At what point does the freedom to become wealthy by trading in real estate descend to insanity? A recent, successful business startup points to a frightening urban future in...

Tiny Homes Brings Affordable Privacy And Dignity To First Nations People

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Homelessness is a disease in Canadian indigenous communities that afflicts many. It brings with it a host of mental and physical complications, such as alcoholism and severe depression. Many northern...

A Big Problem Cramps A Tiny House Solution

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Like babies and puppies, tiny houses are cute—an almost irresistibly imaginative and economical solution to a housing shortage. But tiny houses are too often plagued by rose-coloured imagery: a...
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