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Forum Post: Promote micro-housing in municipalities to give affordable homes!!

Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 6, 2011, 5:01 p.m. EST by TH3W01F (180) from Ottawa, ON
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Micro homes are tiny houses, and an exciting new trend in housing options. I define them as ones with less than 500 square feet. Why have more house than you need? A little place is cheap and easy to own and maintain. Consider a micro home if you are tired of homes that are too large, hard to maintain, cost alot in heating/electrical bills and well, are just a testament to crass commercialism.

Here are some examples.

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/daily_green_news/8/twelve-amazing-shipping-container-houses.html

http://www.microcompacthome.com/

http://www.tinyhousetalk.com

The only problem with these wonderful feats of architecture, is that Not many municipalities want them in your community. The reasons are various, but in the light of this economy, affordable housing is a must.

If your community is willing to have better, more sensible and economical housing, nurture it. If not, find out what can be done in said community to make it so that affordable housing is possible.

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[-] 1 points by sudoname (1001) from Berkeley, CA 2 years ago

Those are pretty cool. I think people should also consider large housing units like apartments/condos. These are much more energy efficient for heating/cooling and cheaper per unit.

[-] 1 points by owstag (508) 2 years ago

Cool. Now if we could just find a way to shrink people to a size that could live comfortably in such a shoebox we'd be good.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

Atsushi Nakanishi has condensed his possessions to two suitcases, which he stores in lockers at the capsule hotel where he lives.

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2010/01/05/japan-when-home-is-a-tiny-plastic-bunk-barely-bigger-than-a-coffin/

[-] 1 points by TH3W01F (180) from Ottawa, ON 2 years ago

All that really matters in life, can fit in a small backpack.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6287) from St Louis, MO 2 years ago

Well, maybe two. I have over 100 years of family photos, the first thing I'd grab in a fire. Although they're not important for basic survival.

[-] 1 points by TH3W01F (180) from Ottawa, ON 2 years ago

No need to shrink people. Consider how big the average apartment is, the floorspace is pretty much the same. It's only difference is the price is right and the fact that you can even go off-grid with either solar panels or wind turbine.

[-] 1 points by owstag (508) 2 years ago

I'm joking. Relax.

[-] 1 points by TH3W01F (180) from Ottawa, ON 2 years ago

ah.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

cozy would those work in Zuccotti Park

[-] 1 points by TH3W01F (180) from Ottawa, ON 2 years ago

Why yes, And they would actually be attractive too. Especially the tumbleweed ones. They are esthetically pleasing.

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