Has anyone taken interest in "Tiny Homes", less than 500 sq ft homes.
I've been reading up on these, and it looks like people are building them ground up for less than $15k. Some people are claiming to live here for 10-15 years happily.
In my opinion, it seems like this could be an up and coming trend in real estate.
There are certain areas where property values are very high, and people choose to live in tiny home.
Has anyone considered developing a community of 25-50 tiny homes? Based on my calculations, you could fit 50 tiny homes at 500 sq ft each on a 1 acre plot, with enough room for landscape, sidewalks, etc.
These are the guys who started it all (I believe): http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/
Interesting; however, that sounds crowded. But a good concept. I've considered it. Making a community system; possibly even with an HOA
Interesting....never heard of such small homes before. Maybe it is a new market.
I like the concept of it. Especially marketed to young people or boomers looking to downsize. These are called pocket neighborhoods and have been around for some time. There is even a book called "Pocket Neighborhoods" that gives a lot more information if you want to pursue this.
A local builder was trying to partner with me to do this same thing. One issue I could not get past was parking and vehicles in general. Where do all of the people park? In my area, public transportation is very under developed so vehicles are a necessity. Any ideas?
I suppose it is an alternative to a MH park or converted hotel to Apt bldg (small rooms).
Let's say you did it - in CA, and I would imagine elsewhere, the fees to build per unit are extraordinary and what about the infrastructure.
Maybe its a cheap alternative to building something larger on a single high density lot - similar to say low rise apts?
Help me see the vision as you see it.
My vision would be a close knit community living a "greener" life than most.
I would incorporate a community garden, lots of landscape design, and individual front porches. I would stay with color schemes that are loud and visual.
I feel it might work near a university, metro station, or close to an urban environment. I've got some places picked out in Houston. Obviously there are good and bad spots for this.
Ideally I would like to create an open environment, where neighbors can hang out with each other, enjoy the company of each other with the same ideals and living standards.
There are other ways to incorporate the "green" side of things, such as a rain water collection system, or solar panels on each house for power...
Parking would be an issue. Most likely you might have to build a 2 story parking garage, or asphalt a lot for enough cars.
Some of these units have washer dryer combos. It might be feasible to build them in with the over/under idea.. or it might work better for a washateria.
Thinking outside the box as much as possible on this one.
Interesting. Certainly something that would have an appeal to particular socioeconomic subsets. I know it would appeal to all of those living permantently in RV trailers or worse.
Have to compare it to a manufactured home in price etc - seems an MH is cheaper (park models, "guest units" etc) depending on how much you see being built for that $15K quoted above. Certainly the glorified sheds with kitchen and bathroom he has on the website would come in at less than $15K to build. Seems like, for just a little bit more $$$, you could push it out to 1000 sqft. But maybe that is not the point.
Put those babies on septics, with a community powered solar well, and a natural gas capture system on the septic tank for the gas appliances and you will be plenty green.
Interesting. Though the market demand for something too small has to be limited - but push it out a little, maybe there is something to it. Hard to say.
where are you getting 15k to build each cottage?
This group is building a 29 unit micro home subdivision on a 15,000 sf lot selling for the low 100's and vary from 364 sf to 687 sf.
Have a duplex around the corner. High demand area.
The DR Horton asre listed as Condos -are they stand alone (detached) units or simply small condo/apts attached?