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Tiny Home/Tiny Cottage

Hello All!

 

Anyone living in a tiny home or tiny cottage?

 

Would love to hear from you if you are or dream of living in one.

 

As I age, I know one big concern are UTILITIES and of course RENT/MORTGAGE. Have done major research ONLINE but would love to hear from real people/lol.

 

Energy efficient options such as solar maybe???

 

Using rain water????

 

Then the challenge of finding locations that ALLOW these homes/cottages and being able to purchase one. Would love to DESIGN my own as so not into the LOFTS (stairs/yikes). Need EVERYTHING on the same level and NO WHEELS for someone to tow me away/lol.

 

Let's talk about this!

 

Hugs,

Angela

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Hi Angela!

Although I designed and built a new, one-bedroom home for myself just 4 years ago, I've wondered about life in a tiny home...or even a semi trailer home (also a new popularity!) I've come across some really creative, beautiful options shown online and on Netflix.  It's just a marvel what people have incorporated into theirs!

If you're pretty sold on the idea, you could always sit down with a building contractor and play with some designs...get a clue as to what you would need and the cost.  I'm with you.  I wouldn't feel comfortable with the loft idea or having to climb around!   

Rosemary

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I am 75 year old disabled lady on a fixed income. After my husband died about 3 years ago,  it has been very hard. My health is going down hill, getting to the point, where to go. Need surgery,  but I have a hard time just paying the co pay. So what am I to do.. Auto insurance keeps going up. Makes it bad, I have had NO accidents or tickets,  but every year there is a increase. Got to pay it. Then u worry about if your vehicle breaks down or u need new tires, etc. Theres NO end to it. I have heard about people r joining, cheaprvliving.com where people r sleeping in their cars, etc. They stay on free land for 14 days, then they have to move again. It's on the west coast. That's about 2k miles from me. And don't know if I can make it. I try to keep my faith up.

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Please don't get to the point of where you are sleeping in your car!!!

Please check into options for reduced payments on things like utilities, car payments, etc.

If you have had no accidents or tickets...even if you infrequently use your car... you can get a reduction on your insurance payments.  I would suggest chatting with the person who sold you your car insurance.

You can also contact your utility company.  My utility company has a special fund working people can donate to that helps low income people pay for cooling in summer and heating bills in winter.

You could inquire into having that fund help you pay your utility bills, or even see if your bills could be discounted due to your income.

If you live in a home that still has a mortgage?  Interest rates are very low, and that gives you an opportunity to refinance your mortgage so your payments will be lower.

There are many opportunities that people are not aware of that will help make their lives easier if they merely ask for assistance.

Good luck to you!

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This post is for  CynthiaL756175  : Your post touched me and I would be willing to help find some resources in your area which may be able to help you. I know it took some grit to write your post and so that is why I thought I should reach out to you. I sent you a PM (Private Message) and please respond to that so we can get something happening for you.  If you don't know how to get to and read the PM (Private Message) just post back and I will give you instructions. Also I noticed your post was dated January 5, 2020 and received 5214 views and I truly hope a member has since reached out to you and you are doing better, when able please do update, Blessings to You.  

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I am a 65 year old homeowner (still working) with an RV parking set-up on my property.  My concern is getting a good renter in an RV or tiny home there that is a responsible, respectful person.  I am not in a position to house the homeless.

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I live in Spokane County, WA and would dearly love to find someone with sufficient land to accommodate renting/leasing to a tiny house with hookups.  I have never posted anything here and hope I have not violated any rules by doing so but reading your post made me think perhaps there ARE people out there who would welcome this income. 

 

Thanks for listening, in any case!

TJ

 

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I like the idea of owning and living in a tiny home. I have been reading recently in various news reports that tiny homes are being considered as a viable option to help end homelessness as far as homeless sheltering is concerned. I guess in  Monterey, California, tiny homes are being built for homeless veterans. I think it's a good idea and the video of the inside of tiny homes seems to offer everything one would need to live comfortably. I found the below article on the topic interesting:

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/tiny-homes-homelessness-solution/  

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Been living dream in 325 square foot 5th wheel several years. Local city zoning not favorable for small residential structures (no tax benefits to local governments due to reduced size of properties). Until state and local governmental bodies decide to get on board with appropriate zoning, they are missing out on the huge benefit of an increasing population of tax paying, capital rich, and stable residents (see Texas communities embracing this new paradigm.

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My wife & I have been 3 years in a 30' Class A Fleetwood Flair. We snowbird east coast but have been West to Arizona & north to Canada (PEI). We try to winter in Florida and summer in NC, with side trips spring and fall. NOLA has been one of my favorite places to visit, the food & people are the best.

RV living is safe, affordable and the best alternative to restrictive zoning against tiny homes. IMHO, an RV is better than an above ground coffin with windows.

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After living in a 2k+ sqft home over 30 years, it was a BIG adjustment to make such a drastic downsize in living space. In the end we became more attuned to just how little we required to live comfortably, with the fallout benefits of a reduced carbon footprint, drastically reduced dependence on available resources, and the freedom to relocate when desired, along with the exposure to new friends, locales, and lifestyle experiences. Best decision we ever made!

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If I lived there alone I could handle it but not with another occupant.  In that case I'd last about an hour!

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I have been living in a 2 room park model home for 5 years. It is 30 feet long with 2 slide-outs. It is plenty comfortable with suffient room. (Except for storage of any extras.) Lots of windows & nice view of a pasture. I'm an 84 year old male who lost 2 wives. This home would be a little too crowed for more than 1 person. Could suffice but not if I'm one of the people. I've become a loner. 

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