More Tiny Houses

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There was a good article at the BBC the other day about small living spaces. In it, they profile a lady from Colorado who, years ago, bought a small apartment at a time when her friends were all buying houses.

“I was teased a lot because I bought so conservatively,” said Michelle Jackson, now 42. “Some of my friends didn’t understand why I wanted such a small place. There was some peer pressure that I didn’t expect.”

Ah, yes. Peer pressure. But Jackson gets the last laugh. Her reduced living costs have afforded her a degree of financial freedom, such that she’s been able to leave her job. I guess she does all the teasing now, during her ample spare time.

There are some interesting stats, including the average size of newly-built, single-family detached homes in select countries:

Denmark: 1,475 square feet / 137 square metres

U.S.: 2,506 square feet / 233 square metres

Australia: 2,616 square feet / 243 square metres

Go Aussies!

The article goes on to discuss a range of factors that should be considered by prospective owners of small (< 500 square feet) and tiny (< 350 square feet) houses. In my opinion, they save the most important consideration for the end:

Professionally built tiny houses [in the U.S.] typically cost between $30,000 and $50,000…Build it yourself and you could do it for $25,000 or less.

Just think what you could do with the $325,000 you didn’t spend on your house, or the equivalent amount of time that you didn’t need to work. The possibilities are endless.

I trust readers will recognize the house in the picture…

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Lentus Ambulandus is New Escapologist's Chief Leisure Officer. He advocates doing the things worth doing (hiking, cycling, sipping coffee, reading books), and proudly accomplishes less in a month than most people do in a week. His creed is simple: Death Before Employment.

4 Responses to “More Tiny Houses”

  1. Spoonman says:

    Would that be your tiny house? It’s a beauty.

    Is the chimney made of brick and/or stone? That’s a very nice feature.

  2. Hey Spooner. No, that’s not my house. That house is on a pond, in some woods, near a place called Concord.

    “Go out upon that, build yourself a hut, and there begin the grand process of devouring yourself alive. I see no other alternative, no other hope for you.”

  3. And in a move akin to Alex Trebek answering his own questions on Jeopardy – “What is…Walden?” – Wringham wins the New Escapologist trivia game and takes home the prize money.

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