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    Posted: Aug 12 2017 at 12:20pm

City hall, take note of the going trend in housing which is being seriously considered by the Millennial generation. Here’s a recent article from Mother Earth News on the internet. This is in direct conflict with the claim that Middletown needs larger more expensive homes. Also consider that anyone who is trying to save money for a future purchase of a larger permanent home would have great advantage by living so frugally. The last paragraph says it all “It can be anything you want it to be.”

8 Huge Benefits of Living in a Tiny House

Reader Contribution By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores 2/2/2017

Tags: tiny househomesteadingJennifer PoindexterNorth Carolina,

Tiny houses are everywhere! These tiny, compact, affordable houses are the perfect addition to any family. Just look up Tiny House Hunters, Tiny House Builders, or Tiny House Nation. The blogs and TV shows show how popular the craze is right now, especially with the cost of owning a “normal house” growing out of proportion. But, besides the cost effectiveness of owning and living in a tiny house, there are tons of benefits. Ability to travel, eco-friendly living, less money decorating and cleaning, to just name a few. Together, we will go over the top 10 benefits of living in a tiny house, and hey, you might even want to start considering one.

Building a Tiny House Costs Much Less than a “Normal House”

Not everyone has the knowledge to build their own tiny house, so they have engineers design it for them. Obviously, due to this or any construction project, things are going to cost a little bit of dough. Luckily, however, tiny house costs a lot less than an average house. As a matter of fact, tiny houses only cost a fraction of the cost traditional cost due to only needing a fraction of the materials. And, you can find free tiny house plans from all over the internet if you don't want to hire someone to design it for you. This cost usually runs from $20-50,000 making it a little easier to pay without needing a mortgage. However, most banks would gladly hand over this small loan payment if you needed a mortgage since it's so much smaller than a traditional home loan.

You Can Travel the Country With Ease

If you build a tiny house on wheels, you can literally attach your home to your car and drive anywhere in the country. You can even set up shop. Never again will you deal with the struggle of finding some cheap hotel room on vacation when you can take your entire home with you. Whether it's the Grand Canyons or visiting the many trails of Vermont, you are completely covered to travel wherever and whenever you want.

But what about electricity, water, or sewer needs? You’ll never need them again...well...maybe some of them. Since most tiny houses have solar and rain barrels built into them, your house kind of takes care of itself. Think of a tiny house like an RV, wherever an RV can go you can go. You can even get a tiny house suited with RV hookups for easier stays at campsites.

Say Goodbye to Future Big Moves

New Job and need to move? No worries! Just pack up your house, attach it to your car, and be on your way. No need to say goodbye to your precious house you spent years in, making new memories, or renting a new house that may not be as good. Instead of jumping from house to house, you can stick with this one and move anywhere your heart desires. The only question is where to move to next?

It Can Be Anything You Want It To Be

Tiny houses are entirely customizable. There are tons of designs on tons of tiny house building websites. However, if you don’t find something you like I’m sure someone on TaskRabbit will be up to the challenge. Even when you have your tiny house, things can be rebuilt and rearranged. This is easy living after all.

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https://www.thrillist.com/lifestyle/nation/tiny-houses-the-tiny-house-dream-is-actually-a-nightmare


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Did not say this was ideal for everyone!  This option for housing is no more out of reason than the idea that Middletown  should build more expensive homes for which there is no market!
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In my view.. though tiny homes are good, they may not be liked by everyone.

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Here’s another housing trend (option) for a large sector of the general population, retirees. This is useful choice, considering the economic climate. Growing families and their aging parents can both benefit.

This is not for everyone … just like the tiny housing.

CNBC ON THE MONEY

Granny pods' become a solution for retirees with limited budgets

  • The micro-living trend has found a receptive audience in seniors, who need affordable living options

  • "Granny pods" are 400-square-foot houses with all the trimmings of a real house, but can fit in a backyard.

  • "I can foresee leaving here until I'm dead," one retiree told CNBC.

Katie YoungJane Wells

Published 8/20/2017


Like many boomers, Jane Baldwin faced a difficult question: "Where do I go next?"

The 67-year-old retiree was living alone in Wyoming, and had grown tired of cold winters. She wanted to be closer to her family in Oakland, California.

Not ready to give up her independence entirely by sharing a roof with family — but also unable to purchase another property thanks in part to the Bay Area's notoriously high cost of housing — Baldwin decided to look no further than the backyard. Her answer was to build a 400-square-foot "granny pod."

"I am in love with it," said Baldwin. "I can foresee leaving here until I'm dead."

The tiny house is built for accessibility and includes a living room, galley kitchen as well as bedroom. Its hallways and doorways are wide enough for a wheel chair should Baldwin ever need one. All the floors are even eliminating tripping hazards and the shower stall is a walk-in.

400-square-foot

Source: Inspired Independence

400-square-foot "Granny Pods"


Baldwin's story could become more common. The American population is aging rapidly, with the number of older Americans expected to double in the next three decades, reaching 
88 million people by 2050, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Of that number, a 2016 Genworth study estimated that 70 percent will need some form of long-term care, something Medicare doesn't cover. It's why deciding where these older Americans will age is often a difficult family conversation fraught with financial and emotional issues.

"If people can age in place and age at home it's much healthier, and the family is happier, but it can be very expensive," said Carolyn McClanahan, a financial planner at Life Planning Partners in Jacksonville, Florida. "Granny pods can cost anywhere from $100,000 to $250,000. So you got to weigh longevity in there with it."

With the cost of skilled nursing care reaching nearly $93,000 a year, a granny pod may make more financial sense if you expect the person living there to stay for several years.

However, it's important to also weigh the individual's cognitive health. Someone with dementia or in need of help with daily tasks is not a good granny pod candidate, McClanahan added.

400-square foot ‘Granny Pods’.

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400-square foot ‘Granny Pods’.


While older Americans are building granny pods for themselves, some also see them as a long-term solution for multigenerational living.

"I met with this family the other night, and their adult son would live in the in-law unit but we are designing it to age in place," said Carrie Shores, an architect with Inspired Independence in Oakland who built Baldwin's pod.

"When they're tired of maintaining their home, they'll move in there, and by that point he may be married and have kids and move into the main house," she added.

For Baldwin, who just unpacked her boxes and is making her pod a home, the choice to simplify was the right one.

"I just think all of us, but myself in particular, have too much stuff in our lives and I welcome the chance to downsize."

"On the Money" airs on CNBC Saturdays at 5:30 a.m. ET, or check listings for air times in local markets.

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