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June 15th, 2009 at 07:54 pm

But maybe not in a good way.... Big Grin

So, a commentator from an earlier post got me thinking about what could possibly be done about my living situation, which is without a doubt, the biggest expense I will be facing into the near future.

Short of finding a livable closet from an eccentric landlord for a low monthly rent, I'm guessing buying is the next option.

You know, the internet really is an endless source of fascination. For example, Bargaineering muses upon the question of "How much house can $10,000 buy?"

While we're at it, Tiny House Blog is a good stop for all things tiny and quasi-livable. I say that because some entries are nothing more than over-sized sheds, although some don't seem half bad. For example, what do you think of this one? Here's another interesting one.

And yes, I've looked into trailers, RVs, and houseboats. For the price they want, I might as well be looking at a small, fixed, land-based dwelling. That said, I must say that the idea of a houseboat is not without its appeals.

Still, the exercise comes down to finding a way to keep my future housing cost down, and realistically, it still looks like a condo for a $100k. Frown

Well, OK, there is one other option: The DIY path. I wonder if there is a blue-print I can buy for this little number? Big Grin

6 Responses to “Extreme homes”

  1. Nika Says:

    It is a sore topic for me - in Manhattan it would be called "how much house can $500,000 and $1000 a month maintenance can buy".

    And you would not be able to buy something like that barn. That would be nice.

    I see the appeal of minimalist living and don't require as much space as most Americans believe to be livable. I saw many Europeans have quality lifestyle in very small neat places.

  2. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    I like the barn and the other small house... they may be small but they've got a lot of character - something I value.

    Also, I would be interested in having a couple of acres of land... maybe aroung the small barn.. :-)

    I'm like you in that big houses hold no attraction for me whatsoever... they're only status symbols in my opinion.... especially since we're single guys..

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Yes. Quality trumps quantity.

    Of course, I'm really looking at starter houses more than anything, and that may change some day. But I want to do it right this time, and get only what I need and can afford. I'll worry about upgrading later.

  4. princessperky Says:

    I like the gypsy caravan..though the gypsys tended to spend their lives outside just sleeping in the wagons...

  5. zetta Says:

    The problem with California is that land is so expensive. So even a tiny house is going to cost A LOT compared with other parts of the country.

  6. milehighgal Says:

    I subscribe to and love that blog. Having grown up in a European flat, and lived in a small dorm in college I can't say I'm any happier in a large single family home. My Dh spent all his childhood summers traveling and living in an Airstream trailor with his 5 person family, those were some of the most happy times of his life.The idea of a small place on a beautiful piece of land is very alluring, as is having/upkeeping less and living more.

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