Tiny houses big with consumers seeking economic freedom

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  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    July 16, 2014 5:51 p.m.

    I currently have 5 kids and a 2800 sq/ft 6 bedroom home. It is great! I do wish I had less of a mortgage payment but we financed for 15 yrs. we may trade down at some time but more likely it would be a townhome or condo with no maintenance. My tiny home sits on my RV pad on the side of my 2800 sqft home. I'll use it to travel when I move into my condo.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    July 14, 2014 4:15 p.m.

    just go buy a used camp trailer -

  • MrsH Altamont, UT
    July 14, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    The first home we bought was 700 square feet, and we raised 2 kids in it. Now we live in a much larger one, and the kids are grown and moved out. I think we did this wrong...LOL!
    I was much happier in the smaller home, and I was a better housekeeper too, by necessity.
    (I am fascinated with these tiny homes, but I don't think I want to live in one full time.)

  • sally Kearns, UT
    July 14, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    I like the idea of an airstream travel trailer. They are expensive to purchase. We are dejunking. It is difficult to discard some of this stuff. I think of how much time I have used up dusting and rearranging what we have. I was smart enough over the years when we traveled to spend my money mostly on postcards rather than trinkets. Now I send the postcards to our grandchildren.

  • djofraleigh raleigh, NC
    July 13, 2014 10:18 p.m.

    On wheels? Get an Airstream and it won't fall apart or strain the transmission going up a hill, but in a trailer one can't pretend they are in a real house.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 13, 2014 9:27 p.m.

    Well, as they say...."There goes the neighborhood."

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    July 13, 2014 8:24 p.m.

    This is a great idea, kind of. It's extreme. Look at it like this. If people spent 250k or less on a normal sized home, vs 500k, life would be much different. Then there's the people that never take into account utilities and taxes. It's obvious that these streets full of giant homes with giant heating bills and taxes will be ghost towns very soon. You'll see.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 13, 2014 4:03 p.m.

    Travel trailers don't have the feel of a "real house" like tiny houses do, nor are they constructed as solidly, have the height of trailers, and worst of all, they have that fake-tinny feel.

    My husband and I have already decided one of these will be the only way we'll be able to get out of debt once our youngest leaves the house.

    There's enormous freedom to not having a house full of junk. After having to empty with our parents' cluttered houses after moving them into assisted living, I've realized how much junk we pack in, only to make others throw away later.

    As for holidays with the kids? We'll haul our house over to theirs!

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    July 13, 2014 7:40 a.m.

    Why not just buy a used travel trailer.

  • U-tar Woodland Hills, UT
    July 12, 2014 9:05 p.m.

    Will he be hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas parties with friends and extended family?

  • Strider303 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2014 8:42 p.m.

    "Tiny houses" today are what we called "starter homes" years ago. People shared bedrooms, kids that is, and bathroom, one per house. We survived and learned how to live with other fellow humans.

    Three bedrooms, one for mom and dad, one for the girls and one for the boys, Hurry up and finish the basement for more room. One bath, no lollygagging, do what needed to be done and exit.

    You really do not need all that space and house, and mortgage.

    Trust me.