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Poll results: Do you like the micro house?

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  • Yes, a great solution to the homeless problem.

    3 25.00%
  • Yes, it is my retirement plan.

    3 25.00%
  • No, give me 1 acre and a white picket fence please.

    3 25.00%
  • If Whose Yur Planner can't fit, neither can I....

    3 25.00%
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Thread: The Micro home

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
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    The Micro home

    Take a look a this quintessential Japanese home:
    http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapc...y.home/?hpt=C2

    Could you live in a home with a footprint about as big as a parking space?

    Would you pay $500,000 for a shoe box? I wonder how much of that cost is land value?
    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
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    That home is a bit too small for me, but I'd be happy with something much smaller than the "average" American home as long as it had architectural features that I liked. I'd rather not be house-poor in my old age.

    Now if I could just convince Mrs. JimPlans that she would be happy in a small home. Right after I teach pigs to fly.

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    I couldn't live with my mother in a 4000 sf. home. The house isn't exactly small in the sf. sense, but in the lot coverage sense. It goes up instead of out.

    It looks like it is a corner lot on busy roads. I would pass. I would guess that if he was willing to spend $500k on the house, the lot is probably pretty pricey...
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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    We have them here. They are called trailers.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Cyburbian JimPlans's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    We have them here. They are called trailers.
    I would have a big problem if I had to pay $500K for a trailer. O.k, "manufactured housing unit."

    If it gets that bad, maybe we can all share a lot and stack up some shipping containers. I seem to remember someone in Europe (the Netherlands?) who was stacking them 10 high. As long as the wind didn't blow we'd be fine.

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    Quote Originally posted by JimPlans View post
    I would have a big problem if I had to pay $500K for a trailer. O.k, "manufactured housing unit."

    If it gets that bad, maybe we can all share a lot and stack up some shipping containers. I seem to remember someone in Europe (the Netherlands?) who was stacking them 10 high. As long as the wind didn't blow we'd be fine.
    Aren't there some really pricey older mobile homes built in some places along the California coast? I think I saw/read about them somewhere. What you're really paying for is the lot, but for some reason, the trailers have to stay (possibly lot size or % of lot size or earthquake requirements). They're fixed up really nice, but still, they're like some fantastic amount for a 30 year old trailer!

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    Yuck! Just watching all those cars go by was giving me a headache. I live on a corner that looks a lot like where this home is. Everything is tiny, on top of each other, and the roads are sources of never-ending noise and air pollution. The price is about half of Tokyo though.

    Too small for me, but I can see Hawaii going in this direction...

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    Cyburbian DetroitPlanner's avatar
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    I could do it, it looks a bit larger than a parking space and it is three levels. I'm guessing its not that too different than my cabin (at 640 sq. ft.).
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    We have them here. They are called trailers.
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    The size of the house would be ok, but more importantly, how big's the GARAGE?

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    Cyburbian fringe's avatar
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    The steps looked to be really short for the "unit rise", which shortness tends to lengthen the whole flight, taking up more space.

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