Are our houses too expensive because they are too large?

supplied, via NZ Herald

A Tauranga couple have almost finished building their dream home – all for about $40,000.

It’s part of the world-wide tiny house movement – and tiny it is.

For $40,000 and the price of some land, it’s a realistic goal for young people trying to break into the market.

Or, like Tara and Leo Murray, you can get permission to put it on someone else’s land.

It’s environmentally friendly, affordable, and would solve the issue of urban sprawl and the lack of available land.

I applaud them for looking outside of the box for a solution to housing issues and for wanting to avoid getting into huge debt by taking out a mortgage on a house worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

People live full-time in camper vans that are smaller than that.  So it is definitely possible, especially if you have electricity, water and sewage sorted on top of that.  

It’s going to take a massive shift in thinking for many people but perhaps it is an answer.

Perhaps it is a good option for a first home – a way to break into the market. Perhaps it’s a better way of housing the homeless than putting them up in motels.

For families, it’s probably not the most practical place to live for years on end but it will do as a stop gap.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see more and more tiny houses popping up.

Perhaps they are the way of the future.

Most of us started out by sharing a flat or house.  We only got a bedroom that was our own while sharing the rest of the facilities.  There was no room to entertain, have privacy or luxuriate.

Then a lot of us got a two bedroom flat or house to call our own.  Old.  In an iffy neighbourhood.  Because it was all we could afford.  But that was ok, because all the space was ours.  We had our privacy.  We could entertain our friends.

Then we moved up to our first real home.  Something less ancient.  Or something in a nicer neighbourhood.

So starting with a nice brand new Tiny House with the latest in tech and space optimising tricks is hardly slumming it.  The trick will be not to have too many side by side.  Lest we call it a slum.  But peppered through other neighbourhoods, or in semi-rural areas, it will work out just fine.

 

– Amy Wiggins, Bay of Plenty Times

 


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