This is a fascinating article on the use of tiny homes to help those without a place to call their own: In Detroit, Tiny Homes Are More Than a Lifestyle Trend – POLITICO Magazine
I think for many cities, apartment buildings are the way to go. More importantly, I think cities need to wake up to the problem of unaffordable housing and strive to make living in the city achievable and satisying for those that live there. If that means high rises in one city and tiny homes in another, then what works best is what should be aimed for. Here’s to livable and affordable places to live.
(Image from the article. It’s a nice place. Very IKEA, but that’s ok.)
Is this home featured here: This Cozy Minnesota Home Will Make You Want a Candelabra | A Cup of Jo
You really out to go to the site and check it out. Meanwhile, here’s a peek to show you what I mean:
Some thoughts on this:
- There is a ton of objects in this photo, but they are orderly. There is a place for everything; things aren’t just thrown about.
- The objects are all attractive: nothing is just stuck somewhere.
- It helps to be in a nice room, but the good thing about maximalism is that you can turn even a boring box in to something attractive. (Much harder to do with minimalism
- The colour scheme is consistent here. That helps rest the eye as it moves around the room.
I highly recommend you go to Cup of Jo linked to above and see the rest of it. It’s inspiring for maximalists like myself. 🙂
Meanwhile a bold maximalism is achieved here, not so much by the amount of items as by the amount of bold colours and prints used throughout the place. It’s still not a big place, but it feels right. I guess that is all relative, but I love this.
For more, see This Manhattan Home Feels Like a Jewel Box | A Cup of Jo
(Image a link from the above article in A Cup of Jo)
August 31, 2019 in homes, new!
Tagged colour, cupofjo, decor, design, homes, Manhattan, newyork, smallspace, smallspaces, tinyhomes
Might be here: Under 200 Square Foot Studio Apartment in Hong Kong | Apartment Therapy.
Cozy and minimal is fine, but this is basically the space you find in a big camping tent. I am sure some people can adopt just fine, but I don’t know if I could live in such a space for long. I also wonder if this is the direction we are heading for cities other than Hong Kong. Higher property costs and lower incomes might cause this to happen in other cities. I don’t look forward to that.
I’ve written a fair bit about tiny homes as they are something of a fascination for me. This piece, in Fast Company, is about the downsides of them. They pump up the downsides, but there are downsides for sure. Anyone with fantasies about tossing it all in and getting one would do well to read this.
According to this, yes (kinda): Tiny House Financing Tips – Mobile Home Loans | Apartment Therapy
It’s not in any way straightforward like getting a loan/mortgage for a traditional home, but it can be done.
If you are interested in getting such a home, it’s worth reading those tips.
P.S. To buy the house in the image, go here. It will set you back around $11,000.
If you want to build a tiny home, Dwell has a nice list of resources for you here. I particularly like the one above. There is a wide range though, and if you are considering building such a home, see Dwell.