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A town that wants tiny homes
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:26:37 PM »
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/tiny-home-subdivision-stephenville-1.4480928

I'm not sure how terribly mustachian this is, given that you could probably buy an existing full-sized home in that part of the world for the same amount of money, but good on them for being open to it.
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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2018, 10:31:45 AM »
Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?

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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 10:39:28 AM »
Nevermind, I must have been thinking of a different development.
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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2018, 10:20:14 AM »
Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?

For me? Absolutely nothing. For people who don't like their home touching other people's homes (or their broccoli touching their mashed potatoes), better small than big, I guess.

Many middle-class Newfoundlanders see apartments (and public transit) as something poor folks have to settle for, so a tiny home might also have better resale value.
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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2018, 01:53:57 PM »
Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?
It comes with your own land for gardening or other uses (condo doesn't)
You have full control over pet ownership (no bylaws - apartment/townhouse/condo)
Fixed mortgage vs. rent increases
Low operating costs make it cheaper to live then larger houses - some costs are proportional to size like roofing.

Some people also like the ownership vs. renting aspect. What would an apartment of similar size rent for? How much would the mortgage plus expenses on a small house be?

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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2018, 09:13:50 AM »
Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?

There is probably a greater chance of getting to know your neighbors and developing a sense of community in the cluster of tiny homes. In larger apartment buildings people tend not to get to know their neighbors as easily because the layout feels impersonal. In a tiny home development there are probably porches and yards and ways for people to say hi without feeling overwhelmed by all of their neighbors. It's possible to design apartment buildings to increase residents' comfort with talking to each other, but it's usually not a priority for developers.

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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2018, 11:24:21 AM »
Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?

No one living above you, below you, or sharing a wall (so you don't notice if anyone's headboard is banging).  Those are my guesses as I have never lived in anything but a house, and don't want to try it.

However, I prefer my eventual small (not tiny) house on 8.8 forested acres, because who wants to even look at another house?

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Re: A town that wants tiny homes
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2018, 01:43:24 PM »
Interesting how the emphasis is still on how 'tiny' these homes are.  Minimum size would be 387 square feet, which is bigger than what a good chunk of humanity lives in, and about the size of a 1 bedroom apartment in many major cities.  They certainly stand out compared to what's found elsewhere in Newfoundland, but hardly what I'd consider tiny.

Question: if your tiny home is permanent, and on a tiny lot, what's the advantage over a townhome/condo/apartment?
For me, personally - acoustic and olfactory privacy, outdoor space, no condo-fees (which make up ~1/4 of my total mortgage payment), windows on all four walls, more freedom to make changes to interior/exterior (no need to consult condo/apartment owners), piece of mind that your neighbor's illegal drug habit, shady friends and hot-plate dinners won't burn down your home

Design/square footage/cost being similar I'd take a stand-alone home over an apartment/condo, though there are big advantages there too (sharing of: heat/insulation, major structural repairs, insurance etc).
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