Reactions to the Small House
Over the last few months we’ve been on the small house/downsizing/budget conscious adventure, we’ve encountered a lot of opinions from others with reactions ranging from
Wow! This sounds awesome. I would love to try it, except _____________.
Wow! This sounds awesome. We’re completely on board and thinking about getting started ourselves.
Wow! I didn’t realize your budget situation was that bad. I hope you can afford a trailer* that doesn’t have a truck on blocks in the yard.
*trailer = offensive
Telling others we’ve purchased a manufactured house has been an amusing adventure in and of itself (for us anyway, but maybe not for the people we tell). For a lot of folks we’ve encountered in our offline lives, prejudices toward manufacturing house arise fairly quickly.
Oddly enough, many people LOVE the idea of the 200 sq ft tiny house we’ll be building ourselves, but they are NOT OK with manufactured housing. People, they are essentially the same as both houses are sitting on steel frames. You know, steel, like what skyscrapers are framed with.
The Upside of Negativity
Negative attitudes toward manufactured housing have actually benefited us financially. With lower demand for manufactured housing, prices are also lower making this type of housing one of the most affordable on the market. If others start to realize this, it will drive up the cost of manufacturing housing, so don’t tell anyone we told you this.
We’re not advocating that anyone else follow our path. Everyone is the expert of his or her own experience, so we won’t tell anyone else what to do or how to live their lives. So why other people feel the need to impart single-family-housing “wisdom” on us is beyond me. We’ve done the stick-built single family home, and we’re ready for something new. But I digress. On to the reason you clicked through to this blog post.
An Update on the Construction Process
Wow! What a busy couple of weeks it has been with the house. The site prep is complete!
Small House is on the Vacant Lot
The small house is complete and has been placed on the lot! We still need water, electricity and Internet set up. And the parking pad needs paved. Only (a lot of) baby steps left!
At the small house during move in with Garrett, Barefoot John and his crew
Garrett in the open kitchen and living room
Small house bathroom
(bigger than pictured, but difficult to photograph)
Garrett providing scale for the small house bedroom
(also too difficult to photograph)
As one can see from the photos above, our small house contains all of the same features that a typical house contains, including flooring, appliances, a bathroom, 2×6 construction, R-38 insulation in the roof, high-efficiency windows and doors and much more. The difference between our house and a site-built house? Foundation. That’s it. To have this house constructed at the vacant lot on a basement would have cost us 3x more and the construction would be the same (or maybe of a lesser quality). Yikes.
Big House Status
We incurred another price drop to encourage interest. I am so ready for an offer YESTERDAY. Nothing more to report on this front and I’m tired of talking about it. LOL!
Update: We finally sold the big house in May 2016.
Check out the Small House Construction Series!
Small House Construction, Part 1
Small House Construction, Part 2
Small House Construction, Part 3
Small House Construction, Part 4