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Tiny Homes Can Be a Big Solution

A high school student is building a tiny house to enable him to go to collage without accumulating unmanageable debt.  With his tiny house on wheels he can rent space in someone’s yard.  The 130-square-foot home on wheels will include a shower, eco-friendly composting toilet, kitchenette, and even a guest bed.

There are a few tiny house businesses in Northern California.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a few don’t pop up in Humboldt.

  1. Buzzkill
    February 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    He has to pay for the building materials + maintenance + rent for having a house plopped down on someone’s property. What’s the rent going to be? I don’t see how this is less expensive than sharing a rented apartment or rented house with multiple roommates.

  2. Kathy
    February 14, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Your consistency is amazing.

  3. Anonymoose
    February 14, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    That is not living, that is just surviving.

  4. Anonymous
    February 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

    What an awesome kid and a cute affordable home. Of course the landlords don’t appreciate such initiative or competition, they’d rather pack young people into apartments and soak them for high rent as long as possible.

  5. Just Watchin
    February 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Although these are “cute”, as the video says, they are classified as recreational trailers, and there are manufacturers that build the same things, just not as “cute”. Manufactured units are built with “flexibility” in mind, to take the pounding just driving on rough roads dishes out. Something built using the same techniques as a standing dwelling would have a tough time holding up. Kudos to the kid, but bigger props to the parents that came up with a way to keep a teenager busy for a couple of years.

  6. Anonymous
    February 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I agree, Just Watchin. The parents of this kid did a great job.

  7. just middle class
    February 15, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Humboldt County will not allow full time residence in an “RV”. They only allow 6 months at a time. Also Humboldt County Enviromental Health would have a problem with the toilet.

  8. February 15, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Why would Humboldt be against a self composting toilet?

  9. anonymous
    February 15, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    RVs are not designed for full time residency. They do not meet code for energy efficiency, indoor air quality,electrical wiring, plumbing,fire safety, etc. some people may think that’s OK but those nasty ole codes protect people. Don’t know if the tiny home fad will attempt to meet codes or just be cute RVs. Challenge designers to make code compliant mini home.

  10. Smart Fifth Grader
    February 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Abe Lincoln’s childhood cabin did not meet California building codes, probably not safe. Someone should have called Child Protective Services. People have been nomadic for thousands of years, The Nomadic life doesn’t fit the Industrial Revolution and Agricultural Revolution models. Someone should call Child Protective Services and/or the County Health Dept.

  11. Kim
    February 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Moblie Meth. He’ll start dealing meth next week, there’s already a line forming.

  12. hillmuffin
    February 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    what a great little house! i want one! that kid is cool…

  13. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Entire districts of “micro apartments” in new york get the green light…at the same cost as larger apartments today.Presented with all the flash and flair and “positivity” of a Sunset magazine spread to the facebooked masses…a growing population of post-baby-boomer generation “grown ups” and their own families, a large percentage of whom haven’t experienced life beyond their parents’ homes as it is. In china they’re steadily forcing rural farm families off their land to build the same thing…well over 50 million vacant apartments (consider new york population is around 12 million) ready for the assimilated crowds to be literally plugged into permanent government servitude. Same thing happening in the middle east. Look at urban ghetto brazil, look at urban ghetto china, look at urban ghetto puerto rico, italy, mexico, etc. Look at those places 50 years ago and see the similarities in structure of today’s “positive” planning.

    The baby boomer generation would have had none of it…living in boxes as prosperity,wtih all the cost of what they grew up experiencing instead…but their children and childrens children have been conditioned since birth to suck the electric tit like it’s a natural resource. Sadly (very sadly), rural areas are becoming more depleted regardless, as the environment fails yet is still increasingly stripped and polluted. The population is still being encouraged to grow while all resources dwindle. Our own county is lured by federal finance to accomodate the status quo.

    Shanty Town, U.S.A.

  14. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    For crying out loud, is it naive or stupid to say one accomodates a “guest bed” in a ten foot by ten foot room?

  15. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    …let me rephrase my #14…

    Which is more naive and/or stupid: to call a ten foot by ten foot shed a “house” or to suggest one accomodates a “guest bed” in such a dwelling?

    Imagine YOUR neighborhood crowded with these “houses”. They are just as grim in every aspect as the new “micro apartment” phenomenon, as the growing standard of prosperity coupled with the declining standard of free time, resources, etc.

  16. February 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    That’s pretty cool. Now he can move out of the Humboldt wasteland & live life.

  17. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    There are billions of people who would be thrilled to have such a “tiny house” for their entire family. No need for beds, just hooks for hammocks.

  18. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Anonymous :
    There are billions of people who would be thrilled to have such a “tiny house” for their entire family. No need for beds, just hooks for hammocks.

    So the more people suffer a declining standard, the better the standard of decline it becomes. There are billions of people who would be happy to eat the garbage out of a dumpster behind McDonald’s every night as well.

  19. 24
    February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    anonymous :
    RVs are not designed for full time residency. They do not meet code for energy efficiency, indoor air quality,electrical wiring, plumbing,fire safety, etc. some people may think that’s OK but those nasty ole codes protect people. Don’t know if the tiny home fad will attempt to meet codes or just be cute RVs. Challenge designers to make code compliant mini home.

    Yes, it is much better to live under an overpass or in a tent if you can’t live in a home that is up to code.

    Personally, I’d take my chances in a not-to-code trailer. Half the homes in eureka probably aren’t up to current code, either, but there doesn’t seem to be any epidemics going on.

  20. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    The argument is constantly made…rather presented as a point of sale…that this new standard of living is outside the conventions of consumption, sustainability, etc. The fatal flaw in all logic and reason with that argument is that this “lifestyle” is being constructed (literally) within the very confines of the existing structure of INCREASING growth and INCREASING consumption. You won’t find Oprah or Bill Gates…or our very own Humboldt County representatives…moving into their garages by choice anytime soon.

  21. February 16, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    when my son worked his thru HSU paqrt of the time he lived n a teepee and part of the time in an old house in the BottomsIN WORLD WAR II IN MERCED I LIVED In what had been a chicken coop and in Nebraska I was lucki to get aq basement with cockroaches….In Portlanda villag houes what we call HOMELESS with rules and success over the years.

  22. Papa cult
    February 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Someone call the environmental health nazi brigade and the code enforcer, no city approved potable watersource, minimum building sizes are 24′ x 24′, unpermitted structure. Not to mention he is not contributing his “fair share” to government utility worker union pensions. What doe he think this is, a free country? Take him out.

  23. Anonymous
    February 16, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve seen some of the “little” sheds built by Jr. Barns that would have been luxurious in comparison to some of the rundown apartments I lived in while I worked toward my B.A. degree at Humboldt State. (Except for the lack of electricity and running water, of course.)

  24. not etc.
    February 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I wint to collage.

  25. anonymous
    February 17, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Not etc, you must have gone to Humboldt State. To paraphrase Randy Newman, “Good old boys from HSU, go in dumb, come out dumb too.”

  26. September 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I do not understand how this other comment that was posted on Feb. 16, 2013 that is titled “Papa Cult” that this article includes mentioning “he is not contributing his fair share to Government Utility Worker Union Pensions.” My questions are “what does this have to do with owning real estate” and “how did find this out about this” for if this even true and Thank To All Of You.

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