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2013-04-14 10:43:48 PM
It seems like a great idea! The first thing I'd do is hitch it to my truck and get out of Arizona.

The couple moved from Prescott, Ariz. to Santa Fe, N.M.

Good job!
 
2013-04-14 10:46:07 PM
Even hippies will tire of that little of space soon.

/so will they
 
2013-04-14 11:13:04 PM
Cool idea, but I wonder if they attached that roof on well enough to keep towing it other places.
 
2013-04-14 11:45:34 PM
Shane admits that the tiny house lifestyle isn't for everyone. But for people who do want to give it a try, the Caverlys are offering to help them get started. They're selling a replica of their own home for $48,000 and they can take custom orders, as well.

And there's the reason why they are living in that home.
 
2013-04-14 11:50:55 PM
At least the inlaws wont spend the night.
 
2013-04-14 11:51:28 PM
www.chicagonow.com

/why haven't you called geico?
 
2013-04-15 12:10:04 AM
Come now subby, I expect they've got plenty of smug storage on that Macbook.
 
2013-04-15 12:16:15 AM
Hey, if they can pull it off, more power to them.
 
2013-04-15 12:20:12 AM
I live in 400 sqf with 3 cats.
I expect there to be a follow-up to this story soon, and it won't be so cute.
 
2013-04-15 12:31:22 AM

DanZero: [www.chicagonow.com image 480x360]

/why haven't you called geico?


When that commercial came out, I swear I wanted it to be a real show.

Their goal is to eventually build an off-the-grid house on their own plot of land and use their tiny home as a studio.

So ... no plans to stay in a small home, then.
 
2013-04-15 01:40:43 AM
So basically they built their own fifth wheel trailer instead of buying one
 
2013-04-15 01:43:09 AM
That isn't a house, it is a trailer.  And a small crappy one at that.
 
2013-04-15 01:44:50 AM

ongbok: Shane admits that the tiny house lifestyle isn't for everyone. But for people who do want to give it a try, the Caverlys are offering to help them get started. They're selling a replica of their own home for $48,000 and they can take custom orders, as well.

And there's the reason why they are living in that home.


Yep.

Otherwise everyone would already be living in a Japanese Love Hotel.
 
2013-04-15 01:45:24 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-04-15 01:46:03 AM
Haters gonna hate
 
2013-04-15 01:47:47 AM
I'm pretty sure I could buy a shed of equal size from Home Depot and live in it, saving thousands that they charge for their brilliant advice.
 
2013-04-15 01:47:48 AM
48k can get you a luxury 5th wheel with multiple slideouts and a bathroom where you don't need to shiat in the shower.  This is just hipster  attention whoring at its finest.
 
2013-04-15 01:48:25 AM

CaptSacto: I live in 400 sqf with 3 cats.
I expect there to be a follow-up to this story soon, and it won't be so cute.


Followup: Farker Captsacto eaten by his three cats.
 
2013-04-15 01:50:51 AM
Meh i dont know about a married couple. Single person would be quite comfortable in it.
till you try to bring a date home
 
2013-04-15 01:51:36 AM
So they built a DIY mobile home to escape paying the man to live. I understand.

I've kind of thought it would be fun to refurb a Walter White style little camper into something like this. That way it would be the vehicle, and I could tow a fuel efficient car, instead of just having a big monster truck to tow around my tiny house.
 
2013-04-15 01:52:24 AM
I'd consider a trailer that size as a weekend home, but it could never be my primary residence.
 
2013-04-15 01:52:53 AM

CujoQuarrel: So basically they built their own fifth wheel trailer instead of buying one


Yeah heh. I bet they could have refurbed a nice little airstream, or whatever those 50s shiny bullet looking ones are for half the money, and had twice the space.
 
2013-04-15 01:54:01 AM
I bet it smells awesome in there
 
2013-04-15 01:55:31 AM
Wow, the payoff to the article was just hilarious.

$48k for them to build you one? Yeah, no.
 
2013-04-15 01:55:31 AM
Do any of these people have hobbies? If he's a contractor where are his tools? If your house is too small there's a diminishing return. There's no storage so there's no savings buying in bulk. You don't have room to store tools so you have to hire out for repairs and maintenance. Storage limitations also mean that items can't be stored for reuse or recycling. It may be great if you're a consumer with a passive home life, but for people with hobbies or home based businesses, it's a nightmare.
 
2013-04-15 01:55:35 AM
I guess it matters HOW you make your living. When you get down to it you don't really live in your entire space.

Hmm, self challenge: Move into one room of my apartment. Although that might be a bad challenge with my musical gear. My workstation takes up about the same footprint as a couch.
 
2013-04-15 01:56:27 AM
1350 sq ft is barely enough for me and my old lady. Oh wait, she left me for a coworker, so it's all mine now! Bwahahahaboohoohoo
 
2013-04-15 01:56:38 AM

Fano: I'm pretty sure I could buy a shed of equal size from Home Depot and live in it, saving thousands that they charge for their brilliant advice.


I honestly thought of it once.  There are some pretty nice kits out there that could be insulated appropriately, and could also be modified to travel on a trailer frame I'm sure.  I was only thinking in terms of the tiny house concept, though - and there are shed kit that would do much better than this, including a loft for sleeping and much better framing.
 
2013-04-15 01:59:16 AM
Grapes....add a little wrath.      Whatev...
 
2013-04-15 02:00:02 AM

RottNDude: 48k can get you a luxury 5th wheel with multiple slideouts and a bathroom where you don't need to shiat in the shower.  This is just hipster  attention whoring at its finest.


Came to say this.   It's a false savings that makes no economic sense.    I can only wish I had $48k to spend on a travel trailer, I spent $9k buying a used trailer that cost $27k when new, and it's still nicer than that homebrew.    The part where it gets rough is the plumbing.    The bathroom in any 5th wheel, TT or motorhome is nicer than that one.

The fact is that the RV industry has been evolving nice products since the 1930s.   They're gotten really good at it.   You can buy cheap but nice looking stuff on the low end, and nice and nice looking stuff on the high end.   Newer trailers conform to modern energy standards and are well insulated.   They are also well laid out, plenty of storage space and very attractive inside.    This thing makes no sense from an economic or comfort standpoint unless your over-riding goal is to build it yourself.   As someone who has a full hobby machine shop in his garage, I still won't go and make what I can just go buy when the bought product is so good and so cheap compared to the effort to re-make my own.
 
2013-04-15 02:01:15 AM
Living in a backyard shed with wheels is nothing to feel smug about.
I for one, am not jealous.
 
2013-04-15 02:04:09 AM

redsquid: Do any of these people have hobbies? If he's a contractor where are his tools? If your house is too small there's a diminishing return. There's no storage so there's no savings buying in bulk. You don't have room to store tools so you have to hire out for repairs and maintenance. Storage limitations also mean that items can't be stored for reuse or recycling. It may be great if you're a consumer with a passive home life, but for people with hobbies or home based businesses, it's a nightmare.


Yep, basically the hipster life style.  That's the one constant I've noticed between all these people, they don't DO things other than sit on their laptop drinking a mocha in their spare time.   And a lot of them try to force that extreme minimalist urban lifestyle on everyone.
 
2013-04-15 02:05:01 AM
What a couple of motherf*ckers.
 
2013-04-15 02:05:39 AM
At 204 square feet, it's a tight squeeze.  *snip*  The Caverlys' home is 24 feet by 8 feet

Imagine my quizzical dog face.  Are they living in a Tardis?  And the fact that they were only paying $1,500/month in the first place, for a f*cking three bedroom house, makes me bitter about paying nearly $1,000 for a single bedroom ground floor apartment without a reserved parking space.

Also, no mention of how they do their laundry.  They probably drive to and from a laundromat, eat takeout all the time, and generally just use the place for sleeping and relaxing on weekends.
 
2013-04-15 02:07:15 AM

harlock: Yep, basically the hipster life style. That's the one constant I've noticed between all these people, they don't DO things other than sit on their laptop drinking a mocha in their spare time. And a lot of them try to force that extreme minimalist urban lifestyle on everyone.


Do you follow these people around 24 hours a day?
 
2013-04-15 02:09:22 AM
I hope they have to pay to dump their poo. My water/sanitation bills are approaching $48,0000 per year on 120 units. If they are using some sort of free black water waste dump they are stealing from the rest of us.

Ownership of a rev counter is theft from the people!
 
2013-04-15 02:13:18 AM
They're selling a replica of their own home for $48,000 and they can take custom orders, as well.

cache.kotaku.com

I just checked a nearby RV dealer's inventory.  Not a single  brand new travel trailer for over $39,999.  And that's the asking price.  Nobody pays the asking price.  And that one has about 350 square feet not counting slide-outs.  And it's designed from the wheels up to be towed down the freeway without falling apart.  Most travel trailers run about half that. And you don't have to spend months building it.  Just go down, write a check, tow it away.
 
2013-04-15 02:13:59 AM

harlock: RottNDude: 48k can get you a luxury 5th wheel with multiple slideouts and a bathroom where you don't need to shiat in the shower.  This is just hipster  attention whoring at its finest.

Came to say this.   It's a false savings that makes no economic sense.    I can only wish I had $48k to spend on a travel trailer, I spent $9k buying a used trailer that cost $27k when new, and it's still nicer than that homebrew.    The part where it gets rough is the plumbing.    The bathroom in any 5th wheel, TT or motorhome is nicer than that one.

The fact is that the RV industry has been evolving nice products since the 1930s.   They're gotten really good at it.   You can buy cheap but nice looking stuff on the low end, and nice and nice looking stuff on the high end.   Newer trailers conform to modern energy standards and are well insulated.   They are also well laid out, plenty of storage space and very attractive inside.    This thing makes no sense from an economic or comfort standpoint unless your over-riding goal is to build it yourself.   As someone who has a full hobby machine shop in his garage, I still won't go and make what I can just go buy when the bought product is so good and so cheap compared to the effort to re-make my own.


Im selling an awesome 25' (28') travel trailer with everything you need for any weather. We've camped in sub 30 degree weather and been perfectly cozy with the heat set at 68 degrees in the camper. Wake up in the middle of the night and you dont even have to get dressed to use the bathroom, make a cup of tea, check the email on the laptop with the portable 3g hotspot......

You'd be amazed at how comfortable you can be while everyone else in the campground is huddled in a tent trying to hold the pee until morning so they dont have to get dressed in the cold and walk to the restroom. Im my case the cold people were all my relatives who insisted on tent camping (east coast liberals trying to get by on an econo-car and public transport)

First 10k takes it.  ;-)
 
2013-04-15 02:14:36 AM

jtown: They're selling a replica of their own home for $48,000 and they can take custom orders, as well.

[cache.kotaku.com image 320x240]

I just checked a nearby RV dealer's inventory.  Not a single  brand new travel trailer for over $39,999.  And that's the asking price.  Nobody pays the asking price.  And that one has about 350 square feet not counting slide-outs.  And it's designed from the wheels up to be towed down the freeway without falling apart.  Most travel trailers run about half that. And you don't have to spend months building it.  Just go down, write a check, tow it away.


I'll sell you one for 10k......
 
2013-04-15 02:14:44 AM
Is this the hipster response to trailer trash now?

At least not getting the latest or greatest consumer goods and not making your abode take as much room as possible "in" again.
 
2013-04-15 02:14:58 AM
The smug is tucked up in her uterus.  One pregnancy will displace it.
 
2013-04-15 02:15:11 AM
I mean, I get the criticism of the craftsmanship, not the criticism of the life choice. That being: "living someplace small and cheap and less materialistically". They are young newlyweds in the young newlywed job market, I would think most farkers would consider it wise to live frugally.

Don't be jelly that you fell for the Bush Era job market and patriotically got suckered into a mortgage 3x as big as your house was worth, and then spend the rest of your life hating people that chose to live within their means.

My guess is that a few years of this, a few years of saving, and a few years of stable jobs will simply have them buy a plot of land nearby to plant their little tiny house on. And then they'll build a cabin or something. And probably have kids. And be just like everyone else, and all the "dirty hipster.. nyah!" whiners will feel dumb.
 
2013-04-15 02:16:26 AM

archichris: I hope they have to pay to dump their poo. My water/sanitation bills are approaching $48,0000 per year on 120 units. If they are using some sort of free black water waste dump they are stealing from the rest of us.

Ownership of a rev counter is theft from the people!


I'm pretty sure the "plumbing" in that death trap is just a PVC pipe opening down onto the street.
 
2013-04-15 02:16:27 AM
This is really nothing new. The Tiny House movement has been going on for years and people have been living in vans...........including a certain motivational speaker down by the river.


Nice to see the NY Daily News is on top of the trends.
 
2013-04-15 02:18:05 AM

RottNDude: 48k can get you a luxury 5th wheel with multiple slideouts and a bathroom where you don't need to shiat in the shower.  This is just hipster  attention whoring at its finest.


Sh*t, RVTrader.com has a good amount of used 5th wheelers, bigger better and nicer than this wheeled cabin, for under ten grand. This is just a couple who wanted to prove they could live cheaper by spending 4, 5 times what they could have. I am whelmed by their story.
 
2013-04-15 02:18:30 AM
I didn't catch the 48k spiel the first time. What a joke. I could work miracles with 48k and have a bathroom that doesn't look like space prison. I wonder what the weight of that monstrosity is? It can't compare with a well designed aluminum and composite frame. It isn't very aerodynamic, either. Ugh. If your going the towable route, re-fit a horse trailer for a fraction of the cost in a much better towing package.
 
2013-04-15 02:18:35 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: archichris: I hope they have to pay to dump their poo. My water/sanitation bills are approaching $48,0000 per year on 120 units. If they are using some sort of free black water waste dump they are stealing from the rest of us.

Ownership of a rev counter is theft from the people!

I'm pretty sure the "plumbing" in that death trap is just a PVC pipe opening down onto the street.


I just read the article, incinerating toilet.....lmao. The amount of money I would pay NOT TO HAVE TO SET FIRE TO MY POO IN MY OWN HOME is higher than he 48k they want for that thing.
 
2013-04-15 02:18:41 AM
Meh. I lived on a sailboat for a few years. Better Babe-Magnet.
 
2013-04-15 02:20:38 AM

archichris: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: archichris: I hope they have to pay to dump their poo. My water/sanitation bills are approaching $48,0000 per year on 120 units. If they are using some sort of free black water waste dump they are stealing from the rest of us.

Ownership of a rev counter is theft from the people!

I'm pretty sure the "plumbing" in that death trap is just a PVC pipe opening down onto the street.

I just read the article, incinerating toilet.....lmao. The amount of money I would pay NOT TO HAVE TO SET FIRE TO MY POO IN MY OWN HOME is higher than he 48k they want for that thing.


Hahaha. I know, but the imagery it evokes is hilarious to me. I wonder if that's what provides the winter heat. I picture them huddling around a flaming tasty swirl shaped poo.
 
2013-04-15 02:21:02 AM

redsquid: I didn't catch the 48k spiel the first time. What a joke. I could work miracles with 48k and have a bathroom that doesn't look like space prison. I wonder what the weight of that monstrosity is? It can't compare with a well designed aluminum and composite frame. It isn't very aerodynamic, either. Ugh. If your going the towable route, re-fit a horse trailer for a fraction of the cost in a much better towing package.


I could actually use my vacation club membership to rent condominiums for about $800 a month with zero utilities and nothing to tow. They have an excess inventory list, anything on it is $200 a week.
 
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