In line with a boom of eco-consciousness and a growing pocket of focus on minimalist living reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau, there’s also an emerging niche market for tiny homes. In fact, the shed-sized dwellings are becoming more common than you might think. This is especially true in Syracuse, NY, where two tiny home initiatives have been proposed.
According to Syracuse.com, one initiative is proposed by a non-profit, A Tiny Home for Good, Inc., which hopes to build tiny homes for the homeless. The proposed homes would be 12′ by 14′ and cost about $14,000 dollars each.
The non-profit has asked the Greater Syracuse Land Bank to donate to donate a vacant lot on which to build three of the tiny homes, to help combat the growing homelessness problem in Onondaga County. According to the Department of Social Services, there were 4,380 people housed in homeless shelters in the county in all of 2013, but there are 4,520 already this year.
The other venture, run by Laci’s Real Estate Ventures, LLC., would provide a housing alternative to young urban professionals and empty nesters looking for a smaller, more efficient, and inexpensive living space. The owners are looking to purchase a private lot in Hawley-Green, where they will construct six 400 square foot homes. The homes will cost buyers between $70,000 and $80,000, but the company has already gotten verbal commitments from four buyers.
“This is something that a lot more people are considering these days. Based on what’s out there quality wise, smaller buildings can easily be turned into a living quarters, they would just need to make sure they add insulation and sheetrock or plywood in order to keep the cold out and the heat in. People often joke about living in a shed-sized home, but it can easily be done,” says Mike McCort, Owner of Amish Mike, an outdoor living retail company.
The tiny homes are just about the size of a storage shed, which is something that people usually store extraneous items in or use as a recreational space for hobbies — not living in; however, the tiny home movement may prove to be beneficial for philanthropists and minimalist enthusiasts alike.