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it's all good, but 4.30 in... for the garage / no house

:D

Get the double garage & sewage built and approved by planning, just don't build the house....

live in the garage :)

Reminds me of my Container home in East London.

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it's all good, but 4.30 in... for the garage / no house

:D

Get the double garage & sewage built and approved by planning, just don't build the house....

live in the garage :)

But land with, or land that would get, PP for a house with a garage would be worth a lot. Not then building the house is under-utilising an asset, or, to put it anotherw way, it is expensive land to build just a small home on.

There would also be Building Standards issues, and the grey area of the garage being used solely as an annexe to the main home as is typically stated in planning applications/permissions.

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But land with, or land that would get, PP for a house with a garage would be worth a lot. Not then building the house is under-utilising an asset, or, to put it anotherw way, it is expensive land to build just a small home on.

There would also be Building Standards issues, and the grey area of the garage being used solely as an annexe to the main home as is typically stated in planning applications/permissions.

We got approval to convert a garage into a bedroom in a conservation area because there's some get out clause about if it's to be used for a relative who needs care or something.

We haven't done it but we can if we want (for 2 years at least).

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That garage is quotred asa 480 sq ft. When you look at the room space in a typical smallish 2 up 2 down with kitchen out the back, that might only be 500 sq ft or so. Not so tiny. The plot over here would be £50k + in most locations.

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They're that same people who made the excellent "We The Tiny House People (Documentary)"

Thanks again, I really enjoyed that.

I noticed a few recurring themes:

- Government planners blocking people from building the modest home they wanted to live in, even in some very low population areas where an attractive cottage would probably add to the landscape.

- High land prices.

- Mostly singletons. It would have been nice to see a family with children living the 21st century simple life.

- The American idea of what constitutes a small home is very different to the European one!

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The "tiny house movement" is an American concept - over here we already live in tiny house (or, "appropriately sized" houses, as I prefer).

The problem here is that, unless you want town or village centre terraces or flats, all the "good" locations have a big place built on them. Or the few that are still small will be priced to reflect the extension/rebuild potential.

This point was alluded to on the Downsizing Boomer thread.

Mrs JTB and myself have considered the prospect of downsizing as the children will soon be of an age to bugger off. But we have yet to come across any small houses in a setting comparable to that of our current house. So we're probably destined to become the fabled oldie couple using less than a quarter of their house and fighting a losing battle in the garden.

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The "tiny house movement" is an American concept - over here we already live in tiny house (or, "appropriately sized" houses, as I prefer).

The problem here is that, unless you want town or village centre terraces or flats, all the "good" locations have a big place built on them. Or the few that are still small will be priced to reflect the extension/rebuild potential.

This point was alluded to on the Downsizing Boomer thread.

Mrs JTB and myself have considered the prospect of downsizing as the children will soon be of an age to bugger off. But we have yet to come across any small houses in a setting comparable to that of our current house. So we're probably destined to become the fabled oldie couple using less than a quarter of their house and fighting a losing battle in the garden.

...so a small house, not overlooked with grounds and views, walking distance to amenities would still mean you have a losing battle in the garden......so what attributes would you consider as being comparable to your current house...an ideal living situation if you had the choice? ;)

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