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Attention Millennials: You Can Now Buy Tiny Homes On Amazon

One of the main goals of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies of the past decade was to generate the “wealth effect”: by pushing the valuations of homes higher, would make American households feel wealthier. But it didn’t. Most Americans can’t afford the traditional home with a white picket fence around a private yard (otherwise known as the American dream), and as a result, has led to the popularity of tiny homes among heavily indebted millennials.

Tiny homes are popping up across West Coast cities as a solution to out of control rents and bubbly home prices, also known as the housing affordability crisis.


Amazon has recognized the hot market for tiny homes among millennials and has recently started selling DIY kits and complete tiny homes.

One of the first tiny homes we spotted on Amazon is a $7,250 kit for a tiny home that can be assembled in about eight hours.


A more luxurious tiny home on the e-commerce website is selling for $49,995 +$1,745.49 for shipping. This one is certified by the RV Industry Association’s standards inspection program, which means millennials can travel from Seattle to San Diego in a nomadic fashion searching for gig-economy jobs.


Those who want a 20 ft/40 ft expandable container house with solar energy, well, Amazon has that too. This tiny home has it all: a post-industrial feel using an old shipping container, virtue signaling with solar panels, full bathroom, and a kitchen to make avocado and toast.


With almost two-thirds of Millennials living paycheck to paycheck and less than half of them have $500 in savings, we’re sure this lost generation could afford one of these trailers tiny homes with their Amazon credit card. Nevertheless, the tiny home craze among millennials is more evidence that living standards are collapsing.

Source: ZeroHedge

Clayton Unveils New Tiny Home Design (video)


Alcoa-based home builder Clayton Homes recently unveiled the newest addition to its tiny homes line. The Saltbox, the company’s second tiny home floor plan designed by Alabama architect Jeffrey Dungan, offers a modernized “lean-to” design that’s geared toward simple, yet stylish, living.

At 452-square feet, the structure features 270-degree views, real oak flooring, white quartz countertops, compact appliances, energy-efficient aluminum clad windows and doors, vertical shiplap wood siding and a covered porch.

“This really is a luxury home,” Jim Greer, Clayton’s tiny home brand manager, told The Daily Times during a private tour of The Saltbox model Thursday at Toqua Campground in Vonore. “A lot of the appliances and things like that are geared more toward the high-end.”

Permanent residence

Not only is The Saltbox larger than most other tiny homes, which are typically 400-square feet or less, Greer said the house is also built to state and local codes, meaning it’s affixed to a permanent foundation.

“A lot of the tiny homes out there are what’s considered a ‘tiny home on wheels’ that can be hooked up to the back of a truck and pulled around, so they’re built to an RV code,” he explained. “But the challenge in all that is where they can be placed. … A lot of people want to put one in a subdivision or on a piece of property and live in it permanently, but most of those really aren’t designed for that.”

The Saltbox, however, can be placed at any location and be lived in year-round.

“These houses go on a permanent foundation,” Greer said. “There’s no steel under the frame or wheels or anything like that. It’s basically the same as the foundation you build for a site-built home.”

While Clayton is experienced in site-built foundations, Greer emphasized that the concept is rather new to the tiny home world.

“We’re trying to be more innovative,” he said. “Plus, it gets around a lot of those planning and zoning challenges a lot of people face.”

Reaching new markets

Both The Saltbox and Low Country, the first design released by Clayton’s Tiny Homes division, are now available for public purchase, with pricing starting in the lower $100,000’s.

Greer said the company is exploring additional tiny home design options, including ones at lower prices.

“We’re looking at ways to fill the market for people who are maybe looking for different price points,” he said. “It’s something new and outside-the-box that we’re working on getting through.”

In fact, Greer said Clayton’s tiny homes line was born out of the company’s commitment to creating new products that target different groups.

“The whole company has a goal to keep trying different things and being innovative, and this is just an example of that,” he said. “We’re beginning to expand our reach and look at new areas.”

The main hope, Greer said, is to provide a solution for people who want to live smaller and simpler.

“That’s kind of where the tiny home movement began,” he said. “A lot of people want to just give up their things and live in a tent.”

By Rachael Totten | The Daily Times