Saturday, December 28, 2019

Affordable Housing in the 1950's Compared to 2019

In 1954, Levittown, PA was considered acceptable affordable housing. WWII had ended, housing was booming and people wanted to own their home. 

Levittown 1954

Today, housing is booming and people still want to own their home. But what was acceptable to Boomers just starting out is entirely different than what today's Millennial are willing or able to buy. 

It isn't just the cost of raw materials or labor that is forcing this new generation of home owners to live below their means, it's also the "out of control" government regulations placed on new construction and the cost of raw land with it's "out of sight" impact fees and government regulations. Are you noticing a pattern here?

Dumpster Living

Garden Shed Home

If we want more housing that doesn't force newer generations into living in garbage dumpsters and garden sheds, someone has to take a stand and say "enough regulations already!"

Tiny House on Wheels

Until that happens, these might be what your children and grandchildren could be living in the very near future. Actually, many already are!

Granny Pod or ADU

Tiny House on foundation

Manufactured Home

Park Model Manufactured Home

Shipping Container Home


Paul Trimble said...

It just takes someone kicking off sensible houses with a bit of land. I'd be perfectly happy with 600-800 sq ft and about a third of an acre but no one is offering this. There are many millennials out there who want to spend their money more wisely than on shoddy built luxury homes.

Coach said...

Matt Trimble, that so-called luxury is a result of over zealous building codes and regulations requiring things like net-zero and sustainable.

Anonymous said...

Gary. I disagree with your statement above. Big Shoddy homes are not the result of building codes, they're the result of developers wanting to make money not make homes. . . . Stay Tuned Paul Trimble. There are plenty of us builders out there that think small(er), well built, zero energy ready homes are the future. Pick up the December 2019 issue of NAHB's Builder Magazine. The ad in the fold announces that 74% of millennials plan to buy a home in the next five years. The rest of the magazine goes on and on and on about "house-as-a-system" and Zero Energy being the new norm. We agree.

jason webster
huntington homes, inc

C. R. Kuhns said...

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