Thursday, July 16, 2020
A problem is an opportunity in work clothes.
The rioters in Minneapolis burned down an almost-completed Section-8 housing unit.
Section-8 housing is Federally subsidized housing, i.e. low cost housing.
Looking at the photo shown above and stripping all emotion out of the equation, going forward, why would the Federal government (our tax dollars) ever subsidize another Section-8 building that did not have all steel-stud construction and pre-cast concrete floors?
It is more than just the economic risk, it is the risk to the occupants later in the product life-cycle. Some of the residents in Minneapolis came from regions where electricity is a novelty. That lack of deep-understanding makes those buildings inherently more dangerous for all occupants unless rules specify extremely fire-resistant materials.
I did a quick look around the internet but could not find any publicly-traded manufacturers of steel studs. It might be a solid buy if you could find such a beast.
When you are in your sixties
Every decade has their own motto.
The sixty's is "Whoa! I didn't expect that to start hurting!"
We had about a half-inch of rain last night and heavy overcast today.
I raked the straw mulch off the persimmon seedlings and they look MUCH better than the ones that I planted a couple weeks ago and did not cover.
The high humidity and low sun-loading is very gentle on the seedlings. I will play it by ear from here. The roots have had several days to bond to the soil and the rain helps melt the granules of soil into the individual roots.
Southern Belle is in love with "tiny homes". I have been led to believe there is a show on cable that showcases these homes.
While I see the that they are cute, I don't see the attraction because I cannot make the economics work out in my head. $30k for a house that doesn't meet code and will be a dog for resale versus $8000 for a camper that you can easily move and can resell.
Throw the camper in a sheltered nook behind a windbreak, put a steel carport over it and you are almost good-to-go. Install a composting toilet and don't look back.
Still, the girl likes to dream.
We drove up to St. John's, Michigan to Jim's Amish Structures.
The basic "shell" for a tiny home can be had for $5k-to-$7k depending on how fancy you want to get.
Even though I am not in the market, the model they called "The Potting Shed" caught my eye. Very airy and well lit, it comes with bunk-beds installed.
Calling them "sheds" is an agreed-upon fiction. The State of Michigan looks the other way because they are, ostensibly, not intended for human habitation. What the buyer does with the structure afterwards is not under Jim's control.