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In Search of a Home
Kim Peart

The way houses are getting larger, it is as if everyone wants to live in a castle.

As real estate values skyrocket, and tourism is going gang-busters in Tasmania, the sad reality is, people are being forced onto the street. 

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If anyone could build a treehouse, that might work, until the tree falls down in a strong wind, or the house is blown out of the tree.

Living in a cave would be exotic, but there aren't too many caves available, or in a convenient location.

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A simple A-frame would be cheap to build, and if small enough, would not need a building permit, as with a garden shed. This A-frame is a project by an Auckland, New Zealand, councillor, who was seeking a solution to the local homeless problem.

A small garden retreat could easily be someone's tiny home.

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Small houses can be quite attractive. How much space does one person need?

A really low-cost but durable dwelling can be made with large 3-D printers, as was the case with the walls of this small house.

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A dwelling like this would be cheap to make, and provide stepping-stone shelter to a better unit. In our society homelessness is driven by the lust for growth, and the sooner that lust is dispatched and displaced by some basic compassion, the better.

A modern marquee with a solid metal frame and wooden floor, could be a stepping-stone option in the housing crisis, where working families with children are being forced onto the street.

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A caravan under cover would provide better protection from the elements than being out in the open in winter, especially if next to a shed for overflow living. A caravan in a double garage would also offer better shelter and overflow options.

Get a pipe and make a little home. Pipes come in all sizes, and offer solid defence against the elements.

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A small house on wheels has become a home alternative for many people, seeking to escape the tyranny of real estate escalation. 

Have wheels will travel, with a tiny house.

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Like the real estate castle syndrome, sometimes tiny houses grow big brothers.

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Old shipping containers can be rebooted with a coat of paint and a patio, and become a small home.

A couple of shipping containers buys a low-cost room with a view.

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A couple of shipping containers with a roof can become a normal home.

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A stack of shipping containers can offer a place for many people to call home.

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A shipping container office complex is a different kind of work-place.

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Many homeless people find themselves in self-storage, attempting to keep the remnants of their former life together, and may sleep in their car at night.

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And dream of a hutch by the sea, like this one at Byron Bay.

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This container in China can be stored like any shipping container. ~



Opening out, a way is revealed to make the container into a larger room, in such a simple and eloquent way, it is quite poetic.

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Many people falling into housing stress, could afford to buy a simple container home, which they could easily have moved when they need to move, and may even become a permanent dwelling. Add brick walls and a roof on top, and the container home would be a normal two bedroom house. Place two container homes end to end, and there is a four bedroom home ready for a family, as soon as they need a place to live.

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Any number of container homes could be stored, ready to dispatch when emergency accommodation is needed. A commitment to simple and inexpensive systems, like a container home, would mean no need for anyone to be homeless in Tasmania, ever again. A store of container homes would also be available in case of a natural catastrophe, such as a fire event.

Simple systems are available to place a container home in any location that a truck can drive into.

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Learning that a town like Ross has a housing crisis came as quite a shock. There are no properties available to rent. There is Council owned land, a hectare in size, where options like container homes could be located. This would allow people to remain in Ross, and not wander away to the city, where they may find themselves homeless.

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Similar sites may be found in every town in Tasmania, either Council owned, State government owned, or on the market at a reasonable price. Fixing the housing crisis in Tasmania can be a state-wide endeavour, engaging every Council and community in making sure that every citizen has a home, and no child is ever sleeping rough on the street.

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Authorised by: J Bolton, 39A Bridge St, Ross

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Kit Cabin
Developed by Sydney architect Adriano Pupilli. ~ No nails or glue. ~

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1850 tiny kit homes that helped solve Melbourne's gold rush housing crisis ~

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Letter to the Editor ~

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