2018 Dec 5, 5:52pm
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The apartment is not your traditional apartment building unit, but rather a free-standing, one-room backyard shack like those used to store shovels, rakes and lawn mowers. In fact, it resembles those Tuff Sheds they sell at Home Depot and similar stores. ...The apartment is not your traditional apartment building unit, but rather a free-standing, one-room backyard shack like those used to store shovels, rakes and lawn mowers. In fact, it resembles those Tuff Sheds they sell at Home Depot and similar stores.But it was affordable for San Francisco State University student Vanessa Moreno.Of course, with cheap rent comes lowered expectations.For $800 a month, one can't expect a well-appointed kitchen. Or in Moreno's case, any kitchen."I had to cook outside on a burner (plate) and use a convection oven I plugged into the wall inside the studio and extended to outside since I wasn't allowed to cook inside," says Moreno.At least there was indoor plumbing — a sink, running water and a toilet. But anyone using the toilet with a guest present would have had an audience.Moreno supplied her own curtain."It is to separate the toilet and sink from the rest of the room so water doesn't splash," she says.The water wouldn't have had far to travel to douse her bed or clothes."My belongings were kept inside and the space was very crammed," she says.She also had to put in the vinyl flooring herself. When she moved in, the flooring was just bare concrete.
Cities and towns should not have the ability to shut out new housing, ever.Careful of what you ask for. Some municipalities have been hit with communities where someone sticks 10 trailers on a sub-acre lot. Such abodes generate little property taxes but supply lots of children to the local schools.
Cities and towns should....
A few years ago my friend (Santa Cruz, CA) bought one of those aluminum storage sheds and put it in his back yard on top of a few wooden pallets. A guy rented it from him for $300/month. He cut out some holes and installed some salvaged windows and he insulated it and put sheet rock inside and added carpet to the floor. My friend just ran an extension cord out to it so the guy had some lights and a TV in there.