Katrina Cottages Turn Out to be a Commercial Success

Lowe's $17,000 small cottage "kit" designed to replace FEMA trailers for survivors of Hurricane Katrina turned out to be such a big hit that the home improvement chain store is going to sell 'em nationwide:

The cottages are cute and come in a variety of styles and sizes from 1.5-5 bedrooms. Lowe's says people have been using them as vacation homes, guest houses, and, yes regular homes, too.

Link - Thanks Marilyn Terrell!

Previously on Neatorama: Jay Shafer's Tiny Tumbleweed Homes | The Art of Living in Small Spaces

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Hey, if people want to buy these with their own money and build them, that is quite cool -- it's a bit akin to the thousands of Sears & Robuck kit houses built in the U.S. a hundred years ago. Maybe they would make a nice weekend cabin or something.

It's an entirely different issue if the gov't (state or especially Federal) is buying them. It's bad enough that FEMA bought a zillion low-frills free trailers for hurricane victims to live in indefinitely. This would be worse because these "Katrina Cottages" are intended to be attractive and remove the stigma of being on the dole. Well, there should be stigma associated with mooching off taxpayers for years like many of the Katrina victims are *still* doing! If you are dumb enough to be uninsured and build (or rent) below sea-level housing in a hurricane/flood prone area, YOU HAVE IT COMING.
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