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   Got some creaky old Baby Boomer lying around that you don't know what to do with? Simple -- stick 'em in a Granny Pod

26 Nov 2012 12:13 PM   |   10738 clicks   |   Washington Post
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Weaver95    [TotalFark]  
this...is brilliant.

26 Nov 2012 11:22 AM
LegacyDL     
Was hoping that was a euphemism for suicide booth.

26 Nov 2012 12:16 PM
lunchinlewis    [TotalFark]  
These are great but they should require some sort of medical waiver for occupancy. No hipster dwelling units allowed.

26 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
katerbug72     
Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.

26 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
busy chillin'     
125gs?

Oh yeah, I got that right here in the sofa.

Nevermind, it is just $1.25

26 Nov 2012 12:18 PM
pkellmey     
Is is bad that I'm middle age and think this is the coolest thing I've ever wanted before?

26 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
Sybarite    [TotalFark]  
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26 Nov 2012 12:19 PM
jjorsett     
The photo of her kitchen doesn't agree with the drawing. Looks roomier in the picture.

26 Nov 2012 12:20 PM
otto the bull     
I'd put my Mother-in-law in one and then press eject.

26 Nov 2012 12:21 PM
minoridiot     
I think a trebuchet would be cheaper.

26 Nov 2012 12:21 PM
anotar     
Darn, I thought "Granny Pod" was going to be some GILF related assistive device.

26 Nov 2012 12:22 PM
DownDaRiver     
Can't we just send them to Austrailia?
Thats where Britland sent their undesirables
Seemed to work for them

26 Nov 2012 12:22 PM
diaphoresis     

katerbug72: Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.


cheaper to put 'em on and ice flow and let them die with dignity

26 Nov 2012 12:28 PM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

katerbug72: Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.


I've thought about it, and honestly, if it were just me, I could get by with a pretty small home. I would think that 12' x 24' would be plenty.

I've actually looked at sheds over at the local Home Depot and thought "Hmmm, a bit of insulation, a little woodstove, a camp toilet, a bed, and a simple table and chair, and I could live in something like this".

26 Nov 2012 12:29 PM
Harry Freakstorm     
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Hopefully, they'll rebuild it after those pesky teenagers blew up the wrong death star.

That was the Near Death Star

Well, that explains why I suddenly heard a million voices cry out "Git off mah lawn!"

26 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
Lunaville     
""You're throwing me out! You're sending me out to a doghouse!"

This attitude is why my own boomer parents will be own their own when they are no longer able to care for themselves.She complained about the house. She doesn't want to go to a nursing home. Her family spent $125,000 dollars that could have gone to their own retirement fund, a childs' education, or to start a new business. In return, she dumps a hateful guilt trip on the very people who care about her the most.The worst part of reading this article for me was realizing she is probably light years more reasonable than my parents will ever be.

26 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
pkellmey     

diaphoresis: katerbug72: Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.

cheaper to put 'em on and ice flow and let them die with dignity


There are a lot of big city apartment dwellers that live in similarly-sized areas for long periods of their lives, without the nifty tech.

26 Nov 2012 12:30 PM
dr.zaeus     
"You're throwing me out! You're sending me out to a doghouse! Why not put me in a manicomio?" Viola, 88 , told them, using the Spanish word for madhouse.

What an ungrateful old hag.

26 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Egoy3k     
That's actually a really good idea in my opinion. Think about the cost of retrofitting a portion of your house to have all the necessary features and the cost isn't such a big deal anymore.

26 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Sultan Of Herf     
$125,000...that will buy a 2000+ sq/ft house here in FL easily. Must be nice to be rich enough to blow that on a mini condo for granny.

26 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Ol' Derpy Bastard     
This is exactly why my healthcare will be managed by Smith & Wesson. When life is just not fun anymore or costs way too much to keep on living, BLAM.

26 Nov 2012 12:31 PM
Louisiana_Sitar_Club    [TotalFark]  
You gotta keep put those old people in a pod or something. Otherwise, who the hell knows what they'll do with their day.

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26 Nov 2012 12:32 PM
Harry Freakstorm     
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Oh goody. Looks like Grandpa got in to the Viagra again.

26 Nov 2012 12:34 PM
Crushinator     
Place them in the granny pod... then, after a short and tasteful ceremony, shoot them into the sun.

26 Nov 2012 12:35 PM
pkellmey     

dittybopper: katerbug72: Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.

I've thought about it, and honestly, if it were just me, I could get by with a pretty small home. I would think that 12' x 24' would be plenty.

I've actually looked at sheds over at the local Home Depot and thought "Hmmm, a bit of insulation, a little woodstove, a camp toilet, a bed, and a simple table and chair, and I could live in something like this".


With their larger sheds, our local Home Depot provides the phone number of a local housing developer that easily converts it into a very small two floor house with simple plumbing and a generator for electricity. People purchase small hunting or lake lots from the farmers around here and place these tiny houses there during the season. The developer has a long list of clients who love living the simpler life during their particular "nature" season.

26 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
Lunaville     
Also, my limited experience with military guys indicates that ya'll rock, but your daughters-in-law and sometimes even your own children secretly want you to stop doing the following:

"He treated me like I was a queen," she says of her husband. "Without him, nothing is special. Nothing."
Viola's late husband, Luis Baez, also pampered her.

Stop pampering your wife until she is unbearable to others. Respect her; treat her well, but don't pamper, please.

26 Nov 2012 12:36 PM
farm machine     

dittybopper: I've actually looked at sheds over at the local Home Depot and thought "Hmmm, a bit of insulation, a little woodstove, a camp toilet, a bed, and a simple table and chair, and I could live in something like this".


And you could get a 12' x 24' shed delivered for under $6K. Add in electrical service, plumbing, insulation, heat, A/C, fixtures, etc. you could be all good for under $30K total. Quite a difference from the $125K the people in the article spent. Must be nice to have unlimited disposable income.

26 Nov 2012 12:37 PM
katerbug72     

dittybopper: katerbug72: Wow. That is effing small. It IS a doghouse for people.

I've thought about it, and honestly, if it were just me, I could get by with a pretty small home. I would think that 12' x 24' would be plenty.

I've actually looked at sheds over at the local Home Depot and thought "Hmmm, a bit of insulation, a little woodstove, a camp toilet, a bed, and a simple table and chair, and I could live in something like this".


I think I would be depressed living in something so small. My grandmother's apartment is super tiny. One bedroom, a bathroom and a living/kitchen area that is about 10x15. I wouldn't want a mansion but I like a little elbow room. We live in a small house but it would be big enough if I lived in it alone.

26 Nov 2012 12:39 PM
yourmomlovestetris     
What, this far in and no Roujin Z reference?

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I guess I assumed more farkers would be familiar with old school anime....

26 Nov 2012 12:40 PM
KarmicDisaster    [TotalFark]  
The best part is that because it is so small, at the end you can just bury it in place without touching anything.

26 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
AcneVulgaris     

Lunaville: Also, my limited experience with military guys indicates that ya'll rock, but your daughters-in-law and sometimes even your own children secretly want you to stop doing the following:

"He treated me like I was a queen," she says of her husband. "Without him, nothing is special. Nothing."
Viola's late husband, Luis Baez, also pampered her.

Stop pampering your wife until she is unbearable to others. Respect her; treat her well, but don't pamper, please.


So much this. A friend of mine died a few years back, and his wife makes their kids wife a screaming hell with her toddler tantrums.

26 Nov 2012 12:42 PM
Lunaville     

Sultan Of Herf: $125,000...that will buy a 2000+ sq/ft house here in FL easily. Must be nice to be rich enough to blow that on a mini condo for granny.


Bolshevik. The only way you're getting a 2000 square foot house in Fl for that sum is if it is built on not quite fully reclaimed swamp. My sister and her husband live in a 2 bedroom house that is maybe a 1000 square feet and it was $200,000. It works for them. He works on a fishing boat and she and their child can walk to the beach.

Also, your hypothetical house doesn't come equipped with the high-tech medical gadgetry. For instance,apparently, her pod is equipped with oxygen.

26 Nov 2012 12:43 PM
Lunaville     

AcneVulgaris: Lunaville: Also, my limited experience with military guys indicates that ya'll rock, but your daughters-in-law and sometimes even your own children secretly want you to stop doing the following:

"He treated me like I was a queen," she says of her husband. "Without him, nothing is special. Nothing."
Viola's late husband, Luis Baez, also pampered her.

Stop pampering your wife until she is unbearable to others. Respect her; treat her well, but don't pamper, please.

So much this. A friend of mine died a few years back, and his wife makes their kids wife a screaming hell with her toddler tantrums.


Hmm-hmm and maybe it's just me, but does it seem like it is always the most well-meaning, nicest guys who end up with wives like this?

26 Nov 2012 12:47 PM
Felgraf     
... Huh. That is an interesting and likely soon to be booming company. Right in my backyard. That will probably be needing good problem solvers and other scientists soon...

/*Scribbles down name of company*

26 Nov 2012 12:48 PM
cig-mkr     
The woman probably wanted to be part of the household too, being part of the family is important to old people.
Along with being banished to the back yard she felt like she was being stacked like cord wood.

26 Nov 2012 12:49 PM
kimwim     
www.tumbleweed.com

The tiny house movement is getting huge, but I think this granny pod has a lot more than tiny going for it. I think it's a medical unit, with O2 lines, camera to the house, who knows what else. The article said it was for medical cases.

26 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
varmitydog     
We have my wife's old Aunt Annie, 85 come next April, living with us. She started out in a trailer about a quarter mile away from the house on the land because we had no room for her in the house- but she has moved into one of the kids rooms when they moved out. I really like her in the house--even though she is quite forgetful and often annoys the hell out me. Her old school ways have definitely kept my kids more grounded than I ever could. When my daughter got her nose pierced, a tasteful zirconian stud, her remark was "oh my god she's become a whore" and we never saw it again. When my son brought home a report card full of C's and D's she called him "the dumbass" for the entire next semester---and his grades came up.

But the thing is, this woman has a lot of stuff. Old family albums, knick-nack mementos of her life, figurine collections, and shoes & clothes out to gazoo. Her trailer is completely packed with stuff, and we have to have monthly arguments with her about her stuff when it overflows from her room into the house. I have found this to be not at all uncommon with old folks.
12x24? Where does one put all the stuff?

26 Nov 2012 12:52 PM
stupiddream     
No Cocoon movie reference yet?

Serious question: What do you do with it after your elderly die?

26 Nov 2012 12:56 PM
doccm9     

varmitydog: But the thing is, this woman has a lot of stuff. Old family albums, knick-nack mementos of her life, figurine collections, and shoes & clothes out to gazoo. Her trailer is completely packed with stuff, and we have to have monthly arguments with her about her stuff when it overflows from her room into the house. I have found this to be not at all uncommon with old folks.
12x24? Where does one put all the stuff?



A dumpster.

26 Nov 2012 12:56 PM
lunchinlewis    [TotalFark]  

katerbug72: I think I would be depressed living in something so small. My grandmother's apartment is super tiny. One bedroom, a bathroom and a living/kitchen area that is about 10x15. I wouldn't want a mansion but I like a little elbow room. We live in a small house but it would be big enough if I lived in it alone.


I spent Thanksgiving at my sister's and slept overnight in their pool house, which is roughly 15'x30', with its own bathroom/shower, small kitchen, cable TV etc. It was a welcome refuge from a day of extended family and kids. But I think after a week or so it would get pretty cramped.

26 Nov 2012 12:57 PM
kimwim     

varmitydog: out to gazoo


We always said "out the wazoo", but I digress.
What to do with all the stuff? ebay the stuff afterwards. Glad to hear the dumbass is getting his shiat together.

26 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
tiamet4     

Lunaville: ""You're throwing me out! You're sending me out to a doghouse!"

This attitude is why my own boomer parents will be own their own when they are no longer able to care for themselves.She complained about the house. She doesn't want to go to a nursing home. Her family spent $125,000 dollars that could have gone to their own retirement fund, a childs' education, or to start a new business. In return, she dumps a hateful guilt trip on the very people who care about her the most.The worst part of reading this article for me was realizing she is probably light years more reasonable than my parents will ever be.


Well, it also sounds like this woman is not functioning at full mental capacity anymore. She may not be technically senile, but she may not be able to process this information rationally anymore, which is often the problem as people get older. My grandfather has great stretches of lucidity and can manage a lot of things...except when he wanders off or forgets to pay his mortgage, or hundreds of dollars disappear from his checking account and when you ask him what happened it's none of your damned business.

\my parents are working on getting power of attorney
\\I quietly worry that I'm looking into my future
\\\However, that's life. I'll try not to do the same to my kids if I have them, but who can say how I will react to losing everything that's familiar to me AND control of my life at that age?

26 Nov 2012 01:02 PM
Lunaville     

tiamet4: Lunaville: ""You're throwing me out! You're sending me out to a doghouse!"

This attitude is why my own boomer parents will be own their own when they are no longer able to care for themselves.She complained about the house. She doesn't want to go to a nursing home. Her family spent $125,000 dollars that could have gone to their own retirement fund, a childs' education, or to start a new business. In return, she dumps a hateful guilt trip on the very people who care about her the most.The worst part of reading this article for me was realizing she is probably light years more reasonable than my parents will ever be.

Well, it also sounds like this woman is not functioning at full mental capacity anymore. She may not be technically senile, but she may not be able to process this information rationally anymore, which is often the problem as people get older. My grandfather has great stretches of lucidity and can manage a lot of things...except when he wanders off or forgets to pay his mortgage, or hundreds of dollars disappear from his checking account and when you ask him what happened it's none of your damned business.

\my parents are working on getting power of attorney
\\I quietly worry that I'm looking into my future
\\\However, that's life. I'll try not to do the same to my kids if I have them, but who can say how I will react to losing everything that's familiar to me AND control of my life at that age?


Excellent point. It is good to be reminded that often compassion is the most proper response when dealing with the very young or the very elderly.

26 Nov 2012 01:08 PM
Keigh     
So, it's a mother in law house. But with medical hookups?

I lived in a mother in law house once for almost a year. It was called "the back house" by everyone, including the people we got our occupancy permit from, because it was the only one like it in the municipality. It looked like a garage or shed from a distance, but it was a TINY one bedroom house in the backyard of a three bedroom house. What was funniest about it was it had two doors, one that went into the kitchen right off of the path from the driveway, and it was like a flimsy wooden backdoor even though it was the one used ALL the time. Then the living room area had a "front" door, heavy duty with weather stripping and linoleum entry way. But That was on the side and it never ever got used or even opened because it went out onto the grass of the yard.

We had three people living there for a few weeks. One guy on the couch and me and my then boyfriend in the bedroom which was just big enough for a king size waterbed and a foot of walkaround space.

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26 Nov 2012 01:11 PM
doccm9     

tiamet4: My grandfather has great stretches of lucidity and can manage a lot of things...except when he wanders off or forgets to pay his mortgage, or hundreds of dollars disappear from his checking account and when you ask him what happened it's none of your damned business.


MY own mother is in this phase and it scares me given she is only 65. I currently work out the budgets and teh bills and when to pay what and when to pay it best to makes ure there si always some cash in the bank account for incidentals throughout the stretches between the retirements and social securities (my dad is useless when it comes to understanding money)
YET.......... some how if i remind her to pay a utility bill or credit card etc before they are late. I am the asshole. Ive actively started paying her mortgage online whether she likes it or not given she received a notice saying it is 2 months behind. Money is not even the issue, she has 3 guaranteed incomes every month from SS and the retirement, and the far esceed the total of all her bills, gasoilne, food, etc.

Scares me to think how much worse it is goign to get.

26 Nov 2012 01:12 PM
Egoy3k     

varmitydog: Her old school ways have definitely kept my kids more grounded than I ever could. When my daughter got her nose pierced, a tasteful zirconian stud, her remark was "oh my god she's become a whore" and we never saw it again. When my son brought home a report card full of C's and D's she called him "the dumbass" for the entire next semester---and his grades came up.


I grew up in a 4 generation house. My great grandmother (grandmothers mother) Great Grandfather (grandfathers father) My grandparents on my mother's side, my mother and my brother and I. My great grandparents were a corrupting influence if anything. My great grandparents both had lived lives that made them far more practical than their boomer children. My great grandfather worked as a coal miner for most of his life so his progressing dementia basically slowly turned him back into a foul mouthed womanizing roughneck. My great grandmother was made single but WWII due to her husband finding himself a war bride. She never remarried and supported her two daughters by working her whole life.

I still remember how a lecture from 'nana' was never the expected, "Don't be running around with loose women, getting into trouble and drinking." Instead it was along the lines of, "Watch out for women who don't really care about you, avoid the police, and don't drink too much." For full understanding of why this is remarkable you should know I was at most16 years old at the time.

26 Nov 2012 01:19 PM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

kimwim: varmitydog: out to gazoo

We always said "out the wazoo", but I digress.
What to do with all the stuff? ebay the stuff afterwards. Glad to hear the dumbass is getting his shiat together.


Well, if it's been up someone's wazoo, you probably want to throw it out.

26 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
NotARocketScientist     
And you could get a 12' x 24' shed delivered for under $6K. Add in electrical service, plumbing, insulation, heat, A/C, fixtures, etc. you could be all good for under $30K total. Quite a difference from the $125K the people in the article spent. Must be nice to have unlimited disposable income.

And how much for installing the lift that takes them from the bed to the toilet or bath tub? Don't forget to add in the cost of the toilet capable of measuring their weight, temperature and urine content, and the virtual companion that keeps them company as well as reminding them of medical necessities such as when to take pills. (click the graphic to see all the stuff built in) Also, will Home Depot buy the shed back from you when you are done? You are comparing apples to oranges - or in this case, portable hospital rooms to garden sheds.

I think I would be depressed living in something so small.

Have you ever had a foot injury? Suddenly large spaces are not so desirable. Older people have trouble moving around, so something that allows them to get what they want without having to travel far is a boon. Just because it isn't what a healthy adult would want doesn't mean it isn't comfortable to the elderlly.

26 Nov 2012 01:22 PM
AcneVulgaris     

Lunaville: AcneVulgaris: Lunaville: Also, my limited experience with military guys indicates that ya'll rock, but your daughters-in-law and sometimes even your own children secretly want you to stop doing the following:

"He treated me like I was a queen," she says of her husband. "Without him, nothing is special. Nothing."
Viola's late husband, Luis Baez, also pampered her.

Stop pampering your wife until she is unbearable to others. Respect her; treat her well, but don't pamper, please.

So much this. A friend of mine died a few years back, and his wife makes their kids wife a screaming hell with her toddler tantrums.

Hmm-hmm and maybe it's just me, but does it seem like it is always the most well-meaning, nicest guys who end up with wives like this?


That he was. He kept her sweet though, had refined the skills over 50 years. I had no idea until he died what was going on.

26 Nov 2012 01:26 PM
Sultan Of Herf     

Lunaville: Sultan Of Herf: $125,000...that will buy a 2000+ sq/ft house here in FL easily. Must be nice to be rich enough to blow that on a mini condo for granny.

Bolshevik. The only way you're getting a 2000 square foot house in Fl for that sum is if it is built on not quite fully reclaimed swamp. My sister and her husband live in a 2 bedroom house that is maybe a 1000 square feet and it was $200,000. It works for them. He works on a fishing boat and she and their child can walk to the beach.

Also, your hypothetical house doesn't come equipped with the high-tech medical gadgetry. For instance,apparently, her pod is equipped with oxygen.


How about this house, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, built 2006, 1938 sq/ft, $124k, on the market now: http://www.floridamoves.com/property/d etails/458042/MLS-U7475101/9314- Creedmoor-Ln-New-Port-Richey-FL-34654. aspx?SearchID=12572609&RowNum=7& StateID=14&RegionID=0&IsRegularPS=True &IsSold=False

You mentioned being able to walk to the beach...thats an easy 30-50% increase in property value here in FL. Remember, things like location, neighborhood quality, age of home, etc can change property values much more than just the square footage.

We bought a 900 sq/ft house (2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car garage) in Pasco County FL in late 2005 for $115,000, new construction, first people to ever live in it, all appliances except washer and dryer, central AC, etc...and 2005 was almost the top of the housing market. When we had to get out of it 2011, our mortgage holder (investor, friend of the family, not a bank) sold it to the new owner for $50,000...it was only 6 years old.

26 Nov 2012 01:32 PM
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