AMAZON tiny homes sellout!

Tiny home/cabin for under $8000 including delivery sells out on Amazon

by Linda Kaidan

Affordable housing shortage drives soaring tiny home sales

“Over Half of Urban Renter Households Experience Some Form of Housing Insecurity.” It’s possible that Amazon’s May 2019 sellout of the DIY Allwood Garden House may be a result of this perilous state of US housing deficits.

Amazon’s new low-cost tiny home immediate sellout

This May Amazon posted a $7,250 DIY guest cabin/home that most anyone can  build in 8 hours. All available supplies were immediately sold out. When 2 people share such a space each would have a one time rent just under $303 a month for the first year and no rent thereafter.  Though initial reviews indicated that purchasers were critical of the product, they illustrated the strength of demand.

Great lack of affordable housing likely factor

The amazing popularity indicates the desire many people have to own their own home in a time when housing is not affordable for 50% of the population. Such a tiny property can lead to economic freedom from the rent treadmill. It also ensures housing security in a time when so many are homeless.

New off the shelf market will spark business opportunities

Food for thought about the living small market in general ties into real estate, cooperative housing and products supporting multi-use spaces in home construction and renovation. People need affordable homes. When they live tiny, they pay less for housing and use less energy.

Rewards for homeowners, investors and affordable housing seekers

If you are a homeowner think about adding this inexpensive space to your backyard for guests or as a workshop. If you are an investor, think about how you can make it easy for individuals to finance tiny home living.

Amazon shows us that it’s possible to live better for less and that profitable home products can fuel an industry that has great positive impact on how we live. It’s important to think of the tiny home as a place to begin. It’s a springboard for new ideas and learning from experience.

Think about how you can participate in this new housing trend that contributes to affordable living, green energy and many new related industries.

Herkimer Police Crackdown Continues

The ongoing Herkimer Police crackdown continues, with the arrest yesterday of an apparent drug gang member in front of landlord Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue. The arrest, by Herkimer and state police, occurred at the start of Pleasant Avenue’s annual Spring Gang Swarming, a Herkimer tradition usually not challenged by police. This year was different, with an arrest that ended the festivities before they grew. Last year’s Spring Gang Swarm was sponsored by the Joyce Barton gang, its centerpiece the beating of herkimerpost.com’s editor by Herkimer street thug Shianne Hill. 

Police interrupt start of Herkimer's Spring Gang Swarming
4.7.19 Herkimer Police interrupt beginning of village’s Annual Spring Gang Swarming, this year hosted at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue by remains of the Stanley Sykes gang.

Herkimer Police Highly Proactive

Herkimer and New York state are aggressively challenging Herkimer gangs’ sense of ownership of village neighborhoods, this amid booming area real estate sales. As we long predicted, people are relocating to climate change  safe Upstate New York.  It’s a truism that as real estate values increase, crime decreases.
This gang appears to be the remaining dregs of the Stanley Sykes Gang, which trafficked children out of Jay Smith’s properties at 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue.

Police arrest Herkimer gang member on at 332 Pleasant Avenue
4.7.19 Herkimer gang member arrested in front of Herkimer Post cameras. Herkimer and NY State Police officers participated. Gang members number about 11, with more in the process of joining them for the annual Herkimer Spring Gang Swarming. Then the police arrived.

Police activity along Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue has recently been constant and vigorous. A few days ago, Joyce Barton gang member, Joyce’s daughter Kylee Figueroa , was arrested at 333 Pleasant Avenue. Earlier on the day of this arrest at 332, multiple state and Herkimer police units responded to an incident at the King Street end of Pleasant Avenue, a few doors down from PK’s Pub. The house they entered remains cordoned off as a crime scene, with Herkimer police continuing to guard the property. Perhaps sometime the local press will tear itself away from its usual gripping coverage of 4H and village trustee meetings to tell us what happened.
332 Pleasant Avenue was reoccupied as a gang property in January, with intermittent drug trafficking activity occurring since. Additional gang members appear to have moved in there recently, or else are visiting so often and for so long as to be indistinguishable from residents. Herkimerpost.com hasn’t reported their activities: they haven’t bothered us and aren’t trafficking children, and we’re very busy with a major project. Federal law enforcement surveillance drones are a regular presence over the parking lot serving 332 and 334 Pleasant Avenue and 341 Eureka Avenue, making any coverage of trafficking we’d provide redundant. But any arrest here on Herkimer’s Pleasant Avenue is always welcome news that we’re happy to share. Here’s the video of the arrest. The timeline follows below.

 

Timeline of Herkimer Arrest of 4/7/19

0.01 Gang congregates at Jay Smith’s 332 Pleasant Avenue, spilling out onto the sidewalk. Opposite, standing next to parked car: Shianne Hill, Joyce Barton gang thug, serving 1-year probation for unprovoked beating of her 63 year-old neighbor. Hill has been placed under a restraining order.
0.17 Herkimer police arrive
0.27 Gang member (woman in red top) hands off her daughter to fellow gang member from 334 Pleasant Avenue. Child taken to Jay Smith’s 334 neighboring Pleasant Avenue. Red Top’s a well-known and highly visible drug trafficker.
0.43 Arrest made
1:29 Closeup of arrest
1:48 State police arrive from crime scene at house at King Street end of Pleasant Avenue
4:24 Herkimer officer appears to offer protesting gang member (Black guy, red shirt) a ride in a police car.

Earn and Learn: Start your prolific kitchen window microgreen garden with $5

Earn and Learn
Earn and Learn Start your indoor kitchen window microgreen garden for under $5

Micro-greens are nutritious and delicious.

You can grow 40 plants under your kitchen window using recycled containers year-round. The great thing about micro-greens is that when you cut off the tops for sandwich or salad and they will keep on growing.

Earn and Learn
150 mixed lettuce and 150 hot micro-green seeds for $5 at Walmart

My garden shelf is actually a small, 20 inch x 20 inch table well gnawed by a wayward dog.

I bought it at the Ilion Salvation Army for $4. My table top holds a rusted baking dish, Walmart donut container, Aldi’s juice bottle (with top sliced off) and a fried chicken container. The top has built in drainage holes and the bottom catches the runoff water.

When you share you can pay as little as $2.50 for a 50 plant garden.

Walmart is selling a variety of micro green seeds in packs of 150 for $2.46. A 12-quart bag of organic seed starting mix is $4.67. 1 pack of soil and 1 pack of seeds are enough for 4 tabletop gardens. If 3 people share, they can each have their own garden of 50 plants for only $2.50. Remember that if you have SNAP, you can use your food card to pay for the seeds 😊.

Indoor garden growing is fun for the whole family and an opportunity to learn firsthand how to be a gardener.

You can earn great nutrition and learn how to have your own independent food source. You might want to maintain a log of what you planted and when. The details you record can include things like plant height before and after harvest, amount of water and quality of taste. Many people who start indoor gardening go on to learn hydroponics and aquaponics. Your indoor window garden may become your own business not someday but in the near future.

Earn and learn is a great strategy for everyone.

Shop at Aldis Ilion for low prices and European sophistication

Aldis trendy sophisticated yet budget conscious healthy♥♥♥

Aldis is the most popular supermarket in western Europe, according to a BBC report. They carry delicious products from all over the world, create their own recipes and beat prices at most area super markets. In fact, our food budget is nearly ½ what it used to be since we started to shop there.

Today for example, we purchased entrees of fresh salmon filet, chicken, ground sirloin, tuna, yogurt and eggs as well as fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruit for $110.79. Included in this price were cat food and cat litter. Planting supplies of seeds, soil mix and starter containers for growing 60 seedlings indoors cost $8. To sum up, we’ll feed 2 adults and 1 cat in a scrumptious and nutritious fashion for one week with a projected cost of $476.40 per month. Extras like yummy Brie cheese, genuine baguettes, first rate Barissimo fair trade ground coffee and seeds, soil and planters for growing this year’s garden are also included in that price.

While the fresh salmon is roughly $9 per pound, you can serve one half a pound or even less as a nice sized portion. 4/10 lb (6.4 OZ) salmon fillet has 36 grams of protein which is quite a bit. Compare this to a standard serving of chicken fillet at 4 oz which has 31 grams of protein. Salmon is also considered a super food for many reasons including its ability to reduce inflammation and to lower blood sugar levels.

Aldis has other benefits besides being good for your food budget. They care about the health of their customers and show this by deliberately selling nutritious foods and encouraging you to buy them. For example, skim milk cost less than other milk because it is the healthiest for you.

Linda Kaidan

 

 

 

Recycle Paint and Save: Gain Style

Herkimer home makeover that’s super greenHerkimer home makeover

 

In this photo, the wallpaper is paint, and the microwave counter used to be an IKEA bookcase door.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the local real estate ads, it’s easy to see how people keep it simple and boring. Ripping out antique kitchens is common. Panel and plaster walls are replaced with drywall. No old sinks need apply. Everything must look new.

Find opportunities to use what you have when updating your home

When we rip that old stuff out, we are adding more waste to an overburdened environment. We spend more money and cause needless energy loss by manufacturing and shipping unnecessary products. Taking a step back and rethinking design with more reuse can save us money while increasing style and charm.

My current home renovation has an extremely modest budget. I’ve recycled materials I  already have and  lowered labor costs by learning new skills on YouTube. Originally, I planned to rip out the stainless kitchen sink and put in a new one. But by banging out a dent with a hammer, I saved hundreds of dollars in labor and materials. 

 

 

In the upstairs bathroom I also reconsidered replacing the vanity. It was missing a drawer, and the area around the drain was stained and showed some wear. Paint, nail polish and a wood scrap did the trick and saved me from purchasing a vanity and hiring a plumber.

 

 

 

Many people see discolored or bumpy walls and think they need to repaint and re-plaster everything. But often it’s not at all necessary. The wallpaper you see in these photos has been painted on top of existing surfaces.

Some inexpensive materials can improve your project

        

Acrylic paints including metallic and iridescent colors add interest and conceal flawspersonalize your antique home

Gorilla glue is amazingly strong. It dries in 2 hours and works better if you use a clamp to hold materials in place. If part of your sink base is rotted, you can cut it out, and replace it with new wood.  Nail polish can be used for designs on wet areas like the bathroom sink. But it does need to be renewed once or twice a year. For flooring and stair treads, you might consider ¼ inch 4 x 10 recycled rubber gym mats. Walmart has a good selection of acrylic paints in their crafts section including iridescent and metallic colors. A small container can go a long way. Make it work :)!

by Linda Kaidan

Stunning Christmas Design Ideas Cost Less

Because we have superior manufacturing technology Stunning Christmas Design Ideas Cost Less!

These inexpensive home furnishings are very affordable, versatile and portable. They range in cost from $7 to $160. If you want to energize your home and break out of the ho hum ordinary – it’s really easy.

Tapestry Available at Dressily for $15

DIY Platform Bed made of plywood from Lowes

LED fairy lighting 50 ft 7$ AMAZON

Add some magic !

Wayfair hall runner only $86.  Looks exquisite but the price is reasonable.

 

Make your showering experience special for only $30

I bought this and really love it. It can work as a bath or shower curtain as well as a drape.

Make a window seat from an old kitchen cabinet

Paint the cabinet if necessary and purchase legs. I made this cabinet seat below in 20 minutes by adding 4 stainless legs.

There’s a huge leg selection on Amazon.com.

 

 

Need extra sleeping and a new armchair in one? This space saving and versatile bed, armchair and chaise lounge is only $160. It’s on my wish list already 😊

 

Why Herkimer Real estate is so very valuable, Despite legacy criminals

 

Conquer Legacy Criminals and Win Big!

As I was engaging in one of my favorite hobbies this morning – virtual house hunting – I came across a real gem: For only $39,000, a house listed in Berlin NY with 1.5 baths, ¼ acre, in excellent condition on a scenic lot. The last purchasers paid $100,000 in 2007. It even has a barn with a hayloft and 2 car garage. So pretty. So why the low price?

Looking at the map, I could see that Albany, NY, Bennington, VT and Pittsfield, MA were within 40 miles of the property. I also could see that the town of Berlin was accessible only by secondary roads and was clearly cut off from eastern travel by mountains. Ok, so lots of nice country places are isolated. Perhaps there was a flood? Outstanding Berlin, New York blogger Elaine Supkis, described how in 2011 floods completely cut the small town off from the rest of the world, with photographs of washed out roads. The only way out was on horse or by foot.

Location connectivity climate change safety – valuable Herkimer assets

Herkimer, New York, unlike Berlin, is fortunate to be located on I-90, a principal US highway, reliable almost every day of the year. For those of us who love nature and the convenience of being within walking distance of amenities like health care, supermarkets, retail stores, pharmacies and government services, Utica’s Amtrak station and regional bus service, Herkimer is a superb location. Of course, the minus of Herkimer is its entrenched criminal element, which has diminished of late but remains emboldened by decades of malgovernance. Herkimer’s criminals are a shrinking minority, doomed by the dynamics of climate change migration and ongoing major law enforcement operations. If we all stand against them, Herkimer can again be a law abiding, safe and prosperous place. Pioneers fought for their homes and communities. They won. So will we. Conquer legacy criminals and win big!

Herkimer County Ideal for Hurricane Refugees

by Linda J. Kaidan

What makes Herkimer County ideal place to live?

What makes coastal areas like Houston and Florida Dangerous?

Places like Houston, TX where Hurricane Harvey left 100’s of thousands homeless. In Florida 20 million FL residents were asked to prepare to evacuate the state due to Irma, a hurricane larger than the entire state. At least 39% of Americans (excluding Alaska) live in coastal counties.  Climate is likely to make their lives even more precarious as time goes by.

In many of the flooded regions, bacteria from raw sewage is mixing with stagnant water, leaving millions at risk of highly communicable diseases like cholera. While many are adamant that they will rebuild, many if not most won’t. This is because they lack flood insurance or because insurers are simply not able to cover such massive losses. The awesome storms we’ve seen these past weeks are becoming more frequent and ferocious. A settled life along the Atlantic and Gulf seaboards is becoming impossible. Families and businesses will see the logic of relocating to places marked as relatively safe, such as Central New York and Herkimer County.

The smartest people will be the first to realize that threats of climate change disaster make it impossible to have a viable future where they live. The map we saw in the New York Times, highlighting the bright future of Herkimer is a quiet understatement of America’s impending GDP loss.

Where should endangered coastal residents relocate?

Many of the cities and towns around the Great Lakes are in the Rust Belt. They lost jobs and population years ago, when much of our manufacturing went off shore. Years of economic decline led to migration away from these formerly prosperous places, such as Herkimer. In adversity lies opportunity:  there are many homes and commercial areas available for very low prices in these economically depressed parts of the US.  But those who come will come north from the coasts, delighted to find havens of affordable, well-built homes may face some hardships of entrenched corruption and crime that form the underground economy of many Rust Belt towns and villages, like Herkimer.

Crime exists everywhere including the long-neglected factory towns like ours that dot the America’s climate change survival belt. Nor is it reflective of most Herkimer’s residents; they’ve been cowed by decades of malfeasance and a core of cops eager to serve Herkimer’s cash-heavy criminals.

What should we do for a better Herkimer future?

Let’s ensure that crime and failed governance don’t stop the crucial development needed to relocate populations and businesses to climate change havens like Herkimer. Migration to central New York from the coasts will be a huge, disruptive but inevitable transition. It will be one we can take advantage of for own purposes as well as aiding others.   This inpouring of people starting fresh lives will mean jobs for our youth with brighter career prospects than drug dealing. And it will broaden educational opportunities, not just in professional jobs but also in highly skilled trades.

Lots of people are going to be coming here, sooner than later, people with skills, education and determination.  With them will come growing educational and economic opportunities. We can welcome them and a bright new future by demonstrating we’re a functional community, where crime is non-violent, not blatantly conducted on the street and is well-exposed by genuine journalism. The Herkimer Post will continue doing its part, bringing sunlight to darkness. But we’re merely a messenger. Rapid change is inevitable. Those who are part of the solution can prosper.

Herkimer Post Crime Editor Stephen Ames Berry contributed to this article.

Artsy Practical DIY Renovation Examples

artsy kitchen bar by Linda Kaidan

High end DIY custom bar – Under $50

I would like to brag about my new DIY custom bar. It fits exactly in the spot I allocated and is 2 ft. wide, 4 feet long and 34 inches high. The top is a piece of ¾ inch oak plywood purchased at Lowes for $18. I stained it with red maple Johnson’s Mini wax purchased at ACE (next to Aldi’s) in Ilion for $7.50. I sealed it with 2 coats of polyurethane for about $2 (using less than ¼ pint). The single leg is hairpin midcentury style purchased on Amazon for $22. It took about 2 hours to construct including corrections for certain errors. The only tools required were an electric drill and bit, manual screw driver and a level. I used 4 #6 screws (best to use ¾ inch length).  The total cost for this artsy practical DIY renovation is $49.50.

Interior doorway – An artsy practical DIY Renovation for Free!

 

artsy entryway by Linda Kaidan

The interior open doorway was created through a subtractive rather than an additive process. I chipped away at plasterboard to reveal the underlying structure rather than covering the rough opening with wood. The festive doorway decoration was created using an old Guess skirt with really nice fabric that no one wanted to buy from me :0. The fish medallion was an old present from my daughters. During the process of plaster chipping, I was surprised by a flying bit which got stuck in my eye; so make sure you use safety glasses! The total cost of this delightful doorway was my favorite price – zero dollars.

Entryway coat rack – $3

artsy coat rack by Linda Kaidan

At the front door, I used a strip of 1 inch x ¾ inch x 4ft pine left over from another project. I added 6 very inexpensive hooks which can be purchased in quantity for $3 to $5 to create miscellaneous storage for coats and other random items. The total cost was $3. The art in this photo was created by Linda Kaidan and Alexandra Kaidan Berry and can be purchased at our 2Kaidans store on Etsy.com for $15 and under per print. We appreciate your business!

Dramatic Climate Events Compel Rapid Community Action

Linda Kaidan

 

Community climate change action needed now

Recent alarming dramatic climate events alert us about the urgent need for climate change action at the community level. 18% of the Antarctic’s Larsen C Ice Shelf has separated, triggering the migration and melting of a trillion-ton iceberg the size of Delaware. More of the ice shelf will follow.  Then a few days ago, a significant part of Lakeland, Florida disappeared into a watery sinkhole as Lakeland’s lakes continue to expand. It’s time to get serious about how much time we have left to prepare for the natural and human effects of rapid climate change.

On a very basic level, in the long term we need four things to survive: air, water, food and energy. Because of Herkimer’s ideal climate change location, we have  these climate change survival resources in abundance. But now with accelerating glacial melting, faster-rising oceans and the rapid decrease in nature’s ability to cool our planet, it’s time to take action. Change is coming and it’s coming fast. We must begin now to restructure how we live, both individually and collectively if we’re to beat this storm.

We can overcome many CLIMATE CHANGE issues at the community level

Growing food near home year-round is something most of us can participate in. Hoop houses can be inexpensively constructed and extend the growing season. We have many empty buildings near Herkimer’s village center that can be used for hydroponic indoor gardening. Community garden space should be allocated to all residents who wish to participate.

CLIMATE change – Living smarter, living smaller

We can solve the dual problems of energy consumption and housing for those inevitably relocating to Central New York due to coastal flooding. Herkimer’s many large older houses can come into play as inland migration grows.  We can adapt our living needs to smaller spaces, and prepare to share our homes and the cost of operating them with others. Living smaller is a national trend and a sustainable model, as illustrated by the increasing popularity of affordable micro homes in NYC and California.

Even here, high temperatures may become an issue far sooner than expected. We should consider how we can lower temperatures by creating more shade from the sun. Hopefully in the near future we can use nano-satellites to decrease accelerating temperatures. But lower cost low tech options are available as well. We can plant more trees in open spaces and create underground areas for improved insulation from heat. An inexpensive way to do this is with shipping containers. This couple in California created a solar powered, underground shipping container home for only $30,000.  In 104 F temperatures, the indoor temperature is only 80 F with no air conditioning (24 degrees cooler!).

Everyone can make a difference

“Not much we can do about it” is defeatist. There is so much we can do about it! So – let’s get started! If you’d like to form an action committee for repurposing unused buildings for indoor gardening, planting trees, community gardening, or you have a good idea about something else please contact me at linda.ljanek@gmail.com.

I hope to hear from you!