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‘It’s sad that millennials and Gen Z are looking to live in sheds’: TikToker buys tiny house from Home Depot, sparking debate

'Inflation is on the rise.'

 

Lauren Castro

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Posted on May 16, 2022   Updated on May 18, 2022, 1:22 pm CDT

Home Depot’s offering of Tuff Sheds and tiny homes has millennials and Gen Z wondering if this is all they’ll be able to afford to live in someday.

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In a string of viral videos, TikToker Robert Langford (@langfordtreecare) and his fiancée Andrea Jones (@andreajones83) share the house they purchased from Home Depot.

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The first video, sitting at 9.2 million views, shows Langford in a duet with TikToker Marcel Monroe. 

“Ya’ll, there’s a post going around saying apparently you can get a house from Home Depot now,” Monroe said in the original video. “You can’t beat these prices at all. Inflation is on the rise. We about to go on a recession.”

@langfordtreecare #duet with @marceleeeeooo @andreajones83 #viral #foryou ♬ original sound – Marcel Monroe
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In the comments section, TikTok users grapple with the idea of buying a house at a store to bypass other, larger fees that come with building a house.

“As good as this sounds for some. It’s sad that millennials and Gen Z are looking to live in sheds, as an alternative. We need serious change…,” one user said.

“This is embarrassing that we have to get houses from Home Depot [because the] prices of houses are so damn high,” another commented.

“Do you not understand land… plumbing… electricity… like damn… there’s so many factors,” a third said. 

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Langford responded, explaining that he “just built it in [his] backyard. We did have to go thru the process of permits. That was a headache.”

He also added this disclaimer in the comments thread: “We built from the ground up. It’s insulated very well. I’ll post a video of the inside tomorrow.”

Home Depot offers an array of tiny homes ranging from $11,000 to $47,000, according to its website. They are mostly intended as backyard storages and studios and lounges. 

In a second video, Langford gave a tour of his tiny home and explained that the building serves as Jones’ photo studio.

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@langfordtreecare @marceleeeeooo #fun #viral #foryou #tinyhouse ♬ original sound – Robert Langford

“Bro, this was a great investment. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,” @forage_tok said.

“This has more space than probably all the apartments and houses in NYC,” @adddiiin said.

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Still, users had questions on the process of acquiring a tiny home. In a third video, Langford explained more of the logistics of owning a house from Home Depot. 

@langfordtreecare #tinyhouse #homedepot #lowes #buildyourdream #stepbystep #studio #cheapliving ♬ original sound – Robert Langford

He revealed he spent about $50,000 on the home that took five years to finish. Everything from the foundation to the bug issues, Langford answered most users’ questions.

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The Daily Dot reached out to Langford via TikTok comment, and to Home Depot about the livability and consumer behaviors when it comes to these homes.

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*First Published: May 16, 2022, 2:21 pm CDT