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Old 01-08-2013, 10:39 AM   #736
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The other thing I suspect about the "Tiny House Movement" it's another, "TV? I wouldn't know. I don't even own a TV."

"2,500 square feet? Wow. What do you do with all that space? I mean, I'd get lost in there. You see, I live in 250 square feet and that's more than enough."

They'll then proceed to tell you about living in their "Tiny House" in minute detail.

That and that "Tiny House" becomes as much hobby or pastime more so than a simply a dwelling.
Well, I tend to think of our palace, at 800 SF as more of a 'small' than a tiny house. For us, it did start as a luxury item - a second house. Our intention was not to live here full time when we bought the place.

I was fortunate that the place grew on my wife and I we decided to try it - and decided we do like it. For me, it's more location - I don't think that had we swapped our old place for this place in the location of our other house, we would be nearly as happy, but we swapped 1/5th acre for 7 acres and that makes another huge difference.

And, yea, we don't have a TV yet - use netflix on DSL since its cheaper than 'real' TV satellite service here. No cable.

I'm a fan of doing with less, but I don't think we have to live like monks, either.

Something about balance, right? There is adequate space, then there is vastly oversized, IMHO. Robert Mondavi's house in Napa Valley was 10,000 square feet, and a one bedroom. Granted he used it for a lot of entertaining, but seriously....
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:22 AM   #737
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I'm a fan of doing with less, but I don't think we have to live like monks, either.
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voluntary simplicity is a noble goal

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Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include reducing one's possessions or increasing self-sufficiency, for example

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:58 PM   #738
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. For me, it's more location - I don't think that had we swapped our old place for this place in the location of our other house, we would be nearly as happy, but we swapped 1/5th acre for 7 acres and that makes another huge difference.

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and climate counts too I would imagine. If you can live in the outdoors for many months of the year, then 800 sq ft is going to be very comfortable. If you're cooped up because of inclement weather for ten months, maybe not
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:29 AM   #739
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:17 AM   #740
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I thought he was in the import/export business.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:41 PM   #741
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:27 PM   #742
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I dont get this at all. I can't tell what kind of tree it is, but it looks like it won't live with the extreme pruning. It may be cool for a few years but what happens when the bark sloughs off and the wood starts to rot?
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:00 AM   #743
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I dont get this at all. I can't tell what kind of tree it is, but it looks like it won't live with the extreme pruning. It may be cool for a few years but what happens when the bark sloughs off and the wood starts to rot?
I agree. I love the idea minus the tree.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:00 PM   #744
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I dont get this at all. I can't tell what kind of tree it is, but it looks like it won't live with the extreme pruning. It may be cool for a few years but what happens when the bark sloughs off and the wood starts to rot?
a concrete tree maybe?
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:04 PM   #745
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I dont get this at all. I can't tell what kind of tree it is, but it looks like it won't live with the extreme pruning. It may be cool for a few years but what happens when the bark sloughs off and the wood starts to rot?
Looks like the tree could be cut away without effecting the house. I wonder if the house killed the tree?

This would be my concern with trying to do a live in able tree house. That and "widow maker" branches falling on it's roof.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:38 AM   #746
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Looks like the tree could be cut away without effecting the house. I wonder if the house killed the tree?

This would be my concern with trying to do a live in able tree house. That and "widow maker" branches falling on it's roof.

I was thinking the tree was already dead. There's no way a tree could survive like that.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:25 AM   #747
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I agree. I love the idea minus the tree.
Take away the tree. Move it all up a few more feet so you could park you bike underneath at ground floor.

Perfect.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:40 AM   #748
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I was thinking the tree was already dead. There's no way a tree could survive like that.
"Hon...do you want to pay the arbors $800 to take down the dead tree?"

"Screw that!, I've got a better idea!"

Guarantee you that's what happened.

Edit: a little googling. Dutch elm disease.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:22 PM   #749
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Take away the tree. Move it all up a few more feet so you could park you bike underneath at ground floor.

Perfect.

No, no, no. Drop it a few feet and park the bikes on the deck!

Maybe a nice drop off to a downhill as an exit?
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