Tiny House Movement

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by osii, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Well put.

    I feel that the very extremes are more as a proof of concept - while I've seen a family of 3 living in a 280 SF TH, they had a 1,000 SF "Office" next door.

    Given good design, a smaller house is not an impossible concept - ours at 800 has a pretty lousy layout, due to the building we got when we bought it - knocking out the interior demising wall could not happen due to structural issues.

    The overall all idea though, that off doing more, with less, appeals to me in both concept and practice, and living in an area where "Ski Chalets" are pushing 10,000 SF, I have a unique apprecation for the difference.

    The only thing we really miss is privacy when we have guests.
  2. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Yeah I know, I was just twisting you guys' tails. :evil

    I day dream about minimalist living in a tiny house or a live aboard boat or RV, but being married with a 4 yr. and 8 mo. old, even our current 1,300 sq ft house seems too small sometimes.
  3. Xeraux

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    +1

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  4. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    I would say that with four people, 1,300 seems totally realistic as a small house and yep, I'll be sometimes it feels really tiny!
  5. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    freeflow get in or go in

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  8. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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  9. swinterc

    swinterc clotheslinetinyhomes

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    My wife and I live in a Tiny Home that we built last year and have now lived in it for almost 9 months and loving it. Yes we did have to change our amount of stuff that we own but now fills as though we own our stuff and not filling that our stuff own us. There are many things that my wife and I miss and the major one for me is shop space but I'm now looking at renting a shop with a friend so I can have the bike and also build another tiny home that I will be starting here in a month for a client.

    The main purpose to building/living in a tiny home is that so we can own all of our stuff out right and not support the banks. It has made it very easy to get ahead and with in another year we will have plenty saved up to buy land and start building a larger home (maybe 800sq' with a shop) out right.

    I have always had a larger home with a mortgage since I was 18 and came to the conclusion that owning a home with a mortgage is not much different then renting except you do all the maintenance, taxes, improvements, ext. and the banks still owns it. I wanted to change that, so with any luck I can enjoy life and be were I want to be which is on two wheels...

    I know that this is not for everyone but we wanted to try it so see if it works or not, if not we always have a great little getaway cabin.

    Here is the blog about my wife and I tiny living. http://clotheslinetinyhomes.com/
  10. BRAAAP

    BRAAAP Lil' RC!

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    I want a tiny home now after reading all this!
  11. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Neat looking, however, I have to suggest that the detailing of this place suggests it's not the least bit inexpensive!

    The big lift up barn door is like an airplane hangar, in high winds it will be ripped clean off unless VERY stout - don't ask me how I know this.

    But it's simple and clean - I like the wall of shelves.
  12. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    $1,000/SF or better, I'd guess.

    Interesting and good photos, the photog is the son of my Photo teacher in College, his dad shot for Time/Life for many years and taught at CC in the springs.

    Not very tiny though. Nice, nice work.
  13. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Two-bit throttle bum

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  14. milq

    milq Been here awhile

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    This is my current project, it was my grandfather's house which he built 21 years ago at age 73. He had a house in town but wanted this for weekends, he later moved here permanently when someone offered him a ridiculous amount of money for the house in town. I was away at college when he built it and my dad was an OTR truck driver, so he really did build it with minimal help at that age. He passed away back in Aug. 2012 and dad inherited the house which I have now purchased. Dad could've gotten a lot more for the place, but knew I wanted it so he decided on a price and that's that.

    Things went downhill a bit over the past couple of years, grandpa didn't want to spend a dime if he could help it and I (nor dad) could convince him to. My son and I stained it driftwood gray 3 years ago, grandpa wanted it to look older than what it really is I guess, he wouldn't budge on the color. You'll note some aluminum flashing that he had my uncle put across the house above the porch...(after I refused to do it for him) he felt that the sun was fading things too quickly and didn't want to stain it again too soon. He had some funny ways for sure, I suspect the aluminum cost outweighed the cost of stain but what're ya gonna do. He told my dad that he cut a foot of overhang off of the roof when he built it, not sure on that but if it's true he probably could've avoided the fading issues.

    Since October I have repaired cabinets and gutted the bathroom after work and on weekends. I've installed some much needed lighting in the utility area and am currently finishing out all of the trim work. I wish I had taken some "before" pics of the bathroom, it was a dark hole with wood paneling on the ceiling and a shower stall that was straight from the 70s. I dropped the ceiling and added a light/vent fan and installed a corner shower, a full wall between the bathroom and utility room and a pocket door.

    Anyway, some pics:
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    In the above pic you can see a small addition he added after going upstairs to bed started getting to him. It's cedar sided on slab, I intend to remove it and maybe use the slab for a screened in back porch but haven't decided yet. There is no plywood under the cedar, just studs, so it's pretty drafty back there and I have it closed off.

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    Above is the living room as it is currently. Grandpa added the timbers and flooring you see overhead to create a second bedroom upstairs as it was originally half-loft and his second wife had a tribe of grandkids that liked to sleep over. I'll be removing those timbers and reverting back to a half loft.


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    This is a before shot of the utility room, ceiling here matched the bathroom, so it gives a bit of perspective I guess. All wood paneling has been replaced with drywall and painted an off-white/stone color. There were no lights in here at all, that has since been corrected and it is a bright usable room that will mostly be used as a coat room and pantry I suspect.

    After I remove the addition and the extra bedroom, I think it will be just under 1000 sq. ft of floor. Not sure if that qualifies for the thread or not but that's what I've got.

    One last pic...sunset from the front porch!

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  15. DriveShaft

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    Alot of the proofs of concepts don't prove much of a concept, either. Most of them are built like over-funded (and under-analyzed) architecture student projects, where you might get a few points straight (roof over head...check. walls...check...what else do I need?). But space is totally unlivable 2 seasons out of the year, or it's in pieces after the first storm, etc. That beach hut...have fun replacing glass every *month* from those huge swingin' doors...that is if you survive having it rain down on you from 20' in the air. Most of these should have been done in 1:10 scale. But I guess that's not nearly as dramatic, is it?

    There's alot of thought that goes into a house. structural, utilities, airflow and ventilation, insulation. They should put cross-disciplinary constraints on these concept models...if you build a plane and it doesn't fly...it isn't a plane. If you build a house, and in 2 yrs it falls apart...it isn't a house.
  16. 2speed

    2speed Puching adventurer

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    Exactly. What the tiny house movement needs to emphasize is that the actual "dwelling" area of the house needs to be smaller. Kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living/office/whatever room. Then depending on your hobbies, interests, or work you building separate buildings to accommodate them. That way your only heating/cooling a smaller space.
  17. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Not "tiny", but very cool! :thumb
  18. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Not sure if this got posted before. My parents are building this in Montana, near Polebridge. Outer dimensions are 16' x 16'. My dad turns 80 next month.

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    My parents have been married 52 years and are still cooking up schemes like this. We're pretty lucky kids.
  19. UngaWunga

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    That's an excellent looking place. Any chance he didn't build that without plans?
  20. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    It was built with plans. My mom had seen it in Sunset Magazine around 1990. I don't remember the name of the architect.