Tiny House Movement

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

  1. Ken

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    They are common here too (Alabama and all) but not in my neighborhood :nah :lol3

    I totally understand the small house concept but would NOT want to live out in the middle of nowhere in substandard housing.
  2. PirateJohn

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    I have lived in Cincinnati, Lexington, KY, various places in North Carolina and Florida, and owned two places that were in the suburbs and within sight of salt water.

    And I have traveled and lived as an RVer. Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Memphis, you name it.

    You couldn't pay me to move to your part of Alabama. Too backwards for my tastes from what I have seen.

    So with that said there is nothing "substandard" with what we are discussing.

    I do agree that the particular location where I am staying is too rural for my tastes. Deer in the yard in the morning is neat. 45 mile trips to a WalMart gets old. Hence the reason why I am not looking for property here. I don't think your sense of geography is very good.

    However, the Texas Hill Country is a primo place for riders. If you rode more you might understand.

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  3. Tinfish

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    Small houses are awesome. Two guys endlessly comparing whose dick is smaller isn't awesome. Be the bigger person and let it drop.

    [​IMG]

    This place is way bigger than I'd want, but I really like the colors and textures. You could easily borrow from this to make a very liveable and striking smaller house. Thanks for posting the picture, neat stuff.
  4. PirateJohn

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    I hear ya Amigo.

    The architect is Adam Kalkin. His site is at http://www.architectureandhygiene.com/main.html

    He has several designs for container homes including some simpler stuff. I was pretty interested in container homes at one time but for various reasons have moved away from them. Still ...


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  5. cab591

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    @PirateJohn: I was born and raised (18 years) in Lexington! :D Sometimes I miss that place.

    Back on topic -- the petition link posted earlier linked to Cavco (link). Apparently they build semi-attractive pre-fabs. Not quite "tiny" (unless you go look at some of the cabin floor plans), but most of them seem pretty small. Might have to go check out their factory when I get back to Phoenix...
  6. PirateJohn

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    I was born in Danville. My day's office in Frankfort was literally above the Guv'ner's office. I have fond memories of KY but it's not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

    Cavco builds those evil park model trailers and pre-fab homes on basically the same assembly lines as far as I understand it. I don't generally like their designs and frankly didn't realize the petition went there (I saw it on the Tiny Home Blog site) but it makes sense.

    Thanks!


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  7. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Pre-fab certainly does not automatically mean junk.

    When we discuss 'smaller' homes, I wonder if it would be useful to have a common lexicon about relative size?

    Tiny: 300 SF and smaller. Often but not always, a trailer.

    Micro: 300 to 600 SF

    Small: 600 to 900 SF

    Old School: 900 to 1,200 SF sort of the original suburbia sized single family home.

    Now having had more than a year under the belt with our small house, I've learned a lot about how to manage. A shed is a must just for storage - since we don't have a garage.

    Otherwise, I don't buy many things that take up bulk, at least not if I can possibly avoid it. If I buy clothes, I have to pitch something to make room for the new stuff.

    Works well at controlling my buying and hoarding tendencies.
  8. cab591

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    I know it's not a tiny house, but it goes along with PirateJohn's land quest:

    Tell me no! :D

    http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1283-Michigan-Hill-Rd-Jefferson-CO-80456/2118608943_zpid/

    3 acres of rural Colorado. It's got a small foundation dug half into the hillside, close to the road (with opening / views facing away from the road). I know pretty much EXACTLY what I'd do with that property. The land is going for just under $50k, and I'd build about $100k worth of small house and garage. Going back to an earlier post -- I'd like to see one of the cottage plans from Tumbleweed Houses on that land.

    Only downside I see is the lack of ANYTHING within an hour's drive. Nice for some, but I still need some form of employment.

    Oh well, I can always dream... :cry
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  10. PirateJohn

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    My dad invested in some pre- fab houses back in the 70's. if you hadn't seen them come into town on trailers you would never have know that they weren't stick built.



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    Yeah but it's also in the middle of nowhere. Seriously, it's an hour's drive from the grocery store. And while it's just on the other side of the mountain from Breckenridge, it's an hour's drive.

    Back on topic -- here's yet another small house blog:

    http://smallhousebliss.com/
  12. Gummee!

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    I've been cogitating on something similar to this as a garage. Talk about an awesome workspace!

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    If you ever begin such a project please reply back here and link us your build thread!
  14. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Fairplay is the nearest big city. I think they have a supermarket, they have a couple of gas stations, an ACE hardware or similar, and a pizza hut.

    Friend of mind has an off the grid, mostly, up near there, really hard to get to though, not as easy as this one looks to be.

    But yea, you are in colorado, but not really near anything.

    If you want remote but not impossible, look in and around Bond, Dotsero, the Colorado River Road....State Bridge.
  15. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Yea, vehicles in the middle. Drafting and reference in one room, cabinet shop, electronics shop, parts/materials storage, lounge.

    Not very small at that scale, but sure would be a fun place to have if you had the toys to fill it.

    Heck, think big, lift in the floor and machine shop at the end.
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    Great minds think alike! I did several sketches of a container house and shop space that would have been 6x 40 ft. containers. Shop on one side and house on the other, with a roof supported by the containers and covering enough space for cars, motorcycles, and two motorhomes.

    In the final analysis, however, I felt that it really wasn't portable enough and that had been the whole idea behind using containers in the first place.


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  17. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

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    Hm, well, one possiblility would be to use tractor trailer trailers - they are more portable, but you are somewhat limited in openings, unless you use the soft-sided ones.

    But yea, the application in a fixed application looks cool - and greater when you spend the big bucks to have everything painted nicely, rather than fresh off the boat...
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  19. cab591

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    Wow, that was impressive. :eek1

    I've seen the orange couch bunk bed they showed at the very end of the FB video. Always wondered who made it. Really like their stuff. Looks quality, too. The box springs look like the stuff from IKEA (good, European IKEA), too.

    From a personal standpoint, though, I never liked having a bed in the middle of the living area. While I see the point in seriously tiny spaces (and yes, that is the point of this thread...), I prefer "small" spaces (sub-1,000 sq ft), that are still big enough to have a separate bedroom (or at least a separate sleeping area, such as a sleeping loft). I also don't like it when the only bathroom in the place is accessed through the bedroom. What's the point of keeping my personal space separate from the living / entertaining area, if anyone who comes to visit would have to walk through my mess just to use the bathroom? :huh Just preference, I guess...

    Gimme a 500-800 sq ft house, with 2 bedrooms (or 1 and a sleeping loft), and a bathroom accessed via the main living area. :D



    ...Gonna go drool over their website now.
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