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November 11th, 2009

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08:52 am - Tiny Homes!
I'm not sure if I've posted this link here before.  For those of you who are interested in small living spaces, check out http://tinyhouseblog.com/

I love this blog because it shows all sorts of creative living situations, usually eco-friendly, that range from rural to urban.  Today's entry is about a little cabin in the woods of Missouri.  Another one I enjoyed was from a couple in San Francisco who knew they'd never be able to afford a real house there, so they raised a tiny home on a friend's property.  I like the tree houses, Airstream trailer conversions, yurts, and modern "gypsy wagons."  Small homes usuallly use less resources, cost less to heat or cool, and --depending on your property--leave more room for gardens.  I imagine that people probably spend less to buy or build them, so they have less debt and more money to spend on the features that really matter to them.

yarrowkat has posted about her yurt, which is on a larger property and shows how a tiny home can be incorporated into an existing living arrangement.  Do any of you live in a tiny home?  In particular, I wonder how those with children manage.   The smallest home I ever lived in was a 500 sq ft mobile home, which isn't that small in the grand scheme of things.  I shared it with another person and it worked out, but I remember being frustrated that all our things were jammed together.  I now know about space-saving furniture and such, and I also simply got rid of a lot of crap I didn't need.

One risk is probably stability during bad weather.  It's scary as hell to live in a trailer during tornado season. 

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Date:November 11th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm really interested in smaller houses for families too... I love the "The Not So Big House" series, but I'm really looking for something more extreme than that -- the same sort of small profile, but geared toward a family. Perhaps even a large family; we'll be a family of 6 + 1 elder in the future and while my job will provide housing for part of my career, we're interested in having a "home base" built in the next couple of years. I'm having a terrible time finding examples or ideas, and talking to designers and builders is frustrating because even the eco-conscious ones insist that we'll need a minimum footprint that I think is huge.

Also, city zoning restrictions play a part in that -- there are minimum square footage requirements, and also minimum sq ft per person requirements for occupancy in the urban areas we're looking at. They all suck! I think social service people care less about that sort of thing when children aren't involved and are more likely to let couples/singles slide.
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Date:November 11th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
Interesting --thanks for sharing. I wonder if several tiny houses shared among family has any benefit over one large house for the entire family? Beyond privacy, I mean.
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Date:November 11th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on the ages (and maybe maturity) of the kids... It'd be hard with toddlers, you know? But with elder-care to consider, I think it would be just about perfect.

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