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November 11th, 2009


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crankles
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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From:yarrowkat
Date:November 11th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
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it's scary to be in an exposed yurt on a raised deck with no tie-downs during a heavy windstorm, with 80 mph gusts, too. we bolted it to the deck and developed a tie-down system for it after that.

http://community.livejournal.com/sunflowerriver/27787.html#cutid1

traditionally, they are bermed for increased wind resistance. i live on a floodplain, a half-mile from a major river, and the yurt is in a part of the yard that has a pretty bad mud/puddle problem when it rains, so mine's on a 1' high deck. this, unfortunately, increases the wind's ability to rattle it. four trailer tie-downs firmly rooted in the earth, with coated quarter-inch steel cable connecting them to four very serious eye-bolts bolted into the top of the roof-ring, and we feel a bit better about how the yurt will ride out the next bad windstorm.

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