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Old 05-09-2014, 02:49 PM   #1
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What do you think of the tiny house movement?

I would love to have one by a creek.

Could you live in one?

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A tiny house by a creek is called a cabin, they are for weekends. Those are awesome!

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Most of these are built on utility trailers because of zoning laws. Although I am certain many use them for weekend, the Tiny House Movement is really about people simplifying their lives and living in them full time.
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I used to have a big house-TOO big. After my divorce and a huge "downsize" I found out I LOVE living in a small condo. Easy to keep, little maintenance, and cheap! It's ALL good this way for me.

Building an itty bitty would be fun too.
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I've heard of a lot of people learning these one step at a time and even using reclaimed materials for much of it.
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I am a bit claustrophobic, so there might be difficulties there. My first house was 600 sq ft though, and three of us lived there.
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I'm fine with it, as long as it has a 4 car garage/workshop!
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Tiny house, big barn works for me. They're all bigger than the old college dorms.
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I'm fine with it, as long as it has a 4 car garage/workshop!
My thoughts exactly! 4000square foot shop and the house old be 100sqft
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Most of these are built on utility trailers because of zoning laws. Although I am certain many use them for weekend, the Tiny House Movement is really about people simplifying their lives and living in them full time.
My take on it, is a person with money building a tiny house on wheels is involved with a movement.

A person without money living in a tiny house on wheels is involved in poverty. They must be the lucky ones, already living the "simplified" dream.

Now, take the wheels off and put a hull under it I'll take that life!

Dorm life wasn't for me, so I bought a1950 8x40 park model trailer for 2500$ (sold it for 4500$, my first "flip") so I've been there done that. My couch fit perfectly from wall to wall.
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This one is GORGEOUS!
http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/tiny-tiny-house/
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If it were just me, I could live in one of those my whole life.

If I could convince the wife and kids, I would already be there.
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Been living in a small house for 12 years. Went from nearly 2500 sq. ft. with 2 story foyer and vaulted living room to an 820 sq. ft. 1 bedroom 2 story. The upside is the 1200 sq. ft. garage.
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I dream of living in a one bedroom apartment. My house is paid off so its cheap living. Just taxes, gas and elevtric
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If I had land and a big barn I could live in a tent. I like cooking over fire better anyhow.
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Uhhhh ya ... screw that. My shed is bigger than that.
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Not for me Big house and Big shop for me!
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I think they're are fun to look at and working on boats my whole young life, I'm interested in how the space is utilized. The last one you posted Cricket was fantastic! It didn't feel so small because of the high ceiling.

But there is no way with kids. They have too big of energy for such a small place. Unless the weather is nice and you get tell them to go outside. And having animals on top of it.... no way.

If you are any sort of creative person, there is no room to spread out materials for a project. Saying all of this though, I think smaller is better than bigger. I think the average house in America is probably too big and wasteful when it comes to heating it up.
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I've heard of a lot of people learning these one step at a time and even using reclaimed materials for much of it.
I love a smaller house. My utilities are really affordable for one. Maintenance and upkeep are less time consuming and limited space means limited possessions.

As for reclaimed materials, half of my windows are salvaged from a brand new spec home that were deleted for wall space by the buyer. They were virtually brand new.

I renovated my kitchen with cabinets that were removed from a 10 year old duplex that was being converted to single family.

Many of the interior trim upgrades were material being discarded by a contractor on a job I was working on.

My front porch is covered with special order decking that was over-ordered by a contractor.

I always have an eye open for things that will provide return on investment.
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If it was next to a 6000sqft shop, well a big HELL YA.

Formula for Ideal living space Shot Gun Style = Sleeping area, chittin/shower area and the fixn/eating area and then out to face the world. When I'm damn ready In that order and preferably with compartments and doors. Especially the chittin area

Not quite sure how to squeeze a 72" flat screen into one of these...but where there's a will there is a way Maybe one in each compartment would work?

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