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Old 05-10-2014, 12:24 PM   #21
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I have lived in a house not apartment or condo that was 360sqf lived there for 3 years. I don't miss it. Now have a 3200sqf house and is much more comfortable to live in.

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Old 05-10-2014, 02:59 PM   #22
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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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Some of those are pretty elaborate. Some are down right ugly. I thought most were great. I like the shot of that one with full glass and a wood burning stove. Can you imagine driving up to a pull-out, on the edge of a lookout on the highway? You light your wood burning stove and eat dinner while looking at one of the greatest views ever? Crazy!
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Another thought. I loved the whole, get off the grid part of it. Who doesn't hate being so tied to the system and unplugging from it must feel unreal. I worry about the girl because of laws catching up to her as far as compost toilet or parking in someone's backyard. Maybe she's got it all figured out but I think many folks would have a hard time finding a place to park the small house. So many laws and restrictions anymore, it would be hard to live that free. Stinks.

I liked that one parked between the two larger buildings. I would definitely want a two or at best three burner stove. One would suck. I dug on how simple she was with her clothes. We don't really need that many clothes to look nice, clean and fashionable. Pretty cool woman too. I wouldn't mind having a dinner party with her. Fun link. Thanks.
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If I don't get some big job soon I'm going to need a house like that.
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DFW and south, I'd go for a dog trot, but those are usually a little larger than what's being talked about.
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I've done a couple.

One was aforementioned trailer-mount. I was lucky that I let one of my leads take over the project right after it got going. The client (wannabe organic farmer relocated from Cali) drove him insane. No outlets within 4ft. of her head (15'X7'), allergic to EVERYTHING (poplar, pine, oak, drywall, plaster....oxygen)....etc...etc.

Had a lot of fun helping with designing/building a houseboat for a friend. Meant to float in his constructed wetlands until he retires down to Fla. He is still living in it on dry land, next to the wetland.

Mostly I'm into building small-ER houses.....not micro. I personally hate useless and wasteful huge homes (just my tastes).
Not sure I could give up my 2,500 yet though. I love entertaining and having a couple guest rooms.

I also enjoy the challenge of designing smaller spaces. You really have to consider ever choice carefully, and have the opportunity (or need) to come up with unique solutions.
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Do you consider 2500sf a small-ER house?
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When the kids move out I am going back to being a condo dweller.
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When the kids move out I am going back to being a condo dweller.
I see the benefits of a condo but I love having a single standing house with no other dwelling attached. There is a lot of freedom in that.
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Do you consider 2500sf a small-ER house?
Statistically, it's below the average right now, but certainly not small. My house is 2500 sq ft. I'm plenty happy with the size. I grew up in a home over 5k sq ft and for 5 people it was great. I don't think I would ever want to drop below the 1800 sq/ft mark, though. It's healthy to have some personal space.
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I'm in 1200sf gross. It more like 930sf of living space. It is small. 4 people, soon to be 3.
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1200' here too. It was a little tight while the two boys were growing up, but for just the two of us it has too much room for "stuff" we really don't need to hoard.
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I'm in 1200sf gross. It more like 930sf of living space. It is small. 4 people, soon to be 3.
Probably close to what we will actually be living in. Kitchen/eating area, living room, 1/2 bath, laundry and master suite on the first floor. The upstairs is two bedrooms and a full bath that won't be utilized until we have kids. The rest of the space is over the garage that will be utilized as an office.
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1200' here too. It was a little tight while the two boys were growing up, but for just the two of us it has too much room for "stuff" we really don't need to hoard.
Empty rooms tend to store the crud for the stuff we never use anyway.
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Do you consider 2500sf a small-ER house?
No...not at all.

I meant it to illustrate the paradox.

Most (at least 1/2) I barely set foot in, except to entertain, or put up guests occasionally.

When I bought it, I thought it was going to hold more "people". Didn't work out that way....but it's mine, I have redone almost every single inch of it......and I love it.

If I had to (or chose to) do it all again, I would build something between 1,000 and 1,500. Like everyone said.....with a nice detached shop though (with a loft efficiency above for traveling scholars and/or friends in need of sanctuary).

And...it had been around, for over a hundred years. I didn't blight the local landscape with a 5K sq. ft. chitbox.....complete with 74 superfluous roof lines (triple stacked gables, dormers like they were building Mr. Potato/dormer Head), cheap colonial casings, engineered wood floors......faux-everything, . Just my opinion, to each his own (chitbox).

I would much rather see people pay real craftsman to BUILD (not vomit up) smaller and more well considered homes.

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I would much rather see people pay real craftsman to BUILD (not vomit up) smaller and more well considered homes.
The house poopers still live. I don't know how you got the idea they were vomited up, that wouldn't have enough form to be anything but a bunch of decks
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Empty rooms tend to store the crud for the stuff we never use anyway.
I use everything except the stuff I don't know I have, and the stuff I know I have and can't find.
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No...not at all.

I meant it to illustrate the paradox.

Most (at least 1/2) I barely set foot in, except to entertain, or put up guests occasionally.

When I bought it, I thought it was going to hold more "people". Didn't work out that way....but it's mine, I have redone almost every single inch of it......and I love it.

If I had to (or chose to) do it all again, I would build something between 1,000 and 1,500. Like everyone said.....with a nice detached shop though (with a loft efficiency above for traveling scholars and/or friends in need of sanctuary).

And...it had been around, for over a hundred years. I didn't blight the local landscape with a 5K sq. ft. chitbox.....complete with 74 superfluous roof lines (triple stacked gables, dormers like they were building Mr. Potato/dormer Head), cheap colonial casings, engineered wood floors......faux-everything, . Just my opinion, to each his own (chitbox).

I would much rather see people pay real craftsman to BUILD (not vomit up) smaller and more well considered homes.

Rant concluded.....cocktail refill necessary.
A home of any size can be poorly constructed. Not every 5k sq ft home is a McMansion. My parent's is a nice double wing colonial. No stacked gables, no silly dormers. No vaulted space, every sq ft of space is living space. I prefer a well build, well considered home of any size, be it 1200 sq ft or 8k sq ft.
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To me, a bigger house just means more maintenance and upkeep...
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So those of you in 1,500 sq ft houses. Do you not have friends? In half joking, but we have lots of friends and family where we live. We can't even have people over hardly cause right now we are in 1,800 sq ft with a kid plus my brother and his wife.

Just having immediate family over who live in the area for birthdays involves 9 adults and 7 kids. That's a lot to put in a little space. Granted the house is about 40 years old and not a very open design but I still want a bigger house one day.

My parents have a 4,000 sq ft and the have parties and people over frequently and it works much better than our house for that sort of thing.

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