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Old 05-22-2017, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I like this very small house. It's 550 sq. ft.

https://smallhousebliss.com/2014/09/...x-eco-cottage/
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:40 AM
 
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I like this very small house. It's 550 sq. ft.

https://smallhousebliss.com/2014/09/...x-eco-cottage/
550 sf isn't really "very small" by tiny house standards. But I, too, am seeking an existing very small dwelling (something like a three-season vacation cabin winterized) so as to circumvent all the logistical and legal complications of building or moving one. I'm good with just 200-300 sf, honestly.
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Old 05-23-2017, 07:48 AM
 
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I like this very small house. It's 550 sq. ft.

https://smallhousebliss.com/2014/09/...x-eco-cottage/
I like that atomic furniture (which is what makes the house, not so much the design of the place).

He really needs a Clairtone in there.

http://www.pulled-up.it/wp-content/u...t-g-stereo.png
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Old 05-25-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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550 sf isn't really "very small" by tiny house standards. But I, too, am seeking an existing very small dwelling (something like a three-season vacation cabin winterized) so as to circumvent all the logistical and legal complications of building or moving one. I'm good with just 200-300 sf, honestly.
It's not a tiny house, but it's small for a stick built--and it has two closets!
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Old 05-25-2017, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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It's not a tiny house, but it's small for a stick built--and it has two closets!
Since 'tiny' houses are not any cheaper to build nor to live in compared to large homes. Is there an actual purpose to woodstick construction?
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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Tiny house or work space is a cool concept but in reality I don't think it's very practical. It also often depends on having some nice land and good weather because otherwise you're cooped up or have to go out to escape the 4 walls that might feel like they are closing in. Now a 1,000 sq ft space - 1,200 sq ft space is doable and comfortable enough. Combine that with a no-clutter minimalistic design esthetic and that could be very nice.
My place is about 990 I believe. It's good for me but I'm single. I think it would be tight for a family with a kid. Anyway I downsized and am happier. Much easier to keep clean and cheaper to heat and cool. I do have an extra room on the back of the garage that helps with storage.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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My place is about 990 I believe. It's good for me but I'm single. I think it would be tight for a family with a kid. Anyway I downsized and am happier. Much easier to keep clean and cheaper to heat and cool. I do have an extra room on the back of the garage that helps with storage.
It is a common paradigm to think of smaller homes being easier to heat and cool. But keep in mind that home design can more than make up for the difference.

Home can be designed to power, heat / cool themselves without consuming fuel.

If the fuel costs to power, heat and cool a home are zero, regardless of size, then the 'benefits' of a tiny house are questionable.
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Old 05-28-2017, 12:56 AM
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Location: Pennsylvania
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I like that atomic furniture (which is what makes the house, not so much the design of the place).

He really needs a Clairtone in there.

http://www.pulled-up.it/wp-content/u...t-g-stereo.png
I was thinking just the opposite-I like the house but that furniture is a 3D definition of ugly.

To each their own.
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Southeast Texas
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How does an elderly couple get up a steep ladder to go to bed? What happens when someone is incapacitated be ist a cast, medical issues, ... ?
Not quite the same thing, but thirty years ago, I lived in a tiny house for about 8 months while I was pregnant with my son. I was living in a tiny house before they became a "thing" and didn't realize it till fairly recently. It had a ladder/very, very steep stairs going up to a very small sleeping loft (it could fit a full-size futon mattress my then-husband brought back from Japan but nothing else). I could barely sit up in the loft without bumping my head. The stairs/ladder was such that you could not "walk" up and down, you climbed it like a traditional ladder but it didn't go straight up and down. Getting up and down the ladder became more and more problematic the further along in my pregnancy I got. We moved to a different part of California to a 2 bedroom apartment about 6 weeks before the baby was born, but I remember wondering how I was going to take care of a baby with that ladder.

I had almost forgotten about living in that little place until recently when hubby and I were watching Tiny House Nation. It was a permanent structure built in the back yard of a mobile home on a fairly steep hill near Paradise, California. From what I remember I think it was roughly 200 sq ft (if that), no central AC or heat (we had a small wood burning stove) and from what the neighbors who lived in the mobile home told us, it was an illegal build (no permits or inspections or anything like that). We were renting it, and the landlord had retired and moved to Mexico.

An elderly couple, someone who has a cast, needs crutches, or has other medical issues would not have done well in that little place. There is no way they would have been able to navigate that ladder. I like the idea of a tiny house, but the reality is far different from the fantasy in my experience.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:47 PM
 
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God originally put humanity into the garden of paradise

We were created to live and be, outside

A tiny home makes it less inviting to spend all your time inside

forcing you to be out in nature

better for your mental health than sitting inside all day
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