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Old 01-15-2015, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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When push comes to shove most Americans can't cut it in small home. They need their stuff their 60 inch plus TV screen. Four guest rooms an over sized living room a three car garage, etc. Most Americans are just too spoiled to make the change & stick to it. It's like asking them to give up their over sized truck/SUV. It's not going to happen. They can't understand that they don't need these thing but they do want them they feel entitled to them. Small homes might be a cool quest house or a retreat but in the end they will crave their bigger homes, the easy answer to someone feeling a bit stir crazy.. step outside.
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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I would recommend at least 800 sq ft. I live in a 550 sq ft house, with one other person, and more then a few cats, it is really miserable due to the smallness. As of just a few minutes ago I just scrapped open my elbow.

We live in a 500 sq. ft. apt now & it's great! Beautiful front porch with a swing on it. Our bedroom closet could be a bit bigger though. Like someone else just said it's the layout of the place you would be surprised just how nice they can be. Oh, & the one we like is 2 bedroom 1 bath, with a tub in it. Yes, we want a loft in it & a porch which would go around the whole house. We spent more times outside anyhow even in the winters unless it's just bitterly bone chilling cold.

I put up a picture of the floor plan below. My mistake the place is 510sq. ft.
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Old 01-15-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Where you aren't
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We live in a 500 sq. ft. apt now & it's great! Beautiful front porch with a swing on it. Our bedroom closet could be a bit bigger though. Like someone else just said it's the layout of the place you would be surprised just how nice they can be. Oh, & the one we like is 2 bedroom 1 bath, with a tub in it. Yes, we want a loft in it & a porch which would go around the whole house. We spent more times outside anyhow even in the winters unless it's just bitterly bone chilling cold.

I put up a picture of the floor plan below. My mistake the place is 510sq. ft.
Looks good. I agree it is all about the layout. I like that the living room kitchen is open concept according to the floor plan. My next place won't be even close to 500 Sq ft. I would go for 800 to 1000.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:24 PM
 
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When push comes to shove most Americans can't cut it in small home. They need their stuff their 60 inch plus TV screen. Four guest rooms an over sized living room a three car garage, etc. Most Americans are just too spoiled to make the change & stick to it. It's like asking them to give up their over sized truck/SUV. It's not going to happen. They can't understand that they don't need these thing but they do want them they feel entitled to them. Small homes might be a cool quest house or a retreat but in the end they will crave their bigger homes, the easy answer to someone feeling a bit stir crazy.. step outside.
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We live in a 500 sq. ft. apt now & it's great! Beautiful front porch with a swing on it. Our bedroom closet could be a bit bigger though. Like someone else just said it's the layout of the place you would be surprised just how nice they can be. Oh, & the one we like is 2 bedroom 1 bath, with a tub in it. Yes, we want a loft in it & a porch which would go around the whole house. We spent more times outside anyhow even in the winters unless it's just bitterly bone chilling cold.

I put up a picture of the floor plan below. My mistake the place is 510sq. ft.
Your place is almost 3x the size of an average tiny home. Is it only people with homes larger than yours that are wasteful Americans?
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:50 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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We live in a 500 sq. ft. apt now & it's great! Beautiful front porch with a swing on it. Our bedroom closet could be a bit bigger though. Like someone else just said it's the layout of the place you would be surprised just how nice they can be. Oh, & the one we like is 2 bedroom 1 bath, with a tub in it. Yes, we want a loft in it & a porch which would go around the whole house. We spent more times outside anyhow even in the winters unless it's just bitterly bone chilling cold.

I put up a picture of the floor plan below. My mistake the place is 510sq. ft.
Nope, no way that would work for me. First, to get to the only bathroom, I'd have to go into the kitchen.
Second, where do you store things? Winter things...boots, jackets. Luggage. No entry closet? Where do jackets and shoes and rain boots go? Where is the Christmas decor stored? Very little counter space. Next to no kitchen storage. Where do you keep the blender, stand mixer, big roasting pans? No pantry? No laundry room? No space for cats or a dog.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Your place is almost 3x the size of an average tiny home. Is it only people with homes larger than yours that are wasteful Americans?

Yes, it is bigger then most at the same time it's still much smaller then an average home.
We don't see the point in having a 2,500 sq. Ft. home or bigger. I never used the word wasted I said spoiled.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Nope, no way that would work for me. First, to get to the only bathroom, I'd have to go into the kitchen.
Second, where do you store things? Winter things...boots, jackets. Luggage. No entry closet? Where do jackets and shoes and rain boots go? Where is the Christmas decor stored? Very little counter space. Next to no kitchen storage. Where do you keep the blender, stand mixer, big roasting pans? No pantry? No laundry room? No space for cats or a dog.

You create space & a place for those things, again it's not for everyone I will easily admit to that.
Swap out your winter clothes when summer comes. You can have a storage shed to put your Christmas decorations in. There is always a way it sounds like you cook a lot so you would have to find what would work for you. You make your own floor plan & your own space.
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:55 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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With a free standing cabin/small house that size, you can always have a cellar or an attic space for storage. Personally I prefer the idea of more outdoor space (undeveloped land around me) over more house. Even where it gets cold I get outside all winter. You have to no matter how big your house is to avoid cabin fever.
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Old 01-16-2015, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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With a free standing cabin/small house that size, you can always have a cellar or an attic space for storage. Personally I prefer the idea of more outdoor space (undeveloped land around me) over more house. Even where it gets cold I get outside all winter. You have to no matter how big your house is to avoid cabin fever.

It's interesting that you mentioned that. Outdoor space is very important & if you watch some videos on tiny homes you'll see that many people have a great outdoor space.
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Old 01-16-2015, 03:33 PM
 
Location: I am right here.
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It's interesting that you mentioned that. Outdoor space is very important & if you watch some videos on tiny homes you'll see that many people have a great outdoor space.
Well, you'd HAVE to if you did not want to go CRAZZZZZY in such a tight space. I'd be certifiably insane if I had to stay in such a space. Heck, a hotel room drives me nuts if I am in there too long. LET ME OUT!
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