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Old 04-04-2015, 07:37 AM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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As we've seen with glamper microhomes and high-end, luxurious tiny homes (that come with their own high-end price tag), smaller spaces aren't always as affordable as one may think. However, using salvaged materials and gifted items will keep costs down, as Pacific Northwest resident Scott Brooks did with his tiny home, which he built for "well below" USD $500.

Man builds low-cost tiny home with recycled materials for $500 : TreeHugger
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:45 PM
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So it's basically an adult fort.

When will this stupidity end already. Someone should just break the micro house down to it's basics, and simply wear a garbage bag around themselves and call it a home.

Wait, some do, and they are called bums. Never mind then...
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:32 AM
Location: Bend Or.
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It's basically a kids playhouse, Big Deal.
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Old 04-06-2015, 10:27 AM
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No. It's all the unnecessary "fluff" stripped away.

He's going a little more austere than I would, going outside for all pluming needs, but I did that when I was living in my airstream in NY and Nj working hurricane Sandy (to avoid concerns of damaging the plumbing)
Short term (which I suspect this is, while he does this organic farm project and is then off on the next adventure) its fine.

I've lived in my 224 sqft airstream for several years now, (periods of that time offgrid) and if I could (I could, but it's not worth the bother/expense) move a few things around in the interior it would be perfect.)
-as is I have few complaints.

Some people (not me) scorn building an artificial cave with junk they don't need. (I'm too much of a pack rat.)

I'm working on a 1,000 sqft apartment in a 2,000 sqft shop (1/2 and 1/2 living and work space) and many people would consider it too small.
I think it's HUGE!

Not everyone needs what you do (see the result of the owners activities)
For some people life is about stuff, for some it's about experiences, for some (like me) we split the difference.
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:17 PM
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I lived in a dorm once, and I think that freshmen year in college is all I need of that.

I'd never want to live like this, but that doesn't mean others won't find it appealing. If you do, you do, enjoy it, no problems there, just don't try to convince me I need to live in a dorm again. Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:02 PM
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Cost is cheap, with this hermit house I guess he'll never invite a woman/man to spend the night...

No plumbing, no refrigerator, and he uses a nearby outdoor shower and outhouse, what a wonderful outlook in the winter.
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Old 04-09-2015, 09:49 PM
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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There's a fine line separating 'tiny house in the woods' and Ted Kaczynski's manifesto shack in Montana.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:49 AM
Location: Dallas
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I think it's admirable that someone was resourceful enough to build a shelter for themselves so cheaply. I would love a little house in the woods, but would probably prefer something like this:

Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000 : TreeHugger
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:52 AM
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Things not mentioned:

The cost of the land.
The amount of "gifted" items.

I could build a 5000 sqft home with gifted materials and $500 of my own money.

That isn't a house, it is an outhouse with a bed in it.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:40 PM
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I find the latent animosity to this type of housing interesting. Just think of the scads of money he's saving by NOT having a mortgage, utility bills, and credit card bills for stuff no one needs but the ever-present commercials convince us we need? And in lieu of a 'regular' job, he has time. Time for everything he wants to do and nothing he doesn't.

And after looking at his blog for a little while, if I was 30 years younger..... whoa, good looking healthy real MAN there, not a cubicle farm or office stuffed suit wannabe.
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