Super Tiny Houses

  • swimbikerun

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    Nov 15, 2008 3:38 PM GMT
    Would you live in one? I'd visit this guy in his tiny house for sure...
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    Nov 15, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    Looks bigger than my friend's apartment in Tokyo, lol.

    Nah, I'd probably get claustrophobic or something. Plus I couldn't imagine sharing it with a fat beagle and a fat cat.
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    Nov 15, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    DigitalGhost_ saidLooks bigger than my friend's apartment in Tokyo, lol.

    Nah, I'd probably get claustrophobic or something. Plus I couldn't imagine sharing it with a fat beagle and a fat cat.

    Yeah, no pets, no fishtank
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    Nov 15, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    I can't even try on a shirt in most dressing rooms for lack of space. Looks like something I'd give my dog.
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    Nov 15, 2008 7:32 PM GMT
    My house in the Bay Area is 620 sq. ft., which is about my minimum.

    In about ten years though, when I will have seen through the futility of Cottage Living, Gourmet, and other indicia of an acquisitive lifestyle, a super tiny house might fit the bill.
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:17 PM GMT
    Saw this on TV last year - he's too cute to pass up, and the house is too tiny for me. Although if it was a cabin on an airliner it would be reserved for kings, presidents and movie stars.
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    I love it! cozy and quaint! icon_lol.gif

    I wouldn't mind living in a small house for many of his same reasons. Efficient, environment friendly, cheap and portable. I would like it to be on a nice size yard though.
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    Ok good on him for his conern for his carboon footprint or whatever. Great, he's a wonderful person since he puts a few less grams of carbon into the atmosphere every year. No problem there.

    To me however, I'd feel like I was in a coffin up in that loft. Thats just scary.

    And no couch means he cant lay down and cuddle and watch a movie...

    Cant cook lasagna in that toaster oven...

    I cant imagine having a "fun" shower experience in there either. If you get my drift.

    Would be good to not have as much crap as I have... but im a pack rat. I'd have to really throw out a lot of things i dont use...

    But anyway, if you just turn your lights off and dont waste water and make sure your place is well insulated its realy not that bad especially living alone.

    I'm sure its cheaper but I just like some space to stretch out! Among other things icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    It does have a certain quaintness to it, but I couldn't live there. It would be great for a weekend getaway place, but as a full time residence? Not a chance.

    My place now is 1100 sf and sometimes it feels like I'd really like to have more room.
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    Is a small world after all icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:50 PM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWould you live in one? I'd visit this guy in his tiny house for sure...
















    IT'S LIKE LIVING INSIDE THE CLOSET!!!! icon_lol.gif
    Yeah, no...I was getting claustrophobic just watching this! He's cute though...
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:55 PM GMT
    Agreed on the Cute-O-Meter

    But I needed a valium to stop myself from hyperventilating
    I had dorm rooms bigger than that icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 15, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    I'm claustrophobic. So definitely not. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 15, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    I'd love to see the size of his garden shed.
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    Nov 15, 2008 10:44 PM GMT
    Lost_In_Space saidI'd love to see the size of his garden shed.

    Is that British slang for Tool Shed? You know, where you can see how his tool is hung?
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    Nov 15, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    For 11 years I (1960-1971) lived in an 11' x 14' studio apartment while in grad school and then doing a post-doc. The only good things I can think of to say about the arrangement is that it kept life simple (limiting the number and size of my possessions), and that I lived in La Jolla, 2 blocks from the beach, for $75/mo (half my fellowship).
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    PDSurfer saidFor 11 years I (1960-1971) lived in an 11' x 14' studio apartment while in grad school and then doing a post-doc. The only good things I can think of to say about the arrangement is that it kept life simple (limiting the number and size of my possessions), and that I lived in La Jolla, 2 blocks from the beach, for $75/mo (half my fellowship).

    I am willing to bet that that studio isn't so cheap to rent anymore. lol

    I wouldn't mind living in a tiny house. Cozy little space, and probably very economical.
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    Nov 15, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    He's a cutie icon_smile.gif

    I wouldn't live in such a small place. I like big shower and bathtub areas. But I would definetly visit him! lol
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    It gets more points for the cute/unique quality than anything else. The carbon footprint issue is fairly lame. There are far better ways of dealing with your carbon footprint than living in the coffin you want to be burried in. This house would be fine if your a total loner with little need for any 'things' whether they are momentos, or truly functional items.
    I couldn't keep my harp there or my lathe, I'd have to get rid of my paintings, and while my books could be digitized, they are not and simply doing that would require an extraordinary amount of time. My house is about 630 sq ft. It is workable though too small. While I could reduce the space in theory, I believe it is better to live than simply exist.
    This concept is an experiment that to me succeeds in it's intent but fails in the bigger picture. Its cute but little more than that. Can you imagine bring home a date for dinner and more. I'd hate to think of an evening spent saying 'excuse me' everytime you move, and banging your elbows etc. every time you want to be romantic. I think there's more room in the back of a '70 Ford Torino for 'romance'.
    Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should.
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    the guy is charming, no doubt.

    i wish his house were about 500 sq ft....then it might have a better chance of becoming mainstream.

    1 person...500 sq ft...
    2 people...900 sq ft...
    3 people. 1200 sq ft etc etc..

    at 100 sq ft, youre unknowingly sending the message that a green lifestyle is synonymous with a certain level of discomfort- and thats not true.

    "The most recent statistics from the National Association of Home Builders show that the average American home grew from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,434 square feet in 2005. "


    Americans need to learn to live smaller, but 100 sq ft/ person is a bit much.
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:28 AM GMT
    If I was single, yep, a place like that is fine. I don't have too much of a problem with claustrophobia. But I would require two conditions.
    1. It must be in a warm, dry climate. I can imagine the amplification of the rattle caused by rain on the roof at night, (not to mention hail...). And the wooden structure swaying in a gale force wind, or being lifted by a tornado. What was that famous movie?....Alice in Wonderland? No, it was the Wizard of Oz...
    2. Those wheels underneath look unsettling. I may go out one day to return and find the house...gone. Worse still, someone may attach it to a car and drive off...with myself asleep in the middle of the night.
    Nah, perhaps it's not a good idea to live in one after all.

    By the way, that video of "It's a Small World" in Disneyland, California, brings back memories...
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    swimbikerun saidWould you live in one? I'd visit this guy in his tiny house for sure...


    It's a great idea, and I think we should start buying them up since we're about to hit another Great Depression, according to Lou Dobbs.

    The only problem: I have to have a reasonably equipped kitchen and a normal size bathroom - small bathrooms freak me out for some reason. Otherwise, it's perfect.

    It also bodes the question, can I climb into your attic? icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    sundayswim said
    "The most recent statistics from the National Association of Home Builders show that the average American home grew from 983 square feet in 1950 to 2,434 square feet in 2005. "

    Wow, that's a huge increase and a pretty striking statistic. I wonder what's behind that trend.
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    Nov 16, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    where would I mount my Sling?

  • metta

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    Nov 16, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    I really like the idea of having a smaller place to live. I was thinking about that earlier today. It is a lot of work having to take care of a larger place. But then I get home and love having a big kitchen with a huge island and my walk in pantry and my big rooms. Part of me does not want to give it up. My home is a little under 3500 square feet and it is just me. I know people that have way bigger homes than me though. I work from home so I really need the space, and could really use even more as my business grows. So I'm not sure what to do other than just deal with what I have for now.