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Log Cabin 2.0

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I heard about this little log cabin, which I must admit, at first didn’t excite me too much.  Then I saw it.  A true “log” cabin.  The space is designed to be a work studio away form it all, but it could very easily be converted to a full on house.  Its bench easy could accommodate someone looking to take a nap and the outside blends with the woods around it.  The neatest feature of it is the unique style of support that the shelves use, You simply remove the piece of wood and place it where you want it to go,  this is a very nice custom detail.

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Family Living Tiny

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Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house. It’s not that he’s exceptionally fast; he just doesn’t have that far to roam. Thurston shares 380 square feet with his mom and dad, Kelly Breslin and Ryan Conder, and a medium-sized mutt named Charlie.

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Lots of young families start out in small houses, just not this small. These parents say it’s their preference, and that the small space hasn’t cramped their style. It’s arranged for maximum efficiency, but it still looks comfortable and fashionably decorated. Conder, 35, owner of the men’s clothing store South Willard, and Breslin, 32, a ceramic artist, have given it a distinct personality: Quadruple their living quarters and it would look like a downtown artist’s loft with a carefully edited selection of contemporary art and Midcentury Danish and Italian design.
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“Everyone who comes over says, ‘Wow, it’s so cute,’ but I know they are thinking, ‘Wow, it’s so small,’ ” Breslin says.

Adds Conder: “Even the guy who comes to fix the sink asked where the bedroom is.”

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There isn’t one. Built atop a two-car garage, the 1950s house’s living quarters consist of two rooms — and that’s if you count the bath. There isn’t a designated nursery or even a crib. Along with other parents in their Echo Park circle of friends, Conder and Breslin practice co-sleeping, so Thurston rests with them.

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Reclaimed Space

Found this great Tiny House of 400 Square Feet.  It was once slated to be demolished but Reclaimed Space, a company that deal exclusively in reclaimed construction, saw its potential.  I still can’t get over how gorgeous these floors and the colors and materials all mix so well.

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It starts with where we get our materials. By reclaiming wood  and metal from old barn and homes we are able to preserve their embodied energy; the energy required to cultivate and  mill or form all this wood and metal. It preserves landfill  space and relieves us all of unsightly and potentially  dangerous old structures.

Preserving the embodied energy of these materials prevents the carbon emissions from acquiring and using virgin material. And by prefabricating our homes we drastically reduce the emissions from the constant trips required by a site-built home. Building in our quality controlled production facility we are able to reduce the amount of construction waste of each home by 95%.

Better design means more efficient use of space. With open and inviting floor plans our homes are more efficient and offer greater utility. Our abilitye to build smaller spacious spaces, use less materials and offer homes with smaller physical and figurative footprints. Additionally, Reclaimed Space are built modularly, which offer a wide array of configuration and possibilites, even the ability for future adaptive additions. Should you want to move or add to your home, your changing   are considered in the original design, which preventing material waste and saves time and money.

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Stats on Clutter & Too Much Stuff

  • The u.s. department of energy reports that one-quarter of people with two-car garages have so much stuff in there that they can’t park a car.
  • According to the national soap and detergent association, getting rid of clutter would eliminate 40 percent of housework in the average home.
  • The national association of professional organizers says we spend one year of our lives looking for lost items.
  • Harris interactive reports that 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late (and incur fees) because they lose them.
  • If you rent a storage facility to store your excess belongings, you’re contributing to a $154 billion industry – bigger than the hollywood film business!
  • 1 in 11 american households rents a self-storage space and they spend over $1000 a year in rent.
  • It costs an average of $10/square foot to store items in your home.
  • In a 2008 napo survey of 400 consumers nationwide, 27 percent said they feel disorganized at work, and of those, 91 percent said they would be more effective and efficient if their workspace was better organized. 28 percent said they would save over an hour per day and 27 percent said they would save 31 to 60 minutes each day.
  • Stephanie winston, author of the organized executive, estimates a manager loses 1 hour/day to disorder, costing the business up to $4,000/yr if earning $35,000/yr – or $8,125/yr at $65,000).

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