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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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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I have been hoping that a big player like Walmart or Target will start to charging for bags, even just a nickle a bag would do. The D.C. has stepped up and has taken a stance as a municipality they want to reduce consumption of bags.
Washington D.C. instituted a 5-cent tax on disposable bags—both paper and plastic—on New Year’s Day. Now, when you go to the grocery store in the District, you pay a little extra if you get a new tree- or oil-based bag rather than bring your own.
There seems to be lots of grumbling from the locals about what a hassle/expense the tax is, but the thing is: It’s been wildly successful as a waste-cutting measure. Store managers are reporting that the number of bags they buy and use has dropped by around 50 percent. They should be happy about that because it cuts their costs. The tax will also generate an estimated $3.6 million in revenue for the District.
Many commenters are taking this as an example of how the difference between a free bag and a 5-cent bag can be huge, psychologically speaking. It’s also interesting to contrast this with the proposed 20-cent bag tax that was rejected by voters in Seattle (would a smaller tax have passed?) and the plastic bag ban in San Francisco, which did more to reduce bag use, but generated no revenue and may have increased grocery prices for everyone.
I’m glad it’s working, but I’m still slightly baffled that so many people need a tax to prompt them to rethink whether getting a disposable bag with every little purchase makes sense. I’m bummed when I forget to bring a reusable bag to the grocery store, not because of a tax (there isn’t one in Los Angeles), because using a plastic bag means unnecessary production and waste. I get that economics tells us we’re all supposed to be utility-maximizing rational choosers, but for me being generally resource smart and taking care of the planet actually feels better than not caring.
Reprinted: Good Andrew Price Jan 2010
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.
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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