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Archive for October 2012

Tools To Build A Tiny House

Today I did a quick video of some of the tools I have on hand to build my Tiny House.  These certainly isn’t all of them, but they are the main players. I will do an update after I am done building the house to talk about what I used, what I didn’t use a lot, what tools I needed to get along the way, etc.

I have been buying tools gradually for about 3 years now and paying with cash.  It’s worth noting that I use these tools for my job (community gardening) to do odd jobs around the garden, so I spent a little more than some people might and I decided to go new vs. used on them because I use them often.  All the tools I bought were new, but I shopped around.  I did intentionally splurge on my Drill and Impact Driver Set, but I feel like that was money well spent.    To date I have spent $1,541 on tools

  • Air compressor: $150
  • 2  finish nailers and staple gun: $120
  • Framing nailer: $180
  • Skill Miter Saw: $79
  • Clamps- assorted: $125
  • Porter Cable Circular saw, Drill, Sawzall, flashlight, two batteries (kit): $129
  • DeWalt Drill, Impact Driver, and two batteries- $249
  • Jig Saw: $24
  • Assorted small hand tools: Estimate $300
  • Table Saw: $90
  • Drill Bits (various & specilty): $95

Fitting More People In Cities

Right now the majority of people on this earth live in cities and the number of people is growing.  We have arrived at the point where we must grapple with the fact that people want to live in these areas and that they must be able to house them all.  Many argue that a city is a more sustainable pathway for us, but we still need to balance that with quality of life.  I know for me living in a dense urban area I personally find it difficult because the lack of nature, even with great green spaces, I find a need to connect with the woods.  So how can we balance the demands of humans with the needs of the earth and do it in  small space?  This video I found is really interesting and answers many of these points.

Your Turn!

  • How can we take these ideas and concepts of Tiny House to make awesome cities?

Interview On Tiny House Talk

My good friend Alex over at Tiny House Talk just posted a interview I did with him that I wanted to share with all of you.  It talks a little bit about how I arrived at Tiny Houses, then we get into my plans to build starting in November 2012.  It was a lot of fun talk to Alex and you can find his full post and transcript here

Cliff Top House

Today I found this house built in Chile by Alvaro Ramirez and Clarissa Elton.  It is about 500 square feet and has an amazing view and emphasizes outdoor living through it opening window walls and a deck that is almost as big as the indoor space.  It is heated with a wood burning stove, was built in 3 months and cost $15,000 USD to build.  The house is divided into two sections divided by patio space, a sleeping area with bed and bathroom, then the other side is a living space with couches, kitchen and table.

 

 

 

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Keret House Update

Back in July of 2011 I covered a very narrow house called the Keret House (read the post here) that was being built in a very small alley way.  The House is currently considered to be the world’s narrowest house at 3 feet at it’s narrowest and 5 at its widest.  At the time it was only a concept, but now it has finally been finished for us to check out.

Your Turn!

  • Could you live in this house?
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