A few months ago I did a post about forming a Tiny House Cohort to connect with other people that were building a tiny house at the same time I was. The idea was that we could meet up and share thoughts, problem solve and have fun through our building process. From that post I found a couple that was building the same house as I was, at the same time, in the same city. Not only was it great to find someone, but it further confirmed my belief that Tiny House people are awesome, and Alan and Marie defiantly verify that theory.
So please join me in welcoming Alan and Marie to the ranks of The Tiny Life. They will be joining us and sharing their story as they build their tiny house. Here is a little bit about them:
We’re total neophytes when it comes to building, but we have a very strong drive to live as simply and freely as possible, with as little negative impact on the planet as possible. Walk softly and carry very few sticks, (unless they’re 2x4s, in which case, always carry at least 2 extra). Alan’s works in money, and I work in market research, but our focus is on getting ourselves out of the rat race as soon as possible, and if that means living in a 130 square foot house, so be it. We’re in our early 30’s, no kids, one dog, two cats. We decided to build Big Red in 2011, bought plans in 2012, and “broke ground” in 2013.
As they post you can follow their posts specifically here: http://www.thetinylife.com/category/alan-and-marie They will of course show up on the regular blog so you can see them along their journey.
I wanted to do a second update from my time at the Tiny House Workshop put on by Tumbleweed Tiny Houses. The second day was focused on the design of tiny spaces.
Jay spoke about subtractive design, which is a process of design where you remove elements to refine a design without detracting from the design at the same time. The balance between removing elements and simplifying the design while still maintaining the core functions and needs that a home provides are inspired by a list in Christopher Alexander’s book, A Pattern Language.
Another point that Jay hit home was that of “vernacular design” where certain design element subconsciously signal us to understand that the design is a home. Things like a porch or a defined angle on a gable roof.
The last part of presentation was done by Greg Ramsey of Village Habitat Design. His company specializes in designing small house communities. It was a really great presentation on how we can rethink traditional housing, layout traditional urban lots to have community, interaction with nature and higher home density that is a quality not typically seen today. What I really like about Greg’s approach is that his goal is to turn 60-90% of the land into green spaces and gardens.
All in all it was a great workshop, the design approach was an interesting one, to see and understand that Tiny Houses are so intentionally designed. The added conversation of community building was really fascinating and really got the wheels turning!
In Poland we will soon see the construction of the Keret House, a 150 square food house sandwiched between two buildings. The house itself has a really interesting skin that will be made of clothe that is impregnated with concrete. The house will first be an art installation, but later actually will house the owner. The house will be the narrowest in Poland, the narrowest part of the house is just 28 inches wide!
This is a kinda neat table and bench, folding and sliding to different configurations and even defined spaces.
Hey all, I am at north myrtle until sunday the 30th and will not be posting till I get back. Have a good week.