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A Present For You

I often talk of the downfall of society, consumerism, political injustice, McMansions and suburban sprawl.  But today I was taking a walk and thinking about things in life and what is really important to me.  I was reminded of a saying that a middle school teacher used to preach to us, but I never really hit home till much later


Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.

I then stumbled across this video and really liked the message so enjoy.




So TODAY take time with what is important.

Spending Around The World

So I found the article below this post and wrote up the post, then as I ventured out to find tomorrow’s post, I discovered everyone and their brother also had posted it!  Being that I hate to post what the other guys post, don’t get me wrong the other Tiny House bloggers rock,  I felt that I should always have original stuff.   So today you get two posts!map

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I have this obsession with infographics.  What are infographics, for those of you who might not know, its pretty simple.  It is a graphic that presents information in an interesting and visually stimulating way.  I love it.  While me being a nerd and I love a good data matrix, sometimes the columns bleed together till you want to tear out your eyes.

This infographic is about how people around the world spend on common goods.  It is really interesting to see how much and of what proportion of money we spend on things like clothing, entertainment, alcohol and electronics.  It also serves as a humble reminder that there is much we could do without like people in other countries do.

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Living On The Edge

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So I found this and wrote up the post, then as I ventured out to find tomorrow’s post, I discovered everyone and their brother also had posted it!  So today you get two posts!

I found this office space over at Lifehacker, great website if you have never been.  While this isn’t a Tiny House, the concept can easily be adapted to a tiny house.  With a green roof and a killer view this would be a great basis for a Tiny House.   He already has a futon in the space, ad a bath and kitchen area and you are good to go!

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Log Home

I stumbled across this from our friends over at Materialicious,log1 It’s a “Log Home”  haha get it? Ba-Da-Psssh – Clicky Okay corny jokes aside, the aesthetic of this is a really interesting collision of rustic extreme meats modern extreme.  With all walls except the one being entirely made of logs, I love the look!

It also brings about an interesting point.  Many of us want to take our tiny homes to a wilderness setting, an area that is untouched, that hasn’t been ruined by McMansions.  With the logs being on most of the sides, the house can easily blend into the natural surrounds.  This idea is interesting because you are minimizing the impact, not as we normally think of it as in renewable resources or recycled products, but in terms of Nature’s aesthetics. log2 You are essentially able to keep what we find so great about a forest intact even with placing a house in it.

The Designers website is in French, but here is what it roughly says when I ran it through a translator:

Flake House, house wandering with the road gauge, is conceived to equip the places where it fails and to thus transpose them in strange vision. A “madness” which Marie skilfully “low tech” and “high tech”. The treatment of this poetic shelter is connected more with one object found than with an artifact. The madness is presented in the form of a cast solid building, monomatière (natural wood) broken in her center. This definite irregular break the sequence of entry and delimits space serving as been useful space. The interior treatment of the madness contrasts with the irregularity of the made exterior facade of logs. This space is punctuated random openings arranged between the logs of the walls.

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Living in a Shed?

When it comes to Tiny Houses, they come in all shapes and sizes.  CIMG1168Even the definition of a Tiny House isn’t all that definitive.  People who live in tiny houses live in areas that are urban to the most remote areas of the earth and everything in between.  Diversity of what Tiny is, is in itself, part of what makes it so fascinating to me.   As people take these ideals we share in the Tiny House Movement and manifest itself in so many forms, we find creative ways to live in small homes.

This richness of various forms allows us to rethink traditional housing in so many great ways.  I have toyed with building a Tiny Home a la Jay Schaffer, which I would venture is one of the most popular approaches today.  The other option I have considered is a prefab shed.  Today I was able to go see a model that I have been toying with the idea of purchasing and putting in the middle of a plot of land.

There are issues with this approach of course.  Like all other Tiny Home making this legal and to code is rather difficult by its nature of being Tiny.  One big advantage of the prefab shed option is that these structures will almost always pass code, are easily able to obtain building permits, if you even need one!  Of course officially this would have to be just a shed.  It gets a bit more complicated when you are not placing the shed behind a primary dwelling.  This is where I find myself.

When I was talking with the sales person at the shed store, she told me that they have had several customers live in these sheds.  They call these buildings “sheds” loosely, with models up to 1000+ square feet.CIMG1169

Why a shed though?  Well like I mentioned the ease of getting them legitimized of course helps.  Second they are cheap!  The model I show here is 192 Square Feet. Included are the windows, doors, installations, taxes, anchoring, site leveling and delivery all for the price of $4,200!  Figure adding in permits, running power, insulation and drywall (doing the work myself of course) I am looking at a sweet house for around six grand.  You could then deck it out with Ikea swag for another $500 and have a really really nice place!  The only drawback is there is no loft for a bed, so you have to deal with that, Murphy bed?

The other advantage to these houses is that you can move them!  Not as easily as a house on a trailer, but it’s possible.  The other advantage I see with this is that they offer payment plans of $70 a month, makes it pretty affordable, considering I have friends that pay over $1500 a month in rent.

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