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Tiny House Vacation

After the Tiny House Conference I decided to take a long overdue break for a few days.  It’s been almost a year since my last vacation and I know part of living tiny is me needing to take more time for me.  So I booked a place in the mountains on a whim and loaded up the car.  The place I stayed was a small house or even a tiny house.  It would be perfect for retirement because it was just big enough to be comfy, but not too big, and everything is on a single level.  The house was gorgeous!  Perched high on a small mountain, in the mountains of NC it was close enough to drive to easily, but far away from everything.

For the most part I did a whole lot of nothing, which was the whole point!  I took some short jaunts out around the area to enjoy the awesome weather I had.  Here is a few photos of the place and my trip.

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IMG_1668This awesome fire-pit area was in the middle of the three units.  Each of the little houses were pretty much the same.  At night I hung out by the fire and chatted with the other folks staying there.

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IMG_1637Small efficiency kitchen that was pretty workable.  Maybe add another 2-3 feet of counter space to make it fully functional.

IMG_1644Neat architectural detail.  this form mimicked the outside roof line, nice detail.

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IMG_1648The entrance to Joyce Kilmer Old Growth Forest was named after a poet here is one of his more famous poems:

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I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

-  Joyce Kilmer

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After Joyce Kilmer, I headed to the NC / TN border where the famous route 129 is, better know as The Tail of the Dragon.  The stretch of road is notorious for its 318 hair pin turns in only 11 miles.  Popular with motoring clubs and motorcycles its a fun road to take a ride on and has some amazing views.

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IMG_1656A waterfall on my way to Tail of The Dragon

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IMG_1659Highest dam this side of the Mississippi.

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The rest of my weekend was made up of taking naps, reading some good books and enjoying the campfire.

 

Tiny House Chat – Future Of Tiny Houses 11/19

Tomorrow we have another Tiny House Chat which will be on computer generated tiny houses. Its a fascinating topic and totally free.   Come out and hear from Macy and I, plus three awesome guests.  We will talk about CNC machines, tiny houses, wiki house and found house.

All the details here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/617711134935049/

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Cob Houses

Even though I am busy building my own tiny house, I still find myself thinking about building other houses (is that cheating on my tiny house? lol).  From time to time I have been coming back to cob houses.  I have thought about building a cob house if in the future I decide I need more space (get married or just want more space etc).

Cob is basically clay, sand and usually straw mixed together to be used as a building material, kinda like bricks, but the advantage is that most of the materials can be sourced on site or purchased cheaply.   The houses are very strong, good at regulating temperature, are about the lightest impact home I know.  They have their own aesthetic to them which I am beginning to warm up to.  Here is a great video on them

 

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Bunkie

Today we have a pretty neat small house that comes to us from Bunkie Co.  I find this house really interesting in many ways, first off its form is that of a iconic house, almost in a cartoon figure way.  Second most of it is CNC plywood, meaning its a inexpensive material that is cut with computer guided machine, so it can be rapidly made with great precision.

One really cool feature of this house – and I almost missed this – on the second photo you can see it actually have two Murphy beds.

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Skinny Eel’s House

Today we have an interesting house and office that takes ques from Japanese small lot architecture.  The house is 780 square feet, but that is for the house and the office which the owner works out of full time, sometime with another employee.  Located in Hollywood, you can see the Hollywood sign from the spectacular roof deck.  The architects talk about this house:

The width of this lot is exactly 15 feet and so shares at least one interesting quality with some Japanese urban building projects.  The existing building was originally built in 1929 on the same size lot that it sits on today – approx 780 sq.ft. For this reason it is a very unique property. Special planning permission was required to extend the house up an additional story increasing the usable interior space by double. The views from the roof extend as far as the Hollywood sign and the San Gabriel mountains yet the house is surrounded by dense urban development. The interior was designed to maximize the availability of daylight and the stair well is what conveys this light like a conduit.

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