19th century household from Rpciuni, Neam, County, Romania, exhibited in the Village Museum in Bucharest. The small house is very interesting and I would enjoy learning more about it.
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by Marcus Barksdale
I recently completed a tiny house for my personal residence in Asheville, North Carolina, and wanted to share a description, a few pictures, and a video of it with other tiny house enthusiasts. I include a lot of detail to help others learn from my thought processes.
I’ve wanted to build my own house since childhood, and became fascinated with tiny houses upon discovering Lester Walker’s book Tiny, Tiny Houses in the late 1980’s. At the time I owned a small, post-war house in Austin, Texas, and it always felt so huge and inefficient. The rest of life distracted me for a long time, all the while I constantly dreamed about, researched, and drew tiny houses for fun. After leaving a toxic job and traveling for awhile, I decided it was time to follow this life goal and build my little house.
I chose to build a fixed house, rather than a trailer-based dwelling, for several reasons:
- I’m an urbanite and I’d rather live in town so I can walk or ride a bicycle to get places than drive a car very far. But it’s pretty hilly here in Asheville and harder to find an in-town backyard into which you can physically move a tiny house on a trailer.
- I didn’t want to worry about getting caught violating housing codes by living in what the local governments would consider a recreation vehicle.
- I didn’t want to own, or need to rent or borrow, a large truck each time I needed to move a trailer-based house.
- A fixed house provides equity, potential rental income and better resale value.
- I wanted the creature comforts of a large shower and full-size range.
- I wanted outdoor rooms with more permanent features, such as a porch dimension,” except kitchens.
“Each dwelling unit shall be provided with a kitchen area and every kitchen area shall be provided with a sink.” Continue Reading »
by Frank Robinson
Dear Kent: I check your blog every day and I have thought about sharing a story about a small (maybe not tiny) 400 square foot house I reclaimed in 2007 and have been restoring. We bought 7 acres about an hour north east of Edmonton, Alberta in 2007. It had two houses on it. One is log house that is 107 years old and I have pretty much finished restoring it by sanding logs and redoing very old windows. It is too big to fit this story, but it is why I bought the property.
by Leanna Joyner
I’d write something about this, but I’ve spent too many hours learning everything I needed to know to edit the audio and make a video. I hope you enjoy it. I find this to be a super fascinating project. We talk about Marcus’ inspiration, original design, construction process, and costs.
SmallerHouseLargerLife.com is under construction. If you’d like to contact Marcus Barksdale, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is my first audio and video editing project, ever. Please excuse all its imperfections. I blog about this and other things that interest me right here and as often as possible.
I am Jeff White the director of the Sarah House Utah project. We are a small non profit community based organization. Our goal with the Sarah House project is to provide fast, green minded, safe, affordable homes for the underserved using salvaged material and volunteer labor.
We are also providing online instruction and showing people how to build inexpensive homes using salvaged material for themselves. Our small house is 640 square feet and is currently being constructed in a residential neighborhood in Salt Lake City which was a lesson in dealing with permitting and zoning, etc. I have enclosed a few photographs. You can see more on our facebook page Sarah House Utah or pose a question as many others have on our page.
by Melissa Stewart
The house was built in 1916 as a farm house and is 500 square feet. It seems hard to believe the people that originally owned it farmed all the land around it. Especially since Denver seemed to grow into a big city all around the house.
The original footprint of the house was 413 square feet. The bedroom/ laundry room was an addition probably in the early 40′s sometime after my grandparents had their fourth child. The pantry was converted into a bathroom in the late 40′s and the house originally had an outhouse!
As far as I know, it only had 4 owners…seems every one that lived here loved the cozy feel. I remember coming over to Grandma’s to spend the night as a kid and we could hear the train speed right passed the house. The railroad tracks have been gone a long time now, but Denver built a light rail and my house is within walking distance to two different stations. Continue Reading »