Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on August 11th, 2012. 14 Comments
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This week’s Tiny House in a Landscape includes some photographs take by Linda Lacy from California. Linda says: I took these photos at Malakoff Diggins, a California State Park that has been “cut” from the state budget. This is a wonderful area with lots of tiny houses.

It is so sad seeing so many of our parks being closed to the public. I hope these tiny houses are not vandalized because they are no longer protected. Thank you Linda for sharing these pictures with us.

Photo Credits: Linda Lacy

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14 Responses to “Tiny House in a Landscape”

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  2. KathyG says:

    Tiny House in a Landscape is one of my favorite features on this blog. Sometimes I question the inclusion of places like this, which I would more properly ‘Tiny Shack in a Landscape’. From the park name and the location, I imagine this place is in an old mining town, and I can well imagine the crudenes….. I mean, simplicity, of this little building.

    It probably wouldn’t get very far in 21st century building codes or homeowner preference lists, but wee primitives like these are a good reminder that our assumptions about ‘how small is too small’ are very new in history, even in our ‘young’ country.

    • LAURA says:

      Kathy

      You have never had to rent a house I am sure Kathy because if you had you would know many people rent far worse than this to people in many places in this country… this is why home ownership is so important for EVERYONE

      • jipsi says:

        And, Laura, in defense of Kathy (perhaps in “support” of Kathy would sound better), it should be noted that this is why STANDARDS of livability should be better-adhered to, and by both owner AND renter, as well.

        Yes, there are, unfortunately, many ‘slum-lords’ who would think nothing of renting a house or apartment to a tenant in a less-than-habitable condition and appearance. But home OWNERSHIP does not fix that, sadly. There are many ‘new’ home owners who have purchased a home needing major improvement, looking like the shacks, above, but then fall short of doing the repairs, instead continuing to live in the dwelling despite the barely (if at all) habitable conditions.
        So ‘ownership’, per se, will not eradicate the ‘tiny shacks in a landscape’ problem.

        I always say live and let live, but it MUST fall within REASON: slapped-together, shoddy carpentry, haphazard ‘found’ materials in building are a BLIGHT, not indicative of a ‘creative’ or ‘green’ lifestyle! And they HAPPEN, whether as rentals or owned homes.

        This subject has come up before, here, and it’s a sensitive one, because some of us believe people should STILL adhere to a kind of ‘curb appeal’ building (you DO NOT have to be ‘rich’ to keep a yard neat, the siding of your home uniform and painted/stained, some nice extra ‘touches’ that are more attentive and creative than costly) rather than the ‘let it all hang out’ (plastic milk jug container-skylights and Pepsi-can-roof tiles, bare particle-board walls with no paint, rough-cut/sawn ‘windows’, etc.), over-grown (natural??) grass and weeds, cluttered yard style of building and ‘living’…
        It’s called pride in self… pride in workmanship… self-respect and civility.

        SO when some of us mention our distaste and/or low praise of a pictured building, beit a ‘landscape’ or member-contributed project, citing …. ummm, well… appearance issues, and such… it’s NOT because we are ‘snobby’ or ‘rich’, not at ALL (I really cringe when responses go that direction, because they do miss the points, and a lot of pain and conflict result).
        It’s because there ARE people ‘out there’ who denigrate the whole ‘tiny house movement’ as ‘shack builders/shed dwellers’, in a fashion mobile homes/trailers were (and still are!) denigrated. And we all know that’s just NOT TRUE!

        HOWEVER, and I capitalized that for a big reason: when ‘tiny houses’ are built ingeniously by a clever DIYer who literally puts a liveable dwelling together out of materials onhand/found, it HAS TO BE just as cleverly ‘neatened’ and ‘nicied’ up, at least on the outside, or the nay-sayers are only being given more fuel to stoke THEIR hurtful (even damaging, to the industry!)’fire’ – and NONE OF US want THAT, I feel I can safely say. Right?

        A tidy ‘outside’ appearance matters, especially when it’s not too far off (like REAL tinies, in another topic, the rustic-looking Texas houses) from the appearance of a bona-fide ghost town cabin/shanty/cottage (like those in THIS article).

        Most importantly, I believe it’s not a matter of ownership OR rental: the inhabitant is the one responsible for making their ‘home’ look like a ‘sweet little cottage/cabin’ OR allowing it to look/be a ‘shabby and broken-down shack’.
        And it’s directly relevant to one’s own self-respect/pride of ownership/tenantship.

        Just my (long, sorry, I’m horrible at this) take on the matter of appearance, especially where tiny houses/spaces are concerned…

  3. jet says:

    i love those vacation houses.
    It remembered to my childhood, only those “tent”houses ( the roof was of the fabric of cotton tents) could stand during the spring till autumn time, and then i they must broken off till the next year.
    those picts are remembering me off those days it’s all end but… you know you come the next year and you must fill the days with great summer adventures.
    I hope those tiny houses will be remembered in their owner thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing this.XD

  4. Donna McFarland says:

    One man’s “shack” is another’s “paradise”…Ohhh, what’s happened to that sweet lil dwelling?? How very sad to see this. I for one can only hope that some deserving soul will rescue this oh so time/neglect ravaged home sweet home.

  5. Melvin says:

    My sister was born in one of the tent houses in a logging town called pondosa in Northen Calif. That was before the building codes people. Actualy many people in Oregon Calif used to live in the tent houses year round and were happy to have them. When I was little the women would show each other how they made cabinets and firniture from fruit crates in homes that were an ongoing building project by the men. People visited each other more then and shared ideas.
    I join the others in hoping someone finds and take care of these historical homes.

  6. Kurt says:

    Their website doesn’t say anything about it being closed:
    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=494

    • Matt says:

      I find it interesting that that we don’t have anyone stepping up with a non-profit type solution to help maintain these parks and structures.

      Surely, we can gather a solution outside of government…?

  7. alice h says:

    I lived in a tent house in the Yukon for a while, summer and winter. It had a proper roof, floor and small side walls that raised it up enough to make a loft. A lot of the smaller old houses there are actually just a tent house that people gradually boarded over and insulated. Having lived in many a rustic shack I can honestly say you can have a happy, healthy, comfy, esthetically pleasing life in one.

  8. Dee Ann Guzman says:

    We have lost so much in this society of McMansions and plastic. The very simplicity of living has become illegal in many localities! We say we’re helping as we shove poor people into the housing authority, and then congratulate ourselves for our charity. I would rather live in a shack like this on a tiny piece of land than in some government approved wasteland. Maybe it’s time for the government of California(my native state no longer. now in Oklahoma, the land of the free!) to turn it’s land stolen from it’s population to it’s citizens, along with the ghastly amount of money they have pilfered from the pockets of every man, woman, and child!

    • Matt says:

      That would be nice Dee, unfortunately…politicians are given power by those that keep voting them in. The same “poor people” are promised every two years that things will be better and they keep pulling the lever. Education is the key, yet we know who runs that system too!

      Congratulations on your escape from CA!

  9. jipsi says:

    Just a PS, to my earlier response to Laura (on Kathy’s comment): the house pictured above are IN A PARK (State or National), and are true relics from another age. As such, they should be MAINTAINED as they are, NOT ‘fixed up’, as some commenters have suggested. If these were abandoned real estate, sure.
    But because they are original dwellings, looking much as they did when built over a hundred years or more ago, the stewardship of them lies in the care and maintenance of them as they ARE.

    Cabins built in Northern California before the turn of the 19th/20th Century generally were built of local timber, planed and constructed by hand, and very few were ever painted or ‘gussied up’. To ‘rehab’ them now, in this way, would forever change them from their value as historic dwellings.

    I DO hope something is done in a manner that will help look after them, and keep them from falling into further disrepair, so that people could continue to visit and delight in them in the century ahead. They are priceless reminders of how our Country grew, from pioneering settlements to the contemporary cities of today, and how rustic and simple peoples’ lives were ‘once upon a time’ in America’s history of the west…

  10. wanda huddleston says:

    i would gladly take any of these to live in and make my own…….i would enjoy taking care of a home again……people just don’t realize until it happens to them what it is like to not have after having.

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