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Jodi
08-21-2010, 12:05 AM
I'm reminded of this house (http://www.simondale.net/house/), which makes me :swoon:.

But if I had a house like that I'd need another one for my craft supplies :shuffle: I envy people with clutterless hobbies :P

LilJen
08-21-2010, 12:20 AM
I'm reminded of this house (http://www.simondale.net/house/), which makes me :swoon:.

But if I had a house like that I'd need another one for my craft supplies :shuffle: I envy people with clutterless hobbies :P

Oh my gosh! That's like a hobbit house. . .

I LOVE the idea of a small(er) house, but the clutter, the clutter, the clutter. If it were just me, maybe. But i have two major clutter collectors in my house: dh, and dd. Plus two large dogs. Cannot persuade them to get rid of much, although we've gotten rid of *some* stuff.

Japanfan
08-21-2010, 01:37 AM
I love that hobbit house. . .and it doesn't look as tiny as the 'tiny houses'.

I would think that those tiny houses must be sort of like camper vans, designed with things on top of each other. For example, the back seat folds out into a bed and has drawers underneath it, but you can't get to the drawers unless the bed is folded back. And the sink or stove is on top of the fridge. There was virtually no space for any type of clutter - nowhere even to put a coffee cup or a few dishes down to be washed later.

I can't remember how it worked exactly but it was an extremely compressed and contained system. I would find it annoying to have to constantly being moving this and putting away that just to accomplish daily tasks. Annoying for camping, let alone permanent living.

jlai
08-21-2010, 04:11 AM
I think that's the whole point.

I won't recommend this to claustrophobic folks but I like simple living and really wouldn't mind living in a smaller place though perhaps not a tumbletree house (coz I would need to find a lot to put that in and secure it or sth). If I were to live on my own, I suspect 400-foot will do--you know, bathroom, small bedroom and living area and a kitchen. Very energy efficient.

I've always thought the bad thing about 1-2 people living in big houses is the need to heat/cool the whole house (or at least the whole floor) just to keep you comfortable. To me it's really a big waste of energy.

Japanfan
08-21-2010, 06:56 AM
If I were to live on my own, I suspect 400-foot will do--you know, bathroom, small bedroom and living area and a kitchen. Very energy efficient.


I would think 400 square feet would only allow for a living area, bathroom and small kitchen - your basic bachelor apartment.

Aussie Willy
08-21-2010, 07:04 AM
Wow that is amazing, inspiring and really interesting. Thanks for posting.

As someone who loves looking at architecture and design (not with any knowledge mind you) and my favourite TV program is Grand Designs, the idea of creating something that is practical and more importantly totally sustainable is fascinating.

I have mentioned before that I am having a place built at the moment (and taking a lot longer than the initial finishing dates). It is two bedrooms and will be just the right size for myself. The slab has been laid and it does look really tiny. But if I could build anything myself, this might be the sort of thing I would look at. I couldn't have something as small as the one in the video, and I would need a bathroom, but it wouldn't be very far off.

Also in Australia we really do have a housing crisis with many properties now unaffordable and people do get caught up in the rental spiral. And so many places that you see on display are enormous with lots of wasted space. Maybe something like this might be the answer or what people should be thinking about.

And the fact that I am currently putting a lot of stuff in storage as I have to move again (and will be living at mums and housesitting until mine is built), these things certainly get me considering about how I could downsize my life.

jlai
08-21-2010, 03:42 PM
I once had a 400-square foot apartment and it had all the rooms I needed--just more compact.

But then I had to remind myself that I have friends living in that same space with their whole family.

What you're used to as a child really influences what you can live with.

iloveemoticons
08-22-2010, 12:07 AM
I've always thought the bad thing about 1-2 people living in big houses is the need to heat/cool the whole house (or at least the whole floor) just to keep you comfortable. To me it's really a big waste of energy.

That's so true. I have to say though, I think tiny houses like this might be kind of a waste of energy too. It seems they have a high "surface area" to volume ratio, so it's not efficient to heat and cool the inside.

I think apartment/condo buildings are probably still the most environmentally friendly and cost effective way to go in terms of efficient heating/cooling, materials usage (sharing of interior walls), plumbing, electrical, etc. I don't think the tiny houses are all that sustainable (even though they look awesome).

uyeahu
08-22-2010, 01:58 AM
The Japanese really do micro living RIGHT - some amazing creativity on display in this article (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128953596). I love the crystal brick, Penguin and Yachiyo houses. The others looked a little like prison cells to me. And I just found this new article (http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/20/dwelles-super-minimalist-prefabs-make-small-living-swell/) today with some great pre-fabs from Dwelle's.

Although I've been looking at tiny houses for several months I'm torn between wanting to go the trailer hitch house route or the 3 story Japanese Penguin house route. I love the idea of being able to just transport my house to a new place whenever I need a change of scenery, but I also love great architecture and plumbing and storage, etc. And realistically how often would you want to move house? Some stackable modular prefabs can't be too far off in the future, can they?

Louis
08-22-2010, 05:04 PM
I feel "at home" if I have the following:

A three-seater sofa
A separate chair
A dining table that can seat four
A queen or king sized bed in a separate room
A separate desk
A dishwasher
A washer/dryer

I can fit all of the above, fairly comfortably, in a 12 x 15 living room and 12 x 10 bedroom. Allowing for the dishwasher and W/D, I'd need about a 10' x 6' galley kitchen plus a 6' x 6' bathroom, and one 10' x 4' closet assuming good ceiling height.

So 180 + 120 + 60 + 36 + 40 = 436 square feet is what it what it would take for me to feel at home.

We have 760 square feet right now, and it allows for a living room, dining room with a table that seats 6-8, 10' x 10' kitchen (palatial for New York), one real bedroom, one small bedroom/den, one full bathroom, one half bathroom, a coat closet, a broom closet, and a walk-in closet. It helps that our entire apartment has floor-to-ceiling north-facing windows, which make all of the rooms seem deeper than they actually are.

milanessa
08-22-2010, 05:16 PM
More photos, Louis! :lol:

LilJen
08-23-2010, 03:57 PM
Relevant to the discussion, a CNBC article from late last week:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/38757287

Anita18
08-23-2010, 06:42 PM
Relevant to the discussion, a CNBC article from late last week:
http://www.cnbc.com/id/38757287
This is one trend I can get behind! :cheer: Houses really had gotten too big in recent years and the only way to go was down. My parents raised 2 kids perfectly fine in a house less than 2000 sq ft.

In fact, living with my aunt for a summer in her 5000 sq ft house convinced me that big was not good at all, seeing how empty the house still seemed despite her shopaholic tendencies. And the fact they really needed an intercom, and someone to keep track of what they had or didn't have or what was going bad in their also-ginormous fridge...:scream:

PDilemma
08-23-2010, 06:46 PM
Why must everything be in the extreme in the U.S.?????

Seriously. How about a nice middle ground. Why can't we ever have that. We realize that everyone doesn't need a 3000+ square foot house. This is true. But then we automatically have to jump to living in the smallest possible space or getting a trailer? Really? What about the middle ground?

Anita18
08-23-2010, 06:50 PM
Why must everything be in the extreme in the U.S.?????

Seriously. How about a nice middle ground. Why can't we ever have that. We realize that everyone doesn't need a 3000+ square foot house. This is true. But then we automatically have to jump to living in the smallest possible space or getting a trailer? Really? What about the middle ground?
Some of us (namely the young childless 20-something hippies ;) ) like to do things ALL THE WAY!

USA! USA! USA! :cheer2: