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modern_muslimah
08-19-2010, 05:43 PM
The Tiny House Movement (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/culture/living-large-a-look-inside-the-tiny-house-movement/2522/)

I thought this story was very interesting. It looks at Dee Williams, a woman who lives in a house that is 84 square feet.


Her home measures 84 square feet, has a small sleeping loft, a compost toilet and enough closet space for a few shirts and pairs of pants. Williams says the downsizing has brought her a sense of contentment, and many others are beginning to follow her lead.

There's a short video in the link that mostly focuses on Williams but also features interviews with other people building tiny houses. There's also a slideshow with pictures of various small homes. I actually like a lot of the homes shown in the report. I think they're quite economical, environmental and yet also stylish. It also shows you don't need an abundance of space to live comfortably.

zaphyre14
08-19-2010, 06:20 PM
You do, however, need a friend nearby with a shower. Dee's tiny house has no plumbing.

These look a lot like the camp houses on Jones Beach and Martha's Vineyard, only on wheels.

Capella
08-19-2010, 06:48 PM
I would totally do this. Well, assuming I had high-speed internet. That would be a deal-breaker.

modern_muslimah
08-19-2010, 07:27 PM
You do, however, need a friend nearby with a shower. Dee's tiny house has no plumbing.

Although Dee's house has no plumbing, other tiny houses do. I have to admit that I would need plumbing in whatever house I had. I prefer to take showers in my own house.


I would totally do this. Well, assuming I had high-speed internet. That would be a deal-breaker.

Same here! :lol:

Nan
08-19-2010, 07:52 PM
There are a bunch of tiny and small houses here:

http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/

Holley Calmes
08-19-2010, 08:44 PM
One word: claustrophobia! If these are cozy to some, fine. I would die. I don't need huge amounts of space, just more than that. I freak out in elevators and on airplanes (only to myself, but it's freakish nevertheless.)

MikiAndoFan#1
08-19-2010, 09:00 PM
That is pretty amazing. In the future, I want to have a very simple life and a little house like that would be enough for me.

immoimeme
08-19-2010, 10:20 PM
I would lurve to have a tiny house. Unfortunately most of them do not come with tiny price tags.

I highly recommend http://tinyhouseblog.com/

modern_muslimah
08-20-2010, 04:41 PM
I would lurve to have a tiny house. Unfortunately most of them do not come with tiny price tags.

I highly recommend http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Thanks! Williams said her house cost $10,000 but she doesn't have plumbing. Plus, she powers her house to solar energy so I imagine that must cost more too.

Some of those houses cost about $40,000-$50,000 which was surprising to me, especially considering that you could get a bigger house for the same price (it might not be in the best neighborhood but it would be bigger).

immoimeme
08-20-2010, 05:12 PM
Well, obviously if you build a tiny house yourself it will cost you less. But I decided I am too old to do that. SIGH.

Here's a guy building his tiny FREE house if you want to read about it

http://www.tinyfreehouse.com/

Gazpacho
08-20-2010, 05:15 PM
I think New Yorker's have been inadvertently promoting this movement for a looooong time :P

Jenny
08-20-2010, 05:17 PM
Here's an article some might find interesting:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08consume.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=business

The discussion is around not so much tiny houses (I've been seeing articles about them for years now), but paring down one's life - less things, less expenses, more time with loved ones.

It's interesting in that in the past few years, media/pundits/governments have been anxious to tell us that the recession is over and the economy is back on track etc etc. But the fact is, behaviours have changed - and the article has a few stats to support that notion.

modern_muslimah
08-20-2010, 05:25 PM
Well, obviously if you build a tiny house yourself it will cost you less. But I decided I am too old to do that. SIGH.

True. I don't think I could build one either. Well, I probably could if I learned but I have never been good with building stuff (my husband and I had a tough time putting together a simple shoe rack that a friend was able to put together in five minutes :lol:).


Here's a guy building his tiny FREE house if you want to read about it

http://www.tinyfreehouse.com/

Thanks!

Anita18
08-20-2010, 10:40 PM
Thanks! Williams said her house cost $10,000 but she doesn't have plumbing. Plus, she powers her house to solar energy so I imagine that must cost more too.

Some of those houses cost about $40,000-$50,000 which was surprising to me, especially considering that you could get a bigger house for the same price (it might not be in the best neighborhood but it would be bigger).
Depends on where you live. Here in LA, that's about 10% of the price of a real house. The cheapest places I've seen, a tiny house would still be less than 50% of a condo with similar specs. So my bf and I drooling after tiny houses is very understandable. :lol:

It'd be smaller sure, but the great part about it is if a forest fire is bearing down on you, you could hook up your tiny house to a truck (if it's one of those hitchable ones) and drive away. :cheer:

Japanfan
08-20-2010, 11:39 PM
One word: claustrophobia! If these are cozy to some, fine. I would die. I don't need huge amounts of space, just more than that. I freak out in elevators and on airplanes (only to myself, but it's freakish nevertheless.)

Two of us are living in about 750 square feet (and have a patio in addition to that). I always thought that this space was tiny.