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Dec. 6th, 2009



New to the community.. I have house issues..

I'm looking at a smallish 1-story with a finished room/bath in the basement/crawlspace area. The layout of this house leaves much to be desired, but it sits on an acre of land with creek.. so I'm willing to find a way to make this work.

Current layout:

Proposed layout:

The worst part of the house is the kitchen/breakfast/bathroom area in the middle. Short of gutting the entire upstairs and starting over (which isn't in the budget), this at least improves what's there. I'm not entirely sold on the layout, but am becoming more comfortable with it.

What are your impressions?

Jul. 3rd, 2009

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Some of you might be interested in the Habitat for Humanity Women's Construction Classes. It's $295 for four weeks, and you learn the building process start to finish--framing, roofing, drywall and interior construction, flooring, and finish carpentry. It's a good introduction if you plan on volunteering for Habitat in the future, renovating your home, or building a tiny house one day. (You can also take single half-day sessions for $45 each if you only want to learn about, say, roofing.)

Seems like a good time and it benefits a good cause. If you're not in the Philadelphia area, the program is nationwide.

Jun. 11th, 2009

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Is anyone else planning on going to the Tumbleweed Tiny House appearance today in Germantown? I'm planning on taking the #27 bus from downtown--no transfers, one token. :)

May. 30th, 2009



"The Next Little Thing"

Tiny houses are featured in an article in the June 2009 issue of Continental magazine. I picked this up today during a flight and was excited to see an article about the anti-McMansion movement.

You can read the article here.

Mar. 15th, 2009

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Foolin' around this weekend on the computer yielded this tiny house design (well, small house really). I made it in Google SketchUp (which is free!). I welcome comments, although try not to judge too harshly--I'm not an architect, I just like to draw.

570 sq. ft. bilevel house

Feb. 26th, 2009


Tiny House Workshops

I noticed that Tumbleweed guy Jay Shafer is going to be near me (finally!) doing tiny house workshops. I want to go SO BAD, but I also know that a tiny house is not in my immediate future. Should I sit tight, and wait until someday I have the money in my plan before I go to one of these? But what if it's life changing!

Would any of you go?

There's an interview with Jay Shafer here that is definitely worth a read.

Feb. 22nd, 2009

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A link to a Tumbleweed-like tiny house

I've been looking at Jay Schafer's Tumbleweed Houses recently, and in the comments, in response to the question "can you build this model with an actual wood wood burning stove?" someone linked to this one that they'd built.

It's not a Tumbleweed, but it's built like one. The pic of the woodstove next to the sofa makes me nervous. (We ourselves have a cabin, and we're so far from a fire department, it's not funny.)

Feb. 12th, 2009

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In Apartment Therapy, a nice slideshow of Danish "free time houses". Some ingenious ideas in there. I like the semi-enclosed bed nook in the living room, the stowaway ladder, the focus on insulation and all-season use...

Jan. 8th, 2009


Tiny House Cartoon

Nov. 8th, 2008



Another Resource

The Tiny House Forums are awesome and are full of really interesting links, mostly for building ideas though.

I would also like to point out another tiny house - the Gypsy Coach which takes a refreshingly old-fashioned aesthetic and applies it. Usually new designs are so totally postmodern (on the interior) or what have you.

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