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Paleo communities? Has anyone looked into the Tiny Home Movement?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Lately I???ve become enamored with the idea of building one of these tiny homes.

Thoughts, ideas, live in one now?

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on March 20, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Laura, I was not referring to "I would like a bigger place" or "I think it's hard to do". I don't have much stuff and I know that, right now, I could stuff all the things I would really keep in two bags. And I've lived in 20m² appartments for years. I just feel sick after a while and I guess it's not in one's nature to be confined to places that small (think about solitary confinement and its effects on the human psyche). I'm sure these houses are insulated well, but with -10°C outside there's no chance to sit on the front porch -> more confinement...

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:27 AM

thanks for sharing how you live inexpensively, yet not cramped. I don't think I could handle anything as small as the Tiny Home Movement although I appreciate the reasoning behind it.

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on March 19, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Yes there are many hurdles to living this way, not the least of which is our perception of it being too hard to do. Like going Paleo, (which also requires a change in how we perceive our lives without certain foods) living in a tiny home would be best for someone who imagines the way they can live a bit differently. As far as heating, many if not most have propane heating and solar amendments and insulation to take care of that. They are designed to withstand the weather. Take a look at the links to see one being built and insulated.

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on March 19, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yes there are many hurdles not the least of which is our perception of it being too hard to do. Like going Paleo, (which also requires a change in how we perceive our diet) living in a tiny home would be best for someone who could problem solve, and imagine the way they live a bit differently. As far as heating, many if not most have propane heating and solar amendments and insulation to take care of that. They are designed to withstand the weather. Take a look at the links to see one being built and insulated.

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:16 PM

what about straw bale housing? I worked in Eugene, Oregon on this: http://www.strawbale.com/selling_straw_bale_house

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:11 PM

wow, these are hobbit houses

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on March 19, 2011
at 07:48 PM

salvaged shipping containers, that sounds like a great idea! I have seen few projects that have done that too.

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at 07:38 PM

Yeah there are hundreds of designs to fit anyone's taste. I've also been looking into stationary ones, more modern, made from salvaged shipping containers. Or also just redoing an urban space. Look on youtube for videos of those. Amazing!

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on March 19, 2011
at 10:54 PM

I have built 2 homes, both were under $10K, including power and water systems (solar and rain catchment). The smallest of the 2 was 1250 square feet.

Tiny houses are cute, but after living many years in buses, tents, huts, apartments, etc, moving into a 1200 sf house was a big luxury for us. Tiny houses require constant attention to keep things running smoothly, and in the end, you save neither time nor money.

Our current home is 1400 square feet, is completely powered by solar, including hot water and electricity, all of our water comes from rain catchment, and we are adding on to the house bit by bit, a little each year. We've got about $9K into it so far.

If you build smart (semi-buried, passive solar, good insulation), costs can be very reasonable.

We have never taken a loan for anything, and we pay cash for everything. We've been living this way for over a decade, now. So, just build smart, not small.

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on March 20, 2011
at 01:27 AM

thanks for sharing how you live inexpensively, yet not cramped. I don't think I could handle anything as small as the Tiny Home Movement although I appreciate the reasoning behind it.

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on July 08, 2011
at 11:44 PM

I live in a tiny home. Down here in Orlando Florida we call them condos. Seriously though, it is small, but I am a tidy guy and my wife has become more so since we began living together so the limited space isn't a hindrance.

I've noticed that larger houses have a tendency to fill up with a lot more stuff, which equals a lot more buying stuff, which goes along with wanting stuff you don't have, working for money to buy said stuff, and on and on.

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:40 PM

If "keeping up with the Jones" went in this direction, that would be awesome. But, somehow I doubt it will take off.

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on March 19, 2011
at 06:51 PM

I like the way you think. What you described is my ideal community.

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on March 19, 2011
at 09:55 PM

How about a semi-portable yurt? Or here.

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I've thought about solutions like these a lot. This might interest you as well: http://www.simondale.net/house/

And I did some research a while ago. The problem is that most of these "alternative" home solutions are kind of illegal as a permanent residence over here in Germany (it's still hard to get the licence to build a straw-bale-house).

And what do you do in the winter with 2-3 months of snow and -10°C outside? My brain would go nuts if I had to live inside such a tiny "cave",

I don't need a huge mansion but could and would definitely never call something that small my home. I love the idea of the "snail shell" and being able to move easily (I had to relocate 6 times during the last 5 years and seriously feel uprooted (which is another interesting topic to discuss on this board). There are some container-based solutions but ths ones I've found are neither sustainable nor as cheap (beginning at ~60000$).

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on March 19, 2011
at 08:11 PM

wow, these are hobbit houses

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 19, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yes there are many hurdles not the least of which is our perception of it being too hard to do. Like going Paleo, (which also requires a change in how we perceive our diet) living in a tiny home would be best for someone who could problem solve, and imagine the way they live a bit differently. As far as heating, many if not most have propane heating and solar amendments and insulation to take care of that. They are designed to withstand the weather. Take a look at the links to see one being built and insulated.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 19, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Yes there are many hurdles to living this way, not the least of which is our perception of it being too hard to do. Like going Paleo, (which also requires a change in how we perceive our lives without certain foods) living in a tiny home would be best for someone who imagines the way they can live a bit differently. As far as heating, many if not most have propane heating and solar amendments and insulation to take care of that. They are designed to withstand the weather. Take a look at the links to see one being built and insulated.

3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on March 20, 2011
at 08:16 AM

Laura, I was not referring to "I would like a bigger place" or "I think it's hard to do". I don't have much stuff and I know that, right now, I could stuff all the things I would really keep in two bags. And I've lived in 20m² appartments for years. I just feel sick after a while and I guess it's not in one's nature to be confined to places that small (think about solitary confinement and its effects on the human psyche). I'm sure these houses are insulated well, but with -10°C outside there's no chance to sit on the front porch -> more confinement...

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on March 19, 2011
at 07:33 PM

I really like the idea, but good architecture is purely functional - the beauty derives from the function. So, loose the rustic details (the posts, church windows) and it would be so much better. I really like the idea though, I think we all have nomadic urges - just that I'd go for an Airstream caravan or a big Tee-Pee over one of these.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 19, 2011
at 07:48 PM

salvaged shipping containers, that sounds like a great idea! I have seen few projects that have done that too.

9e7039b63b656582f66d84c5255b436d

(1132)

on March 19, 2011
at 08:16 PM

what about straw bale housing? I worked in Eugene, Oregon on this: http://www.strawbale.com/selling_straw_bale_house

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 19, 2011
at 07:38 PM

Yeah there are hundreds of designs to fit anyone's taste. I've also been looking into stationary ones, more modern, made from salvaged shipping containers. Or also just redoing an urban space. Look on youtube for videos of those. Amazing!

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