The Tiny House Movement

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  1. Ina I. Wonder

    Ina I. Wonder Very Well-Known Member
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    I have been watching a series about people building tiny homes on flat bed trailers. They range from 200 to 400 square feet of living space. All living areas are very compact and tight, but they have living rooms, kitchens, baths, and bedrooms. They utilize lofts for extra space for an office or extra sleeping, and they even have outside fold out features for outside living areas.

    Many put solar panels on the roof to cut energy costs, and composting toilets, but best of all you can move the home anywhere you can drive to. I like the thought of not having to pay property taxes. Even insurance would cheaper because it would be RV insurance instead of a costly home owner's policy.

    I don't think I would like apartment living, especially as a single senior. I was going to sell my place and move close to my brother, but then he started talking about living with his son, and I realized that if that happened I'd be stuck somewhere where I'd be alone and away from anyone I knew.

    But with a tiny house on wheels, I could go from one family member to another if I needed or just wanted to visit family members that are in other states. The cost range from $30K to $90K, depending on just how fancy you wish to go.

    It would mean paring down to bare essentials, but I like simplicity.

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    I've been following the "tiny house" thing too, including a couple of series about it. I have a few books with tiny house plans, largely because they include some ideas I can incorporate into our house or camp.
     
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    @Ken Anderson , have you ever been inside one? I have not, so I think I'll try to see if there are any builders in the Houston area. I am seriously considering one for a future home. One of the biggest problems would be downsizing. But with fewer possession life would become calmer.

    I also like the idea of being able to take my home wherever I go like a snail's shell. The convenance of always having the comforts of home wirh me at all times.
     
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  4. Ken Anderson

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    Yeah, each year at the Maine Organic Farmers & Growers Association's Common Ground Fair, there are vendors with tiny houses. Livable, but only if you don't need a lot of stuff.
     
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    @Ina I. Wonder
    Ha ha - it doesn't 'look' that tiny :p
    I like the idea very much too .................
     
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    Hmmm, I like to shop. I am not really sure how I would get along with a tiny house. I think it would be kind of like living in a closet. Although to be honest, I could get rid of 2/3 of my "stuff" and not miss it. What do you do if you want to have overnight guests? Where do they sleep, In the trees? I think the fact that you couldn't bring much in would lead to a bit of stress in itself. However, each to their own, maybe it would be perfect for some people.
     
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    I wonder about that theory - we moved from a house into an apartment that has 'one' double wardrobe
    Sparky has one side - me the other. So far so good, although I would like a foot more on the width :p
    You just get used to it and don't tend to keep 'clutter' and things you rarely wear .............
     
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    I'm one of those OCD people. I don't like clutters, and that means with everything in it's place, less space is needed. I spent a lot of time on my uncles shrimp boat as a child, and the ingenious ways that the spaces were utilized always fascinated me. The tiny houses work because of incorporating these compartmentalized and double duty features. Such as a couch that converts to a bed for company.

    I doubt that I'll go in that dirrection, because there isn't enough space for a wheelchair to maneuver around. That isn't an issue yet, but eventually it would be. If I didn't have to consider that I think a tiny house would be perfect for a single person.
     
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    I found these tiny houses, and if you wanted to get away from it all, theses two places could be for you. :p:eek::rolleyes:

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    Well, I shouldn't rule it out...because some of them look very nice, because they are affordable but I guess I like a little more space around me. I especially like a large kitchen. However, i think I would fell cramped in anything under 900 square feet. My parents house is fairly small, I think it is about 1,000 square feet..plus patio and garage, however, whenever they have company people are always tripping over each other.
     
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    full-5457.jpg 3771-1.jpg @Ina I. Wonder This is pretty much like the small cottage we live in which has around 600 square feet. There is also a 2 bedroom version that is about 800 square feet. It is a small home but has everything we need. (We don't have a fireplace but this plan comes with one. We also don't have the bonus room which can be added or subtracted from the plan.
     
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    Hi @Babs Hunt , yes that's a nice little house, especially for a single person or retired couple. I am living in over 2000', and when our family was growing up it felt way to small. Now it almost echoes. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to deal with it all, but I'll stay for a few more years. It's paid for so it's like a saving account right now. I've just been checking out my options, and there are many different kinds of homes available now days, plus it's fun to dream about.:rolleyes:
     
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    Ina, have you ever thought about seeing if your floor plan could be made into two separate living places. If it could you could live in one part and rent out the other.
     
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    It is nice to find others that are considering tiny home living. I am single and currently own a home. I am unsure how much longer I want to mow a hard as I grow older. My concern about tiny home living is the loft as a bedroom. I would not be happy climbing up and down steps nor the feeling of claustrophobia it would give me.

    My cousin and her husband are in their late fifties and have been living the past year in a tiny home of 500 square feet. They like home and use the loft as storage and as a sleeping area for the grandkids. The kit came with a cathedral ceiling which causes the tiny home to feel much larger.
     
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    Ina - I'm speechless ! Amazing pictures - really like :D
     
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    @Babs Hunt
    Babs - I want that pretty house - perfect ! :)
     
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    1. (Ooops). @Babs Hunt , I wondered about doing that too, but the way this old log cabin is built I'm told it would scar and devalue the home to segment it. This is an old rambling house that grew for over a period of 145 years. The living room is 25'X26', and built of whole red pine logs, and the rest of the house is built of cedar. There is only one bathroom, (the only room with sheetrock), plus it is only a 5'X9'. I really need to sell it to a young family that likes history, but right now the house comforts me with all the memories of my family.
    @Texas Beth , Nice to meet you, and I hope to see more of your posts. There are a few of us Texans on the forum, so I think you fit in comfortably. I'm located just NE of Houston. This forum is a good place to socialize, and the curtsy between all of us is refreshing. .

    I had the same thoughts about the ting houses, and I too would turn the lofts into guest quarters as well. Let the younger guests climb the ladders. I fall down on solid ground, much less one foot off the of it. I do think I could live in 5 or 6 hundred square feet. I would like a one room efficientcy with a bathroom as the only other room. I have a wheelchair that I use occassionly when I can stand or walk, and I know that eventually I will be confined to it permanently. So I will need as much open space as possible to be able to maneuver the chair around.
     
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    I really like a lot of the tiny houses I have seen. And I've watched a lot. I don't think I've missed one tiny house show on TV and I've watched many many YouTube videos. My issue is where to put the places. Seems everyone has a friend and family member with land. And I'd need basic amenities like water, sewer electricity.

    I had hoped I found my place when I bought a newer mobile home in a park but it didn't work out. I'll keep trying. My mother screamed at me once "you'll never like any place you ever live" and it seems to be haunting me.
     
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    In most places, undeveloped land is fairly inexpensive, but the expense comes into play when it comes to getting utilities on that land.
     
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    I've also watched a lot of the tiny home shows. I don't think I'd want to live in something under 500 square feet, though. I've lived in larger places and smaller places, and that's about the minimum I'd want for an actual house. I have started thinking about either a small cabin or RV in the future, though. This place is only a rental, and it's around 1,000 square feet, but is very choppy, so it's difficult to place furniture, and nothing flows the way I really need it to. Once I get past a few hurdles, I'm hoping to start getting rid of more of my belongings. I donate things monthly, but I want to do more eventually, so I'll be in a better position for an eventual move.
     
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    Have you ever been giving words of advice to someone, and then realized those same words applied to yourself as much as to the person you meant them for? :eek:

    I was getting on to my half brother that is eleven month older than, about how he needs to stop living with the wants and goals of a twenty-five year old. I have been supplementing his income for several years nows, and I was telling him that I needed to cut back on my spending. I helped him go through three surgeries last year, so I know his physical condition, and he's pretty stove up. He called me a couple of days ago, to tell me he's bought a motorcycle and is going to travels around with his VFW cycle group. Of course I give him what for about it. :p

    Later I'm thinking about it, and it dawns on me that just maybe I need to pay attention to my own words. I realized that except for my online friends, I still present to my grown grandchildren a picture of a self sufficient person that needs nothing. No wonder I never see them. :(

    That's the reason I was considering a tiny house on wheels. But realistically I can't drive the required vehicle that it would take to move such a home anymore, nor can I keep up with this big old place. So maybe I need to face facts and look into a two bedroom mobile home that can be placed on a small piece of land.:oops:
     
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    I can identify with what you're saying here Ina. I wondered about the driving part for you because at one time I thought when my husband and I retired we would by a travel trailer and truck and travel all over America. Then a few years ago I realized that the older we are getting, the less we like to travel or drive. We are content usually just sitting out on the porch and piddling around in the yard. And neither one of us can see that great at night either. So what I thought was a plan for our retirement...ended up being not very feasiable at this time in our lives. But where we are is a very good place for us and just the right size too. The only thing that would make it better is if we could move our place to some property with our children and grandchildren. Just like God had a plan for us at this time in our lives, I know our Creator has a plan for you too Ina...and I'm sure it will be revealed to you in perfect timing.
     
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    Here's a mobile tiny house that I can afford.

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    @Ina I. Wonder There are ways to have the place moved for you, though. An ex and I moved an RV for a friend. She'd been working here and living in it, and we moved it back to her San Antonio area property for her. There are people who would do that for not that much money. I don't think you need to totally discount your dreams, just look into transport services and other options. I was actually looking on eBay at RVs (not that I have a dime to spend right now, but I'm always hopeful for a positive change), and I saw one that listed it as being wheelchair accessible. You have too much spunk to stop dreaming. Take some time to think about your options before you make a move.
     
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