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    Anyone else into the "Tiny House" movement?

    I became aware of the tiny house movement several years ago. I plan to build 1 or maybe 2 of them on my place in Texas, I've got 10 acres (tiny by TX standards) but huge by Florida standards. Some of them are built on trailers to make them mobile tiny homes. I plan on building mine as stationary homes. I plan on keeping them "off the grid". I am thinking of about 300-500 sq feet. I am under 1500 sq feet now and have rooms that are not used at all. So whats your tiny house plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    I became aware of the tiny house movement several years ago. I plan to build 1 or maybe 2 of them on my place in Texas, I've got 10 acres (tiny by TX standards) but huge by Florida standards. Some of them are built on trailers to make them mobile tiny homes. I plan on building mine as stationary homes. I plan on keeping them "off the grid". I am thinking of about 300-500 sq feet. I am under 1500 sq feet now and have rooms that are not used at all. So whats your tiny house plan?
    Well, my apartment is only 480sqft. So I guess it qualifies. I've renamed the dining room, bicycle parking.

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    ... couldn't you just buy a travel trailer or singlewide mobile home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    ... couldn't you just buy a travel trailer or singlewide mobile home?
    Sure, but those are pretty much cookie cutter homes. Tiny houses are much more custom. More like a regular sized home that you have custom built.
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    You have a point there, but the singlewides can be ordered custom. In the mobile home park in CA, one of our neighbors had ordered his custom... specced out the floor plan and interior materials, all sorts of stuff. Right down to "reinforce the kitchen ceiling so I can hang a pot rack from it".
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    We're currently hoping to build something close to a 115' Weller model from Four Lights on a trailer. Saving pennies -- once we have enough for the trailer plus a weathertight shell, we'll take the plunge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
    We're currently hoping to build something close to a 115' Weller model from Four Lights on a trailer. Saving pennies -- once we have enough for the trailer plus a weathertight shell, we'll take the plunge.
    Very nice, I liked the look of the layout.
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    The "on the trailer" thing always sorta makes me chuckle. I imagine motoring down the highway at about 2mpg with that brick behind you.
    Im really into tiny houses. I could never live in one, too much crap!!! But I may build on for the kids,some day, as a tree fort or similar. There are some really nice examples out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Belly View Post
    The "on the trailer" thing always sorta makes me chuckle. I imagine motoring down the highway at about 2mpg with that brick behind you.
    Im really into tiny houses. I could never live in one, too much crap!!! But I may build on for the kids,some day, as a tree fort or similar. There are some really nice examples out there!
    Well part of the tiny house philosophy is to reduce your stuff to just what you need, and live a simpler life.
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    I have a 10x16 shed...
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    I would love a tiny house, but my wife feels like she is "suffocating" in the 2000sq ft we have.

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    Yup, just not going to happen...

    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    Well part of the tiny house philosophy is to reduce your stuff to just what you need, and live a simpler life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    Very nice, I liked the look of the layout.
    It was a toss-up between this and the Tumbleweed Lusby. We like the twin bed in the back of the house with an eye toward making it convertible into a dining booth area.

    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    Well part of the tiny house philosophy is to reduce your stuff to just what you need, and live a simpler life.
    ...which is the process we're going through right now. Big Purge in effect.

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    some of them are really cool. i think it'd be a neat camp situation, but not a permanent living place.
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    So, just asking, but why not just buy a travel trailer. Ready to roll, with a warranty for around $20k

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
    I have a 10x16 shed...
    I've seen people turn shed that size into tiny homes....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    So, just asking, but why not just buy a travel trailer. Ready to roll, with a warranty for around $20k

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    sure but again, it looks mostly like every other travel trailer of the same model. I like custom things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeguyinvenice View Post
    sure but again, it looks mostly like every other travel trailer of the same model. I like custom things.
    For your stationary needs I can see that. I was more addressing the Weller, built on a trailer with materials costs of over $18k according to their site. I know in Texas, building materials prices are way up, so that is probably a conservative price on their party.

    One can buy a pre built unit with sliders to increase floor spaces, etc, for probably less than one can build.

    I would imagine you could find a park model home similar to what you want to build that could be customized to meet your needs.

    This is in Athens, Texas, not sure where you are located.

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    That's what I was shooting for... a park model home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    For your stationary needs I can see that. I was more addressing the Weller, built on a trailer with materials costs of over $18k according to their site. I know in Texas, building materials prices are way up, so that is probably a conservative price on their party.

    One can buy a pre built unit with sliders to increase floor spaces, etc, for probably less than one can build.

    I would imagine you could find a park model home similar to what you want to build that could be customized to meet your needs.

    This is in Athens, Texas, not sure where you are located.

    http://www.athensparkhomes.com/index.php
    Well I am outside of El Paso, The main thing I like about tiny custom homes is you can build them as efficient as you like, more insulation, more windows and skylights for natural lighting, etc, etc, etc. Not sure how much you could do that with a manufactured home.
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    i laugh that i can move into the storage closet on my home and rent my home out it has its own outside access

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    I actually was really considering it seriously. But then I got married...

    The idea is awesome though! Maybe I might build a mini photography studio on wheels one day and buy a plot of land near Yosemite to park it on

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    Small houses need big windows.



    And something outside to look at.
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    These don't seem all that tiny... our standards have gone out of whack. My grandad's manse where my mother grew up was originally 1 bedroom and had one 3-piece bathroom on the back side of the wall from the kitchen sink to simplify the plumbing. It had a wood burning stove. Her bedroom was an addition. My Dad grew up in a larger house but he had six siblings. I and my wife really underutilize our house but we do have plans...

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    Yes, I'm interested in the tiny house movement. Our house is small, but I definitely could see downsizing further after our son grows up.

    I have a couple of interesting books on the subject. I think one is by Duo Dickinson, and another is simply called "Tiny Houses".

    Check out this blog for some interesting ideas and links:

    http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/

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