Check out this little tiny house in Texas

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  1. tweakmonkey

    tweakmonkey Webmaster Staff Member

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    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I'm thinking of converting a cave. That'd be cool. If it's a deep cave, a falout shelter too.
  3. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I love those small, futuristic living spaces. I'd love to have one on my property as a guest house or whatever. But you imagine dropping steamer in there? There's so little air in there you'd almost have to evacuate for a while.
  4. Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb!

    Cr@cKpiPe tE@sEr noOb! Not Just Handsome

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    I saw something like this in the NY Times a while back. People are building these tiny houses and the one they showed in the paper was really nice. They're very picturesque.
  5. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    that alone in the wilderness vid is a cozy little vid to watch during a snowy day.
    i bet it will lull me to sleep pretty easy
    awesome find.

    edit: i found the movie. yes.
  6. tweakmonkey

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    I first heard about these a while ago (the futuristic idea of a modular home that has expandable corridors you can buy is appealing), and read about it a couple days ago on that tiny house blog I linked to above.

    There was an article talking about how some people near Santa Cruz wanted a nice piece of property but it was too expensive, so 8 people pooled together to buy the land and put 8 of the tiny houses on there, dividing up the price of the land... it came out to around $30,000 each to have a tiny house in a highly desirable place.

    It's pretty admirable considering how many small families live in 3000+ sq foot houses with TONS of space used to hold their trash or things they really don't use.

    I saw a video where a guy demonstrates how his whole place works, and he had a decent fan (plus a window leading the bathroom to the outside). That'd help a bit.

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    I think I could handle a 100 square foot house. I would have to downsize but I like the idea of having such a small place that I leave it often (go for walks, outside activities, etc) -- although working would suck if the desk wasn't big enough. I'd make mine two stories (200 sq foot?) so I could put an office upstairs and still have the tiny footprint.
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    Yeah that's a cool video. Having the skills to build a place like that is something I really want to invest time into some day. I wish I could just build a really solid shelter after being thrown into a random area... (I bet Wiskas could!) I have some videos where they build a modern-looking place in the woods from random trees and mud bricks.

    I guess this year I'm developing my car skillz but some day I'll get into the home improvement thing.
  8. mattdev

    mattdev liberal crybaby

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    Alone in the Wilderness is a fantastic movie by the way. I remember watching it about 4 years ago and being completely wowed by it, and it still wows me to this day. The door hinge blows my mind.
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    ...adds to xmas /SS list
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    that alone in the wilderness is awesome. that guy is my hero. Such a simple life. Sometimes I feel like doing that. Sure it would be tough but you wouldn't have the cares of "normal" day life.
  11. Dustin

    Dustin nomnomnom

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    I think if this was double the size it would be perfect for me, equip yourself with some solar & perhaps wind (if you have the space); a proper garden to support yourself and you can live cleanly. Stay on the grid obviously because you want proper toilets and may need grid power from time to time.

    I've actually heard you can contribute TO the power grid and the power company will pay you for your contributions which is GREAT!

    Definitely something I want to achieve in my life is to live as simple and efficiently as possible.
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    My roommate won an award for a project he created in university (electrical engineer) for a low cost transformer type unit that could be used to convert the dc power that you would normally collect via wind and solar sources into ac to get it back into the grid.

    Selling power back to the power companies is already possible in many parts of Canada.
  13. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Spent a year in one of these (128 Cu.Ft= 4'X8'X4')....it's not hard. And it was awesome. lonely?.....nope. There wasn't any buttfuckery (GG:)), but it was in the middle of nowhere. There's a feeling of total peace that comes with knowing there isn't a soul around for at least twenty miles and the elevation puts you up where you can see how long the mountain shadows are....it's called high lonesome
    Mr. daniels sang about it [​IMG]
    Most of my camps were above the 4000' elevation and it was glorious. In winter I retreated to thwe 3000' mark. it was so quiet when it snowed, quiet enough to actually hear you heartbeating.

    (High Lonesome lyrics)
    Just you and me and a little white pup
    Sittin' here waiting for the sun to come up
    To keep the chill away
    Drinkin' our coffee at the first crack of dawn
    Watchin' a doe while she nuzzles her fawn
    It's my favorite time of the day

    High Lonesome
    God don't ever let this mountain change
    High Lonesome
    I hope you will always stay the same
    Sometimes in the evening when everything's still
    Sweet mountain music floats over the hill
    On a laurel-scented breeze
    Sometimes when nightbirds are scolding the mist
    I think I might know where heaven is
    It's just above the trees

    Watchin' my summertimes turnin' to falls
    Seein' my song growing honest and tall
    Keeps me satisfied
    If I live forever or I die today
    All I would ask is you just let me lay
    Here on this mountainside
    Charlie Daniels Band
  14. Torx

    Torx Indigenous Nudist

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    i just noticed in that picture a tree fell on your camper
  15. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    No, that's a windfall that had just enough clearance for me to park underneath. That tree is about fourty feet in fron of my truck and about 7 foot diameter. I called this spot: "Whitesnag" The elevation is 3200'. it was one of my winter spots. Looked like this after a snowmelt:

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  16. mattdev

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    Are those the Cascades?
  17. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    The western slopes of the cascades. I also spent alot of time up in the siskiyous, redwoods and the coast range.
  18. GOG427

    GOG427 Free Mustache Rides...

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    Luling one is 14 miles from my house
  19. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Oh man how I miss living alone in the mountains. But, when it was time to rejoin society, I just knew it and had no problem assimilating.

    The Cascades:

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    The coast range
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    The redwoods

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    The siskiyous
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