4 Responses to TinyHouseTalk

  1. Martin says:

    Even though I definitely appreciate the aesthetics and cleverness of space-use shown by many of the constructors of tiny homes, I have long been puzzled by the tiny house 'movement', especially in view of the fact that if one wants to live 'tiny' there are less expensive ways to accomplish this; just purchase a small used RV and modify it to your taste.

    Then there's the cramped lifestyle such a structure imposes – and I have personal experience with this; five years with a wife and pre-teen daughter in an 8'x35' (280sf) travel trailer parked on a cut-over 20-acre property in the hills outside Portland, Oregon.

    Also, it is clear that parking a tiny home on a friend's property and then living in it is often illegal in most urban jurisdictions, just as renting out an RV parked in one's sideyard would be. So, in order to avoid continual harrassment by said jurisdiction, one must needs go through the hassle and expense of property purchase and the process of getting permits, etc. in order to site a tiny home, just as one would with a new stick-built house of larger dimension. Why not take the same $$, purchase a small older (say 40's or 50's) house and fix it up? Recycling at its finest, in my opinion.

  2. rj says:

    On another note here's a link to Nostalgia for the Hippie Building Heyday which includes reference to Mr. Kahn

  3. I love this site, it always has some cute tiny houses. As to Martin's comments. I'm someone who is moving into an RV to live full-time while building my own tiny house from salvaged materials. I can't speak for anyone except myself. I like the idea of living in an RV but not as an old person, and I know they don't last very long. I also like the idea of taking control of my own housing by building it, and building it REALLY small. That way it's inexpensive to build and repair, easy to clean, and cheap to heat/cool. As for the city building codes, those will change as more and more people decide to build small in urban areas.

  4. daltxguy says:

    You can't live in an RV when it's 40 below.

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