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going green #2: Jay Shafer's tiny house

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 07-18-2010 07:49 AM 1448 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Meet Tumbleweed, Jay Shafer’s 89 square foot house, which he built himself, learning how to do so as he went. Unlike me, who always needs more space, Jay loves living small and wouldn’t go back to “living big.” The house has lead to a business, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and he’s able to cart his house like a trailer right to job sites, or anywhere else he wants to go.

Though I couldn’t live this way, I would love for all the people who wouldn’t mind, or who would even enjoy it to do so, as it would free up a lot of land and resources. Actually, it would give me much more land on my 0.18 acres for log collecting and milling :) Maybe I’ll consider it. His house isn’t a whole lot bigger than the wood storage shed I built.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 10:43 AM

Where is the shop?? :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Gary Fixler

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 11:57 AM

The shop is outside, so, everywhere! :)

If I had a house like this, I could make my shop way bigger. I just couldn’t bring anything I made into the house afterwards. I’d probably start sleeping out in the shop, though, and using the house less and less.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 12:07 PM

I’ll be that little attic bed is hotter than blazes in the summer time!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 02:04 PM

The place isn’t any bigger than my first “apartment.” There was a motel that had little cottages as adverse to rooms and this guy bought it and rented them out as apartments. I had a chair in the middle of the room and could reach the bathroom door, the dining table, my coffee pot, the sink, stove, and bed without getting up. Biggest problem I see with his setup is laundry and bathroom space. Handy to be able to tote your house, but I think the lack of a laundry area would quickly get on my nerves.

As far as utilizing land and housing resources, I wish more people would invest in a used home and bring it up to date as adverse to buying/building a new house. In Michigan, abandoned homes are a real problem. Even building a new smaller house like this one is technically adding to pre-existing housing and taking up resources that were previously not utilized.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 02:40 PM

My town is very political when it comes to house building, I don’t think you could get the permits

to build it anywhere in the county without a good fight at city hall. I’m with Dave, you gotta have

a place to wash your clothes!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 06:50 PM

If they built 900-1000 sq footers like after WWII, there wouldn’t be so many forclosuers today. I grew up in a 500 sq ft house.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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sras

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 07:54 PM

Very intersting! There are washer/dryer units that go in RVs that are the size of a dorm fridge. Washes and dries in the same unit. Runs on 110v power. If one is really minimizing, you only have a few changes of clothes so washing by hand is not that unreasonable.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 10:15 PM

great vidio it´s just like camping
when you do that , it seems to me everybody change mentality
of how little they buy becourse they know the space is limit
in the campingwagon even thow who place them at the same place
the full ceson year after year
the difficult part in that is you need a second wagon for the shop :—))

Dennis

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