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Old 01-25-2015, 08:43 PM   #43
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Altho doing more with less is often born of necessity rather than choice, it is a very valuable bank of knowledge to have.

Altho I see my past in me every day ...and don't we all...I'm glad I know how to live and do like I learned many years ago.

I could do it again tomorrow, if necessity required, and help others learn.


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Old 01-28-2015, 05:11 PM   #44
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As an Architect, I'm glad to see the interest in smaller, more efficient homes. I'm seeing more interest in using the Passivhaus standard which creates homes that are compact, comfortable and reduce heating and cooling energy by up to 85-90% less than a standard home. Where I live, land is scarce and expensive, so smaller and more efficient homes are beginning to make sense to a lot of people.
I'm interested in the Tiny House movement and a few years ago walked into a 485 sq. ft modernized log cabin that my buddy owns and rents out to vacationers. I loved it! Enough space for me, but not for my stuff. My goal is to downsize my stuff over the next couple of years.

I've studied the Passivhaus movement and also been reading books on the Tiny House movement. It looks like nobody has yet married the two! The trouble with Passive House design is that the ones I've seen on the Web mostly look and are sized like other houses. The problem with most tiny houses is that they are in milder climates and have poor or no insulation. If I was an Architect, I would design a smaller Passive House with simple zen-like looks on the outside and inside, that would be suitable for the climate in Canada.

BTW, this is my favourite PH:
The House « Passive House in the Woods

If someone could design a similar, yet smaller version with half the sq feet, that would be the cat's meow as far as I am concerned.
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:58 AM   #45
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Not tiny, but still, modest. My soon-to-be new house. The lot is 25' x 125'. We'll break ground in the spring. It's in a commercial zone, so the first floor is about 600 sf of commercial space. Parking for our car and for the space shuttle is in the back.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:24 AM   #46
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That is very cool looking!

Is that a little deck up top?



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I like the tiny house movement, but often they boast of portability, and frankly if you want to move it around, you're better off with an Airstream. If you don't plan to move it around, then you still need to pay for a lot to put it on, and that will still be pretty expensive anywhere in town. If you are out of town your lot will be big enough to probably require more maintenance than you want.

Here in Portland (land of the hipsters) there was an article about some couple who knocked down and old inefficient house in a trendy neighborhood and built a tiny house on the lot, but they paid $300k for the house and lot, and another $200k between demolition and building the tiny house - not exactly a frugal option!
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:20 PM   #48
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That is very cool looking!

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Thanks! Husband is the architect.

Yes, it's an outdoor deck. I'm thinking it's gonna be "music jam" central, where I can have my musician friends over to jam! The beauty of Southern Cali = year round outdoor living.

I'm super excited about this project, so, I'll keep looking for other threads where I can appropriately post pics too! LOL
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I'm interested in the Tiny House movement and a few years ago walked into a 485 sq. ft modernized log cabin that my buddy owns and rents out to vacationers. I loved it! Enough space for me, but not for my stuff. My goal is to downsize my stuff over the next couple of years.

I've studied the Passivhaus movement and also been reading books on the Tiny House movement. It looks like nobody has yet married the two! The trouble with Passive House design is that the ones I've seen on the Web mostly look and are sized like other houses. The problem with most tiny houses is that they are in milder climates and have poor or no insulation. If I was an Architect, I would design a smaller Passive House with simple zen-like looks on the outside and inside, that would be suitable for the climate in Canada.

BTW, this is my favourite PH:
The House « Passive House in the Woods

If someone could design a similar, yet smaller version with half the sq feet, that would be the cat's meow as far as I am concerned.
Thanks for the link to the house in the woods. Here is a 430 square foot Passive House which was just recently certified in Australia:
Castlemaine Passivhaus - CARBONlite | design + build CARBONlite | design + build
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Not tiny, but still, modest. My soon-to-be new house. The lot is 25' x 125'. We'll break ground in the spring. It's in a commercial zone, so the first floor is about 600 sf of commercial space. Parking for our car and for the space shuttle is in the back.
Nice to see some good, clean modern design. I, too, designed my house with a flat roof to take advantage of the usable space.
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This was in the Mother Earth Newsletter this morning:


Home on the Road: Matthew Hofmann's Renovated Airstream Home and Office - Green Homes



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