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Old 04-12-2012, 05:25 PM   #15
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What kind of permitting, or building inspections are needed? Are they the same as regular home construction?
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:00 PM   #16
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It depends on the code restrictions where you wanna build. There have been many built in urban areas already.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #17
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Crusty, I have a cousin that lives outside of Fort Worth. He started with one shipping container that has grown into 3 with plans for a 4th to be added soon. It rambles up the side of a hill. Unless you knew what the home was made from it would be hard to tell. He is a computer engineer, works from home and the house is totally automated and state of the art in design. Sort of scary, it talks to you in this crazy sexy Russian spy accent.
Where at in Ft Worth? How did he get permits (or was he outside of Tarrant County)? Oh, and of you look around, you'll see a few of us 30 something's who are not cynical and who are out living their dreams.
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Its great to see that AS folks can also think outside the box,,, or in this case SOB,,

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:05 PM   #19
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Shipping containers may provide simplicity and purpose, but I'm still looking for the elegance.

Nonetheless, this type of home is a brilliant solution to this river side lot. It could take the flooding and shake it off, where a stick-built house would be devastated.

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:25 PM   #20
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I don't know... I call this pretty elegant

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:34 PM   #21
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Excellent. Shipping container finds Usonia !

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:44 PM   #22
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I have been living in a travel trailer for over 10 years now. I started with a 15' with no A/C and progressed to a 23' and finally an Argosy 26'. I have stayed at fish camps, rv parks, personal property and even volunteered for a while. Not many people understand this way of life. I can say that my carbon footprint is way smaller than most, I have experienced wildlife encounters for memories I will always cherish. I have been able to live in places I could not afford, and it sure is easier to move your whole house than to box up all your belongings and label them. I have saved enough money to buy a piece of land of my very own. And I can live in my Airstream for 5 years while I am building a house. Not such a bad deal after all....
Susan,
I just want to tell you I'm so jealous of your full-time lifestyle. The moment we walked in the door from our very first trip in our AS, I had a major 'aha' moment. All I could see were chores, projects, mail, etc. I realized that keeping a TT clean was so easy and less cleaning and chores was something I could definitely get used to! I often feel weighed down my belongings. The minimalistic lifestyle of trailer living was refreshing!
I married relatively young (seems ideal for a single person) and never discovered TT life until now. Now, I'm still married, have an active 3 year old, and a large dog and love my life so I know I won't convert to full-time lifestyle. But boy, you have my envy!
My consolation....we still have the weekends.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:39 AM   #23
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I don't know... I call this pretty elegant
Beautiful!

We happened upon a man in TN, I think, who had built himself a little getaway from those ready-made, outside storage buildings for lawnmowers, etc. He flagged us down as we were looking for a place to turn around and offered a place to stay for the night, which we accepted. Had photos, but can't find them. . Am on the IPad, which may be part of the problem.

This man cleared a piece of property that bordered a lovely creek and put up three of these wooden buildings. One was a cabin for himself, one a guesthouse and one a bathhouse. All elevated for the creek, decks with hanging flowers, beautifully landscaped, a pavilion with a firepit.

He said "stay as long as you like", if you can imagine, and left for his condo In a nearby town. We spent the night, Lily had a lovely romp and swim in the creek.

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Where at in Ft Worth? How did he get permits (or was he outside of Tarrant County)? Oh, and of you look around, you'll see a few of us 30 something's who are not cynical and who are out living their dreams.
He does not actually live in Ft Worth. He is about 40 miles south on 300 acres. As to permits and such, I have no idea. You would have to check with your local building officials on that one.
I am pretty sure that you did not mean the "cynical" comment to me.
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Beautiful!

We happened upon a man in TN, I think, who had built himself a little getaway from those ready-made, outside storage buildings for lawnmowers, etc. He flagged us down as we were looking for a place to turn around and offered a place to stay for the night, which we accepted. Had photos, but can't find them. . Am on the IPad, which may be part of the problem.

This man cleared a piece of property that bordered a lovely creek and put up three of these wooden buildings. One was a cabin for himself, one a guesthouse and one a bathhouse. All elevated for the creek, decks with hanging flowers, beautifully landscaped, a pavilion with a firepit.

He said "stay as long as you like", if you can imagine, and left for his condo In a nearby town. We spent the night, Lily had a lovely romp and swim in the creek.

What one can do with will, imagination and not a whole lot of money.

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Oh, and he had one set of "full hookups" for visiting RV'ers.

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He does not actually live in Ft Worth. He is about 40 miles south on 300 acres. As to permits and such, I have no idea. You would have to check with your local building officials on that one.
I am pretty sure that you did not mean the "cynical" comment to me.
Oh,I know...I was on my phone at the time and couldn't figure out how to multi-quote!
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