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Old 12-20-2013, 02:21 PM   #1
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Tiny House on a Trailer Bed. Amazing!

This woman kicked some serious ass! Take a look.

Here is the company that sells the plans for these cool trailers: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com

I thought Airstreamers might dig these...
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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I have been following the tiny house movement for a long time. There are some building code, zoning and location advantages to building on a trailer frame too. They can be placed in locations that a "stick built" home of that small size might not be allowed. I have an AS TRADEWIND that is moving in that direction. Cheers bill b.
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Old 12-20-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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My girlfriend and I have been throwing around this idea for a while. One idea we had was to have to 22' trailers and rent out two spots at a cool trailer park. That way we have space and privacy and we can decorate as we please. But we will save a ton of money on rent and heating/cooling...
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Old 12-20-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Beautiful!

I love it.


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Old 12-20-2013, 06:03 PM   #5
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The article starts off stating Macy Miller was and architect, but then says:

"Macy Miller didnít have a lot of experience with construction, but she was willing to learn."

NO WONDER HER HOUSE GOT FORCLOSED ON!
lol, poor Macy.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:37 PM   #6
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I have a neighbor that has a Tumbleweed designed tiny house trailer for the last 5 years or so. Every summer they take it up to a local water park state park. They basically keep it there thru the fall. When home it lives in the back yard and is a great guest house. It has all the comforts of home plus. They built it with the assistance of construction students from a local junior college and it meets all necessary codes and safety standards. Total cost was under 10k.
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Old 12-20-2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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I clicked on Macy's blog link.

She's now pregnant.....AND she has a new puppy!

.....a GREAT DANE!!!!!

Can't make this stuff up.
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I think the tiny house "movement" is kinda cool and have followed some of the blogs and web sites, and even sketched out a few things.

As these are, fundamentally, an adaptation of stick-house building techniques, the houses aren't really capable of being towed frequently or at high speeds or over long distances. In many cases the trailer underneath is just a concession to the reality of building and zoning codes; the structure isn't intended to be moved. Which, to me, is where the Airstream wins.

Many if not most have a loft-type design where there is an upper level used for a bedroom. Interesting but not my cup of tea.
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Anti-establishment movement?

I have never liked living in large houses/spaces, you tend to accumulate to much "stuff". I think some of the best years of my life were spent living in an 11' cab over pickup camper. I currently spend a fair bit of my life "living" in motel rooms. Airstreams are much more comfortable. Our current house is 948sf and we own a larger one. I would love to downsize to a bit less space that was more efficiently laid out.

The other thing I find interesting is the massive increase in the size of houses and living space over the past 65-70 years. The square foot per person has almost tripled, not to mention the extra bathrooms. I grew up in a family of 6 with on bathroom.

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I clicked on Macy's blog link.

She's now pregnant.....AND she has a new puppy!

.....a GREAT DANE!!!!!

Can't make this stuff up.
Danes are great dogs for small spaces, real couch potatoes.
As an Architect, I can safely say that many Architects have no actual experience in construction (the physical act of building), but they do have experience with the process through the administration and field review process.
Now, other than criticizing this woman, have you any actual thoughts about the small house?
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Love it. You go girl.

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Danes are great dogs for small spaces, real couch potatoes.
As an Architect, I can safely say that many Architects have no actual experience in construction (the physical act of building), but they do have experience with the process through the administration and field review process.
Now, other than criticizing this woman, have you any actual thoughts about the small house?
I agree with the fact many Architects have no field knowledge... a lot of Engineers don't either. It is up to us "Field Engineers" to try and educate them. The last go around the engineer was insisting that a 3/4" long screw would hold down two sheets of 22 ga steel deck to a wood bowstring truss... it might work on paper

I agree Great Danes make great couch potatoes, I have had a couple in the past, so do hounds, whippets, greyhounds, and several other large breeds. My son has a 160# Great Pyrenees/St Bernard cross, that dog invented lazy.

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Lets becareful when bashing the engineers OK?
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