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Tiny House Anyone?

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33 minutes ago, thuglife said:

How would you handle guests coming over? Or if you have kids?

You could always send them to sleep in a cabin hanging off the cliffs in Peru. Problem solved. 

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4 minutes ago, thuglife said:

They are capsules. And take reservations in advance. Jealous.

I believe both kids and guests inform about their arrival in advance. 

No, but on a serious note. Tiny houses like these are totally impractical for a family and can feel cramped even with a couple living there. 

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You know what though I think this would be an amazing idea for students, I have been renting with people for 5 years because I cannot afford to yet live alone until I finish my studies, and I have grown extremely tired of others lack of hygiene, cleanliness etc. common house issues. As I spend all my time in my bedroom anyways having a small 'home' like this would be an amazing thing to have and surely shouldnt be as expensive as a 1 bedroom flat.

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I read this statement somewhere on the internet:

"The difference between tiny houses and trailers is classism."

Tiny houses aren't new. People have been living in less than 1000 square feet as long as there have been people. It's only been within the past 50 years that having a 3k SF house has been "normal" for an upper middle class family of four. 

Our house, built in the 1960s, is 1300 SF. Six of us live here comfortably, though it's occasionally uncomfortable when too many people are moving around the kitchen or when someone has to wait for a toilet. (There are two toilets, so this is rare.) 

I marvel at our next door neighbors. Their brand new house exceeds 3000 SF for a family of three, two adults and a teenager. Before the grandmother moved in, they built in an entire 1000 SF addition, bringing the total to about 4000 square feet! The only thing I can guess is that they don't much like each other, or maybe they have hobbies that need a lot of space.

I believe a minimum comfortable size for one single adult would be about 500 SF. Two adults could live in 800 SF without discomfort. When you start adding more people, it depends on climate and lifestyle. Most kids would prefer to be outside most of the time, and only need space for homework, sleep, and to store their stuff, but outside play might not be feasible in some urban areas or extreme climates. 

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1 hour ago, notme said:

I believe a minimum comfortable size for one single adult would be about 500 SF. Two adults could live in 800 SF without discomfort. When you start adding more people, it depends on climate and lifestyle. Most kids would prefer to be outside most of the time, and only need space for homework, sleep, and to store their stuff, but outside play might not be feasible in some urban areas or extreme climates.

There are apartments being constructed on the basis of selling a lifestyle. So they have a number of common areas for socialising etc. and this allows the developers to construct individuals apartments that are basically for sleeping.

How we construct public/social and private spaces is all malleable.

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1 minute ago, Haji 2003 said:

There are apartments being constructed on the basis of selling a lifestyle. So they have a number of common areas for socialising etc. and this allows the developers to construct individuals apartments that are basically for sleeping.

How we construct public/social and private spaces is all malleable.

I've recently been reading about "New Urbanism", which is rooted in old urban lifestyles, and I'd like to see more of this. It's better economically, socially, and environmentally. 

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11 hours ago, starlight said:

Tiny houses like these are totally impractical for

@notme has a good post along the lines l was going to post.

l have a big house and it is impractical. l cannot arrange anything to fit my lifestyle. And now l have a problem with downsizing.

Notme: Can you put in a half-bath like in the basement or shift a closet and put one on the other side of a wall?

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18 minutes ago, hasanhh said:

Notme: Can you put in a half-bath like in the basement or shift a closet and put one on the other side of a wall?

We could add a full bath in the garage which we use for zombies not cars, but there's no need. Really, two bathrooms are enough for six people. I grew up in a house with eight people and one bathroom. I am not accustomed to thinking a brief wait is a big deal. 

Anyway, if it becomes an emergency, we also have a detached cottage (our own tiny house - I'm such a hypocrite!) with a full bathroom and complete mini-kitchen. 

As for guests in the tiny house, my son brings his friends over from time to time. They make a lot of noise, play video games, drink Kool-aid, cook and eat frozen pizzas, all without disturbing anyone, and close enough for parents (me) to keep an eye/ear on them to stop any mischief. When one guy wanted to stay the weekend while his folks were out of town, we just put an air mattress on the floor, no big deal. 

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