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I had this vision when I was 5 years old, to build houses that were like dog kennels but smaller...  RSS feed

 
Ken May
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When I was 5 I used to draw designs of little houses. They were tiny like Japanese motel room, to just crawl in and sleep. I didn't see why we needed such a big house and I felt like it was me against the world. That was 1972. I recently became fascinated with earth bag buildings, then the tiny house movement. My dream was to build a small dome house for a vacation home, then one day retire there. I found out residents don't take kindly to greenhorns buying up land and trying to build something that is less than the status quo.
Anyway, I fled Detroit Rock City last year and ended up just South of Cadillac in a small village of 227 people. I found a an old carriage house, built in 1900, that is about 323 sf if you include the finished bedroom in the basement I use to record and practice drums. It is so easy to heat, I got thru half of last winter with just two $15 space heaters, one downstairs, one up.
What's nice is it's on the grid, but has a well so no water bill. The utilities are cheap, and my house has a big bathroom and plenty of room in the kitchen. When people come over, they feel sorry for me but I love my tiny house. The only thing better would be to mobilize it. Oh well... I'm legal, and got into a 5-year land contract with a payment lower then a regular house on a 30 year note. Where most people pay triple what their house value is with interest, my interest is only 22% of what the cost/value of the house is. 300% or 22% I'm a dummy for living in a tiny house? I think not.
I look forward to this part of the forum. Very cool.
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Will Holland
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Cool looking house!
 
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Will Holland wrote:Cool looking house!

Thanks. I want to put some roofing metal sheets on the lower level to make it look like a double stuffed Oreo cookie. haha Here's a shot of the basement drum room. I love the sound of this room in my tiny house. The HUGE sound would blow you away...
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