You should post some pics, Dave:) Some of us need all the inspiration we can get!
Fun and creative stuff BUT..none of them seem to incorporate any sort of plumbing for kitchens or bathrooms. That's where the crunch comes..a shower..even a small one, takes up space as does any sort of toilet, even a bucket; and cooking needs a degree of space too, for even a small rocket stove and a place to store food; clean/store the dishes, much less store and move water. If a person is to be off grid this esp comes into play. It's not hard to see how to build a tiny space to sleep and "hang out" but surely without some sort of bathroom and kitchen facilities these cannot really be called anything but shelters at best? And what about heat in the winter?
These strike me as fun novelties but really only toys, though kudos for recycling stuff so creatively!.
jacque g wrote:
Well Dave, you can't stop there. Pix? Plans?
On a trip to buy goats I came upon a sweet little permaculture homestead. They built a tiny house. Then a tiny kitchen. Then tiny barn. Each had a different construction. It just felt peaceful.
The reason was building codes. I don't like building codes. I don't much care for excessive or rigid zoning laws. Building is so simple no one should be homeless. We should be free from rent. We complicate it too much.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
How long do the wooden cisterns last?
jacque g wrote:
Dave, my issue with domes is their propensity to leak at the seams. Is there anything about this design that addresses that issue particularly well?
Someone is missing the boat..or something..this home in Berkeley of 420 square feet was built for a mere $100,000 ! hmmm Even with the built in dishwasher and fridge, that seems like a pretty hefty chunk of change to me. I guess when trying to change codes it helps to be a university prof.
Still, it's a start and has opened the way for others to follow.
Ernie Wisner wrote:Look to the marine world; we have lived in small spaces for a very long time...
Travis Halverson wrote:Thanks Jack.
That sounds like a decent plan to consider. My wife and I are considering a tiny house on some raw land because we think that, even if we could get a mortgage for a regular house with acreage, we may not be able to afford that mortgage long term. She would also prefer to not feel crammed into a tiny house because we have our first kid on the way. Although, if that lifestyle is only temporary (one winter or so), then we should be able to do it with one. I met a superwoman at the Dayton PDC. She's been living on her new land in a big tent with four kids for the past winter! Awesome.
The idea of building a tiny house complex seems really workable.
Pam Hatfield wrote:Fun and creative stuff BUT..none of them seem to incorporate any sort of plumbing for kitchens or bathrooms.