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    Default Kyu's Tiny House Blog

    Feel free to link, comment, and participate. I'm going to spend this next month just jotting down the different possibilities and ideas here.

    For those that don't know.. I'm building a tiny house in 2013.

    The only restrictions I have is that:
    - I don't want a concrete foundation.
    - I need the house to be entirely built for under $30k. I'd prefer a $20k house.
    - I need to be able to build this myself.
    - City of Houston standards are a ceiling of at least 7 ft tall, and a room of at least 7 feet wide.

    I've built smaller things before, like sheds and such, with the help of my father. This is a big project for me, and I'm really excited about it. I've been playing with possibilities. It needs to be big enough to hold everything I need it to, and have smart, efficient layouts. But it doesn't need to be too big.. I don't plan on hosting parties there or anything. We have an outdoor, private recreational center for all that.

    Anyways. Here are some of the ideas I've come up with so far.

    - Tumbleweed home.
    Finding this website kickstarted my ideas and inspiration.

    The design style I was looking at is this one:
    http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses/bodega/

    - Sporting Cabin.
    This is a small cabin made for a retreat during hunting seasons and such.. but the cost is so low for the basic layout. I'd have to build the interior myself.
    http://www.gableloghomes.com/sportin.html

    - Cozy Home plans.
    I found this website when I donated $30 to Tiny (a documentary on a guy who impulsively decided to do what I'm about to do.). They have some awesome layouts, like this one:
    http://www.cozyhomeplans.com/small-h...stedbutte.html

    And this one, which is very similar to what I was planning to do with the sporting cabin.
    http://www.cozyhomeplans.com/small-h...-mountain.html

    This website features some things that I find pretty interesting, like Steel homes.
    http://www.cozyhomeplans.com/alterna...me-models.html

    and a civilian version of the CLU, which fits really nicely into the awesome ideas of Container City.
    http://www.cozyhomeplans.com/alterna...-40-isbus.html

    And this idea which I just discovered today.. The Earth Bag house, basically made up of Sandbags.
    http://www.cozyhomeplans.com/alterna...ag-shield.html

    I love the layout, but I know very little about it.


    I'm gonna check out this book as well and see what's all in it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqjsW6vZk68



    And while I'm documenting things from my favorites pages... Here's something I thought was really awesome invention wise.

    http://doublespacebeds.com/gallery.html

    A small library/reading area AND a guest bed seems like such a fantastic idea.

    I definitely got inspired by this video as well.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQjBrt9LriY"]Space.[/YOUTUBE]

    My challenge is to make something that's really awesome.. for less than the price of buying one of these:
    http://www.factoryexpodirect.com/EV1.asp

    I have nothing against trailers.. I just think they're so poorly constructed and shabby. I want something a little more personal.. but I can't deny that I'm a total cheapskate. so this is an interesting adventure I've embarked on.

    I have a year to brainstorm and plan.
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    http://www.earthbagbuilding.com/projects/roundhouse.htm

    I love the concept of having the bottles there becoming a sort of stained glass project. <3 <3
    Kantgirl: Just say "I'm feminine and I'll punch anyone who says otherwise!"
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    prplchknz: i don't like it

    In Search Of... ... Kiwi Sketch Art ... Dream Journal ... Kyuuei's Cook book ... Kyu's Tiny House Blog ... Minimalist Challenge ... Kyu's Savings Challenge

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    this is about how I want it to look.. Ive been searching for a way of building this house that I've created in my head.

    This video explains that "walk in" and "closet storage" part.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpFT8mTRTQI"]My Closet Inspiration[/YOUTUBE]
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    I LOVE TINY HOUSES! So exciting that you're going to make one!

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    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juWaO5TJS00"]Lego house[/YOUTUBE]

    His is probably expensive, but maybe you can steal some cheaper ideas from his lego home.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/ga...pagewanted=all
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    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gM0vpsP-Bmg"]Omg.[/YOUTUBE]

    I absolutely am in love with the window on the ceiling... Being in a loft, watching the stars at night as you sleep.
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    In Search Of... ... Kiwi Sketch Art ... Dream Journal ... Kyuuei's Cook book ... Kyu's Tiny House Blog ... Minimalist Challenge ... Kyu's Savings Challenge

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    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTL0dkadocQ"].[/YOUTUBE]

    This place is still standing 30 years later, and it was built for $15.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOIifnYM7DQ"].[/YOUTUBE]

    This place was built for $362. Amazing.. it gives me hope that I'll get something really badass for hopefully a lot less than my budgetted price. The cheaper the better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    I LOVE TINY HOUSES! So exciting that you're going to make one!
    Well you'll get to see the construction from start to finish if you stay tuned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Usehername View Post
    Lego house

    His is probably expensive, but maybe you can steal some cheaper ideas from his lego home.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/ga...pagewanted=all
    Stunning. Cabinetry would be like 80% of his house budgeting Definitely worth it, especially if he saved money planning it out himself.

    Quote Originally Posted by YWIR View Post
    Moving house
    This guy is a genius. and I thought that a stacking bed that rolled down was amazing... I wish architecture was applied a lot more than it is now.

    @Oakysage created this for me.. 392ish Sq. Ft.



    It's a decent size, and it is generous so I could always trim that style down to one that fits. It's beautiful.

    Also, this thing is so cute. I know I'll find an application for it.

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCPsSsbubOk&feature=g-all"].[/YOUTUBE]
    Kantgirl: Just say "I'm feminine and I'll punch anyone who says otherwise!"
    Halla74: Think your way through the world. Feel your way through life.

    Cimarron: maybe Prpl will be your girl-bud
    prplchknz: i don't like it

    In Search Of... ... Kiwi Sketch Art ... Dream Journal ... Kyuuei's Cook book ... Kyu's Tiny House Blog ... Minimalist Challenge ... Kyu's Savings Challenge

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    This is fabulous! (I'm a mad keen renovator myself, ack, I hope this doesn't trigger some kind of construction fever). Loooove the idea of the tiny house, love small space living, love multi functional rooms. I remember a fantastic article in the NYTimes a few years ago about tiny houses and the ideals that goes along with it. It just makes so much more sense to be a minimalist. Really excited for you.

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    Not put a downer on you, but a house is not a shed. I hope you realize that you need to spend quite a lot of time reading up on engineering, because there are a lot of details - insulation, moisture management, statics, avoiding rot in the infrastructure (with wood), etc. - that have to be carefully dealt with that are far from as entertaining as deciding where to place your walk-in closet and how large you'd like your living room to be; especially when using alternative construction methods and materials. The standards are there so you won't wake up with a face full of roof, develop a chronic lung ailment or other nasty things.
    Depending on how "correct" you want the construction to be, chances are that the project will end up exceeding your budget, because mistakes will most likely be made - even professionals make mistakes. But I guess the risk will be lower if you follow one of those proven examples you included in your post to the point.

    And why do you want to avoid a concrete foundation? What other kind of foundation do you plan to build on?

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