This is a nice site on the tiny homes. I’ve found some interesting posts there lately. https://tinyhousetalk.com

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to TinyHouseTalk

  1. Even though I definitely appreciate the aesthetics and cleverness of space-use shown by many of the constructors of tiny homes, I have long been puzzled by the tiny house 'movement', especially in view of the fact that if one wants to live 'tiny' there are less expensive ways to accomplish this; just purchase a small used RV and modify it to your taste.

    Then there's the cramped lifestyle such a structure imposes – and I have personal experience with this; five years with a wife and pre-teen daughter in an 8'x35' (280sf) travel trailer parked on a cut-over 20-acre property in the hills outside Portland, Oregon.

    Also, it is clear that parking a tiny home on a friend's property and then living in it is often illegal in most urban jurisdictions, just as renting out an RV parked in one's sideyard would be. So, in order to avoid continual harrassment by said jurisdiction, one must needs go through the hassle and expense of property purchase and the process of getting permits, etc. in order to site a tiny home, just as one would with a new stick-built house of larger dimension. Why not take the same $$, purchase a small older (say 40's or 50's) house and fix it up? Recycling at its finest, in my opinion.

  2. I love this site, it always has some cute tiny houses. As to Martin's comments. I'm someone who is moving into an RV to live full-time while building my own tiny house from salvaged materials. I can't speak for anyone except myself. I like the idea of living in an RV but not as an old person, and I know they don't last very long. I also like the idea of taking control of my own housing by building it, and building it REALLY small. That way it's inexpensive to build and repair, easy to clean, and cheap to heat/cool. As for the city building codes, those will change as more and more people decide to build small in urban areas.

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