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Talking tiny houses with the Telegraph

April 10, 2012 | Building, Natural Building | 6 comments | Author:

So about 5 months ago we got interviewed about the process of building a very small house… and last weekend the resulting article finally made it to the paper. Apparently we’re part of a ‘backlash’… I just thought we were trying (trying as opposed to necessarily succeeding) to build something simple and within our means…

This does throw up some interesting questions about what it means to live in a small space, happily, in this day and age. Will it work for us? We don’t know yet – we’re still building that tiny, cheap (cough) house. But we’ll get there one day soon! You can browse our tinyhouse journey thus far here…

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  • Fraser April 10, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply

    On the radio the other day they had a fella espousing the terrace for suburban living and that we should go back to examining this scale of dwelling as it allows for community within a fairly population dense urban scene. It also allows yard space, something that has been totally ignored by the “McMansion”. Having no yard or outdoor space wouldn’t be that bad if the burbs had been designed with more communal garden space and green corridors but unfortunately that has not been the case. With all the room in the mansion the inhabitants are effectively imprisoned with very little contact within their neighbourhood. So three cheers for you. Hopefully this will contribute to a revolution in how we see our homes fit not only within the landscape but within a community.

  • themolesworthdiarist April 10, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply

    I’m building a house at the moment and have given a lot of thought to size and space. I’ve ended up increasing the floorspace by about 30% to make the design more usable but I also have moments where I wish I was building a tinyhouse as it would be a lot cheaper and at this stage of my life (no kids) is all I really need. The thing I found with building (on my hilly location with it being slab on ground) is it’s easier to do it upfront than add on later. I guess I’ll see how I feel about it when it’s finished (and when I have to pay the mortgage payments!). Your house looks gorgeous and I look forward to seeing how it turns out :)

  • Bruce Miller April 10, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply

    Look to Straw Bale. Passive solar oriented Straw Bale is heated winters, cooled summers for free in Canada. We build them for near nothing – local untrained folk cand build a home in a weekend. Very inexpensive and durable over the years.

  • Dobba April 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Reply

    I am one of 7 children. When I was very young we lived in a two bedroom house for a few years. My folks had one room, two sisters got the enclosed verandah, the youngsters (3) shared a room and my brother and I slept in a caravan. The trick was to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The idea that you need a massive house is a little sad to me because it means you want to be indoors and probably alone. Get out there and live a little.

  • The Joneses April 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply

    Definitely part of a backlash. ;)

  • Kirsten July 19, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply

    I love that about being or not being part of a back lash. I know you were being a bit funny, but it’s also an interesting comment on how, on the one hand, we can be pigeonholed to be something we’re not, fit within some defined group, and on the other, we can be part of a cultural movement and change without necessarily being deliberately or even consciously engaged with it (not that I’m saying you aren’t engaged, but you know what I mean).


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