Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by tacmotusn, Mar 2, 2013.
storage, guest cottage, or many other possibilities
interior of cabin in thread starter.
Cabin Interior - YouTube
loft / office
We are so spoiled in the US. People build "McMansions" with 20 rooms, six baths, and six bay garages for only 2--4 people. As a kid growing up on a dirt road farm we lived in a two bedroom uninsulated farm house. When the wind blew the curtains blew. We four kids shared the same bed room till we grew a bit. Mom/Dad took the middle room as a bedroom and us kids took the bedrooms on either side. A 14X14 is a lot of space if used correctly. We moved a horse barn for a family that they turned into a very nice home. Stalls became bedrooms, halls were gathering rooms, and bath was in the feed room. One can do with a lot if needed.
my wife's grandmother lived in a chicken coop, and no, they didn't ask her for eggs....
My granddad and uncle built a concrete block garage / workshop behind his house. Probably 20 x 40 ft. A couple years later they subdivided the whole shebang and made it a 1 car garage and a 3 room house / apartment. Main room 9 x 28, Br 11 x 16, Kitchen 11 x 12. Cold water only sink, frig, gas stove/oven. 2 holer outhouse beyond 1 car garage end of house. Lived there for my first 5 years.
I remember hearing my mom and dad talk about some of the places they lived, bot howdy that 14X14 is a McMansion compared to them.
And yet, if we proposed to house welfare people in one of these cabins, we would be called inhumane. (and worse)
nice, find myself researching optional living in small spaces lately
came across this video about multi function space saving furniture like murphy beds but with a twist.
I'm sure they are not cheap, but they may provide some inspiration as well.
Looks good. Fifty years ago I helped my father build a workshop that was similar size and materials. It is still in fine condition. There is just something about building things with your own 2 hands that is so rewarding.
Do a search on Tiny House Movement and you will be amazed what has been happening behind your back. Thousands have join the "down-sizing" movement to find satisfaction in NOT having a mortgage as well as having built your own tiny house.
It is my intention to built a tiny house at our bug out location.
When you put the key in the front door you break the back window !
While I like the idea of an affordable, cheap-to-heat home, I'd go crazy if I had to be cooped up in something that small with my wife !
I hink a 20x20 two story is what i would rather have.... with a full basement... ya gotta have somewhere for the preps....
If I get into something that small, it'll be in an assisted living facility.
Might make a good BOL....
I'm thinking hunting Cabin.
Up here this would be considered a "Mansion".....
Yep you have two feet of insulation on each side of the building and 60 inches in the ceiling...
Slot Sofa makes a lot from a little space
My problem with that video, he used CHIP BOARD!!! Thats a horrible thing to use if you want it to actually Last!!! Only thing worse would be Particle Board!!!
My problem is one I got called out on earlier in this thread. I am sort of building one of those huge MacMansions. It is my dream house. It has been underconstruction for a long time. Hopefully I will live long enough to enjoy and share it. I have been tempted many times to throw in the towel in defeat, but I have so much time, money and sweat equity invested that I refuse to give up and just continue on. At this point I sort of consider it a legacy project. I should have built something smaller to start with like this little 14 x 14 cabin. The dream house is concree block construction. 5400 square foot under roof, of which only 1800 square feet is to be heated and cooled. 1800 square feet of covered porch on 3 sides (west, north and south). I could go on and on, but will cut it short. I am weathered in completely and county tax assessor considers it 40% complete. Finances has been the largest impedimet until recently, and now I find myself a bit older and slower and less capable than when I started. Oh well it is slowly progressing now.
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