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Tiny Homes Modern Mom 14/10/19(Sun)23:28 No. 2413 ID: c32dd5

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Does anyone have experience or interest in building tiny homes? They are usually 100-300 sq/ft. made of found and recycled materials cheaply. Some run on solar and wind power. I work a part-time job and I'm thinking of starting a tiny house project. I can buy some materials and there's plenty of scrap around me to use. I have some carpentry skills and general know-how. Anyone interested in the tiny, minimal, cheap life?

Modern Mom 14/10/20(Mon)01:50 No. 2414 ID: b9bdc1

Tiny homes are pretty neat. I don't think I can be any help to you because I barely know anything but I would definitely like to try to make a tiny home after I finish college. I can't imagine buying a full size house, that seems way too big for me and a huge waste. Apartments seem too restrictive in terms of selecting alternative power sources/building anything.

From the knowledge I have gathered from having no experience at all with power sources: I would go with solar because wind seems erratic. Also I've seen a lot more people using solar energy so I would assume that it is more readily available/more effective/something like that.

The way I am looking at it, over the year or so of planning and building I would be checking craigslist, local junk yards, whatever you are around for scrap. I can't imagine not finding anything you can use for over a year.

How big do you plan on making your house and do you plan on living with anyone though? I am wondering how much bigger a house should be to accommodate more people.

Also, are there any general straightforward guides to this sort of thing?

Modern Mom 14/10/20(Mon)20:45 No. 2417 ID: c32dd5

I'm planning on saving up money to buy some solar panels and a friend at work (who is a whiz kid at engineering) has developed a small wind turbine generator meant to run 12v appliances and store extra energy for when it's not windy. I have no know-how for this but he is going to build one with me and walk me through the steps. Of course I will document it so I can rebuild more later. He says the only skill you need to have is some basic welding knowledge for some parts. Other than that, anyone could potentially assemble it.

I have this unique opportunity to work on a shipping container that's already halfway tricked out into a house, and if all goes well I can start building the dream tiny house with my significant other within the next year. We plan on making a cabin on wheels kind of like the one in the picture.

As for now I'm reading books on basic home design, making a home energy efficient, and the basics of solar power, water treatment, and all of that kind of stuff. The site where we would be assembling it already has a ton of useful scrap.

I think this may work out in the long run.

Modern Mom 14/10/24(Fri)13:46 No. 2424 ID: 58984d

Im more concerned with where to put it. Buying lands expensive. Empty lots in the middle of nowhere can go for a few thousand dollars- but if you want to be anywhere near civilization costs go way up I thinks.

On wheels squatting implies you have a pickup truck- and power/utilities would be a constant issue. A permanent address would be more comfortable. I imagine renting trucks is a good way to go in all scenarios.

I think you can buy a cheep used camper anyways so you have to use junk and scrap to do all of your building- or else its no thrift at all.

I knew some people who built a legit log cabin when growing up. They had lots of issues with basement flooding, and the heater they bought constantly broke, so they would often rely on a simple wood stove and free wood off their property. Cool thing is despite it being a starter home, they still had like 16 acres of beautiful woodland which was dirt cheap I'm sure. Guy who built it was a metal worker/veteran. Thing was sturdy as hell though, like any other house.

Modern Mom 17/05/05(Fri)11:59 No. 2999 ID: 21de63

Something like that would be great to have to hang out with friends and smoke some weed in. Hotbox the house!

Modern Mom 17/07/25(Tue)16:57 No. 3052 ID: 6f55bd

where to put it is the big, big issue. Buying land for 100k per acre is not viable and not thrift.

Trailer parks would be the obvious choice in America but they don't exist anymore.

Back in the 70's to early 90's you could go to a trailer park and for 250 a month you could live. You had a yard, could send your kids to college or spend a fortune on lotto tickets and coors lite.

The latter is why they are dead. Everyone everywhere regulated them out of existence and as a result cheep land is gone except a few places out in the desert. That and rich people have invested in buying land so much that it's highly competitive and very over-inflated.

Modern Mom 17/08/04(Fri)07:36 No. 3058 ID: c58d14

southern new Hampshire?

They just sold it for a profit too.

Modern Mom 17/09/05(Tue)02:22 No. 3077 ID: a4d268

>Trailer parks would be the obvious choice in America but they don't exist anymore
The fuck they don't.

However the lot rent is substantially higher than $250/mo, even in bumbfuck middle of nowheresville.

Modern Mom 17/10/31(Tue)23:46 No. 3106 ID: a24704

I would love to do that. I own a bit of forest behind my house I'm and thinking about building a tiny house there.

Modern Mom 17/12/06(Wed)20:11 No. 3112 ID: e97ab9

Mine is nearing completion. It was intended for my ex and son to live in but now it will just be me and sometimes my son

thatlldopig 17/12/27(Wed)20:37 No. 3119 ID: 15dd26

Tiny house might be good if you got a little bit of money for lot rent and to pay someone to hook up your power cable, but you also need a decent sized vehicle to haul it

Modern Mom 22/01/27(Thu)17:27 No. 3617 ID: a7c44c

Such a cute house ^^

Modern Mom 22/01/28(Fri)06:13 No. 3620 ID: 603d97

Living in a caravan or tiny house sucks, the people who do this typically try to earn a marginal profit spruiking their lifetyle and often don't even live in the house at all- it's just a hobby project for instagram.

Somethings i learned:
You're occupying the space of half a room all the time, it gets dirtier a hundred times faster than a house.
You have to sweep, mop, vaccuum twice a day. Things get dirty that wouldn't in a normal house.
You rely on the space outside the house far more, and like a gypsy start causing backyard pollution.
You walk on the grass till it dies, dump water until there's mud, drop trash by accident.
We put up a PVC yurt in our yard and within a month there were mud tracks everywhere.

Not owning the land means you can't accommodate your lifestlye as most people would.
Your situation can become dire when you are unable to respond as people normally would.
You've got a mud track leading to your 5 square meter house, dirt is walked in 20 times a day.
Most people would simply put a gravel path down- but you don't own the land.
Trash is blowing into your yard, you planned on carrying your trash out but have no ability to clean up other people's trash- and that includes your visitors. I thought I could just unpack things out the front of the grocery store and do a weekly trash run- didn't' work out. The stores you buy things from start refusing to let you give them back the trash they sell, you get one complaint you're storing trash in a 40 gal drum and you've got the sheriff.
Where do you dry your washing the one week there's dust blowing around everywhere? What about when it's freezing?
Like camping anyone can do it on a good day.

All these things sort of pile up on you, one by one you can manage them but it drains all your energy.

Modern Mom 22/01/28(Fri)14:27 No. 3625 ID: a393d7

An amazing house, I would like to have one.

Modern Mom 22/01/28(Fri)15:11 No. 3627 ID: 7d342f

I can imagine how much was invested in such a house. But I spent a lot of money on my house myself. And most of all I'm afraid of a leak in it and a fire. Because it is wooden and will burn quickly. My friend advised me to install Ajax because I know that it will really help to cope with all ailments. Ajax is not limited to one job. Instead, he does three at once. The system immediately notifies users if it detects a break-in, smoke or flooding. In addition, it supports third-party surveillance cameras, which makes Ajax a unique security center. I installed this system a couple of months ago and was satisfied.

Modern Mom 22/01/28(Fri)15:19 No. 3629 ID: 504335

Living in a tiny house like this seemed comfy until I read this.

Modern Mom 22/01/30(Sun)15:30 No. 3636 ID: 535274

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BEAN+ 22/02/03(Thu)08:08 No. 3640 ID: 6b1933

I'm not speaking against it, it's just that there are realities that you only start to encounter when you life long term in a mobile structure
Many people who own such structures live in them on and off and this is fine- but they never run into the problems associated with long term occupancy.

Many people value the mobility of these homes- but long term you loose that mobility as soon as you have to fine regular work.
You can go happily for years moving from caravan park to caravan park- but what about when you have a regular job?

Just be aware that the longer you plan on living in one of these structures the less like a holiday in a caravan and the more like a tiny house it becomes

Modern Mom 22/07/31(Sun)11:10 No. 3710 ID: 8f52de

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Modern Mom 22/08/27(Sat)01:46 No. 3723 ID: a6ed4a

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