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Old 07-20-2007, 09:41 AM   #1
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Good Morning America ran this piece of a woman in Olyimpia WA. living in her homebuilt trailer...
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1116938253

Here's a news article about it too:
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/158109.html

Here's a even more in-depth video about it...
http://blog.nau.com/2007/07/18/big-coverag...e-little-house/

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Old 07-20-2007, 01:11 PM   #2
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When out traveling with my little trailer, I hope to be able to park it here and there and use my vehicle to explore arounds abouts, just want a place to crash in between jaunts maintly. I never saw much point in dragging around a big box of vacant air, though when there's more than one person I've heard that people want to retreat to their respective spaces within a trailer.
But as to vacuous wasteful spaces...where I live in Woodinville, there are quite a few McMansions. They used to be built upon at least a horse acre, or much more, but the new ones seem to be springing up right next to eachother such that you could touch your neighbor's siding from the bathroom window. Great big 3,500 - 4,500 sf beasts, $450+/month utility bills, I used to live in one on acreage so I know, but it was a covenant restricted neighborhood where when I parked my Class C way off to the side of my property in the back, the neighborhood association still threatened action (meaning I couldn't use all of that land I supposedly owned). I scaled down to only 2400 sf house, no covenants, simplified, realistically while still raising kids, it's so much better.
Probably after seeing poor living conditions in Guatemala she had to have taken a second look at what we take for granted here. We don't need a huge amount of space to really live pretty well, there's gyms, clubs, libraries, parks, stores, malls, coffee shops, universities, loads of places to hang out---and think of her freedom with no mortgage! Freedom, is so important. In fact I sometimes think a mortgage is a modern form of voluntary slavery for many people. They sign 30 years of their lives away on the dotted line, all for "the box" (as I call it).

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Good Morning America ran this piece of a Oregon woman living in her homebuilt trailer...
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=1116938253

Here's a news article about it too:
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/158109.html

Here's a even more in-depth video about it...
http://blog.nau.com/2007/07/18/big-coverag...e-little-house/

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Old 07-20-2007, 03:37 PM   #3
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In fact I sometimes think a mortgage is a modern form of voluntary slavery for many people. They sign 30 years of their lives away on the dotted line, all for "the box" (as I call it).
I just laughed when I read that. Better to laugh than cry.

Her little house is lovely. I think plumbing would be essential. She's blessed she can 'poach' as she calls it, off a friend's utilities. Would certainly give you a different perspective on what is needed. Lots of food for thought there.

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Old 07-25-2007, 01:19 AM   #4
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Someone needs to contact the lady with this cute little house and tell her about how our members install showers using the Coleman battery-operated pump. That thing would be a blessing in that compact unit.

Anyone know how to reach her? I'd be happy to email her pictures and instructions.

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Old 07-25-2007, 05:54 PM   #5
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I'd go to Breanne Coats, whose byline is on the article in the link above.

"Breanne Coats is a news intern for The Olympian. She can be reached at 360-704-6871 or bcoats@theolympian.com."
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Old 07-25-2007, 06:59 PM   #6
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Slightly larger and less eco-conscious are the Aliner Retreat Models

22 ft Retreat floorplans

32 ft Retreat

Tiny Houses

Stationary Buildings: Summerwood Cabins, Studios, Cabanas, Garages

Mixture of Mobile and Stationary: Tumbleweed Tiny Houses
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Old 07-26-2007, 12:20 AM   #7
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It is great to see people exploring affordable homes.

Here is another idea that holds a lot of promise.

Our little trailers cause the mind to examine living in confined spaces. Many of our ideas could be incorporated into plans for people trying to escape the slavery of the big mortgage.
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This concept is built around a bee hive of 200 square foot cubicles stacked.
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I love the idea of small... now if I could just get my body to cooperate.

This is one of my favorite websites. Great links to other tiny abodes and great pics of same: Tiny Houses Dot Net
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