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Old 03-02-2009, 08:48 AM   #15
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Then there always are tiny houses:


Minimum living at its best.
Those remind me of the little house of "grandfather" in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang... Anyone remember?


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Old 03-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #16
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Hi Caroline, straw bale house building caught my attention last year. Are there local examples that you can point a link to for us?
Hi Mike,
There are at least three straw bale houses here on Pender Island, including one built by the current building inspector here on the island. I'M sure if you contacted the Capital Regional District buiilding inspector's office on the island (250-629-3424) Chris would be able to steer you in the right direction.
There's also a fellow in the island building a stackwall house, using concrete and (essentially) firewood.

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:08 PM   #17
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Way to go, Caroline. Wait til you see how good it feels to live more simply.
Meadow, Mesa, and Sebastian
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:36 PM   #18
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Bittersweet day, gave up the horses today, it's been costing us $450 a month
to feed all them mouths. And that was getting off cheap by buying from a local farmer.
I thought I'd be heart broken, but althought theres a little tug at my heart, I actuaslly feel relief from the responsability and worrys of what if one gets hurt, can we really afford a vet bill.

There will be other horses in the future when we're better set up.
I'm beginning to find this moving into our travel trailer kind of liberating.
We're looking forward to relaxing instead of being so tense trying hard to save everything.
Sometimes having things aren;t worth it, one spends all week fretting over the bills and costs so theres really no time to enjoy what you're working so hard to keep.
Am I making any sense?


ONE MORE WEEK till fulltime RV folks
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:05 AM   #19
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MikeT, as far as the straw bale house. Years ago I checked them out, when a school was built in our county out of straw bale. At the time there was a company that you could go and learn to build your own, if I remember right they were in either AZ or Calif. I remember you went to their business it was kinda like a dude ranch but I suppose you could call it a staw/bale ranch. Any way you went and got hands on training. Everything I found out about the construction is very easy! That being said, I understand a little about conventional construction so the info given seemed like it was buildable. Sorry I don't have a company name ( it was a good 10 years ago when I was looking into it) But you may want to search for it. Good Luck! Robin
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:40 PM   #20
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Well, we did it and I LOVE it. I really like my travel trailer. Wish I had done something like this sooner.
And the bedroom has a cozy cave feel. We've already been looking at a slightly bigger size to buy
when we save the cash up which we figure will tale about a year and a half or so.
We did have a few snags, found a couple of leaks in the propane system so we have a new regulor and
a new hose coming. And we have had to run the fridge on propane instead of electricity cause an element was bad and that part is on order.

To think this all worried me and it feel great.
We gave away, sold and donated so many things we held on to for years and never used.
Thanks everyone for all the encouragement.

Oh and one question, how do I get my wireless to work in the trailer?
I have to use the laptop outside or in the car to be able to get a good signal.
Any suggestions?

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Old 03-26-2009, 11:01 PM   #21
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Congratulations, Caroline - we doubt you'll regret your choice! Regarding your Internet access - are you relying on the internal WiFi card in the laptop? Perhaps you need an external antenna to boost the signal when working inside the Egg. We use a Verizon AirCard and experienced almost no problems. It's a bit spendy for a tight budget, but it IS our only vice! Hope this helps - happy trails! L 'n D

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