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I figured you would get nailed on the taxes as the remaining tax base would get punished due to lack of participants. I get taxed at 1.14% of the assessed value of my home on my property tax for comparison. Makes sense on the cheapest homes being in the most dangerous parts of town.

Maybe it's time to go off-grid?

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@ffj:

With homestead exemption etc./ the rate would only be about 3x what you pay :( OTOH, I did sell 1 of my 3 lots for 2.5X what I paid for it just a few years ago, so I am going to hold on to my city property whether or not I develop it further.

Anyways, I am seriously considering letting my partner be primary gardener on the city site, and buying/developing some property in northern rural area myself. The lake country air is better for my lungs, and it would be a fun place for theoretical grandchildren to visit me someday.

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I like the concept of these: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar2fRiG_7ao

They're probably too small to live in full time unless you are rarely at home. They would probably be nice for lengthy trips on public lands or as a means to have some more privacy when visiting relatives. Although, I think the argument could be made that a van conversion would serve the same purpose and allow for more flexibility.

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I like this one (pic below). There are several cool tiny homes featured on the site.

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Tiny houses have always intrigued me, but it always seems that there are some problems for it to work in my situation:
- My wife.
- Despite being cheaper than the average house they always seem to be extremely expensive per square foot if you buy one rather than building it yourself/from a kit.
- Hard to get permits for it unless you move out to the countryside away from civilisation.

I love the minimalism though and if it wasn't for the above three reasons I would be perfectly happy living in a tiny house myself.

The second of course can be mitigated by doing much/most of the work yourself.

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I could never live in a tiny house. I'm afraid of dropping acid in a big house and having it appear to shrink.

But I watch the docs and enjoy the vicariousness. I guess my issue is why do they take pics that make it look bigger than it actually is? It's just another form of marketing. I'm not saying to put two people in it with steak knives at each other throats but maybe include an average sized human to show people the scale.

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Might not be deliberate. To capture as much as possible requires a wide-angle lens which inherently stretches out the depth-perception.

@jp's most recent post looks suspiciously like one half of a double-wide mobile home(?) which they might be using as the basic template. In that case, it would be around 12x40some sqft or ~500sqft i total.

It's interesting how "tiny homes" both in practice and by definition have grown in size over the past few years---maybe ever since they got popular on HGTV :-P. Tiny now seems to refer to homes around 500sqft... or about the size of an average house from about 100 years ago, whereas the original tiny houses are now called micro homes (~90-120 sqft). Even the tumbleweed models are 2x+ of what they started out as.

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Perhaps these have been linked to before:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gall ... n-pictures

And the truly terrifying:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gall ... n-pictures

It is interesting that a lot of tiny house focus seems to be on building a tiny house rather than sourcing something that might already exist. They are far less idyllic I suppose, but might suit someone on the journey to FI. There's no way I could do the second link unless I was forced to under the circumstances.

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I believe you are documenting why the East does not always take to the West's idea of simplicity. The pictures you are posting are based on want not on decision or an anti-consumerist "showing off how I am rich without showing off."

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MMM put up a post on a tiny house he built, along with a list of costs. Use was office not living.


https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2018/06/30/tinyhouse/


Apologies for the lack of link. I just can't seem to get it to work.

Edit: it seems that the hyperlink function messes it up, but just pasting the link in as text works!

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I love this one with a sliding roof and greenhouse enclosure ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZbOR4s2Jms

I've spent the last hour trying to figure out if we could do a rolling cover over the greenhouse part of our home.

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@jp

Interesting but what about all of those air-gaps and they never once focused on the seams where the two shells meet. I guarantee you wind driven rain gets in but if you use as an outdoor space it would be nice. And don't forget to close it up when it rains... :D

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I mean it's really cool and everything but all I see is "You forgot to put the toilet seat down" at a whole other level.

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I've been looking at a lot of RV tiny home conversions lately. It seems to make a lot more sense from a practical standpoint. The structure is already there and designed to be mobile. As a result, costs appear to be far less than what most budget for tiny house. From the few resources I've seen, sub 10k seems to be the norm. The only major difference seems to be the outside aesthetic. A tiny house has more charm.

The only hangup I have if I were to do it up here is insulation. RVs aren't designed for Alaska cold. I guess I could strip the whole thing down and add insulation. It wouldn't be any different than having a tiny home with insulation. Although, I think I'd be limited by the studs since they're typically smaller than in regular homes? Another concern would be windows and the door for the same reason (cold).

Here's a couple that I liked.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcjbUcxW0tU Family of 5 (!!!) in ~180 sq ft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F04VQm7Y9s

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Another problem with RVs is that the "appliances" are installed in a non-airtight way. The RV furnace leaks air into the cabin, as does the air conditioner. Cold outside air comes from underneath my three way fridge of which the back side is entirely vented to outside air, meaning the interior walls around it are cold. The cookstove ventilator leaks air. The roof vent doesn't close completely.

I don't complain too much about these air leaks because most of the time I want as much fresh air as possible. If the RV were airtight, after about an hour one would start to notice a need for fresh breathing air. But from a heating perspective it takes a lot more energy to heat the RV in a cold environment.

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I have my eye on a tax sale parcel. If I get it, this is my plan:

Build a conduit geodesic dome with an 8 foot radius, 197 square feet, so just under the sf requirement for building codes.
Phase 1: Cover it with sheet plastic and use it as a greenhouse.
Phase 2: wrap the north half in chicken wire and drape cement slurry soaked burlap over the north half of the dome. Throw or spray a thick layer of aircrete over the north half, 0.5 to 1 foot thick. Replace the plastic sheet cover and use as an insulated greenhouse.
Phase 3: Build a wall of aircrete bricks down the center of the greenhouse, enclosing the insulated area. Add a sliding glass door, roof air vent and stovepipe opening in the roof. Waterproof the roof with plastic sheet or latex paint mixed with cement. The insulated area could be used as a sleeping shelter.
Phase 4: build additional greenhouses for food production.

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Build a conduit geodesic dome
Why a dome?
Once a geodesic dome advocate, Lloyd Kahn now favours hand-built, simple homes
https://aeon.co/videos/once-a-geodesic- ... mple-homes

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They are cheap and strong structures.

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I want to be this woman when I grow up. If I was alone, her lifestyle would be my goal.

Retired Woman Builds Her Own Tiny House for Affordable Living
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Brigitte is an inspiring woman with a wonderful outlook on life. She built herself a tiny house with the help of a contractor and she has been living in it full-time for 5 years. She's a retired teacher who now grows and preserves a lot of her own fruits and vegetables, she carries her water into the house by hand, she gets around with an electric bike rather than a car, and she makes time for volunteering, book club, learning piano, friends and family, meditation, and more!

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@jennypenny:

Your post made me think of this poem, because it was included in a very popular 1960s book on the topic of how to be a good wife. The author admonished that this was the sort of fantasy women often had when they didn't include their husband in the picture :lol:

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