Layout of Pages on Last Home in Our Book, Small Homes

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Staircase between the two units, in the backyard. Photo by Lloyd Kahn

Just did layout of the last home in our next book, Small Homes: The Right Size. It’s a two-family home converted to a duplex in San Francisco. Downstairs is Jay Nelson, his wife Rachel Kaye, and their daughter Romy; upstairs is Dalia Burde — all three are artists (probably Romy too).

This is what’s called a tenants-in-common agreement, where two parties buy a home together. Listen up, people looking for homes in cities, here’s a way to cut costs in half, with the important prerequisite that you’re compatible (and remain so) with each other.

Want to get it done!

Next we’re working on the front matter and back matter, as well as the all-important, the big kahuna — the cover. We’re probably changing from a single home on the cover to a collage of 14 photos. I’m going to put up our cover choices here for general feedback pretty soon.

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Tiny Vintage Cabin for Sale in the Colorado Mountains

extThis is a tiny vintage cabin in the Colorado mountains. It’s for sale (asking $175,000) and located in Ward, Colorado.

Highlights

  • 585 sq. ft.
  • Views of Indian Peaks
  • One bedroom
  • Deck
  • Propane heat
  • Wood-burning fireplace
  • Propane lanterns
  • Off-the-grid
  • Furniture included
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65 sq. ft. Apartments in Shanghai Sell for $135,000

Skyrocketing housing prices have Chinese buying increasingly tiny living spaces. Nine apartments in Shenzhen, in southern China’s Guangdong province, measuring around 6 square meters each were all sold in a single morning, Guangzhou Daily reported Sunday.

Each tiny home is equipped with a bed that folds into the closet to make the most of the limited space available. And the new homeowners will receive an extra 6 square meters free of charge in the form of a kitchen-cum-bathroom setup. The homes sold for an average price of 150,000 yuan ($22,500) per square meter.

  • 6 sq. meters = 65 sq. ft.
  • $22,500 per sq. meter = $135,000
  • 5.73 sq. meters to 7.48 square meters = 62 sq. ft. to 81 sq. ft.
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Adventurous Couple Build Brilliant Tiny House on Wheels



adventurous-tiny-house-9-of-9Oli and Holly are a couple who aren’t afraid to break the norms. When they made the decision to build a Tiny House on wheels, this couple constructed a home that would truly suit them and their personalities. It’s filled with quirky, unique features and clever spatial design. The Tiny House is roughly 3 × 7 meters (23 × 10 ft.) and is joined to a removable deck to create brilliant indoor-outdoor flow and a space which allows the couple to enjoy the wonderful views from their land. Inside the home is spacious, modern and light with lots of north-facing windows. The lounge area looks out onto the deck and has a custom-built sofa with lots of storage, enough for the couple to keep all their camping and hiking gear.

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Kalamazoo’s First Tiny House May Change Housing Laws

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The City of Kalamazoo is considering changing its housing laws to accommodate tiny houses. These homes are often less than 400 sq. feet and use things like built-in tables to maximize space. Recent reality TV shows and documentaries have made living small seem chic. Some say tiny houses could be a more affordable option for people living on a small income. Ben Brown is excited as he shows me around his future home in Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhood. He says it fits well within his budget. “I know I can not only pay it off, I can have savings — and it doesn’t have to look like a shack. It can actually be palatial, a castle, a palace,” he says.

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New Mexico Apartment Barn by DC Builders of Damascus, Oregon

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Hello!

My name is Rikki Ford, I work with DC Builders in Oregon. We love your blog and the “shelters” that you post daily. We would love to be a post on your blog in the near future. We specialize in a unique product of custom barns and barn style homes, but our apartment barn hybrids are the quirkier projects that we take on. I thought this project below might be of interest to you and your audience. Please let me know what you think.

Talk soon,
–Rikki Ford

taos-nm-barn-living-quarters-14“This apartment barn was built by DC Builders, based out of Damascus, Oregon. This barn with upstairs living quarters has four horse stalls with Classic Equine stall fronts and dutch doors with a 12′ × 24′ tack room, including a half-bath and solar-powered radiant heat in the slab. This home/barn hybrid is a unique way to utilize space and resources.”

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Island Earth GMO Documentary

Right now the islands of Hawaii are in a food fight of global consequence. Although Hawaii has a rich history as a self-sufficient agricultural society, Hawaiians now import 90% of their food. Hawaii is also ground zero for the world’s biotech companies, which capitalize on the tropical climate and lax environmental laws to test experimental GMO crops year-round.

Island Earth is a feature documentary depicting the struggles and triumphs of people fighting to take back their natural resources from corporations, while exploring what it will really take to “feed the world” through thought-provoking interviews with the world’s top biologists and farmers. By exposing the myth that industrial agriculture is the only way of producing food for our growing population, Island Earth shows how to take control of our food supply through local farming and native wisdoms…

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Rugged Mountain Cabin 10′×16′×14′ – $17,500 in Drake, CO

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Roomy Tiny House — Unfurnished on Skids

  • Built to last by a master craftsman, with beautiful views in mind.
  • Quality interior finish, cedar and redwood frame and trim.
  • 4 antique windows on ground floor
  • 2 windows on either side of the loft
  • French doors
  • Corrugated metal siding over 4-inch insulated walls.
  • Rustic gable roof

Call Guy at 970-669-5164.

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