Sometimes the most feasible tiny house for most of us is a really small apartment. It’s a way to instantly downsize your living without having to leave your town, go rural, or start building a tiny house on a trailer.
You can usually find plenty of older apartments in great locations around 400-500 square feet. These types of places are great way to start because the rent is less than what you’re paying for a larger place, there’s no need to make a huge lifestyle changes, and you can still enjoy the benefits of reducing stuff in your life.
Then there are other unique apartments (unique to me, at least) that are created with extra space in someone’s house, an office building, a shipping container, or whatever!
And of course there are studios in parts of the world where the population is higher, etc.
On my last trip to the library I was so happy to stumble onto 12 by 12 by William Powers, have you heard of it?
I’m about 70% finished. Ever since I’ve been reading it it’s really got me wondering about putting together my own tiny off grid home near to where I currently live.
I’d be able to learn a lot and enjoy nature while still having my city apartment. We would use it to get away, write, read, relax, enjoy nature, and explore what it’s like to live without modern utilities.
I won’t ramble on about it, but the book really does get you thinking.
My next step is figuring where/how to go about getting a good place to do something like this in my surrounding area. Any ideas? South Florida.
Alan Cohen, architect, took a regular house and combined a unique space where he and his partner live and work, and now they are surrounded by a community.
Their home isn’t small but their story is still one of simplifying… They both eliminated their need of using vehicles everyday by combining their work space within their home as well as being in close proximity to everywhere they go.
They love it not just because the commute is gone but they are also within walking or bicycling distance from just about anywhere they would want to go.
Alan’s office is just a doorway into a 1050 square foot area. They share this space (Alan is an architect and his partner an artist).
The living space is 1730 square feet (down from 3000 square feet previously) but they have an architect office and an artist studio within.
I love the idea of having this feature (garage door) because it instantly opens up the inside of the house to the outdoors. It immediately brings the fresh air inside, which is awesome, especially in a small space.
And this garage door is extra special because it has windows from the ground up, so no matter what you get to enjoy the view.
So this is architect Jeffery Broadhurst’s off grid house in West Virginia and it was a simple DIY project.
The only way to get to it is with an off road vehicle. This story was published back in June of 2008 by Julie at Remodelista.
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