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#1 of 41 Old 07-18-2007, 12:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Inspiring simple home. Inspiring woman.
CNN link here.
(Sorry I can't strip out the ad)
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I could only find a story about Russian politics!

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ack. sorry about that. the link worked for me.
it's a cnn video story. Let me try again....

Try this.
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That's awesome.
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Tell her to live in NYC. My apartment there was about that size!
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That's neat

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Wow! That's pretty cool! I think I'd go crazy though....
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I love it! It reminds me of those tumble weed homes : http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses.htm.

I would LOVE a six dollar electric bill too!
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Ohhhhhhhhhhh, I envy her her loft bed with that wonderful sunroof window. Looking at the stars and watching it rain.... soooo neat!!!

Yes, that $6 bill would be a lovely sight.

Wish they had more pictures and/or a floorplan of her house.
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Yes, I think this is beautiful.
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i saw that on tv the other night

really amazing
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I've seen her story before, somewhere, and was inspired! I think she used a Tumbleweed house plan, from what I remember reading on another website.

I'd love to do something like this. I don't think it'd be practical for our family right now, but it's something I'd love to do 15 or 20 years down the road. Heck, with the scary 'Baby Boomers Retiring' story that was on the news last night, worrying me about the fact that the government retirement plans we pay into now may be completely used up by my parent's generation - well, these tiny homes may be all I'm able to afford in retirement, anyway.
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If I were single and had the money, I'd definitely do that. I love it, but I don't think the 3 of us would be very happy in such a tiny space. We need our 1500 square feet!

I noticed she was reading Harry Potter. And she had a tapestry hanging on her wall. She's my kind of girl.
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Wow, that is SO neat! : Wonder if she has a laptop.

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I'm pretty sure I could do this - living simply and small is when I feel my best.
DP - well, he would have good intentions, but I don't know if he could give up enough of the things he likes.

With a DD, this option is pretty much out. She's plunking on the piano just now...where would we put that?! She keeps rocks and sticks and bits of paper treasures. It would be a mess.

But me? I'd love this. My whole body relaxes when I think of it. And yes, that sleeping loft looks wonderful. Very inspiring.
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Ive seen this on Oprah. My MIL is thinking of moving here,but we don't have the space for her and it would be neat for her to have this on our property. My question is with zoning laws can we set this up on our property if we live in city limits?
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I noticed some sort of vehicle licensing on the one in the story. Folks do park RV's on their lots, legally I think. So perhaps that's one way to handle it.
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I know some towns don't allow people to live in RV's in peoples backyards.

She has wonderful taste in building and decorating.

So very simple
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Ive seen this on Oprah. My MIL is thinking of moving here,but we don't have the space for her and it would be neat for her to have this on our property. My question is with zoning laws can we set this up on our property if we live in city limits?
You'd have to check with your city. It may also depend on how YOUR property is zoned. Things can vary from house to house on the same block. Like my mom could have a multi-family dwelling on her lot, so can her neighbors on the right, her neighbors on the left cannot.

IF you do not have the proper zoning, you can always file a petition with the City Council for a variance (can't remember the exact word right now, but essentially they approve things on a case by case basis). You'd have to provide floor plans, elevations, etc. as well as state the use/purpose and your future intent. (like it might be OK for your parents or IL's to live there, but you might not be able to rent it out. Or you could rent it out on a monthly tenancy, but not for overnight/weekend renters. KWIM???)
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I think its neat, but its not for me. I'm all for a level of simplicity but I'm not interested in going that far or that small. The house I'm in now is as small as I'm really willing to go.

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You'd have to check with your city. It may also depend on how YOUR property is zoned. Things can vary from house to house on the same block. Like my mom could have a multi-family dwelling on her lot, so can her neighbors on the right, her neighbors on the left cannot.

IF you do not have the proper zoning, you can always file a petition with the City Council for a variance (can't remember the exact word right now, but essentially they approve things on a case by case basis). You'd have to provide floor plans, elevations, etc. as well as state the use/purpose and your future intent. (like it might be OK for your parents or IL's to live there, but you might not be able to rent it out. Or you could rent it out on a monthly tenancy, but not for overnight/weekend renters. KWIM???)
It's called a variance here. If you built it the way she did, on wheels it would probably fall under mobile home or RV laws though which may be a subset of the zoning laws. Around here you aren't allowd to park a mobile home anywhere but property zoned for it (which is the mobile home park, that's it) - but I'm sure you can park an RV, so I'm not sure how that all works out, kwim? Might be based on how long it is left there or something.

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She lives in my town
Here is a local article about her
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/158109.html
The comments make me sad and will show you that even a "crunchy" town is not immune from intolerance.

She is able to have it because it is on wheels. Also, it is a Tumbleweed home
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She lives in my town
Here is a local article about her
http://www.theolympian.com/news/story/158109.html
The comments make me sad and will show you that even a "crunchy" town is not immune from intolerance.

She is able to have it because it is on wheels. Also, it is a Tumbleweed home
Those comments are pathetic. I cannot believe how angry people get when others try to live simply and reduce their footprint. How is it hurting them? Isn't strange how people in our society are attacked for not wanting the "american dream" house?


That's an amazing story and an amazing woman. As a single person I would love to live like that. That's my dream home!
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I wish I hadn't read the comments. People are so lame sometimes.

I LOVE the idea of this. I think DH and I would do very well in one of the bigger Tumbleweed homes (like the 200 sq foot one) if we didnt have 3 kids!!!

My mom saw a picture of one and said it looked like our house and I was happy to correct her that ours is MUCH bigger- a mansion, really... coming in at 900 sq feet!!! (shes always ragging on me for my small house)
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I've seen her story before, somewhere, and was inspired!
Maybe when I posted it yesterday.

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this was on our local news (live in washington) I'm so inspired by this. I really want to simplify our lives

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Cool!
Needs pictures.

When I tell people that our house is 560sq feet they look at me like I'm crazy!
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I love it! It reminds me of those tumble weed homes : http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses.htm.

I would LOVE a six dollar electric bill too!

Reminds me of my first house (bought with my now ex hubby). It was 18x20 feet (one story with a partially finished basement), technically a no bedroom house b/c the bed was in the basement and had no official egress. We heated with wood and our elec bill was $13 or less a month. The one drawback. Because heat travels up and the wood stove was on the first floor, our bedroom was a brisk 35 degrees on cold days in the winter.

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That's cool - I could see myself doing that if I were single.

My SIL lived in a modified garden shed for a while, very similar. It had a twin bed/futon (no loft), table, kitchenette, shower and toilet. Front door and back door, you could walk straight through in about 12 steps.
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That's so cute. I love it! I think it's nice that she has friends who let herl ive on their property. I am sure she understands their generosity. I don't know why people get so worked up about what other people do.

I love that there are folks like her out there. That's not something I could see myself doing, not with 4 kids, many animals, nieces and nephews and hopes for grandchildren...lol...someday. I want to be the 'go to ' house. It's so great she is following her heart!
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I love it! It reminds me of those tumble weed homes : http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/houses.htm.

I would LOVE a six dollar electric bill too!
Those houses are sooo cool...we just bought what seems like a mansion...
1200 sq feet lol

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