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Old 01-24-2014, 01:22 AM   #41
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The correction at the end of that article made me laugh:

"Correction: January 23, 2014
An earlier version of this article misstated the plantings on the building's green roof. They were native flora, not native fauna."
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Why we like a condo/apt vs owning our own home (we live in the snow belt).....

We decided on Jan 9 to go to Thailand for 7 weeks. We were on the plane on Jn 19th. We just closed the door and turned the key. No concern about shovelling the snow from the sidewalks, who is checking the house- furnace, water pipes, or the everything else. We do not even think about it. That kind of freedom has value to us. We like to travel and we like to take advantage of last minute travel bargains.
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The correction at the end of that article made me laugh:

"Correction: January 23, 2014
An earlier version of this article misstated the plantings on the building's green roof. They were native flora, not native fauna."
I laughed, too, when you pointed it out. I missed that the first time.

I also liked the quote from the next door neighbor, “On weekends, they actually go places and do things. They’re not tied to the projects most of us are tied to. I’m so charmed by the simplicity of it.”
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I just saw this article on a couple who built their dream home of 704 square feet:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/ga...pgtype=article

It is a single family home but it is so small it doesn't take much upkeep.
That little house is absolute PERFECTION!
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I just saw this article on a couple who built their dream home of 704 square feet:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/ga...pgtype=article

It is a single family home but it is so small it doesn't take much upkeep.
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That little house is absolute PERFECTION!
I guess it's 'cute' and if it suits them, great. But isn't this overstating it a bit?

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I mean, they make the point that their yard is bigger than their neighbor's, so that is still maintenance. And just because a house is smaller, it still has all the same systems as a larger house - is it really freeing up that much time? And when you add on those storage sheds, that's more external wall space with maintenance. Is it really that much smaller total than a larger house? And they mention that one shed 'holds household equipment that don't fit in the house' -well, shouldn't that be included in the '704 sq feet' then?

Maybe they appear to have more free time, because w/o a full kitchen (I don't see an oven, is there even a cook top there? All I see is fridge and uWave.), or a sewing room, or a music/hobby room, etc, they have to get away for recreation?

Again, that's fine if it works for them. And it's a bit tilted to not include the shed that holds 'household items'. I just don't think it represents any sort of 'utopia', it's just another choice. One that I don't think would suit me.

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I guess it's 'cute' and if it suits them, great. But isn't this overstating it a bit?



I mean, they make the point that their yard is bigger than their neighbor's, so that is still maintenance. And just because a house is smaller, it still has all the same systems as a larger house - is it really freeing up that much time? And when you add on those storage sheds, that's more external wall space with maintenance. Is it really that much smaller total than a larger house? And they mention that one shed 'holds household equipment that don't fit in the house' -well, shouldn't that be included in the '704 sq feet' then?

Maybe they appear to have more free time, because w/o a full kitchen (I don't see an oven, is there even a cook top there? All I see is fridge and uWave.), or a sewing room, or a music/hobby room, etc, they have to get away for recreation?

Again, that's fine if it works for them. And it's a bit tilted to not include the shed that holds 'household items'. I just don't think it represents any sort of 'utopia', it's just another choice. One that I don't think would suit me.

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I think they need the yard because they had a couple of good sized dogs. The shed works for them because it is extra storage space but it doesn't require vacuuming, lighting, heating or cooling and keeps all the clutter out of sight.

It is not a house I would personally pick either, but I think the cool part is that they have a house designed exactly to suit their needs, and they are finding a way to free up more time for the activities that are important to them.

We have thought about this and we have a house with many more rooms that people. Most of the time most rooms sit empty, in a high cost of living where every extra square foot is expensive.

Instead of having extra rooms, if we had less interior space but rooms that could convert to whatever we needed, we could live comfortably in a lot less space. We had work done on our kitchen a couple of years ago, which required our cook top and wall oven to be disconnected and it made us realize we could make healthy meals just fine with a few small appliances and save quite a bit on our electric bill, too.

I find videos like these interesting -

Modular furniture - convert 1 room to 2 or 3 -



Graham Hill's 6 rooms in 1 -



I like the way the table pulls out, the chairs stack and the windows are solar panels. It is not for everyone, but for people not really into the upkeep of houses or yards like DH and me, the minimal living videos have some good ideas.
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