originally posted by: Azureblue
a reply to: Ghost147
I'm Building An Off-Grid Community (update 1): Tiny-Home Living. -
Sounds like you also intend to be its ruler as well, thanks but no thanks.
Because nothing screams 'dictator' more than using 'I'm' in the title, and 'we' in the rest of the topic
originally posted by: WhiteHat
The dome shaped house is very effective on so many levels.
I dream about building me this home for a long time.
Maybe one day...
I'm sure in many ways it is very effective. The only big issues I see is how easy it would be to build using primarily the individuals in the
community to build it. That particular design seems like it's more geared towards warmer climates as well. But, a cool concept none-the-less
originally posted by: redoubt
a reply to: Ghost147
I love the idea of off-grid, smaller homes that can be sustained by solar power and rock-well water.
My only change would be on location... some place in a region less likely to become a frozen wasteland in the event of a new, mini ice age or under
water should the ice caps actually someday melt down.
We took those issues into consideration. Our projected area is well above sea level, in an area that has mild winters and not too extreme summers,
where there is protection from storms, a low chance of forest fires, plenty of usable resources, no earthquakes, no tornado's.
The only real way anyone could get the best chance from a mini ice age (I'm assuming you're referring to the one projected to happen in the
2020's-2030's?), is if you live in an already warm climate. In which case the cool temperatures could still greatly effect the vegetation around that
area, and if it doesn't occur, or only occurs for a few years, you're still stuck with all the other natural disasters that are common for more
In the end, there's no "best" location. Just some that suck less than others
a reply to: onehuman
Awesome! It's always nice to see others taking the situation into their own hands and coming to the conclusions you have about what we really need,
and what's expendable.
originally posted by: chiefsmom
One thing I don't understand about tiny houses.
It seems like there would be a way to incorporate thicker walls. Wouldn't that not only be better for heating/cooling, but also to create more
I guess I'm thinking along the lines of the straw/mud adobe type houses.
OP, I hope you will post pictures during the process, It will be cool to see.
When we get everything up and running, we'll be documenting every single step for others to learn from
As for the thicker walls, bit. You can definitely integrate that into the plan. You'll see a lot of built-in bathtubs, or beds, tables, shelves and so
forth build into walls and floors in tiny homes, for the very reason you suggested, more living space. That's essentially what a Murphy bed is after
all (I posted some pictures of some examples earlier if you want to see).
As for insulation; there are varying forms that range from thicker material fiberglass insulation, to more dense denim insulation, to thinner spray
foam insulation, all with varying R-Values to them as well (and cost of course). So long as you do your research on what is needed for your particular
climate zone, there isn't really a big need for thicker walls just for that reason. Windows, doors, and ventilation also make a huge difference too.
What we have on our houses up here is completely different than down in many parts of the states due to the differences in average and extreme
temperatures. However, they all are the same thickness as any other window and door
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