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Zen forest house: 11K, handcrafted, small home in Oregon

Yet another great video by Fair Companies.

"Nice vid.. 12:17 mins + commercial.
   Brian Schulz wanted to see "how small of a house I could make feel big". Inspired by the traditional Japanese minka homes that rely on local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures, Schulz created a home using materials salvaged or sourced from within 10 miles of his home.
   Mike W"

Camping on the Beach

Each time I do it, I don't know why I don't do it more often. Last week, coming down the coast, I parked and hiked for about 45 minutes to get to a secluded Sonoma County beach. I had a new super lightweight tent and I ended up like the Keystone Cops setting it up because I hate reading directions. It took me like a half hour to do something that should've taken four minutes.
   But it was a nice night. I roasted a local pigeon (from the freezer), and a potato and onion, both wrapped in foil, over the coals. Half a bottle of red wine. Sat around the fire for a few hours, surf crashing, no electronic devices.

Transparent Cabin Built of Wood and Mirrors in California Desert

"Part architectural intervention and part optical illusion, Lucid Stead is a recently unveiled installation by artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua Tree, California. The artist modified an existing 70-year-old homesteader shack by introducing mirrors to create the illusion of transparency, as the structure now takes on the lighting characteristics of anything around it…"
Click here.
Sent us by Gretchen

Michelle Steilen Rollerskating in LA (Where Else?)

Progress on Tiny Homes on the Move Book

Rick has been working over a month now on the 1000 images in the book, using Photoshop to enhance (and sometimes rescue) the photos. He's just about finished. As of a few days ago, we finished layout of the last pages. Next we've got a round of corrections, then proofreading, then printing out the entire book full size on Epson proofing paper.
   For the last week I've been fooling around with a title page showing people in the book. Here's the latest version, just finished this morning. Scissors and removable scotch tape at this stage.
    We're working on a bunch of ideas for the cover. Nothing solid yet. Subtitle: Wheels & Water.
   Target date is books in stores by May.
   We've had orders for 2100 copies of Tiny Homes this month, and the month isn't even over. Saving our bacon.

The Yurt Compound of William Coperthwaite

A sad and somewhat eery coincidence: Bill was killed in an auto accident yesterday (the day before this was posted), driving alone on slippery roads in Maine. I've known him for 40 years, stayed at his place in the Maine woods, and he visited our home last year. He was a grand man. Click here for news story.



Click here.
Sent by Lew Lewandowski

Colorado Couple Build 124 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home on Flatbed Trailer


"Owning your own home is a dream for many, but few may have a home quite as small as the one built by a couple from Colorado.
   Despite not having any construction experience whatsoever,           Christopher Smith, 32, and his girlfriend Merete Mueller have built the house of their dreams, but that involves keeping things small! The couple's house, set in the mountains of Fairplay, Colorado, is 124 square feet and is and 19 feet in length.…"
Click here for a very complete account, including a video, from Daily Mail Online, UK.

Floating Alongside a Feeding Western Grebe in the Blue Glassy Water

Late yesterday afternoon I went for a paddle. It was glassy, no surf, like Lake Tahoe. I headed out towards the reef, paddling directly into sun low on horizon. You never know with the ocean. It can be gnarly and unfriendly, or lovely and perfect. Which it was yesterday. No surfers at all.
   My paddleboard (Joe Bark 12' Surftek) just flew on the smooth water, it felt like the sun was pulling me, I had a wake. Ready to head for Hawaii. Well, not.
 
I got some seaweed at the reef, started paddling back. Up in front of me was a Western Grebe, floating. Elegant black and white head and neck. He didn't seem concerned as I got closer. Then he dove, just under the surface, completely submerged, spun around, then came up and gulped down the little fish he'd snagged.
   I got closer and closer and this dude was not concerned. I passed within a few feet of him and he just kept up swimming, diving, eating. I hung out with him for maybe 5 minutes. What a great end to the day.
   Occasionally an animal (or bird) lets me into their world. Field mice around my feet when I was 12, conversations with owls (several times), a loon that rocketed underneath my paddleboard one day, an elegant grey fox that used to show up when we barbecued, coyotes more than once with their penetrating savvy out in the hills…
   Dried out seaweed on woodstove last night, this morning turned it to rough powder in the blender, now putting on eggs, meat, potatoes. Salt + ocean flavors.
Photo: Wikipedia (no indication of photographer)

Nelson Tiny Houses in BC, Canada

These look like very well-built, tasteful tiny homes.

"…inspired by the mountains, forests, lakes and culture of this special part of southern British Columbia. As such, we view building tiny houses as a place where science meets art, where trade meets craft, where a shelter becomes a home.…"
http://www.nelsontinyhouses.com/
 

Quonset Home in British Columbia

"Was curious if any have used metal quonset buildings as residences.. Here's one in the Canadian Kootenays ( BC )…Flickr link for current photos…looks great..…

Mike W"

Cool Tools Sensational!

It's big, like the Whole Earth Catalog and Shelter (11" x 14"). That's just one of the brilliant things about this book, an analog-if-you-will version of Kevin Kelly's 10-year-old CoolTools website/blog. Cool. Tools.
   What's great about the website is getting weekly WEC-type perceptive reviews; it's embarrassing how many things I got from reading CT. A wrench, a light, a bunch of books, foldable reading glasses…It's pretty much my favorite place to visit online.
   But  having it all together (472 pages!) in color, big like this -- I'm happy as a pig in mud thumbing through it, opening to random pages, skipping back and forth, savoring the bookness. This kicks the ass of any possible electronic versions. Put down the iPads, Kindles, and smart phones, folks, and get a  Real Book!
   It's got a ton of useful, inspiring, wonderful tools;  the reviews are hip, tight, and informed.
   Disclaimer: a) Kevin is a friend, b) I've talked to him about this project on and off for years, and c) I wrote a bunch of reviews that ended up in the book.
   I need to digest it a bit before writing a review, but just wanted to tell you to get it. Trust me. It's a major cultural accomplishment.
Note: The 1st printing is sold out (in advance orders by booksellers). I'm guessing it'll hit bookstores around Thanksgiving.

Tuesday Night Moonrise After Storm, SF lights


Ah, the limitations of digital presentation.
Moonlight on water sparkling quicksilver.
I'm gonna print out these 4 pics and make a 3' long panorama.

Hmm -- might we be going into an appreciate-the-analog phase about now?
Lyrics to song here.
Shot with Sony Cybershot DSC RX100

Analog Man by Joe Walsh -- Yeah!

Analog Man by Joe Walsh on Grooveshark

Tiny Home/Huge Garden in Australia

"They say a man's home is his castle, but in this case the garden is John Kaplin's crowning glory. Mr. Kaplin's two-bedroom home at 23 Marville Ave, Kingsford, sits on only a fraction of the 950 sqm of grounds, with a giant fruit orchard occupying most of the space. 'I'm only one man, I don't need much space,' Mr Kaplin said.
   The garden is not just a sight to behold. It is also practical, with everything able to be eaten. With everything from fruit to spice trees, the garden has been a labour of love for Mr Kaplin, who moved into the home in 1997.
   He is now a popular ­neighbour and friend, handing out the goods from about 150 trees.…"
Click here.

California Man - Cheap Trick

California Man by Cheap Trick on Grooveshark

Micro-community of tiny homes flourishes on rehabilitated vacant lot



"Turning an under-used, derelict urban lot into a tiny house community
…Hoping to demonstrate the possibilities of the tiny house lifestyle, especially on under-used urban lots, a small collective of tiny home owners joined forces in 2012 to form Boneyard Studios, a micro-village of tiny homes located on a rehabilitated vacant lot in the Washington DC area. Check out the visual tour of this remarkable tiny community."
On Treehugger (a great website) here.


Gorgeous, Stunning Book by Jimmy Nelson -- "Before They Pass Away"

This book just floored me. What photos! What a photographer!  I ordered a copy, and it ain't cheap. I not only want the book, but want to support Jimmy Nelson. (Recommended by Rick Gordon.)



"Before They Pass Away is a powerful documentary series by photographer Jimmy Nelson featuring dozens of cultures around the world whose people live in seclusion and are at risk of fading away. Traveling across five continents, the English photographer manages to embrace the various cultures he has encountered and highlights each of the 35 tribes' unique beauty.

Surfer on a Bike

At Mollusk Surf Shop in San Francisco

1935 Avions Voisin C25 Aérodyne

"…The 1934 Paris show was a showcase for other groundbreaking French offerings, including the Citroën Traction Avant and the Renault Aeroprofil.
   Voisin was known for his exotic creations, but the C25 Aérodyne was the topper; it suggested the limitless artistic possibilities of automotive design, even though the extreme costs associated with bringing it to life probably helped to doom the company.
   By 1934, the handwriting was really already on the wall for Voisin’s somewhat quixotic dream of designing the world’s most perfect automobile. Chronically underfinanced — a condition worsened by the Depression — Gabriel Voisin had already let go many of his top people. He was unable to upgrade his smoky 6-cylinder sleeve-valve engines.
   But there was no scrimping on the design.Voisin’s cars employed construction methods, and lightweight materials like aluminum and magnesium, developed for use in aviation. The company used airplane-style fender struts to reduce body flex, aerodynamic wheel covers and a fastback profile with an integrated trunk.
Evolved from the C24, the new Voisin was brimming with revolutionary curiosities — a retracting sunroof, fold-down rear seats, a shortwave radio and even rudimentary turn signals.
Click here.

5Pointz, a Graffiti Mecca in Queens, Is Wiped Clean Overnight

"Usually, it is the street artists who work under the cover of darkness, hoping to evade police detection as they scrawl graffiti on property that is not their own. But before dawn on Tuesday, it was the owner of a building in Queens who used a crew of painters to work overnight and paint over graffiti on a warehouse in Long Island City, wiping clean a canvas that was used by thousands of artists over the years to transform an otherwise nondescript, abandoned brick building in a working-class neighborhood into 5Pointz, a mecca for street artists from around the world.
   By morning, the work of some 1,500 artists had been wiped clean, the Brobdingnagian bubble letters and the colorful cartoons spray painted on the building’s brick walls all covered in a fresh coat of white paint.…
Click here.
Photo by Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times, story by March Santora and Cara Buckley

Crabs, Leaves and -- RAIN!

The crabs are hoppin,
Leaves are droppin,
and rain drops are starting to fall.
It looks like a monster crab season. Not only are there a lot of them, but they are both large and meaty. The sport fishermen have been hauling in limits (10 per person) for 2 weeks, and the commercial season started Friday…Leaves on trees finally dropping; we've got enough trees on our land that we have a local source for the compost pile. Nothing better than oak leaves in compost. Plus I've got a healthy population of hungry red worms transforming garbage into sweet-smelling black soil…And, after too much dry weather, we're finally getting R-A-I-N! "GENTLE ISENTROPIC LIFT SHOULD PROVIDE SLIGHTLY GREATER PRECIPITATION VALUES ALONG THE COASTAL HILLS WITH EXPECTED TOTAL PRECIPITATION ALONG THE NORTH BAY HILLS AND BIG SUR RECEIVING 1.5 TO 2.0 INCHES. THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA MAY SEE 0.25 TO 0.50 INCHES OF TOTAL PRECIPITATION…Yahoo!…The air smells sweet right now with the first drops, with the real action to start this afternoon…If I don't wimp out, I'm going to hike in the rain tonight along the coast…


Loop De Loop Mambo by The Robins on Grooveshark I have an affection for this song. The first time I went to LA, 18 years old,  in my roommate's Ford convertible, this was playing on the radio as we drove along the coast at Malibu at 5 AM. I've loved LA ever since.

Try a bigger breakfast


"When you eat a day’s worth of food really does make a difference, according to Daniela Jacubowicz, a professor at Tel Aviv University.  In a recent study, published in the journal Obesity, she randomized 93 overweight and obese women into 2 groups and followed them for 12 weeks.  Both groups ate 1400 calories a day, consuming a healthy variety of poultry, fish, egg whites, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  The ‘breakfast group’ had 700 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 200 for dinner.  A sweet treat was included as part of their breakfast, such as a small chocolate bar, to stave off cravings for the rest of the day. The ’dinner group’ had exactly the same foods in reverse order - 200 calories for breakfast, 500 for lunch and 700 for dinner.  I presume that their chocolate bar came with dinner.
   At the end of 12 weeks, the results were striking.  The ‘breakfast group’ lost an average of 19 pounds while the ‘dinner group’ lost 8.  Waist circumference decreased by 3 inches in the ‘breakfast group’ compared to 1.4  inches in the ‘dinner group.'"…
More here: http://sadjascolumns.blogspot.com/

Dolphin Ballet

Click here.

(The blogmeister here doesn't know where this is from. I can't find the photographer.

Photoshop work?)

The Stone Houses of Earl Young


Hello Lloyd,
…I was recently visiting my native northern Michigan, and came across this builder from the mid-twentieth century, Earl Young.  He built "mushroom" houses out of different kinds of local rocks.  Seemed right up your alley.
Wiki -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Young_(architect)
- Dawson (Moore)

Compressed-air-powered Bamboo Motorscooter Concept


"EcoMoto was a third year studio class, aimed at developing a concept motorbike built around a compressed air powered engine developed by EngineAir Australia. Through the semester we developed an understanding of what motorcycles are, created personas and scenarios to design to, and benchmarked other bikes on the market to develop our package drawings around.
After developing the basic package of our bike design, we had a relatively short period to generate concept drawings, and to develop the form of the bike.…" Click here.

Old Adobes In Patagonia, Arizona


"Patagonia, Arizona is a small town with a wealth of old adobes,
which I would guess mostly date to the last quarter of the 19th century,
and the beginning of the 20th.…"
Click here.

Trail Running in the Natural World


"Hi Lloyd
I saw this video the other day and found it pretty inspiring I know its made by a large running company but I think it still keeps the essence of running/simple living anyhow thought it might interest you.
    Thanks for your blog/books They are fascinating and inspiring!- Builders of the Pacific Coast is the best book I own and has made me look for a change in work towards traditional carpentry! Anyway heres the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn6k3gXCszE 
   Keep up the amazing work!
   Chris (Wall)"

Around the World in a Volkswagen Westfalia

"…We have travelled through places like Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Polynesia, New Zealand, Japan and even circum-navigated North America in our VW Westfalia.  Currently we are on a grand adventure in our Westy, driving through the Americas.

Tiny Happy Homes

"Tiny Happy Homes is the second tiny house company launched by Joe Everson, currently best known for Tennessee Tiny Homes. Joe is moving to Denver.…
   'My parents just retired and moved into the 400 square foot tiny home in my backyard that we built for my grandma who spent her final years there. My brother and my father will keep Tennessee Tiny Homes running here with my crew while I go out west looking for adventure and to grow Tiny Happy Homes.…'”
 http://tinyhouselistings.com/tiny-happy-homes/

Surfing the Wedge - Slow Motion Carnage




"For you SoCal refugees, here's some 'carnage' at the Wedge in Newport..

for those that don't know,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wedge_(surfing)

and a little Dick Dale music commemorating...  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8e-SStDMf4

Mike W"

Monday Morning Fish Fry

Day at the beach Yesterday I walked a few miles along the coast, carrying my wetsuit, surf mat and fins in a backpack. I've had the mat for over a year and never used it. It was sunny, the ocean glassy, surf 3-4 feet, but breaking straight across. Suited up -- gotta bite the bullet sometime -- and hit the water. Two surfers out, getting creamed each time they got up…When I got out, surf had jumped to 4-6', breaking kah-wump with big thick lips…Bottom line: surfing a mat ain't as easy as I thought, or as easy as it looks. I had a hard time getting in the right place at the right time. I did get one ride, but also got pounded a couple of times. But you know, at my age, I ain't complainin, just getting in the water always generates chi…On the way back, there were these rock sculptures, hadn't been there a few hours earlier.

   Tiny Homes On The Move is moving, albeit slowly. Rick has been working over a month, doing Photoshop work on the 1,000+ photos, many of which need resuscitation; on some of these he's performing minor miracles, bringing out lacking color, depth and sharpness…I had a sort of breakthrough Friday when I cancelled a planned kayak adventure to Drake's Estero and stayed here and got the intro and credits pages done, had been putting off for weeks. Now that everything is laid out, we will spend a month or so making corrections, and coming up with a cover.
Half Acre Homestead: I'm doing a presentation on tools Friday here at Commonweal. Click here.


10-sided Timber Frame Structure in UK



I sent you a few photos back in summer of a small oak framed structure with a thatched/ shingled roof.
   I thought I would share with you a project I have just completed. The geometric patterns created in this 10 sided structure are amazing!
   I had 11 building craft apprentices working with me from the Prince's Foundation for Building Community.

Jonny Briggs
jonnybriggsjoinery.co.uk



Artist's Survival Shack

"ON AUGUST 1, 2013, ADAM STENNETT BEGAN A MONTH-LONG INSTALLATION / ENDURANCE PERFORMANCE LIVING AND WORKING IN A 6.5 X 9.5 FOOT, OFF THE GRID ARTIST SURVIVAL SHACK AT AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION ON THE EAST END OF LONG ISLAND. THE SUPPLIES, FOOD AND WATER HE ARRIVED WITH WERE THE ONLY SUPPLIES HE HAD ACCESS TO. HE DID NOT LEAVE THE AREA FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERFORMANCE (ONE MONTH)…"
Click here.

Pickup Truck With Custom Camper For Sale in UK

"Hi Guys,

I'm selling my handmade demountable timber truck camper cabin in the UK. It might be of interest for you to see.

It was a joy to make and own but like all things, it has to go at some point!…

Matt Hayman (Handmade Matt)"

Click here.

Groceries by Sail -- From Vermont to NYC

"…Seeking a more sustainable way to get his grain to market, the Vermont farmer Erik Andrus conceived the Vermont Sail Freight Project to find out if this model could work again today. In April, he raised more than $15,000 on Kickstarter to build a 39-foot-long plywood sail barge named Ceres (after the Roman goddess of agriculture).…

The boat, loaded with 15 tons of cargo from 30 farms, is about to complete its maiden voyage down the Hudson. The crew has been hosting daily dockside markets at port towns from Hudson to Yonkers, selling pantry staples, like wild birch syrup, heirloom beans and Atlantic-harvested seaweed, and fresh produce, like blue fingerling potatoes…"

From NY Times here
Photo: Jim Peppler
Article by Eviana Hartman

Above article written before boat arrived in NYC. For update and more complete story, click here -- thanks to Ray Aldridge

Swamp to Table -- Cook It Raw Arrives in America

Yesterday's NY Times, article by Julia Moskin, photo by Alanna Hale:

Hardeeville, SC
"…Cook It Raw has nothing to do with raw food. Its guiding idea is to strip cooking to its raw elements: foraging, hunting, fishing, farming and low-tech skills like butchery and cooking over fire. A taste of the wild — hunting deer, gathering mushrooms, pulling wasabi from creek beds — is part of each carefully orchestrated and extensively documented program. (The first gathering, in Denmark, included 11 chefs and about 20 journalists.)

Also, the chefs themselves are stripped raw: airlifted out of their restaurant kitchens and planted far away from their families and customers, their sous-chefs and sous-vide machines, for a week.…"

Custom Gypsy Wagon For Sale in Oregon -- $14K


"…the 'Ladybug' features custom antiqued copper accents on both interior and exterior, cedar interior walls with pine exterior, a real cobble wood floor hand laid piece by piece, and a hand built custom Dutch door. Ladybug can sleep two people however, it does not have a bathroom.
   This gypsy wagon, also known as a vardo wagon, is new – and was designed and built in 2013 in Salem, Oregon.…"
http://tinyhouselistings.com/gorgeous-homemade-gypsy-wagon/

Cops Try (In Vain) To Stop Skateboarders in NYC's Broadway Bomb

"The annual Broadway Bomb is an unsanctioned 8-mile race through Manhattan from West 116th Street down to the Financial District on skateboards. The New York Police Department was out in full force to stop the participants on October 12th, but as you can see from this video of one intersection, they weren't very successful. Racing skateboarders generally move faster than cops with a net. Still, out of somewhat over 1000 skaters, at least 35 were issued summons, and several were handcuffed. The question is: which is more dangerous overall, 1000 skaters in the streets of the city, or police officers movings nets around intersections?"
From Rick Gordon

My Dream Home

Louie pointed this out to me on Thursday; he pulled the truck over, somewhere south of Ft. Bragg on Highway One, pointed down, and said, "There's the house for you."

Totally!

I'd be in or on that water every day. I can only dream…



Dumpster Dining

Hey,
I've been following your blog, love it, and thought you might like this video on freeganism I made recently. It's for a competition called Biomovies and I have until December 19th to get as many views as possible - every view gives me a vote. So, if you do like it, and could post about it, I'd really appreciate it!
Best,
Lucia
Click here.

Up The River Last Week

Louie's house, the river, Titsch and Louie on our 3-hour river walk last Wednesday:






Artist Leandro Erlich's Bâtiment at Centquatre

"All Parisians, little and big, want this picture where they pretend to climb up a building, tumble down the gray rooftop and hang off an iron balcony with their feet facing the sky and their head reaching for the ground. This partly explains the success of Argentine artist Leandro Erlich’s re-construction of Bâtiment at Centquatre, as part of its In_Perceptions collective exhibition, in September 2011. Originally created for Paris Nuit Blanche 2004, this monumental and vertiginous installation plays on the effects of a gigantic mirror which gives a truly exhilarating feeling of hanging off a four-story building, while safely lying on the ground.…"
Click here.

70 DIY Tips From Popular Mechanics

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "diy-crafted-seattle-micro-apartment:"

70 DIY tips, thought you might enjoy, from Popular Mechanics: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/skills/know-your-stuff-the-110-best-diy-tips-ever#slide-1


"Hole in One
Enlarged screw holes can be quickly repaired, we said in March 1972, by filling the hole with a wooden golf tee. Use a hacksaw to saw the tee flush with the wood's surface, then sand and finish."

Bangkok High Rise With Living Walls

"Somdoon Architects' IDEO Morph 38 is a new green-walled high-rise that offers an escape from the congested streets of Bangkok. Located in the residential area of Sukhumvit, the development consists of two separate towers, each of which has been designed to target a particular type of tenant. A green skin covers the building, which provides shading, but more importantly, changes and adapts in order to control what can be seen in and out of these buildings.…"
From Inhabitat here.

Dan Price's Underground Hobbit House


Dan Price's Hobbit House was featured in our book Home Work in 2004.

"He’s got no wife, no money, but he’s happy in his 'hobbit hole.'

Dan Price left behind a stressful life as a photo-journalist after his marriage fell apart, and he wound up in a meadow outside Joseph, Ore. He now lives in an underground hutch burrowed into the hillside. 'I like being able to do what I want to do,' Price told NBC. 'I don’t believe in houses or mortgages. Who in their right mind would spend their lifetime paying for a building they never get to spend time in because they are always working?'”
Click here.
Photo: NBC News

End-of-October Trip Up North Coast

Took off at 6AM Wednesday, dark, ultra foggy, it was like driving in a tunnel -- until I got to Jenner and it cleared. I stopped and trespassed to skate at Sea Ranch; there never seems to be anyone in any of those houses, maybe 90% unoccupied, just me and the propane guy…met my friends, Louie,Titsch, and Pepe for breakfast at Trinks in Gualala, great food, great wi-fi…that afternoon, Louie, Titsch and I hiked a few miles up the river to an old homestead and had home-smoked salmon, salami, Irish cheddar cheese, sourdough baguette, bottle of Louie's v. excellent 2009 Primitivo red…that night after drying out (had to wade thru river at various spots) and warming up, we barbecued a flank stake in Louie's new open hearth fireplace in the shop, my olives, a salad …yesterday another great breakfast at Queenie's (somewhere south of Medocino, prowled around Mendo town (awfully precious these days, then to Ft. Bragg, still a real town…on the way back we went to the very weird Garcia River Casino. just slot machines, no kraps or blackjack, a few morons sitting at machines, smoking, losing money, I just don't get it. HOWEVER, Louie got $1 worth of nickels and won $45 in the nickel machine and we quit right there and went to the bar in Pt. Arena cove and had beer on tap (mine Black Butte Porter) and fried calimari…now Friday morning and I'm heading south…can't post pix because I haven't got my rebuilt Sony DSC RX100 camera coordinated with my MacAir…

SURF MAT TURBO TIME II : NEXT LEVEL

House and Garden on Different Pieces of Land

This is one of those comments that I like to bring front and center:


david stanley has left a new comment on your post "Treehouse Builder Busted in Germany - Looking to Move":

I have a suggestion. Can you separate the house from the land in your mind? You can live in a small house in a town or village and buy or rent land to grow and do your other projects. This is what we do. I have a tiny 150 year old terrace house in a historic town in England and I rent a workshop with an acre attached 3 miles away. I work and grow most of our food there. It costs me £100 per month as I share the workshop and there are no services. I use a generator and solar/wind to charge gel batteries. My food growing is integrated into my working day making furniture. But of course we cannot live there as there is no permission. It is within easy cycling distance of home so the commute is very cheap. Our house is entirely heated with burning off-cuts from the workshop or free from skips. Now the mortgage is paid we can live as a family of three on less than £1000 per month ($1300?) That leaves us plenty of time and funds to go off for wilderness trips if we want but most of us can't cope with long term wilderness living. I love what you have built but I can guess that maybe your neighbours had some fears and that they notified the authorities. Will they need to be demolished if you move out? I hope it goes well anyway.