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(Calgary Herald)   Ottawa couple builds eight-foot-wide home. How they plan to watch their 60" plasma screen, I have no idea   (calgaryherald.com) divider line 47
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2013-07-17 12:19:14 PM  
Not sure if bad at maths...
 
2013-07-17 12:20:08 PM  
I am pretty sure I have seen some six-foot-wide homes in Philadelphia.
 
2013-07-17 12:22:00 PM  
adhaiku.com
 
2013-07-17 12:22:13 PM  
trollface.jpg.
 
2013-07-17 12:24:12 PM  
cdn.shopify.com
Laughs at your shenanigans
 
2013-07-17 12:25:03 PM  
I thought it said otters and I got all excited

/sulks
 
2013-07-17 12:25:48 PM  
It isn't their home, it's a cottage.

FTFA "he and his wife plan to keep their primary residence in rural Eastern Ontario"
 
2013-07-17 12:26:10 PM  
the municipalities in my area have minimum sizes for new houses. ~2000 sq feet. Its a real pain for people that don't need that much space to have to heat it all winter.  Not to mention the extra  materials needed.
 
2013-07-17 12:26:37 PM  

ChipNASA: [adhaiku.com image 320x240]


Came for the tiny house reference, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-07-17 12:27:09 PM  
I once saw "Europe's narrowest house" in Bratislava (130 centimeters, or 51 inches):

tendtotravel.com

Then I found out there are other contenders.  Still, pretty darn narrow.
 
2013-07-17 12:27:43 PM  
Cuz 60" is greater than 8', see?
 
2013-07-17 12:30:03 PM  
Also interesting:   spite houses, tiny houses built solely to piss off a neighbor.

graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-07-17 12:32:21 PM  

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Not sure if bad at maths...


Dude we are on the metric math system.
Not that imperial shiat.
Get with the times.

////Shhhh, see if he takes the bait.
 
2013-07-17 12:32:43 PM  
With three feet to spare I guess.
 
2013-07-17 12:35:10 PM  

amishkarl: the municipalities in my area have minimum sizes for new houses. ~2000 sq feet. Its a real pain for people that don't need that much space to have to heat it all winter.  Not to mention the extra  materials needed.


If that is the case, don't heat it. Put in sealed doors. Close off the vents and leave it. Enough heat will likely bleed through to keep it from freezing and developing condensation or other issues from the cold, if not just open a couple vents a little. But make sure that section doesn't have any water, just in case.

It may not be perfect, but it will svae signifcant amounts (same goes for AC in summer).
 
2013-07-17 12:39:09 PM  
Meh, Plasma's are so yesterday.......
 
2013-07-17 12:40:57 PM  
www.singularitysymposium.com
Ted didn't need no fancy-pants TV.
 
2013-07-17 12:42:24 PM  
cause it's Canada and they're on the metric system!
 
2013-07-17 12:42:30 PM  

dywed88: If that is the case, don't heat it. Put in sealed doors. Close off the vents and leave it. Enough heat will likely bleed through to keep it from freezing and developing condensation or other issues from the cold, if not just open a couple vents a little. But make sure that section doesn't have any water, just in case.

It may not be perfect, but it will svae signifcant amounts (same goes for AC in summer


That's what's done with a lot of the big old farm houses. I've got a room in my house that is kept closed off except for taking the christmas decorations out and putting them back.

Anyways, I've always thought that the municipality should just have a minimum property tax rate. That's the reason for the minimum size req. Bigger houses mean more property tax for the township.
 
2013-07-17 12:46:21 PM  

amishkarl


the municipalities in my area have minimum sizes for new houses. ~2000 sq feet. Its a real pain for people that don't need that much space to have to heat it all winter. Not to mention the extra materials needed.


The difference in the amount of materials needed for a 1500sqft house vs a 2000sqft house is pretty insignificant, and if people don't want to heat the extra space they can close the vents in the room and then close the door.

Larger (well, non-tiny) homes are more desirable and are less likely to sit empty and deprive the municipality of tax revenue.
 
2013-07-17 12:49:29 PM  
Lived in a 9 foot wide house for five years.
I'm thinking of going back to that.
 
2013-07-17 12:52:51 PM  
elffster:
I thought it said otters and I got all excited

Eight foot wide otters? O_O
 
2013-07-17 01:00:37 PM  
www.freewords.com.br

Lots of 8' wide homes on the road. I live in one.
 
2013-07-17 01:03:11 PM  
Pfft, amateurs.
www.bodew.com
api.ning.com
weburbanist.com
www.busyboo.com
 
2013-07-17 01:07:16 PM  
planes
Lots of 8' wide homes on the road. I live in one.

i had a 16 foot long class c rv when i was workamping for a few years. basically the same living space as a cargo van.
 
PJ-
2013-07-17 01:14:07 PM  
I just might swing by that house on my way home from work tonight, it's about a 10 minute drive from where I am right now.

Maybe i'll take a dump in their mailbox while i'm there, you know, as a welcoming gift.
 
2013-07-17 01:14:30 PM  

vudukungfu: Lived in a 9 foot wide house for five years.
I'm thinking of going back to that.


I've been living in a 10-foot-wide "house" for the last four years. I cannot wait to get out of this crappy-ass trailer and into a real house. Doesn't matter if it's square or round, as long as it's not "trailer-shaped."

/I suspect all "tiny house" occupants have a secret 2,200-sq ft storage shed somewhere.
 
2013-07-17 01:18:48 PM  
Sigh, I live in one of those pre-war WW1 homes in Ottawa. It actually started off as two rail-carts put together with second floor the size of a thumb-print being added later. As the years went on, you can count each new owner by the additions they have done. In total there is ~1500sq. ft. Of space, 3 separate basements with differing foundations, 4 different places where the wood burning stoves used to be and stairs to upstairs directly from the kitchen.

Plus if you are over 6ft. nothing, you will end up banging your head on every door header and slanted ceiling upstairs.

We renovated it to it's pre-war charm in all areas that date that far and matched the rest to be of similar design by ourselves. I wouldn't trade this kind of house for a new-build in my life. I love the cozy space that was built up over the decades.

With all that, I don't understand why anyone would actually build something new that is clearly not logical. Land is not at a premium in Ottawa, nor is lumber and other bio-renewable materials. Basically, the whole house is going to be torn down and rebuilt as a bigger one as soon as they get tired of living in a closet and decide to sell. So all that 'environmental' effort is actually not only negated but purely doubly wasted. Which is a huge shame.
 
2013-07-17 01:19:01 PM  

WordyGrrl: vudukungfu: Lived in a 9 foot wide house for five years.
I'm thinking of going back to that.

I've been living in a 10-foot-wide "house" for the last four years. I cannot wait to get out of this crappy-ass trailer and into a real house. Doesn't matter if it's square or round, as long as it's not "trailer-shaped."

/I suspect all "tiny house" occupants have a secret 2,200-sq ft storage shed somewhere.


Maybe a pocket dimension?
 
PJ-
2013-07-17 01:25:16 PM  

outtatowner: Sigh, I live in one of those pre-war WW1 homes in Ottawa. It actually started off as two rail-carts put together with second floor the size of a thumb-print being added later. As the years went on, you can count each new owner by the additions they have done. In total there is ~1500sq. ft. Of space, 3 separate basements with differing foundations, 4 different places where the wood burning stoves used to be and stairs to upstairs directly from the kitchen.

Plus if you are over 6ft. nothing, you will end up banging your head on every door header and slanted ceiling upstairs.

We renovated it to it's pre-war charm in all areas that date that far and matched the rest to be of similar design by ourselves. I wouldn't trade this kind of house for a new-build in my life. I love the cozy space that was built up over the decades.

With all that, I don't understand why anyone would actually build something new that is clearly not logical. Land is not at a premium in Ottawa, nor is lumber and other bio-renewable materials. Basically, the whole house is going to be torn down and rebuilt as a bigger one as soon as they get tired of living in a closet and decide to sell. So all that 'environmental' effort is actually not only negated but purely doubly wasted. Which is a huge shame.


Uh, in that part of town, land in fact is at a premium.  It's right on the water, easy access to the parkway, shopping mall right close by, good schools in the area, short drive for highway access.  Do you not know your own city?  There is a good chance that this place won't be torn down though, it will probably be bought up and used as a temporary residence for government workers.  That or some retiree with money will buy it up to take advantage of the new developments in the area.
 
2013-07-17 01:48:07 PM  

PJ-: outtatowner: Sigh, I live in one of those pre-war WW1 homes in Ottawa. It actually started off as two rail-carts put together with second floor the size of a thumb-print being added later. As the years went on, you can count each new owner by the additions they have done. In total there is ~1500sq. ft. Of space, 3 separate basements with differing foundations, 4 different places where the wood burning stoves used to be and stairs to upstairs directly from the kitchen.

Plus if you are over 6ft. nothing, you will end up banging your head on every door header and slanted ceiling upstairs.

We renovated it to it's pre-war charm in all areas that date that far and matched the rest to be of similar design by ourselves. I wouldn't trade this kind of house for a new-build in my life. I love the cozy space that was built up over the decades.

With all that, I don't understand why anyone would actually build something new that is clearly not logical. Land is not at a premium in Ottawa, nor is lumber and other bio-renewable materials. Basically, the whole house is going to be torn down and rebuilt as a bigger one as soon as they get tired of living in a closet and decide to sell. So all that 'environmental' effort is actually not only negated but purely doubly wasted. Which is a huge shame.

Uh, in that part of town, land in fact is at a premium.  It's right on the water, easy access to the parkway, shopping mall right close by, good schools in the area, short drive for highway access.  Do you not know your own city?  There is a good chance that this place won't be torn down though, it will probably be bought up and used as a temporary residence for government workers.  That or some retiree with money will buy it up to take advantage of the new developments in the area.


Perhaps that specific neighbourhood.  Overall in Ottawa, land isn't.
 
PJ-
2013-07-17 01:53:34 PM  

olapbill: Overall in Ottawa, land isn't.


Uhh, citation needed.
 
2013-07-17 01:54:37 PM  
I like these. I may litter my property with them as guest houses.
 
2013-07-17 02:04:33 PM  
Somewhere Susan Susanka is rolling on the floor clutching her belly from laughing so hard...
 
2013-07-17 02:43:57 PM  

PJ-: olapbill: Overall in Ottawa, land isn't.

Uhh, citation needed.


You're right, dear.
 
2013-07-17 02:48:31 PM  
Seems most of these tiny house stories end up giving a building cost that's significantly higher than what the cost of a better equipped RV would be. Why not just get a camper?
 
2013-07-17 03:36:12 PM  

SirTanon: [cdn.shopify.com image 600x450]
Laughs at your shenanigans


Where's the toilet?
 
2013-07-17 03:54:12 PM  

PJ-: olapbill: Overall in Ottawa, land isn't.

Uhh, citation needed.


please. You live here. Don't be "that" guy.
 
2013-07-17 03:59:49 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: SirTanon: [cdn.shopify.com image 600x450]
Laughs at your shenanigans

Where's the toilet?


cdn.shopify.com
 
2013-07-17 04:15:20 PM  
That house is not 8 feet wide, it's 8 feet  deep. If the front door had been on the skinny end, then I'd consider it 8 feet wide.

And subby, ignoring the fact that the TV is only 5 feet (and that diagonally), couldn't they just mount it  on the long wall? The house is not 8 feet SQUARE....
 
2013-07-17 04:21:30 PM  
That's 152.4cm Plasma, submouchebag.
 
2013-07-17 04:43:14 PM  

WordyGrrl: /I suspect all "tiny house" occupants have a secret 2,200-sq ft storage shed somewhere.


My ideal house is earth sheltered, with only a garage exposed.
It's economical, green, easy to heat, and keeps the johos away.
 
2013-07-17 08:45:30 PM  
Hey subtard, 60" < 96".

Idiot.
 
2013-07-17 10:28:47 PM  

planes: [www.freewords.com.br image 509x407]

Lots of 8' wide homes on the road. I live in one.


I'm sitting at the semi-custom battledesk in my RV which is about to become my roving home if the sale of my house goes thru.  But my interior width is about 127" across the living room with the side out.  A little narrower in the back.  It would feel cramped without the slides.  Like this with the big "reefer" and washer/dryer.

www.rvweb.com

And and The Battledesk(tm) in place of the recliner and passenger seat...

farm8.staticflickr.com

farm9.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-18 10:43:32 AM  
FTA: Among the biggest challenges of living in a small space is stuff

George Carlin Talks About "Stuff"
 
2013-07-18 02:01:49 PM  
..............................................................Sr Editing Cat Ginger helping me type.
TheraTX typed above, Canada's on metric system.
Pawprint also typed above how their 60" plasma TV can fit, put it on long wall.  House is after all 32 ft long, article said ....
 
2013-07-18 03:32:17 PM  
Urban infill development in Ottawa?  Does it have ugly-ass corrugated metal siding?

*checks article*

Hard to tell from the rendering but I'm going with yes.
 
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