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(Curbed)   Purer-than-thou microhome owner slams other microhome owners for selling out, wanting to create McMansions on their tiny plot of land instead of cabins with beanbag walls, tin-can siding and used TJ's bag wallpaper   (curbed.com) divider line 160
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2014-01-05 05:54:48 PM  
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Ha! Hipsters live in tiny houses for babies!
 
2014-01-05 06:20:52 PM  
Very fitting that their 24 year old son still lives at home.

What a weird family.
 
2014-01-05 06:23:40 PM  
I plan to do this as soon as my youngest graduates high school. Though I won't be using the sauce cans and trash bags.
 
2014-01-05 06:33:15 PM  
There are none more zealous than the recently converted.
 
2014-01-05 06:38:45 PM  
I kept reading that as "microphone owner".
 
2014-01-05 06:42:02 PM  
I'll give them that it's pretty cute looking.  Not something I'd enjoy, but hey, it's their house, glad they like it.
 
2014-01-05 07:05:27 PM  
So how fast will that tenderbox go once there is a spark?

The kid is 24 and has joint problems and is working bent over?  Good luck with that.
 
2014-01-05 07:22:17 PM  

DON.MAC: So how fast will that tenderbox go once there is a spark?


It depends on if she likes you. Most women decide if they're gonna f*ck a guy within 10 seconds of meeting them.
 
2014-01-05 07:45:39 PM  
I wonder if she built her microwave and fridge out of recycled fair trade coffee grounds and sustainably harvested bamboo?

That said, there's something about the tiny house thang that appeals to me for some reason.
 
2014-01-05 07:50:29 PM  
Maybe it comes from growing up in the woods of Maine where almost everyone used a wood stove for additional heat, but houses built from these materials seem highly combustible and unsafe.
 
2014-01-05 07:56:39 PM  
I just want people from other states to realized that we have settled hipsters from all over the country in Portland, thus ceding a portion of our beautiful state for the betterment of the rest of the nation.

You're welcome.
 
2014-01-05 07:57:03 PM  
Of course it's Portland.
 
2014-01-05 07:57:29 PM  
Where's the MJ hydroponics room?  Mushroom garden?
 
2014-01-05 07:58:51 PM  
I think I'm going to build one of these. I've got plenty of space for it in my livingroom.
 
2014-01-05 07:59:20 PM  
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2014-01-05 07:59:56 PM  
dafuq did I just kinda read?
 
2014-01-05 08:00:11 PM  

RoomFullOfMonkeys: I think I'm going to build one of these. I've got plenty of space for it in my livingroom.



Do it in Lego.  I love those things
 
2014-01-05 08:00:42 PM  
I didn't get much of a purer-than-thou vibe from the video but assume away Subberz. Haters gotta hate.
 
2014-01-05 08:01:24 PM  
Seems like it'd be cold as all hell in the winter, with the added bonus of making sure you're f*cked in case of more than a day or two of bad weather.
 
2014-01-05 08:02:50 PM  

Molavian: Seems like it'd be cold as all hell in the winter, with the added bonus of making sure you're f*cked in case of more than a day or two of bad weather.



They would have noticed that, but they moved in before it was cool.
 
2014-01-05 08:07:22 PM  

Snarfangel: Molavian: Seems like it'd be cold as all hell in the winter, with the added bonus of making sure you're f*cked in case of more than a day or two of bad weather.


They would have noticed that, but they moved in before it was cool.


Maybe they'll die in an ironic manner.  That would be nice.
 
2014-01-05 08:09:38 PM  
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This is NOT awesome
 
2014-01-05 08:09:47 PM  

Snarfangel: Molavian: Seems like it'd be cold as all hell in the winter, with the added bonus of making sure you're f*cked in case of more than a day or two of bad weather.


They would have noticed that, but they moved in before it was cool.


very nice
 
2014-01-05 08:12:15 PM  
I do genealogy, and the combination of online census data and Google Street View lets me easily see the houses my ancestors lived in. Sometimes, there were 9 people in a shotgun (or camelback[1]) house. Several of them adult children of the parent units. I can't imagine my family was very distinctive in that regard.

Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,

[1] A camelback is like a shotgun except with a 2nd story room at the rear of the property.
 
2014-01-05 08:13:17 PM  

propasaurus: I wonder if she built her microwave and fridge out of recycled fair trade coffee grounds and sustainably harvested bamboo?

That said, there's something about the tiny house thang that appeals to me for some reason.


Yeah, the microwave made me laugh.

I want a tiny house, but just for a getaway retreat in the woods...
 
2014-01-05 08:16:17 PM  
This is all about creativity and originality?

Funny, I thought it was all about having a tiny home that didn't cost much money and ran efficiently.

Where are my priorities?
 
2014-01-05 08:17:03 PM  
That would be just fine for one person but three? Eff that.
 
2014-01-05 08:19:05 PM  

yakmans_dad: I do genealogy, and the combination of online census data and Google Street View lets me easily see the houses my ancestors lived in. Sometimes, there were 9 people in a shotgun (or camelback[1]) house. Several of them adult children of the parent units. I can't imagine my family was very distinctive in that regard.

Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,

[1] A camelback is like a shotgun except with a 2nd story room at the rear of the property.


cdn.freshome.com
 
2014-01-05 08:20:23 PM  
Hobbits prefer rounded homes that are built into hillsides, but some have taken to living like the big folk.
 
2014-01-05 08:23:21 PM  
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2014-01-05 08:25:54 PM  
I could only take about two minutes of that video, and I had it on mute. I remember listening to an NPR report on Portlandia, which was funny. What I didn't realize was that they then started a segment on some hipster coffee company that did deliveries on some bike that they'd built. I thought they were still talking about the show.

yakmans_dad:
Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,


I dunno. I think a lot of folks are doing it because of the cool factor. "My carbon footprint is smaller than yours, nyah!"
 
2014-01-05 08:26:33 PM  
I am actually looking into something like this for an office/guest house. Most of the microhouses I've seen look like mobile homes with better exteriors. This actually does look like a guest cottage.
 
2014-01-05 08:26:34 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: yakmans_dad: I do genealogy, and the combination of online census data and Google Street View lets me easily see the houses my ancestors lived in. Sometimes, there were 9 people in a shotgun (or camelback[1]) house. Several of them adult children of the parent units. I can't imagine my family was very distinctive in that regard.

Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,

[1] A camelback is like a shotgun except with a 2nd story room at the rear of the property.

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http://leoweekly.com/news-/-features/southern-standard-a-loving-defe ns e-shotgun-house
 
2014-01-05 08:27:47 PM  

Molavian: Seems like it'd be cold as all hell in the winter, with the added bonus of making sure you're f*cked in case of more than a day or two of bad weather.


But at that size it wouldn't take much to heat it.  Unless it leaks air like a sieve.

Also, the logo for the website made me think it was Cur Bed.  Like where a mongrel would sleep.
 
2014-01-05 08:28:24 PM  

lysdexic: I could only take about two minutes of that video, and I had it on mute. I remember listening to an NPR report on Portlandia, which was funny. What I didn't realize was that they then started a segment on some hipster coffee company that did deliveries on some bike that they'd built. I thought they were still talking about the show.

yakmans_dad:
Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,


I dunno. I think a lot of folks are doing it because of the cool factor. "My carbon footprint is smaller than yours, nyah!"


There's a saying: people always buy as much house as they can afford.

Few people give up space for cool.
 
2014-01-05 08:29:47 PM  
How about a nice NYC studio
www.theblaze.com
 
2014-01-05 08:30:23 PM  

sprgrss: Very fitting that their 24 year old son still lives at home.


Doesn't everyone live at home?
 
2014-01-05 08:31:17 PM  
Actually, I've done the paper bag as wall covering thing before.

With the paper torn properly and covered with polyurethane, it looks kind of like you've covered your walls with leather.  It's a cool effect.

It wouldn't work in my current house.
 
2014-01-05 08:34:58 PM  
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Come on, those are to big.
 
2014-01-05 08:35:35 PM  

lysdexic: I dunno. I think a lot of folks are doing it because of the cool factor. "My carbon footprint is smaller than yours, nyah!"


Their particular eccentricity seems harmless, however.  It's not for everyone, but it's a weird thing to be upset about.

There are plenty of other neighbors in the world with unusual hobbies that create lots of waste, noise, odors, etc.  I'd rather live next to Mr. Paper Bag Microhouse than some guy who spends his life working on his motorcycle.
 
2014-01-05 08:45:02 PM  
That was great and all, but I'll keep my 3500 ft2 mid-century modern.
 
2014-01-05 08:48:24 PM  

sprgrss: Very fitting that their 24 year old son still lives at home.

What a weird family.


He hasn't gotten the hint yet, poor snowflake.
 
2014-01-05 08:49:41 PM  
They're all made out of ticky-tacky. And they all look just the same.
 
2014-01-05 08:49:58 PM  

yakmans_dad: I do genealogy, and the combination of online census data and Google Street View lets me easily see the houses my ancestors lived in. Sometimes, there were 9 people in a shotgun (or camelback[1]) house. Several of them adult children of the parent units. I can't imagine my family was very distinctive in that regard.

Microhouses only reflects the fact that we've regressed from the economic forces we emerged with following WW2,


I've looked at the census records for my part of South Philadelphia and every family was at least six people.  Often there were many more in a three-bedroom house where the third bedroom would now barely pass as a walk-in closet.  Anyone who had an extra room had a lodger or lodgers, often from the same village in Italy the family was from. (it's one of the reason cities like Philly have seen a massive drop in population: houses which held a dozen people in 1920 now only have one or two residents).

And if you look at houses built right after WWII, due to materials shortages, 900 square feet was considered an excellent starter home and many houses were designed for families of four which were only 1500 sq ft.
 
2014-01-05 08:50:08 PM  
I love the small house but would need it in the middle of 10 acres.

Her voice made me want to kick my cat.
 
2014-01-05 08:52:23 PM  

radarlove: This is all about creativity and originality?

Funny, I thought it was all about having a tiny home that didn't cost much money and ran efficiently.

Where are my priorities?


Clearly, you also have to make it resemble something out of a shantytown without it actually being something out of a shantytown.

That's what the aluminum can siding made me think of, anyway.

I mean, good on them from repurposing discarded materials. But did they have to leave it looking like garbage? If they can afford wine, they can probably afford paint.
 
2014-01-05 08:53:09 PM  

Tyrosine: That was great and all, but I'll keep my 3500 ft2 mid-century modern.


this...the smallest room in my house including bathrooms is bigger than that.
 
2014-01-05 08:56:45 PM  

Elfich: [img.fark.net image 640x427]

Come on, those are to big.


I couldlive in one of these:
 
2014-01-05 08:59:17 PM  

vudukungfu: sprgrss: Very fitting that their 24 year old son still lives at home.

What a weird family.

He hasn't gotten the hint yet, poor snowflake.


You think he would have when they had him live in a frickin tree house for a year.
 
2014-01-05 08:59:30 PM  
My niece had a house just like that.

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Of course, she was 5.
 
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