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Postby soapy on Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:38 pm

I would hate to be on that man made island in a really bad storm, doubt it would hold up in a hurricane. I will leave it to others to test it out in crappy weather.


This home is land based and only 240 square feet:


It's comfy/cozy, but only if it's well insulated so you don't hear your neighbours. Otherwise it would be unbearable I think.


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Small NYC apartments have been getting a lot of attention after Mayor Bloomberg announced his plan for an upcoming micro-apartment building in the city, but this Brooklyn couple began sharing their teensy tiny 240 square ft. apartment way before it was in style. Erin Boyle and James Casey have become such experts at minimal living that the pair even writes a blog about it. Their Brooklyn Heights apartment may be mini, but has all the comforts of home.



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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby coffee101 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:18 am

Came across this earlier today.

Where to start if you to want to enjoy a scaled down lifestyle.


There are lots of good reasons why people choose to live in tiny spaces—budget, environmental awareness, and a challenge from NYC Mayor Bloomberg among them—but the trouble is, many are either just ho-hum or downright terrible to look at. Not keen on occupying what looks like a slightly upscaled dog house, but still down for some small space living? These five gorgeous projects, while certainly not the smallest house in the world, might provide some inspiration.


http://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/behold ... 00283.html
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby yukon on Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:43 pm

Hari and Karl Berzins decided to build a tiny home for their family in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to free themselves of the financial burden of owning a large home.

They knew that moving two children, a dog and a cat into a 168-square foot space would be a challenge, though it would also eliminate the need for a mortgage and cut their utility costs. But they didn't expect it to completely change their lives, Hari Berzins said.


http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/21/living/sm ... ?hpt=hp_c1


I think this will become the norm, catch on with the mainstream. After all big is not always best. Costs are rising, wages are not, so people need
to stop and think if hey could handle a scaled down lifestyle and home. Maybe if they had small homes to rent, people could test it out and see if it
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby deja vu on Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:14 pm

Thinking even further outside of the box. Decommisioned missile silos or underground bunkers. Most seem to be in the US, but others are scattered throughout the world.

Some ready to go as a home, others need a little elbow grease, rewire and overhaul the plumbing, coat of paint and ready to go. I think it might be fun to dig in and fix one up for housing. Live off and under the land.

Or hire one of many companies that build the unit(s), you buy the land and they go from there. One story which is fine, but it's a a lot more cramped than a bunker or silo. It looks like your living in a tunnel and not much room to move around. Maybe great if your in Tornado Alley or Hurricane Country, but I can't see it as a substitute for year round living.

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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby deja vu on Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:01 pm

I think this qualifies as the most unique and only mice need apply for this home. For those that survived the devastating floods to their habitat their new home is a tennis ball.

That's right, used tennis balls have come to their rescue and soon all will have one of these unique homes. As long as the sticks survive the mice have a chance.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-le ... e-22314712

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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby rocks on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:57 pm

The Jackson family were unable to find a home they could afford in the countryside, so they are going to convert an old underground water tank.

They bought the tank at St Anne's Chapel in Devon for £76,000 last November without planning permission but hope to convert it into a single-storey three-bedroomed home. The Jacksons are one of a growing band of self-builders who see opportunities in the unpromising-looking concrete tanks.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-22341460


Anyone know if these are found in N. America, or is this just a Brit thing? Lots of work, but a blank
slate waiting to be created.
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby trailblaze on Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:59 pm

While some hotels trumpet the ample square footage of their guest rooms, others rely on quirky coziness to attract customers.

Yotel, for example, offers ship-cabin-inspired rooms at several European airports and operates a full-sized hotel filled with snug (170-square foot), extremely efficiently-designed rooms near Times Square in New York City. The chain plans to open another Yotel hotel on upscale Orchard Street in Singapore. Other pod hotels in recent years have been making big business in small spaces.

Last summer, in Portland, Ore., a couple inspired by the growing Tiny House movement — which celebrates downsizing and promotes housing affordability — opened Caravan, billed as the country's first hotel comprised of tiny, self-contained houses.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/ ... end-n87031


What a great idea, they may soon find themselves as fulltime self employed if this really catches on.

Also would be a good idea to be applied to the homeless or low income.
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby up-down on Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:53 pm

Unique in the fact the whole town lives in one building. All in one place except for school and groceries, then you have the tunnel system and avoid
any crappy weather. Too close for comfort for some, but it seems to work for those that call it home.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/whi ... -1.2935295

Isolation is a defining characteristic of life in the the North.

For many residents, this means log cabins in the woods, long drives to metropolitan centres, or hiking on the tundra. But it's something entirely different for the 220 residents of Whittier, Alaska.

Whittier, about 50 kilometres southeast of Anchorage, is connected to Alaska's highway system by a four-kilometre one-lane tunnel through a mountain. The tunnel shuts down at 10 p.m. local and reopens at 7 a.m.
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby yukon on Mon Feb 16, 2015 10:37 am

A B.C. man spent years searching for a property he loved and could afford before settling for an unlikely solution: a treehouse.

Geoff de Ruiter, 31, bought a half-acre of land on B.C.'s Pender Island, one of the Southern Gulf Islands located between Vancouver Island and Washington. He bought the land for $35,000, and then spent a year designing and building a 165-square-foot treehouse. He picked the sturdiest tree on his lot, a Western red cedar, and enlisted a group of friends to help him build the treehouse.

In total, he spent $8,000 on the house.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/b-c-man-ca ... -1.2237338

I saw this on the nightly news. Ingenious, but not sure I would want to live in a tree house.

It looked safe and for a student, it's a great way to live and save money while completing studies. Just better pray he doesn't get hit by a really nasty storm, then he will be rocking in the air and that would be scary.
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Re: Unique homes around the world

Postby rocks on Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:58 pm

Hidden among trees in a Japanese forest, a recently completed home made up of five tent-like structures is like something out of a fairytale. And while they might look like just tents from the outside, this home is stylishly decked out in concrete and white timber on the inside. It’s nestled on a mountain ridge in the Shizuoka Prefecture and, while it resembles a campsite, sophisticated design certainly hasn’t been forgotten.

http://www.domain.com.au/news/japanese- ... 21-grl89c/

Definitely different, lots of options for the inside. Have to wonder how the cone shapes hold up to the Typhoons Japan
gets or a quake.


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Nine amazing circular homes from around the world

If you’re sick of the tyranny of a straight, flat wall and boxy, non-organic housing shapes – perhaps the circular home is for you? The wonderful Tree in the House in Almany, Kazakhstan, is one example, aiming to allow 360 degree views of the forest while hanging out on a cylindrical staircase, surrounding a fir tree. Sadly, we’re still waiting for it to get off the ground.

Circles are said to represent eternity, timelessness, and totality – and they happen to appear in these homes that have actually been built. Here are several excellent round house specimens from around the world.

http://static.domain.com.au/domainblog/ ... grcji8.jpg

Would have to be really creative to work with the inside and no square walls. Creativity knows no bounds, just the limits you impose on it.


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