Remember the Tiny House thread? Chaz helped me find my house!!!

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  1. LauraLeigh

    LauraLeigh New Member

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    We are breaking ground this summer on the two bedroom version of this plan:

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    http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/downloads/Sebastarosa_Study_Plans.pdf

    We are not putting the kitchen where it says though, instead we are making that an entrance/ porch and the whole great room kitchen/ dining, for the first year we will have a rec room in the basement as our living area, then next year we are building an addition off the back (where the 3 bedroom plan has the extra bedroom) for a living room!

    Pretty excited, we are doing much of it off the farm, all the framing we are sawing ourselves, the floors are going to be cherry off the farm in the main areas, pine upstairs, the living room will be wainscoting with barn boards from the old barn, all the windows and doors are recycled from contractor friends and the basement is being done by a friend in trade for work, as well as the plumbing... It's going to be a fun challenge to see how cheaply we can build it with a focus on keeping the running costs down. We will heat with wood ( we have enough fallen trees on the farm we won't likely have to cut much) going to have propane stove/ hot water/ and dryer to keep electrical needs down so we can be as off grid as possible, possibly totally off grid...
     
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    Dekka Just try me..

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    That is very exciting! And cute. I love that you are going off the grid.
     
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    That is so awesome! Please update us as you go, I would love to build my own house someday and the one you are building is just too cute. Pictures as you go? :D
     
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    HayleyMarie Like a bat outa' hell

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    That is just too awesome. Congrats, I bet you are getting so exciting.

    When are you hoping this beauty wil be finished?
     
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    We may not be totally off grid, an electrician buddy has advised he can run an underground line up too 500 feet from the shop and "steal" enough power to run the washer, fridge (expensive on propane) a few CFL fixtures and plugs for charging the cells etc, and one TV and receiver.

    The rest will be propane with wood heat.

    Thanks everyone, We hope to be in by next spring when my MIL will be moving here and renting the upper part of the house we are now in, my daughter and her hubby will continue renting the other half

    Pictures will be provided! I may even take a few tonight of the "location"
     
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    Ps we may be the only parents to "Grow up and leave home!" LOL
     
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    Psyfalcon Fishies!

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    Why are you trying to go off grid?

    Cost? Environment?

    I've read that most of Ontario's energy is Hydo, so skipping electricity to burn a fossil fuel isn't necessarily very good for the environment.
     
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    How awesome!

    Have you looked into that heating system that runs water lines that store hot water underneath the floors?
     
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    Congrats! This is so exciting! Be sure to take pics for us to see along the way.
     
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    That is a beautiful house! :)
     
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    Mostly to be independent of Hydro, also because for the amount of wood we'd need to heat, we'd be able to get just from fallen logs and thinning, we would not have to cut just to heat... Our Hydro system is IMO flawed, we pay more for delivery and retirement charges than our actual usage...

    We also plan to have a good sized cold storage and grow as much of our own food, and raise as much of our own meat as possible, as much as for the quality as the savings... I was shocked to see the sodium content in commercial chicken breasts!!!

    We are trying to do a variety of things, live more cost effectively, and healthier...

    We are not doing it necessarily to be "green" but are recycling where quality material exsist to do so (such as two year old solid vinyl windows that were removed because they did not suit the new owner aesthetically)..

    I find cost of living is getting horrid, we live on 400 acres and our plan is to make use of it...
     
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    Thanks everyone I think it's cute! Small but functions.....

    We have a friend who just recommended that to us, going to find out more!
     
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    It's cute as a bug's ear. But I noticed something: There's no back door. Or are you adding one? That's usually against most building codes and very dangerous in case of a fire. You could easily put one in at the back end of the great room there...maybe a french door. Anyhow, it's very pretty and I think you are going to have lots of fun doing this project. Very exciting. Can't wait to see it unfold. And congratulations too!
     
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    How many square feet will it be total with a basement? Close to 1000 at that point?
    It's SO cute from the front. For some reason it makes me think of the house in Up!
     
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    Likely more than 1000 once we add the Living Room off the back, IMO not that "Tiny" LOL

    Yes there will be a set of garden doors on the back, and once we build the living room on it will become an opening between the rooms and the garden doors will get moved to the Living Room, there will actually also be a side door going into a mudroom where the current "kitchen" is.. We are using the entire Great room as kitchen dining space and finishing a rec room in the basement for the first year as our living room (once we build the LR on, the rec room will become a spare room for company as well)
     
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    Sounds awesome!!!
     

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