Man who builds small houses, neat video!

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    This is cool!

    I think we Americans have burdened ourselves, and the planet, with building bigger and bigger houses. This fellow is doing the opposite.

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    The guy lives by himself so of course he can live in a 89 sq ft house, which by the looks of it is just a small trailer.

    But yes, I understand the point of the video which is to only have as much home as you need. This goes along with "living within your means", a phrase Americans will get used to in the coming generations as their standard of living decreases due to runaway government debt and manufacturing jobs being sent overseas.

    But that's another thread entirely isn't it?
     
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    wastefulness is in general a bad thing, and after you indulge in it, you regret it. This is just rational taken to an irrational extreme. It is, however, a lot less crazy that the opposite, living beyond your means which seems to be the norm.
     
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    Not only was that fascinating, but it was fulfilling in the sense of a kind of cosmic justice that I always look for...

    The guy does what is the right thing for him, takes a huge chance in an unknown direction, something he loves which does no harm to anyone else...and is karmically rewarded: it opens a whole new career for him.

    Bravo!

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    This isn't a new idea.

    Its called "Indonesia."
     
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    I want one, so I can go anywhere in the country. But my question is, isn't that much like an RV?
     
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    So cool! I want one. I'd need a bit more than 89 sq. feet since I have a daughter and my brother lives with me as well but still the idea is a sound one. Maybe something more like two of those would work for us.
     
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    Cute, a tricked out trailer.
     
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    This is exactly why I liked the clip as well. He decided to downsize his life and in doing so taught himself how to build tiny houses...not to make money, but out of his own need and desire to not llive outside of his means. People liked his idea once they saw it, and now he has a new buisness (when he started out as a store clerk). Cool little story...like the house too.

    I try not to live outside my means,but I seem to accumulate lots of clutter anyway. I would love to "downsize"...just need to learn how to let go of the "crap" first though.
     
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    I have been interested in building one of these for a while now, put it on a piece of land in the country somewhere near a national forest. These houses aren't as cheap as you might think and he isn't the first to do it, there is a company outside of San Antonio that have been building these for quite a few years. These guys specialize in building with 99% salvaged parts from the cabinet, to the floors to the hinges and locks. This is their site.

    Tiny Texas Houses


    Here is this other guy's web site.
    Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
     
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