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Online VekseidTopic starter

96 Square Foot House
« on: November 05, 2009, 02:20:14 PM »
A tiny home tour: living in 96 square feet

Probably a bit much for my tastes, but I really don't need much space anymore, I've found. I mostly just want walking space and the outdoors works for that.

Offline Raveled

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2009, 05:55:10 PM »
That is simply amazing.  Reminds me of the old engineer adage about having nothing left to take away.

Offline OneOfAKiind

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2009, 06:43:01 PM »
Huh...Looks like something my ex would have adored - he likes a minimal lifestyle...something I don't know if I could have tolerated for long. I'll have to send him this video and see what he says.

also, i enjoyed the vodka bottle under the sink lol

Offline Nimmy

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2009, 07:05:46 PM »
What better place to store it? ;D

I love how much that house fit. It's really cool, although I wouldn't be able to live in that little space... I'm a pack-rat. My entire family is. So that part of my nurturing would be very hard to overcome.

The idea of living that small is a nice one, though. He has some good points about mortgages and the like.

Offline Rhapsody

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2009, 07:09:27 PM »
It's definitely an interesting concept, but with two kids plus one on the way, not to mention a mild case of claustrophobia, I wouldn't personally be able to live in a space that small. 

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2009, 09:29:12 PM »
No way would I fit all my kinky toys uh... books... in there.

>_>

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Offline Scott

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2009, 02:25:40 AM »
I'd love to do that, The thought of not having a mortgage is VERY appealing to me. I'd build on an 8'x20' trailer though, because there's no way I'm showering with a toilet in the shower with me. I wonder though about the building cost, it's very similar, if not more than buying a camper. 

Offline Will

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2009, 09:39:22 AM »
He did say he had a curtain to keep the toilet from getting wet.  I agree that it would be a necessity; no reason to have the toilet fill up and overflow onto your feet. ::)

I love the idea of it, although scaled up just a bit.  Even with kids, it would just have to be scaled up more.  Obviously that one he showed would only work for one person, MAYBE two.

Offline DrFier

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2010, 08:45:23 PM »
I think without the curtain keeping the toilet unclogged would be a priority.

Offline Revolverman

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2010, 11:09:37 PM »
My dream house, though I would want a full sized bathroom. Perhaps as a second building.

Offline Sarena

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2010, 06:26:07 AM »
The interesting thing is that what he said about houses getting bigger over time.  Used to, families lived in one and two room houses, then there were multiple bedrooms, but the children of the same sex shared a bedroom (remember brady bunch?), until finally, every child has to have their own room.  My theory?  Houses have gotten too big.  We spread ourselves out too much (in constant activities and house square footage) and where is the familial contact? 

My family lives in a small house.  We are saving up to by a larger house, but I've never seen it being more than a three (maybe four) bedroom house.  We simply do not need 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and a three car garage and all that mess.  It's just more crap to keep clean.  I say, buy smaller, save the money and use it to do stuff with the family. :)

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2010, 06:49:12 AM »
I think living in there I'd get claustrophobic. Uf

Like Will said, it's for one or maybe two and those two would have to be the kind that needs to be with the other every second of the day. For a person like me who needs some space to call my own to shut the world out, this would lead to a quick divorce. XD

We spread ourselves out too much (in constant activities and house square footage) and where is the familial contact?

I think it better for people in general (and that includes children) to choose when they want to be with the family and when they want time on their own, instead of having an overcrowded forced on them, no?

Offline consortium11

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2010, 09:04:51 AM »
Slightly off topic.

I saw the smallest house in Britain when I was a kid... Two levels, around 10 foot by 4 foot and the ceiling was only around 5 foot on the ground floor and 4 foot on the top level.

What makes it better?

It was owned (and lived in) by a guy who was 6 foot 5.

 ;)

It wasn't as stupid as it sounds; the guy was a sailor and thus rarely "home" and when he was he pretty much just got pissed at the pub, staggered back and collapsed.

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2010, 10:38:18 AM »
For a person like me who needs some space to call my own to shut the world out, this would lead to a quick divorce. XD

So true. There's only so much "togetherness" I can take.  XD

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I think it better for people in general (and that includes children) to choose when they want to be with the family and when they want time on their own, instead of having an overcrowded forced on them, no?

Agreed.

Sheesh, my bedroom closet is bigger than that house.

I'm materialistic, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Offline glimmertwin

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2010, 01:02:07 PM »
It's interesting.  I do agree with him on the large houses.  It is simply amazing to me when a couple with two kids have a 5000sqft house.  Regardless if they can afford it or not, do they really need that? 

I grew up in a 1000sqft house and loved it.  Still do.  I now live in a 1900sqft house.  It's still very small compared to my friends and other family members.  Many of them would never dream of having their kids share a room.  We do.  Not only does it teach your kids how to get along and share but it prepares them for when they go to college.  Plus, it teaches them about needs vs wants.

It's interesting how life can make us rethink things. I grew up with one bathroom for five people.  I could not imagine going back to that.  Going back to a house without a master bath.  Sure, we could but now, having lived for 13 years with two bathrooms, it would be tough.

When we bought our current home, we could have bought a home twice as big but we like small.  We also consider part of our retirement being having our home paid off. 

Anyway, I do think that house is cool.  I would want (note, not need) a bit more space but not much more.  If I could have my childhood house again (which had a basement), I would downsize in a second. 

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2010, 01:15:04 PM »
It's interesting.  I do agree with him on the large houses.  It is simply amazing to me when a couple with two kids have a 5000sqft house.  Regardless if they can afford it or not, do they really need that? 

And yet, someone who lives in a 300 square foot apartment in a crowded city like Tokyo would probably say the same thing about you and your 1900 square foot house.

It's all about perspective. If you are happy in a 1900 square foot house, more power to you. If you are happy in a 5000 square foot house, more power to you.


Offline glimmertwin

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #16 on: February 03, 2010, 01:18:46 PM »
Oh, I agree.  I didn't mean to come off condemening those in large houses.  If they have the money and want to buy it, more power to them.  I just, myself, don't see the need.  I know a lot of it is status.  I have some friends who have three kids and a nice, 2500sqft house.  They added an addition bringing it up to probably 3000 or more.  It was beautiful.  Then, about two years later they moved to about a 5000sqft house in a gated neighborhood.  It just don't understand it but, that's them, and I'm me. 

That 96sqft house reminds me of some of the shelters on the AT...just smaller.  hahaha

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #17 on: February 03, 2010, 01:28:59 PM »
Oh, I agree.  I didn't mean to come off condemening those in large houses.  If they have the money and want to buy it, more power to them.  I just, myself, don't see the need. 

Ahh, I see what you're saying. Mr. Torch is like that, he could live in a small apartment and be perfectly happy as long as he had a big plasma TV and ESPN. One must have some creature comforts, after all.

Me, I like space to spread out. It's all a matter of keeping everyone happy, so he has his man cave with the plasma TV, and I have the rest of the house.  :D

Offline glimmertwin

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2010, 01:31:32 PM »
I really wish I had a basement again.  I miss not having one. 

I do actually need space to at least walk.  That is how I think well, by pacing. 

What is also funny, at least to me, are those folks who have the rooms they never use.  Such as a formal living room.  They never go in it but they have to have furniture for it.   I would love a room like that to turn into an art room (for creating art, not showing it off).

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #19 on: February 03, 2010, 02:07:38 PM »
Not only does it teach your kids how to get along and share but it prepares them for when they go to college.  Plus, it teaches them about needs vs wants. 
Honestly, I shared a room with my brother till I was almost 13 and the only thing that taught me was to value my privacy when I got my own room.

Offline glimmertwin

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #20 on: February 03, 2010, 02:15:33 PM »
Yeah, a Brother and Sister sharing a room would get old, esp when you are a teenager.

Offline WhiteyChan

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #21 on: February 03, 2010, 04:18:10 PM »
My current "house" is smaller than that.. >_> University halls of residence - cheap and cheerful! xD

Still awesome though

And, I've seen smaller ones at Ikea... :P

Offline Talia

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #22 on: February 04, 2010, 09:39:59 AM »


I have looked at this many times.... and all I can say is I need room and personal space.
 Even if I shared this with someone...another space would have to be built out back... With a small sign above the entrance..."Dog House." 

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Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #23 on: February 04, 2010, 09:28:53 PM »
Actually, looking at it, it would be a good place to retreat to, from the main house. Like if you have a novel to write, you could bunk out in there and focus.

Offline cat storm

Re: 96 Square Foot House
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2010, 04:26:01 PM »
I think I would need another 100 square feet.  The bedroom was a bit small for me.  And I have so many books, but my Kindle is taking the place of a lot of that, and I really should use the library more.