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Houzz Tour: Respectfully Updating a 1929 Farmhouse

Period details mix with new features for a family home as idyllic as its pastoral surroundings Full Story
     Comment   June 26, 2014
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lynn
This is so perfect I could weep. Finally a renovation/restoration that is not simply a footprint upon which an out-of-character home is built. This one is true to the vernacular and perfectly sits on the land as it should. It is not a mid-century modern new home in the country nor is it a city house design set upon a torn down farmhouse foundation. It just fits. Trim is true, flooring is true, exterior is true, nothing bright, flashy or overdone, nothing period incorrect or incongruous. This home should be in everyone's idea books who dream of a country home. The benchmark. Now I'm going back to save each and every pic.
June 24, 2014 at 5:07am     
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Houzz Tour: Sustainable, Comfy Living in 196 Square Feet

Solar panels, ship-inspired features and minimal possessions make this tiny Washington home kind to the earth and cozy for the owners Full Story
     Comment   June 13, 2014
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shadow12ea
these types of homes are built on trailers, so they can be moved. frequently the designs do not allow for a wall coming down. However, there are homes, which are sited right onto the land and they do have large out door living spaces, connected to the interior. it also depends upon the climate. In places such as Washington, Oregon and most of Canada, the weather simply does not permit a home to have a wall coming down and going up.

These types of tiny homes are a great alternative for those who do not want a conventional trailer. The appeal is the wood interior and the cozy feel of them. Its not for everyone, but if I ever down size from my 1300 sq. ft. home, it will be to something about 500 sq. ft. or maybe even something as small as this one.
September 14, 2013 at 12:38am     
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Sigrid
Would be interesting to know how well the composting toilet works. I got a tour at an Applachian hut and their composting toilets took a certain amount of daily maintenance, plus had fans working all the time to reduce odors.

I will note that dryers are one of the bigger users of electricity, so if you are living small, not using a dryer should be a part of your effort. But, then Thoreau, the father of the back to earth movement had his mother do his laundry.

Hopefully, some ideas for how to conserve the planet will come out of this, other than running to the neighbor's house when it's too wet to hang your laundry on the line.
September 14, 2013 at 12:46am     
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