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May 27, 2019 20:57:49

Building a House

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Basile Samel

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Building my own tiny house is a thing I absolutely want to do during my lifespan. I love making stuff with my own hands, and building a house is probably the most useful thing you can learn.

I got the idea watching an uncle of mine living in a little cabin he made in his garden. Then I read Thoreau's Walden and I knew I wanted to try it eventually.

All I need fits in a backpack, so I guess I don't need to build something big. I've been looking at this Youtube channel called "Living Big in a Tiny House" lately, and I find it super inspiring. I've always been attracted to minimalism and this is definitely going hand in hand with it.

Humans have a special relationship with their house. Architecture is not just about building cool skyscrapers, it's about developing a bond with your surrounding space. In some cultures, it's part of the rite of passage to adulthood to build your own place to live in. I find it fascinating. I remember taking a career test in middle school: engineering and architecture were both mentioned in my results, I ended up developing a passion for software engineering but who knows? Maybe I'm an architect in a parallel universe.

Maybe I should document my search to build my own Walden. I don't intend to start acting on it before I reach my thirties, but the seed is sowed.

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    @basilesamel "I remember taking a career test in middle school: engineering and architecture were both mentioned in my results" - or maybe combine both skills and build a minecraft-like game site that allows one to build a virtual house that requires proper construction skills that you have to learn online as you build? Haha. Random idea, please don't mind me. ;)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | May 28, 2019 21:04:24
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      @jasonleow 3D is so hard! :P I won't have the patience to learn game development.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 28, 2019 15:09:41
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    @basilesamel been watching that channel for a few years. Havina tiny house somewhere in nature sounds wonderful.

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | May 28, 2019 08:19:04
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    @basilesamel -- oh .. I got obsessed with these for several years. I even took a workshop and helped a gal build her tiny house. I traveled and met the original guy who started this movement. I have friends who live in a tiny home -- it's so fun!!

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 27, 2019 12:22:57
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      @brianball really??? :D Do you have any good resource to suggest?

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 27, 2019 21:35:05
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      @basilesamel - the main thing you need to consider is this: Just because it's tiny, doesn't mean the skills you need are proportionately lower than the same skills you'd need to build a mansion. I think that part gets glossed over.

      So, an awesome tiny house, needs awesome construction skills. Shitty construction skills leave you with a shitty tiny house.

      It'd be mature to go into a project like this with sobriety. They're cute. They're small. They're useful if you have real reasons to live in one. They probably depreciate in value more like a car -- whereas a proper house on a piece of land could appreciate, a tiny-house will not.

      If you want to avoid property taxes and have a place to put one, great, otherwise, location should be your first consideration.

      If you want building experience, go volunteer on somebody else's job before starting your own. Expert craftsman could build a tiny-house quickly -- but that does not mean you will be able to.

      Consider the "cost" in terms of time and opportunity. If you only plan to build one or two, it's the equivalent of building one or two projects in software -- mastery will not be achieved.

      That being said, it could be a great project -- for lots of reasons -- none having to do with anything tangible.

      Also, a major drawback could be financing. Where banks would loan on a home on property, they won't loan the same way for a tiny-home.

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 27, 2019 12:58:36
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      @brianball thanks for sharing :) now I know who I will ask for feedback :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | May 27, 2019 22:43:02
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      @basilesamel @brianball agree. For financing it shouldn't be a huge problem, I've heard the price can be as little as 10k (if you do most of it yourself and just buy the materials) so you still need to save aggressively, but it is something that could be doable. The main problem is location and depriciation as you outline.

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | May 28, 2019 08:22:00
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