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Tiny House – Building & Design Workshop

This next workshop is in Memphis, Tennessee! April 11-13th 2014
Hosted by Derek “Deek” Diedricksen author of “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”
HGTV will be there covering the action and fun!
You will actually BUILD and DESIGN 2 cabins. Possibly in the opposite order.

More information about downsizing and Tiny Homes, that you’ll enjoy.

YES, they are small, less to clean, less to fix, less to fret about when you’d rather be hiking. Are you wishing to be off the GRID? This kind of conservative design can make it possible. — Jim Avery

At the show you’ll enjoy these Notable Tiny Home lovers and builders …. and others that could not stay away….

  • Steven Harrel — Tiny HouseListings.com
  • Joe Everson – TenneseeTinyHomes.com
  • Kent Griswold – TinyHouseBlog.com  and TinyHouseMagazine.com800SqFtHome
  • Dustin Diedricksen – a Small House Dweller who has appeared on several TV Shows
  • Lloyd Kahn — Author of Tiny Homes, Simple Shelters reference book



Density Culture?

We have been talking about house size, culture and growth standards in the Bay Area for longer than I can remember. My first “aha” moment was after reading “Small is Beautiful” and “Do Trees have Standing?”.  Looking at Petaluma’s thinking stand on “no growth” based on water availability gave us all something to think about, More is not Better. There so many discussions Pro and Con, things seem to change every month.

In my little corner of heaven, we are ringed by multi-level apartment towers, some based on the Santana Row model of prescribed luxury, others based on the “pack ’em in” beehive model. But whether you think a $4200/month apartment is OK or advocate for more affordable apartments, you have to notice things are changing. Cities all over California struggle with community vs. building codes, from Grass Valley to Ventura, you can hear many stories of implementing “the plan”.

If I could find the genie in the bottle, I’d make one simple wish, people would live close to their schools & work. It makes sense and makes for a better community. Kids have an identity and parents are driving 4 hours a day to and from work. For an interesting discussion on Urban Sprawl check out this blog.

Take a look at this article by Josh Stephens, it discusses density and puts it is a worldwide comparison. It is interesting to ponder. What do you think works? What are your wishes for this diverse place we call home?!

For his part, Kotkin has long relegated urban cores to rarified sideshows and believed that the fringes will—and should—keep expanding geographically. It would be nice to have a debate about that notion. Planners should always ask themselves how far is too far, and they should ask what densities are optimal under what circumstances. Kotkin himself has, in the past, advanced plenty ofcompelling ideas about urban growth. He seems, however, to have doubled down on a sort of extremism that will never make its way into actual policy.

Ultimately, the notion of comparing any American city to any hyperdense city, be it Mumbai or Hong Kong, is patently absurd. For San Francisco’s density to mirror that of Dhaka, it would have to have a total population of 5.5 million; Los Angeles would have 57 million. The only way to do that would be to start importing Bangladeshis. (They would, presumably, all live in straw houses.)

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Have your kids grown out of their portable crib but you don’t want to get rid of it just yet?

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