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Space... how much do/don't you need?

It's about time for me to leave home and i am reviewing the options. theyre pretty much the same as with anything/one else. buy or lease. i like the buy option a lot better.

if i want to buy a parcel of land and build a wee tiny home instead of leasing, how much of the work will the authority figures let me do myself?

i am certain i can do tile, trim, paint, porches and cabinet/light hanging.

ive looked at some nice small plans, ranging from 400-700 square feet. theyre small, but will do. if i find a plan with an expandable attic/basement/both it'd be even better.

where are the stylish plans? it seems like most of them are simple boxes cut into smaller boxes, sometimes not even well. i, pretty much do not wish to tell company to walk through my bedroom to get to the back porch or bathroom.

so how small have youalls smallest homes been? was it maddening? remember, i cant have children and will most likely end up with a few more cats, fish and automobiles.

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Stay traditional-go with a shotgun shack.[8D]
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You can do whatever doesn't require a license. We built our house, and let the people do whatever they need to, and we did the rest ourselves.

You planning on having a garage?

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maybe... sorta a shotgun house...

this is the plan im liking, but i dunno about the silly "go through the bedroom to get to the bathroom and dont have a closet to speak of" thing. could you cannibalize a few feet of that wonderful back porch and put a storage/utility closet back there?


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asianML-- i was thinking of a flat above a 2/3 car garage. it'd be ideal to start there and then build a larger structure later on.

but there is also the option of selling a conventional home-- no matter if it is a miniature one... im not sure if anyone would buy a garage apartment?

you know, in the case that the area goes to crap and i have to sell instead of finishing the planned 2 structure compound.

are moats and drawbridges to homes within fortified walls legal within city limits?

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In Europe,those self assembly pre-fab cabins are getting really popular (mostly from Finland)I haven't looked into them closely,but I think you can order a pretty wide range of sizes and styles and once they are delivered you can make them habitable in about a week.
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Would having the layout more square rather than rectangle solve the walk through bedroon to get to bathroom problem?

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let me futz with it a little bit and we'll see[:)]

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RE: Space... how much do/don't you need?

domes arent handsome.

but the suggestion brings up a good question...

building materials. someone once suggested i saturate bales of hay with concrete and use them to build with.

do any of youall have experience with any of this?

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