I’ve been reading Jacob Lund Fisker’s Early Retirement Extreme book and it’s prompted me to think ‘outside the box’, especially when it comes to down sizing and living for less. Since I’m already obsessed with house plans and living quarters, some of his extreme ideas are right up my alley – like living in an RV or motor home. Internalizing his philosophy and searching for visual examples of extreme living arrangements can be found through a couple of blogs that focus on tiny homes; This Tiny House and Tiny House Blog for example. Considering 25% or more of a person’s income is applied towards housing, these examples offer solutions for reducing one’s living cost (and footprint).
This Tiny House is a blog I found a couple of years ago and am really impressed by how Hillary has been living her dream of a simplified life. She also showcases some amazing alternatives to living in a traditional house. Some examples, that really coincide with Jacob’s Extreme Living ideals include:
- A young girl in Germany found an abandoned, enclosed trailer of sorts (it reminds me of an old horse trailer) and with practically NO money is turning it into her abode – through borrowing tools and finding materials! It’s quite an impressive feat.
- A recent college grad in Beijing (Architect major no less) couldn’t afford rent, so being of the industrious sort built his own solar-powered, egg-shaped pod for sleeping. Unfortunately, he was “evicted” recently since he was parking it on public sidewalks.
- Adorable cottage developments are beginning to pop up for those of us not quite ready to get our hands dirty (I’m on the fence – a part of me thinks I could build something from the ground up and the other part knows I can barely hammer in a nail!)
Tiny House Blog is another blog that writes about unusual, interesting, and tiny living ideas.
- Tiny House posted about Habitats Hawai’i and their tiny homes on wheels. It reminds me a little of a cross between a small trailer and a Tumbleweed home. The first of the small homes are solar-ready and also include a rainwater catchment.
- Shelter-Kit is another option to be compared with companies like Tuff-Shed. However, Shelter-Kit claims they use higher quality materials and will build per the customer’s needs.
- One of the most affordable kit options I’ve come across comes from this blog, the P-Pod. Not only are they affordable, they are designed to be 100% off the grid. A kit can be purchased for under $25,000 (a great price for a kit home.)
I can spend hours searching through these blogs for affordable, adaptable living ideas (they also link to many more websites dedicated to pre-fab and small house ideas). It’s also inspiring knowing that people actually do live in structures that don’t fit within the cookie-cutter “norms” of present America, i.e. McMansions located in monotonous developments. Looking at living arrangements through different perspectives opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities.
Have you switched gears and started living a simplistic life? What would it take for you to live more simply?
*Photo: Fabcab home