The idea that some of us were here before revised history thrills me. Been looking at ancient dwellings that were not so nomadic and modern renditions of them. I know we don't think in terms of tribes today and the notion of housing an extended family under one roof is not common. But with more modular expandable forms of house units adaptability is possible. 

Here I use Quonset Hut units and cargo container units but I know conventional materials can produce the forms sometimes cheaper or greener. I like using curved surfaces, that is missing homes, The clear-span arch really says "open concept" and the shed speaks economy in more private area functions. We have had "form follows function as a quoted maxim for centuries. Many of us don't get a chance to build from scratch. We are used to adapting, renovating and repurposing. My approach is like that of the house is a tent and your life fits inside. So the structural form is open for adapting.

 Because they are simple they can be scaled from tiny house to larger house as long as the curb appeal isn't bent too far. Add your greenhouse, chicken pens, goats, off-grid technology......I think the curved form embraces the earth and sky not pointing, challenging the heavens.

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My yard had to be mowed but before that I couldn't resist dreaming a bit. Just to remind myself that a drawing can be realized in hardware. In this case a Quonset hut slice as a Tiny House version of the larger Turtle Island House. With the deep foliage of the setting, I would not totally clear it for farming like most homesteads. Instead I would add a Hydroponic greenhouse with windows or with grow lights inside and let the wildness alone on the outside. 

I love how you think outside of the box. Thanks for posting!

We live in a world that really never needed us except for work and entertainment and occasional target practice. We rarely build our own homes and if we do the style is provided by traditions mostly not ours. New direction, yes.

Quonset huts, grain silos, shipping containers, yurts, geodesic domes, mobile homes, manufactured homes, modular homes, RVs all have been alternatives to cover our butts in storms. I had to see if there was any cross over then make some. I figured if the shell was near self supporting, the inside would be free for any arrangement. 

I friend of mine just sent me pics of his tiny home. We do this stuff but it is few and far between.

I hope to be able to get in on some of this action in the next 5 yrs. 

I just learned a new term. Is you design philosophy based off the quonset hut?

YES!!! Bingo, there is a vergence in the force!

Sorry, I get carried away.


Arnold L. Johnson said:

YES!!! Bingo, there is a vergence in the force!

Sorry, I get carried away.

The Quonset Hut or Nissan Hut was popular WW2 military shelter from barracks to large aircraft hangars. The closest thing in home building to the Quonset is the Dutch Gable Roof of 4 flat panels. An engineer in Australia has a kit house system called R.A.L., it uses 8 flat panels to make the arch. The steel building industry has had a self supporting continuous corrugated Quonset roofing system for years. To use this system for residences the arch needs to be fortified by wood/steel arches/truss to handle snow loads, tree falls, hold insulation and drywall.

Typical barracks style Quonset at 20 ft wide and 40 ft deep. It is a tube. So I would take a slice of a larger Quonset Hut, say 40 ft wide and 20 ft deep. A 20 ft wide Quonset has a single floor ceiling height of 10 ft, the 40 ft Quonset has a 20 ft height thus a second floor is possible in the same footprint. The two flat wall ends are great for add-ons. I don't know if they are cheaper than cargo containers but they do look better.

I am very interested in tiny homes. I think there is a way to make them from shipping pallets that can be effective as shelter for homeless, disaster victims or a backyard office/workshop space.

I don't like to encourage our government or give race antagonist any ideas via trends or fashions they can use to further take away our rights to own our own land. I have no romantic notions of the gypsy life, Tiny House parks or an impending New Trail of Tears to FEMA camps. I think RVs handle temp shelter well. But do convert/replace your garage into a tiny house/studio/etc.

I do think living in a tiny space is not our forte. We like stuff, space, and stuff in our space and distance between your stuff and my stuff. We need to learn to live in smaller spaces in closer proximity like the Japanese, trim down our bulky over-stuffed design like the Scandinavians. You could make a tiny house a utility core and build wider living spaces around it.

In my post industrial town there are worker homes, they are small and stuffed with stuff. Because we can't not consume to keep our economy going and hate to throw away or recycle, we have piles of stuff. Also the furnishings we buy are too big for the homes we have. We have lots of incentive to trade-up, move-up, grow-up, look prosperous, buy big, buy often. Show off to friends, see my Formica counter top is now pearl marble and my pots seem to float above it's surface. The illusion of opulence based on a home improvement show.

Our idea of a house is a family resort. Each bedroom is an apartment and then there is communal kitchen/dining/living/recreation rooms. No need to go out, the restaurant, theater, arena, gym, library, spa are all duplicated here. Oh how the guest complain when they realize they are the housekeeping and maintenance crew too.

OK, you caught me in a rant mode. Frank Lloyd Wright and many other architects who designed homes for clients also designed clothes and furnishings to suit, and instructions on how to live well in the space. A Tiny House demands a rethinking of how to live. People who live in smallish homes today all want bigger, better, cheaper. The smallish homes were built for workers to eat, sleep, and go to work only. Now that you all are educated, you need to learn to live better in the space you have, and/or make the space better and/or get a better space. We haven't even approached getting off the G.R.I.D. or self-reliant homesteading on a typical urban property.

Last rant for tiny homes. Buy a military style Quonset Hut, 20 to 24 feet wide by 60 to 100 feet long. Slice it into10 to16 foot wide sections, custom build the end walls, design the interiors like a small New York closet apartment. Go crazy on landscape, wear shorts and jogging suits, drive a cabbed three-wheeler. You want more space...meditate! Our minds are as cluttered as our closets and garages.


For me it has absolutely nothing to do with the government. It's about individuals and communities solving problems themselves. This story is about I guy I know that raised money through his church and donations to create a Tiny Community for homeless here in the Nashville area.

I saw the article and agree it is a perfect solution for temporary and emergency shelter, to get people off the street and such. AND as a communities own solution to homelessness. However, I am just a little bit funny about young families thinking the tiny house is a way to get off the grid (not paying a big mortgage, property taxes and utility fees) to have money to travel and do stuff. There are limitations inherent in embracing a tiny house life style and responsibilities too. It is not totally a life of leisure. If the tiny house cluster creates a problem zone or a single tiny home violates zoning restrictions then it has to be relocated. Dealing with disagreeable legal folk is a world of it's own.  









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