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  • October 7, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Hi all!

Just trying to nail down this date. I've set LifeAlive as our spot for now, but it'd be great to change things up. Thoughts?

Also: let's choose a topic for next meetup. We can start by shouting out some ideas in the comments for this gathering.

Once some sort of consensus emerges we'll go with it!

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  • Stephen

    http://www.seattle.gov/planningcommission/docs/Backyard%20Cottages%20Guide_web_LatestReleased_DPDS015822.pdf

    This is what is possible with appropriate sized homes when the local government is on board. I think the PDF is a great starting point for tiny house possibilities. When I first read it, I was in awe that government could be so dialed-into the housing needs of the community. On the politics: I think if you start the dialogue with Tumbleweed homes you will loose people. Show them some of the designs from Seattle and common sense will overwhelm them.

    It may be me, but when I see the tumbleweeds I think of the forts we used to build in the woods. Built with stolen lumber, when we were 14 years old.

    October 19, 2013

  • Stephen

    Anybody interested in photos of my water front 8X 12?

    October 17, 2013

    • Erica B.

      um, YES :)

      October 18, 2013

    • Erica B.

      You can start a discussion thread and post images there, or a link to an external page works too

      October 18, 2013

  • Evelyn

    Great to meet you all last night! Interesting discussion there and here. Looking forward to a field trip soon.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • Stephen

    I can't make it to a meeting at this point. But thanks for asking. I have been following this tiny house stuff for several years. I know Seatle WA has a very aggressive pro-tiny house ordinance. It is available on line. I have an architect relative who won a design competition out that way. A spectacular one room near zero energy use masterpiece. I personally think the tumbleweed model (approach) is getting the politics completely wrong. FYI there is a tiny house weekend seminar coming up in NOv. in the Boston area. I am a bit skeptical about these weekend seminars. I think I'd rather hire a real carpenter for $500 for two days than go to a social event dressed up as work. But that's just my take on them...

    I know of one high end carpenter who just builds shelters on private golf courses. I want THAT guy, not a hobo in a trailer -- with all due respect to the founders of this movement. I obviously have much to share about this stuff - next time.

    October 7, 2013

    • Stephen

      i keep hitting return ------ are make-work government positions. Nobody wants anybody to live in unsafe squalor. sanitary Plumbing connections to the grid are the only part of a building that a layman can not do legally. I would never think $500 would get a house built or even a dog house. But it should buy some basic direction, a few photos, a tool and stock list a place to start etc. The prices they get for pre-built tiny homes on wheels would be better spent on a used Winnebago that you can drive 60 MPH. Lets be honest, tiny homes are designed to avoid PROPERTY TAXES. And thank God for them. The code inspector is the tax collectors point man.

      1 · October 8, 2013

    • Erica B.

      OMG :) awesome stuff guys! Don't be afraid to begin discussion strings if you want. I began this one here http://www.meetup.com...­

      October 8, 2013

  • Christopher P.

    Sorry about the late notice all, but I'm feeling under the weather and am going to have skip tonight's meeting. I hope ya'll have an excellent time talking about all things tiny and will catch up with you next time!

    October 7, 2013

    • Christopher P.

      Thanks! :)

      October 7, 2013

    • Erica B.

      yup, get well!

      October 8, 2013

  • naturegirl

    Awesome discussion...great to see the passion around this! Good to meet you all and thanks to Erica for organizing!

    3 · October 7, 2013

  • Jessica A.

    Sorry I can't make it--going to a politics and feminism lecture that night!

    September 30, 2013

  • Christopher P.

    I think changing venues might make sense. Life Alive is nice, but it's loud (had trouble hearing people at times last week) and busy during weeknights. We should also probably figure out, moving forward, if we want access to food or not. We might try Andala Cafe for this coming Monday. It's also right in Central, but should be less crowded.

    October 1, 2013

    • Christopher P.

      Hahaha, fair enough Erica. I'm not sure if you'll find bacon at Andala, but they have other good stuff =].

      October 1, 2013

    • Erica B.

      Andala it is!

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Erica B.

    Topic idea: field trips! Seriously, either to visit a build site OR maybe Walden Pond?

    1 · September 30, 2013

    • naturegirl

      Maybe a bike tour of those in town...I know of one in Roslindale and another in Fort Hill...there must be others.

      September 30, 2013

    • Christopher P.

      There's a fellow (named Chris, of course) who is currently building two small structures out of his workshop in Gardner, MA, a little over an hour west of Cambridge by car. He's already made it clear that he's ok with at least one visitor, but I could check in with him about our group coming to visit.

      2 · September 30, 2013

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