Good morning, happy monday!
I am so happy to be working from home again this week after an ill-fated venture into substitute teaching. (what was I thinking?!) Does everyone pretty much know that substitute teaching is horrible?! yeah, well, now I know too. fortunately, pain is the touchstone of all growth, so any awful experience is bound to be highly instructive, and the past two weeks have indeed been revealing. I am just not suited to teaching – any group larger than about 6 people causes a noticeable amount of anxiety, and ideally, I prefer to interact with 1-2 people at a time. so. until I find a school with class sizes of two students! I will stick with design work.
I wanted to share a few interesting tiny house related links with you…
first: tiny house for rent! this would be a great way to feel out if a tiny house is right for you. I like how this place painted the walls white but left the ceiling natural wood.
secondly, I wanted to share a blog of a friend of ours who lives in Crestone, CO – a notoriously rugged and self-sufficient community in an extremely beautiful environment in southern Colorado.
Dr. John Day was a client of Shane’s when he lived in Crestone and Shane did a lot of the work renovating the property used for the Haelan Lifestream Retreat Center. You can view more photos of the property at Dr. Day’s website.
Dr. Day mentioned our home in one of his recent blog posts about disaster preparedness: “bugging out or bugging in”. This is a great journal entry about preparing for disaster. Dr. Day defines a “Bug Out Scenario” as “any kind of series of catastrophic meltdown events which would inspire one to haul ass out of a zone of chaos or badness.” Dr. Day noticed that tiny homes are the perfect solution for “bugging in” while “bugging out”. You have a self-sustaining home that can be moved in the event that your locale becomes uninhabitable.
Honestly, we weren’t specifically thinking about potential impending chaos when we built our home, but we were thinking about self-sufficiency and find that our tiny home is a great ecological solution to living sustainably and independently. And, come to think of it, if things did get difficult in our current locale, it would be quite easy to hitch up and roll out, carrying our comfortable home with us.
Lastly, I found this project where an architect converts an unused, decrepit, former public bathroom facility into a beautiful private dwelling in London. Follow this link to read the Telegraph story about the urban infill tiny house conversion project. Follow this link for a slide show of the renovation project. Here are a few photos:
I love the fresh, crisp, edgy design and it is amazing how much natural light was provided solely by skylights! There don’t appear to be any windows in the home, as the public restroom facility was located below the street level. Pretty incredible renovation, and a great example of adaptive reuse and fitting tiny dwelling spaces into an existing urban environment.
Hope all is well!