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Adorable Tiny Houses We Saw Online

August 4th, 2013

Earning money today is hard. It is hard to earn a living, hard to save and even harder to buy properties like your own house. Most people would be lucky enough to buy a small house and then do whatever they can to make it the best for them. No matter how small a house is, a house is still a house. It can still provide you shelter, raise your family there and design it the way you want. And guess what? Even smaller ones can be so adorable and dreamy too. In celebration of what some designers can do with so little space, here are some of our favorite mini houses from around the world.

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This A-Frame in Pearl Basic, Colorado makes you want to curl up next to a fireplace.

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This Amsterdam building might not be the smallest in the world, but it’s certainly in the running.

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New Orleans’ French Quarter is full of cute, colorful, dormouse-sized casas.

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Tumbleweed Tiny Houses makes, well duh, tiny houses. At 89 square-feet, Epu is the second-smallest of its houses-to-go line.

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Scared with impending disasters or unexpected accidents? No problem. This New Zealand beach hut can be hooked up to a tractor and towed away to safety.

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Designed by Texas architect Jim Poteet, this micro-home is built in an 8ft. x 40ft. shipping container.

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The Friggebod is a style of Swedish cottage that—at under 150 square feet—doesn’t even require a building permit.

Investing Through Numbers

May 31st, 2013

Investing in property is always something that needs some planning and is not a decision to be taken lightly. Whether this is a big investment or a modest one, spending wisely is always a result of good research and planning. When you are planning to buy property, there are a few guidelines to look at before starting the process.

Take a look at numbers before making any plan. Do your research and get the prices of properties and the tax rates of the area you are looking at as well as surrounding areas. Get the statistics of your desired districts schools. Now, if prices are too high, you know to look elsewhere. If you are undecided between areas, tax differences could be a deciding point. And any area where schools are rising in positive ratings is a good place to look at. These are great starting points for making any property investment plan.

Energy Saving Tips for Small Homes

May 2nd, 2013

A growing number of people are giving up their large homes in favor of a smaller abode. This may be seen as a cost cutting measure but it is also a practical move particularly if only two people are occupying the house.

Living in a small home has many benefits. For one thing, the spaces you’re going to clean every day are minimal. Secondly, it won’t make the occupants feel so alone and lonely unlike when two people are residing in a huge house. Thirdly and perhaps the major advantage is you can save on your electricity bills moving onwards.

Areas where homeowners can enjoy energy savings are in the use of lighting fixtures, heating systems and other electrical appliances.

In terms of lighting, the trick is in positioning them properly such that they provide sufficient light and make the room look bigger. In the kitchen, for instance, positioning the light at the top of the cabinet facing the ceiling is recommended instead of putting it below which is what many normally do.

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, using an Energy Star-qualified washer and one with a front loading system is a good move. Front loading washers utilize about 18 to 25 gallons of water only per load compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard washing machine. Also, an Energy Star-qualified washer uses less energy.

Occupants of small homes can take advantage of natural light as well in heating their home particularly during cold weather. All you need is to open your drapes to let the light in during the day and close them in the evening to keep the warmth. By using this strategy, you won’t need to use your heating system longer at night to give you the warmth that you and your family require.

On hot days, having a smaller abode is indeed an advantage as cooling the rooms will take a shorter time. When the appropriate temperature is achieved, you can then simply lower your thermostat and you won’t have to use your air conditioning system longer as well.

An important thing to remember is to ensure that doorways and windows are properly sealed so there’s no chance for warm or cold air to escape from your home.

In the kitchen, make sure to use the right size of pan for the food and hob. Always use lids to keep in the heat and for faster cooking. Most importantly, cook just enough food and boil just enough water that you can consume.

About the guest author:

Meg is a writer and green advocate who contributes blog posts focusing on the use of renewable energy sources on behalf of Albertaenergyproviders.com.

When Going Potty is Good

April 28th, 2013

You live in a small space and you might thing that not a lot can be done for and about this. Well, while the latter is an entirely different post, the former may be untrue. There is a lot of myth and misconception about small dwellings especially the small spaces today.

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Condo dwellers will be the first to tell you that they live full and happy lives in their smaller space, that there are some things you need to adjust but that, for the most part, you can enjoy the same things that you would in a house. One such thing is having a garden. A lot thing that a garden is only possible in a house. But with some adjustment, you can actually have your pocket if green even in a condominium. Using potted plants and vegetables, having this in your balcony (if you have one) or in corners of your unit (if you don’t) is an easy, lower maintenance and equally satisfying alternative to a lawn garden.

Remember that small spaces do not necessarily mean less enjoyment.

The Disadvantages of Living in a Small Space

March 29th, 2013

There are so many things to look forward to when living in a condominium. And when we say condominium, it is often assumed that your living space is markedly smaller than what you would get living in a house. Previous posts have highlighted why this choice is fast becoming the popular one these days, why there is a lot of value in smaller living spaces, etc. But of course, to every good side there is also a bad sode. For a balanced picture, let us list those things down here today.

Living in a condominium is smaller. Yes, this is great at times, but if you are the kind that likes wide open space or likes to have lots of moving room, this is not great. If you like having parties or having people stay over, a condominium is also tough on sleep overs. You do not have a garden or pool of your own and more importantly, you do not have storage room to spare.

Living in a small space then entaild listing priorites and seeing what you can and cannot live without.

Update your Space with Cheap Fluorescent Grow Lights

March 24th, 2013

People are becoming more aware of global warming and the green movement this message have reached Thai schools, Thai classes and all over the globe. They value plants more and create ways to help with the cause. With the aid of technology, there are ways to make planting easier and also maintaining plants with less effort. There have been developments through the years such as organic fertilizers, artificial soil and artificial light.

Organic fertilizers are those with earthworms. Artificial soil on the other hand is mainly for indoor plants. It is a special gel-like substance that acts like both soil and water for the plants. It is very low maintenance so it is perfect for people on the go. Artificial lights are very useful for indoor plants especially for condos or high rise buildings. These artificial lights are designed to emit electromagnetic spectrum that enables photosynthesis. These artificial lights try to mimic the properties of the sun.

There are different types of fluorescent lights and are used for particular plants. T1 metal halide bulbs are used for seedling to ensure a sprouting success. They average from $17-$21. Compact fluorescent lights are used for fruiting and flowering plants. Generally, they are priced at $40-$50. Cheap fluorescent grow lights are readily available in the market. Just remember to check whether the wattage is appropriate for the plants you intend to use them on.

There is Charm in Small Things

January 19th, 2013

If you are used to the idea ‘the bigger, the better’, it could be truly hard for you to adjust to the idea of smaller scale anything. But thre is a lot of charm and practicality that can be taken from small spaces, small furniture, and generally smaller-scale things. Let’s look at this charm and practicality.

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Pracitcally speaking, a smaller place will mean a lot less of everything in maintenance. Lesser space means lesser cleaning, lesser area to fill, fewer things breaking down. It should also translate to lower costs. Charm-wise, there is something about streamline and to scale furntiure that are multi-functional. Not only is it earth friendly (maximizing use of resources), it is also really the epitome of making the most of what you pay for. WHat is better than getting things that serve more than one purpose?

So if you doubt that smaller places, smaller furniture, smaller gadgets, cars, etc. are charming, desirable, and better, think again.

Why Small May Not Be Terrible

December 30th, 2012

A lot of people are turned off over the thought of living in a small home or a small condominium because, well, of the word “small”. Not a lot of people really see any value in living in or owning a place that has a limited surface area. But small homes and condominiums may not necessarily be a bad thing. There are some things to consider that may highlight the positives of living in a small space.


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if you are single, a couple without children, or even a single parent or a one child couple, a small space may be the place for you. Why? there is less to take care of. you will not spend time or money cleaning and repairing and maintaining a lot because there wont be a lot, literally. Coziness is great for a small family or a singleton. There is a charm in moving easily from one place to another easily in your home. Finally, financially and practically speaking, it is just easier to maintain a small home.

So if you are any of the above, maybe a small home is a thing to consider.

Making the Most out of Your Space

November 29th, 2012

If you live in a small place, then you will most likely be familiar with the many ways available to maximize your space. More and more people now live in townhomes or even condominiums so a small home is no longer a novel or strange idea. So what are some tips to maximize your living space in a small home? Let’s look at some simple tips.


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When you live in small scale, your furniture should also be small scale. If you are a lover of ornate and very elaborate kind of furniture, you might find it difficult to fit all the pieces you need in a small place as ornate stuff are usually bulky. Instead, opt for more compact seats, like L-couches or even sofa beds and make up for the lack or “ornate-ness” by having specific prints. Like sofas and seating, you can also maximize space and utility by having multi-function pieces. Your kitchen counter top can also double for casual dining, can be one of those pieces that extend to accommodate more people, and can fold up to create more space when needed. You can also maximize cabinetry by having pull out shelving and multi level racks.

There are now many ways to maximize a small home. You just need to go out and be intentional with your furniture pieces.

Your Guide in Making Small Places Your Own

October 30th, 2012

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Looking for a great place to live is one of the top priorities of any person. This becomes truer and more specific if looking for a place to live involves purchasing property. There are a lot of things to consider if this is the case.

Owning your own house is a big step.  It requires not only financial capability on the onset but also commitment and responsibility in the years to come.  You don’t only consider the amount you need to close a deal but also the mortgage and maintenance costs, costs of utilities, insurance, tax, and daily living.

If you have all that under control and planned out, decide then if you want a house or a condominium.  Both properties offer advantages and disadvantages depending on your lifestyle and preferences, so it is good to list down what you are looking for so you can easily narrow down your choices.

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