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Building my own home.

I've decided. I want to build my own home.

There is something special about building your own things. I built a desk for my tiny room when I first moved to L.A. My room was so small that I had to sit on the bed to use the computer so I build a high desk so I could sit on the bed and work on the computer. My roommate Trentity helped me cut the ply-wood to the right side. I still have that desk. It now sits on the living room covered by a cloth hiding the surplus of costume parts my current roommate Sean uses in his creations.

Learning to build and fix things continue. And the feeling of satisfaction from fixing even small things is great. So a few years ago I heard on the NPR program the Story about a couple of educators that moved to a tent in their back-yard so they could rent their house and afford to send their kids to college. They had a special type of tent called a yurt and cooked and showered in an RV they had parked next to it. I thought I could do that.

Housing in Los Angeles is prohibitively expensive particularly before 2008. So I thought I could get a piece of land, park an RV and build a yurt. Yurts are round tents based on the Mongolian Yurts. They're not cheap but they are beautiful and all you need to build is the platform on which to set it up and the rest can be bought whole-sale. However living in a tent in Los Angeles brings it's own set of issues and possibly legal limits.

Then last week I heard about the tiny house company. It sells plans to build really small houses that are smaller than my apt. But they are real houses, just above the legal minimum limit of a house so I don't run into the problems a yurt would being considered impermanent housing. So that's what I want to do!

I really like the Loring house, of course I've not experience building a house so I probably want to start with a small trailer bound house that is like a RV but a house. A house small enough and light enough to move around the country or tie a bunch of balloons and let it float in an adventure across the land.

Of course once the house is built, I'll want a yurt in the back yard.


  1. I also found these guys in Wales that live like hobbits.

  2. The moment you get this going, I'd really love to see pics and if possible, pay you a visit and spend some time in :-)


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