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Tiny Houses

Random notes from one day years ago…

Begin photographing, designing and describing this bedroom, but modified as a tiny-house:

Add kitchenette and full bathroom, storage, utilities; upper bunk bed would have vented safety bars with overhead storage; both bunks have curtains, outlets, lighting, a detachable universal fan like in other strategic places in the room, a notes board and thoughtful storage, maybe a small window or venting to outside; replace dresser with walkable stair shelves, which could totally also lead to an upstairs loft that’s at least six feet tall; if kitchenette is in room, a splash proof sound dampening curtain can sectionalize the room, otherwise could be off the entrance in a divided alcove behind the head of the beds; bathroom would be a pop-out room beyond where the step stair storage would be, so the new short wall perpendicular to the middle of the room would also have a window near the one for the room, but one-way viewing for privacy, and have an efficient shower with possibly a bathtub; office desk could collapse away and simply be a stand for keyboard and mouse, and multiple wall-mounted monitors double as entertainment center with Nintendo Wii and other devices, with a full wall of cabineted storage behind it, and framed load bearing shelf storage attached to the upper end of the cabinet doors;

Utilities: solar panel and wind turbine with storage battery, bicycle can be attached as generator; power outlets all have universal 12v connector, USB, capacitive lighting; kitchen has efficient fridge and freezer combo with ice maker, reverse osmosis water filter, and soda generator that can run the water through cooling tubes inside; kitchen has some combination of convection/microwave/toaster ovens, induction stovetop and grill with ventilation, full useful LED lighting, two small deep sink bins with all in one detachable sprayer nozzle, cabinets and a useful set of unbreakable dishes and cookware for 5, cutting surface, everything seamless and easily washable, maybe a small dishwasher, blender and food processor, &c; electric tankless water heater that uses solar heating assist; irrigation has grey water management, and irrigated plant holders should be options, including herb walls with proper lighting;

Extra features: electric assist collapsible bicycle with optional attachments like second seat, storage, canopy; self-balancing two-wheeled scooter; vacuum cleaner, sleeping cots, folding chairs and extra tables can be stored within negative space in room when not in use;

Optional settings: set in ground as low as seven feet so downstairs still has a minimum single foot height for windows, or fully with fiberoptic-inspired “light columns” to bring natural sunlight in without electricity; house framing could be themed, like a pirate ship, a camping cabin, a stone and tile or glassy paradise, &c; everything is pet accessible if necessary, so the wall with the ladder to upstairs could be tough carpeted for cats, and the bottom section of the closet could have removable divider sections or closable gates to make up to two comfortable pet living spaces or a place for litter box, that’s vented or has a sealed window to outside with a little curtain;

Caveats: Naturally this type of housing or vacation getaway is only possible with benevolent people who get along with each other, so no over-consuming balls of drama; every human “gets one”, no questions asked, as an adult, unless petitioned earlier, and if within a community, after some type of socially approved residency requirement; this could comfortably house 1-2 people, or possibly 4 or more with cots and the loft; these private living spaces could be attached, from my stackable hotel idea, to the hallway outside the larger “family room” living space with larger kitchenette, jacuzzi, video projector with stadium seating possible; whole building has sound barriers as priority, so neighbors cannot interfere;

If you have everything you need, and you realize a possibility of not possessing too much excess clutter, this ends up feasible quickly, in any indefinite situation. Making multi-use community space freely accessible only makes this even MORE appealing.

Indoor community spaces: extra storage of different sizes near private home; larger gathering areas of different size each with self contained living capabilities on larger scales; swimming and meditative solutions; video or music performance or experience theater rooms with stadium seating and backstage area that could conjoin others or modularly change size as needed; none should be “better” than any others for fairness, and usage or expansion could be governed as needed by the community;