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    Posted July 13, 2012 by
    rokhaus
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    Lafayette, Louisiana
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    Living in small spaces

    Living in a simple space

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     rokhaus boasts a 40 foot commute to work since he downsized to a tiny home. The Louisiana resident used to live in an 1800 square foot house with his two daughters; once they left for college, however, he began to notice the unnecessary space. 'It seemed such a waste, to cool an entire house so that I could spend the night in comfort in one small portion of the house. There was constant maintenance of some form, whether maintaining the physical structure or earning money to pay the rent and utilities.'

    His tiny home is currently located on the property of the rock climbing gym he owns, and he says he does not miss larger living accomodations. 'I have found the small house very peaceful and relaxing. It is comfortable and I am never far from anything I need. Visits with guests are more intimate without the distractions of a large space.'
    - jne2013, CNN iReport producer

    My name is Art Cormier and I decided to build a tiny house last fall. Over time I became aware that living in conventional spaces was burdensome and wasteful for my lifestyle. In the planning and construction phase of building my house I discovered that there is a subconscious drive for more - more room, more storage, more places for more stuff. This tendency creates conflict when designing a small space. The process became clear when I decided the goal was not “How much can I fit in a tiny space?” but “How much can I eliminate and still be comfortable?” From everywhere in my house you can look out in at least 3 directions. Despite the small space, it feels roomy and connected to the world outside. I don’t feel deprived because of a lack of physical things - I feel free.
    I hope that my journey may inspire others to examine and explore options for living spaces.
    To see the construction process go to my blog: tinysiphouse.blogspot

    For a video tour of the finished house click here:  video tour

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