Books about Small Cabins
Follow my thoughts and allow me to convince you why we ought to dream, design, build and live differently.
We need to build dwellings that expand and grow as our families grow.
My arguments hinge around some of my own house buying experiences, however don’t let this stop you from a wondering what it may be like if we choose to live like this.
Having read this article, don’t allow yourself to dismiss these ideas with trite comments like “It’s a great idea, but we will need permits and Council won’t allow us to do this!”, or “it’s not what big business wants,” you may be right, (they don’t want this) but it’s not about council or big business, it’s about you and I and our families and our children’s “inheritance.”
If we don’t make sensible choices about the homes we live in, we are throwing our children into the current system (estate home living). This is, as far as I can tell, only creating modern day slums, or at the very least a lifestyle which relies on “big business”. This is based on the premise that we will be willing to live in debt all our lives, and that our children will go out and start establishing their new lifes from scratch and begin the cycle again. This is certainly not the future we should want for our children.
Our current system is based on families buying into the housing market. After a while most people typically sell up and purchase a bigger and better home, the house they now realize they needed for their growing family.
The current system demands that you extend yourself to your maximum or future potential, and then buy in at that level. Many people at this point in their lives, commit to a lifetime of commitment and hard labor, by exchanging life comforts for a 20 or 25 years of mortgage commitment. This is the beginning of a “manufactured economy” of supply and demand, manipulated marketing.
This single act of commitment sets you up for all sorts of problems, most of which will only become clear as you continue through your life. Some of them are immediate and others become apparent further down the road of life. Some of them are:
I don’t wish to spend too much time berating a broken system. Let’s rather look forward to a new way of doing things.
It will help if I explain the term “Transportable Pod Home.”
A Transportable Pod Home, typically has 2 bedrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet room, a lounge, and a walk in closet room. They are made of timber, steel, and glass. They are modern and architect designed, are modular and insulated, and are affordable; typically cost $60K – $80K.
1) We first select and purchase a block of land that we feel will suit our purposes.
This is probably the most important step, choosing 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 acres of land with peace and quiet, views, water, and access. We can revisit this later, but the main thing about purchasing land is that this is where your value is: – remember, God stopped making land long ago, but he is still making people.
2) We build our first Transportable Pod Home.
Our first home looks like one of these “transportable pod homes”
This is your “love nest” this is that little shack, that place in your mind where you and your wife wanted to settle down. Think back to that time in your life and compare what you actually did versus what you wanted to do. You probably moved into a rental, or purchased a small starter home. Perhaps you were lucky and the value doubled because of a property boom, or “your ship came up the river”. Good for you, but now, if you are honest, you didn’t get what you wanted, so you needed to sell and purchase another home, (and then you move two or three times hence).
1) The First Phase
This is the first phase of building your elastic home, during this phase you landscape and plant your property. If you have a bit of extra to spend, you might desire a swimming pool or shed.
2) The Second Phase
The second phase is when you build your second Transportable Pod home, and double your assets. You will now be the paid up owner of two Pod homes on the same property.
Courtyard Living: This is what could happen when you start to join the pods together.
3) The Third Phase
The third and final phase for most families will take them to a 6-bedroom home. If you have built three Pod homes you have:
For examples I have collected, please look at:
I have not yet included photos of the third phase, but remember that this is the growing family phase. It’s the swimming pool, the shed, the gazebo, outhouse, the spa bath room corner, the music room, the granny flat, or the guest accommodation and rental cabin.
I would love to know what you think, since this is a work in progress and I would love some feedback. Please send in your comments and thoughts.
What is a Transportable Pod Home
Author: Roland Munyard
A Glossary of Terms used on this Website
Acre – 43,500 square feet.
Boma – a rough animal enclosure, especially for animals, sometimes used in reference to and enclosed, sheltered fire pit
BTU – British Thermal Unit – The amount of heat energy required to raise the temperature of one pound of water through a change of one degree F.
Butterfly Roof – A roof assembly, which pitches sharply from either side toward the center.
Cabin – a small wooden shelter or house in a wild or remote area.
synonyms: hut, log cabin, shanty, shack, shed;
Cabin – a small room / bedroom on a ship
Combination Doors or Windows – Combination doors or windows used over regular openings. They provide winter insulation and summer protection and often have self storing or removable glass and screen inserts. This eliminates the need for handling a different unit each season.
Chook Coop – Australian term for Chicken Run
DIY – Do it Yourself, making, building or fixing things you would otherwise buy or employ someone to do for you
Donga – Aussie: a relocatable usually transportable (tin) building dwelling
Donga – South Africa: a gully in the bush, formed by erosion
Donkey Shower – An outside boiler, powered by wood, which provides warm water for a shower. – The term donkey is often used to refer to a secondary or / ancillary device used to start a primary device.
Elastic Home –
“Elastic Home” or Elastic Housing” refers mainly to the idea that the home you live in should grow and shrink to meet the needs of your family as you travel through life.
Energy Heel Truss – A truss where the edge closest to the wall is raised so that insulation can reach the outside wall and cover the whole ceiling area
Garden Retreat – a construction or building in the garden, a place of solitude, may be a green house, gazebo, writers hut, guest cottage (a place sit and read or think)
Fire Pit – Camp fire, a pit dug into the ground or made from stones, used to gather around
Minimalism – the art of using of the fewest and barest essentials or elements, as in the arts, literature, or design (a growing movement of people concerned by the clutter of consumerism and material goods) – focusing on experience instead of materials
Materialism – A philosopy or believe that only the physical matters, Materialists deny the existence of spirit, and they look for physical explanations for all phenome
Off the Grid – not connected to the basic services, like water, gas or electricity, – mostly used in reference to the national electricity supply
Photovoltaics (PV) – is the name of a method of converting solar energy into direct current electricity using semiconducting materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect, in other word Solar Energy
Pvoutput.org – http://www.pvoutput.org – A global / statistic website providing the PV results for nearly 1 million panels in different locations around the world. If you have solar you might want to consider sharing your results on the pvoutput.org website.
Rondavel – A rondavel is based on the African-style hut. The rondavel is usually round or oval in shape and is traditionally made with materials that can be locally found in raw form. It has a thatched roof although occasionally make of corrugated. The walls walls are often constructed from mud brick or stones and used as a guest house or outside room. resembles a contcret water tank with a roof on it.
Solar Energy – Do you have Solar? – generally referring to the Solar Panels on your roof liked to the Inverter on the side of your home which provides electricity to you home, any excess energy/electricity is feed into the national grid.
Self Sufficient – needing no outside help in satisfying one’s basic needs, mostly used in reference to the production of food, though more commonly used now with reference to solar energy, and harvesting water.
Simple Living – the pursuit of living simply, and removing the weight for ‘doing life’,
Tiny House – A very small self contained home, which still maintains many of the features of a larger home.
Yurt – a round (upright barrel) tent like building,, It resembles rondavel, only its made of canvas instead of mud and thatch.