What You Need to Think About as You Build
From "Get Your House RIght" by Marianne Cusato,
Key Designer of the KATRINA COTTAGES
Twelve Reasons You could be Happier in a Smaller Home by
Joshua Becker in Tiny House Magazine
Posted by Laura LaVoie on January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments
Now that it is the New Year many of us are trying to keep up with our resolutions. Whether we want to be in better shape or eat a healthier diet or reduce our clutter, January is the traditional time to start new projects.
I know it is possible to downsize from a large home (2700 square feet) to a tiny home (120 square feet). Your experience doesn’t have to be as drastic as mine but I don’t know too many people that hope to add more clutter to their lives in the months ahead.
Before you abandon your mission to reduce your clutter and possibly downsize your current living arrangements consider these five tips.
GREENSHELTERS DESIGN CRITERIA
CRITERIA #1:All PARTS are standard and readily available from LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT (or the equivalent)
REASON: To save time in PARTS procurement and delivery by taking advantage of 1700 stores nation-wide, online purchasing and store-based delivery
CRITERIA #2 All PARTS, PIECES and ASSEMBLIES are designed and sized to be handled by one “able bodied person”. (Do-it-yourself)
REASON #A: To improve flexibility in planning, staging and assembly by designing around a “Do-it-yourself” requirement..
REASON #B To allow all land accessible by light truck (or by foot) to become potential building locations. (NOTE: Some small house designs require access by heavy trucks, cranes and/or earth moving equipment to place or position assemblies)
CRITERIA #3: Most ASSEMBLIES and SUB-ASSEMBLIES can be fabricated off-site (out-of-season) and delivered to the building location by light truck as weather permits.
REASON: To provide maximum work-crew scheduling flexibility during off-season or inclement weather.
CRITERIA #4: FOUNDATION design of PIER/POST.
REASON: To allow maximum site flexibility as to slope and soil conditions and ease of construction by do-it-yourselfers. (NOTE: Any number of other foundation designs are always possible),
CRITERIA #5: ROOF design of 12-on-12 pitch.
REASON: To provide maximum loft area, structural integrity and
ease of construction.
Ten Features of The GreenShelters Method
DESIGN = GreenShelters Progressive Design (Phases/Levels/Steps)
SUPPLIER = LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT(Local/Online)
LABOR = Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
TOOLS/EQUIPMENT = Simple HAND/POWER TOOLS
FASTENERS: Screws & Bolts
FOUNDATION = Pier/Post
HEADERS = Self-supporting
ROOF = 12x12 Pitch
FABRICATION on/off Site as convenient and/or required