Tiny Houses and Disaster Preparedness

Good morning, happy monday!

I am so happy to be working from home again this week after an ill-fated venture into substitute teaching.  (what was I thinking?!)  Does everyone pretty much know that substitute teaching is horrible?!  yeah, well, now I know too.  fortunately, pain is the touchstone of all growth, so any awful experience is bound to be highly instructive, and the past two weeks have indeed been revealing.  I am just not suited to teaching – any group larger than about 6 people causes a noticeable amount of anxiety, and ideally, I prefer to interact with 1-2 people at a time.  so.  until I find a school with class sizes of two students!  I will stick with design work.

I wanted to share a few interesting tiny house related links with you…

first: tiny house for rent!  this would be a great way to feel out if a tiny house is right for you.  I like how this place painted the walls white but left the ceiling natural wood.

Tiny House for rent – interior view.

secondly, I wanted to share a blog of a friend of ours who lives in Crestone, CO – a notoriously rugged and self-sufficient community in an extremely beautiful environment in southern Colorado. 

The Haelan Lifestream Center in Crestone, CO

Dr. John Day was a client of Shane’s when he lived in Crestone and Shane did a lot of the work renovating the property used for the Haelan Lifestream Retreat Center.  You can view more photos of the property at Dr. Day’s website.

Dr. Day mentioned our home in one of his recent blog posts about disaster preparedness: “bugging out or bugging in”.  This is a great journal entry about preparing for disaster.  Dr. Day defines a “Bug Out Scenario” as “any kind of series of catastrophic meltdown events which would inspire one to haul ass out of a zone of chaos or badness.”  Dr. Day noticed that tiny homes are the perfect solution for “bugging in” while “bugging out”.  You have a self-sustaining home that can be moved in the event that your locale becomes uninhabitable.

Honestly, we weren’t specifically thinking about potential impending chaos when we built our home, but we were thinking about self-sufficiency and find that our tiny home is a great ecological solution to living sustainably and independently.  And, come to think of it, if things did get difficult in our current locale, it would be quite easy to hitch up and roll out, carrying our comfortable home with us.

Lastly, I found this project where an architect converts an unused, decrepit, former public bathroom facility into a beautiful private dwelling in London.  Follow this link to read the Telegraph story about the urban infill tiny house conversion project.  Follow this link for a slide show of the renovation project.  Here are a few photos:

London Loo house conversion project: BEFORE {Tiny House adaptive reuse and urban infill project.}

London Loo conversion to a home: AFTER {Tiny House adaptive reuse and urban infill project.}

I love the fresh, crisp, edgy design and it is amazing how much natural light was provided solely by skylights!  There don’t appear to be any windows in the home, as the public restroom facility was located below the street level.  Pretty incredible renovation, and a great example of adaptive reuse and fitting tiny dwelling spaces into an existing urban environment.

Hope all is well!

Take care,


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8 thoughts on “Tiny Houses and Disaster Preparedness

  1. carrie, you are my hero!

  2. Dave M

    I thought of tiny homes when the wildfires were ravaging the West this past summer. As great as it would be to live among the trees for wind and sun protection, it would really suck if a wildfire came your way. With a tiny house, no problem, just hook up and go. If your area survives, great! If not, then either move on, or put your house back, and a new meadow will be there next spring.

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  4. Just noticed your comment on substitute teaching. It really does make a huge difference where you do that. I was stationed in Jacksonville, FL (U.S. Navy) and my wife tried substitute teaching there… once. It was also horrible. More like babysitting inmates at a maximum security prison! I don’t remember what grade it was, one of the lower elementary grades like 2nd or 3rd or 4th grade. She ended up as a reading specialist at a clinic in town. Now she is a 3rd grade teacher full time and loves it… at least the teaching part. The administrative part used to be ok and much less than the teaching part but now that has reversed and there much more admin paperwork than teaching that goes on. In our locale teaching, full time or sub, is good. But in some places I and my wife would personally advise against it unless you have the grit for managing little outlaws and are given the authority to discipline (unlikely these days).

    sorry about that. just a random rant that is sometimes triggered. I come from a family of teachers and almost became one but my dad tried his best to keep me out of it (he was a high school PE teacher/coach).


    • loved this comment Bob!
      substitute teaching was awful. if it paid a lot more, maybe I would have put up with the abuse from the students, but it only paid about $9/hour. so not worth it!
      glad to hear I’m not the only one who couldn’t stand subbing. actually, I think the only ones who can take it are veteran teachers.
      take care,

  5. Cynthia

    Young people (otherwise known as children) know when you fear them or don’t respect them and they act accordingly. It will be a much better day when they are appreciated for what they can do to solve the problems of the world instead of what they can do to destroy it. This is a paradigm shift that is as necessary as tiny houses. It takes time, however, to learn to think of small people as people instead of hooligans. They are capable of much…both for bad and for good. When they are guided into doing things for the benefit of others, we will have a better world.

  6. Cynthia

    If you were to try it again, I’d suggest that you use your tiny house as subject material. Have them calculate how much wood it would take to build their own. Ask them what they think it is like to live in one (writing). Thinking along unorthodox lines would help you to connect with them better. I realize, of course, that the teacher may leave instructions for you but taking your own course is better than babysitting especially when they will sense that you have given up.

    • great idea! except the worst class was just supposed to be taking an exam… and they couldn’t even do that! chaos, mayhem, stuff thrown at me, stuff thrown at each other. a gang fight. slurs about me on the blackboard. vice principal called in twice. it was ridiculous. would not have felt comfortable baring my personal life before that group.

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