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Anyone inspired to look at alternatives housing options? Suppose you had some land without planning permission, quit your job and start building a cute little wooden house http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htm on it.

I read somewhere you could occupy a temporary structure for less than 10 months. Just wondering. It has to be a more interesting than working in an office to pay the rent on a dismal shared flat.

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Anyone inspired to look at alternatives housing options? Suppose you had some land without planning permission, quit your job and start building a cute little wooden house http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htm on it.

I read somewhere you could occupy a temporary structure for less than 10 months. Just wondering. It has to be a more interesting than working in an office to pay the rent on a dismal shared flat.

Tents are even cheaper and do not need planning permission. They have the added advantage of fitting in a rucksack and can be erected almost anywhere, like your mum's backgarden, although a lack of running water can be irritating.

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Anyone inspired to look at alternatives housing options? Suppose you had some land without planning permission, quit your job and start building a cute little wooden house http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htm on it.

I read somewhere you could occupy a temporary structure for less than 10 months. Just wondering. It has to be a more interesting than working in an office to pay the rent on a dismal shared flat.

Thanks for sharing this, they look great.

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Anyone inspired to look at alternatives housing options? Suppose you had some land without planning permission, quit your job and start building a cute little wooden house http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htm on it.

I read somewhere you could occupy a temporary structure for less than 10 months. Just wondering. It has to be a more interesting than working in an office to pay the rent on a dismal shared flat.

...or alternatively, you could rent this lovely six bedroom country house for the long term and pay £1250 a month which is less than 50% of what you would pay on an IO mortgage for a 2 bed flat in Birmingham next to a canal. Its available 20 August 2007 - just enough time to get the credit check and the removal men organised.

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/viewdetails-890...2&tr_t=rent

Its not mine and I am not renting it but it seems nice.

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...or alternatively, you could rent

It was the idea of building somewhere to live that appealed. Not so much the packaged 'self build', which seems controlled and expensive, but exploring the limits of what you can get away with without planning permission. I think it’s an instinct a lot of people have, although judging by property programs in the UK it’s confined to loft conversions and other limited additions and modifications to houses.

I don’t particularly like being an employee/tenant and I’d rather work for myself. Building your own house seems a more constructive thing to do than sit around dreaming of economic collapse and an unlikely cheap housing bonanza

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Anyone inspired to look at alternatives housing options? Suppose you had some land without planning permission, quit your job and start building a cute little wooden house http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/home.htm on it.

I read somewhere you could occupy a temporary structure for less than 10 months. Just wondering. It has to be a more interesting than working in an office to pay the rent on a dismal shared flat.

A guy I was at Uni with lived on a deckchair in Hyde Park for a term. I can't say I saw the appeal but he seemed to enjoy it.

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A guy I was at Uni with lived on a deckchair in Hyde Park for a term. I can't say I saw the appeal but he seemed to enjoy it.

A guy I went to boarding school with lived in a nearby quarry during school holiday. He told his parents, who lived in Germany, he was staying with friends. He effectively lived as a tramp and then when term time started he came back to school had a bath and put his school uniform back on.

EDIT: Mind you, the school was not what you might call luxury living either!

Edited by Wad

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Well, my situation is an alternative of sorts. I live as a residential caretaker in a mansion block (12 flats) in west Kensington/Hammersmith borders. Basically, i get this small but adequate 1 bed at the rear of the building and do some sweeping up. light bulb changing, bit of vacuuming in the stair well and hedge trimming in the summer...and a bit of brass to polish of course. I've been here 6 years now and i get on with all the people very well, it only occupies about 4-5 hours a week so no impact on my normal economic activity. Holidays can be a problem though as i have to recruit a mate to stick his head in when i'm away. I guess i'm lucky but when i took it on i was of course expecting to save money to buy a flat in west London....but HPI kicked that one into touch.

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I had a friend who bought a beat up old Citroen car - the long/odd ones that rises up when they start up.

He had no license/insurance and it wasn't road worthy, but he would drive it about.

He parked it up by the river and lived in it. Then his young gf moved in. I was there the night her parents came and ordered her home. I think he was 18/19 and she was about 17 at the time.

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Some interesting food for deviant thought

http://www.slowlab.net/paraSITE.html

parasite2.jpg

Michael Rakowitz' project paraSITE proposes the appropriation of the exterior ventilation systems on existing architecture as a means for providing temporary shelter for homeless people.

The paraSITE units in their idle state exist as small, collapsible packages with handles for transport by hand or on one's back. In employing this device, the user must locate the outtake ducts of a building's HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. The intake tube of the collapsed structure is then attached to the vent. The warm air leaving the building simultaneously inflates and heats the double membrane structure.

Pallet house

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006/06/pallet_house.php

Inflatable hemp structure

http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/node/225

Mad housers

http://www.madhousers.org/shelter.shtml

Concrete canvas

http://www.concretecanvas.org.uk/

City Sleepers

http://www.donaldmacdonaldarchitects.com/b...er/sleeper.html

For further reading on very low cost / diy/ temporary housing, I recommend the excellent book 'Democratic Architecture' .

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0823013...1-1&seller=

Edited by Saving For a Space Ship

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