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We’ve found we are getting out and about much more this summer — and I know why.  It’s because we’re living in such a small house.  We used to spend most of our Saturdays cleaning up our two-bedroom, two-bathroom carpeted home.  Then would come a weekly shop. But now our cleaning routine is over in less than an hour, and since our fridge can’t hold a week’s worth of groceries we’ve replaced the big shopping trips with smaller, more frequent ones. So now we have a lot more time on our weekends and we’re spending it outside; at the summer festivals around town, free concerts, events in local parks, farmers’ markets. That’s a lot different than my childhood weekends, when the whole family headed up to beautiful Christina Lake and the cabin our Dad built on the water. Christina I often think of those days and wish I could have another cottage on a lake or tucked into the woods, just a small one of course! Thanks to Tiny House Talk for giving me some ideas. If we wanted to try it on a temporary basis, we could rent one of these Tiny Houses available for vacations. Like this adorable gingerbread house in a grove. small-cottage-in-washington-600x400   It’s right in our neighbourhood.  If we wanted to go a little farther we could stay in this fairy-tale cottage in Austria. small-Austrian-cottage   But if we wanted to build our own vacation home, why not put up a pre-fab dome house? lexa-dome-tiny-home-600x416   It’s got lots of charm, and a doable floor plan. lexa_26_ft_dia_540_sq_ft_1_floor_2 I can just see it sitting beside a pond, or nestled into a copse of trees.  The dome roof would be great for the heavy snows we get in the local mountains. As sweet as this pre-fab is, and as convenient, we might want to go completely Hobbit! In New Zealand, someone has built a home out of earth. Earth-dome They have big plans for making it larger.  For more information, see this:

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