Tiny Houses, Then and Now

February 13, 2008

A thousand blessings on Kent at the Tiny House Blog. Look what he discovered today — a short retrospective on tiny Euro homes. My pick: The refurbished fuselage of a WWII Horsa glider.

Horsa House

As it happens, Maud Starkie, an “eccentric spinster” from Chosley, England, kept house in one of these cylindrical beauties for more than 50 years. This, of course, reminds me of the tricked-out train car that Dame Marjorie Chardin (a.k.a., Maude with an e) occupies in Harold Ashby’s 1971 film, Harold and Maude. But that is neither here, nor there.

And, while I’m at it, here’s one of the latest additions to the tiny house fold: The pre-fab KitHAUS, available through home decor co. Design Within Reach. This cool cynosure came on the market just this month, and, with any luck, will catch on as a feasible, serviceable tiny home. Add a toilet, a washtub, and a little kitch, and you’re set. The KitHAUS folks keep green in sight with their 100-square-foot constructions, using sustainably harvested ipe for floors and decking. Plus, if you’re looking to start a mod commune, you can build “more aggressive multi unit configurations, creating that sprawling compound of your dreams,” or so say’th the KitHAUS website. So grab your Cat Stevens records and your dry shampoo and get building!

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3 Responses to “Tiny Houses, Then and Now”

  1. jane said

    Hello there,
    I knew Maud and visited her in her home a number of times, always getting a generous welcome of tea, cake and conversation. She was a fascinating person – she had an extremely independent and questioning mind, as you’d imagine. She never married, had worked as a landscape gardener in India, I think, and then lived on her own in her plane fuselage almost to the end of her life – she died shortly before her 100th birthday. As I remember her, Maud had a particular skill for pulling in the things, places and people she encountered and making the most of them. I imagine she’d be intrigued to find she’s ended up on your blog and would possibly have been concocting a plan right now for how she could put the opportunity afforded by this new form of communication to good use.

  2. This is a great story! Thanks for sharing, Jane. It sounds like Maud was quite the individual — I wish I could have met her.

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