Another project by David and Heather!
My Canadian house-loving friends in Nova Scotia have been busy little bees over the past few years. I’ve featured their work before here on House Crazy with their converted school house and beautiful seaside home that is now for sale. Another little side project they have been working on is the ominously named X-Permit Cabin.
The X-Permit Cabin (pictured above) is located somewhere in eastern Canada with a view of the ocean.
I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I have no idea. That is classified information.
I can tell you that the code word for the location of the X-Permit Cabin is “Pirate Harbour”.
So why all the precautions for this fun tiny home?
Here’s the backstory….
The X-Permit Cabin was built on a salvaged trailer frame. It is self-sustainable, off grid, and built without permits because technically it is a “travel trailer”.
The point of all this, as David tells us, “is to circumvent onerous permits and inspections that come with ‘permanent’ structures”. He adds that the X-Permit Cabin is “an exercise in civics, construction and innovation”.
This is one well-built “travel trailer”!
Tiny houses are all the rage lately and this 135 square foot abode certainly fits into that category.
Here’s what it looks like with some furnishings:
Dog approved! (That’s “Dr. Phil” enjoying the view)
The X-Permit Cabin is nearing completion and David tells me they may be building a permanent structure on the beautiful ocean-view lot.
BUT, just in case they decide to be civic rebels and forgo the permit process, shhhhh…… don’t tell anyone.
You can get the full story on the X-Permit Cabin here: http://xpermitcabin.webs.com/
All photos used with permission
If you are a movie buff with a keen eye for set locations, you may recognize this Gothic Revival country house near Tarrytown, New York. It has been featured in several movies like: House of Dark Shadows (1970); Night of Dark Shadows (1971); and, The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t a.k.a The Night Dracula Saved the World which aired on ABC and later the Disney Channel in the 1990′s.
This regal/slightly spooky limestone structure is today known as Lyndhurst. But it wasn’t always called that.
Built in 1838 and designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, the manor was first named “Knoll“.
It was commissioned by former New York City mayor William Paulding, Junior. Cynical members of the press nicknamed it “Paulding’s Folly” because of its resemblance to a European castle.
The second owner, George Merritt, renamed the house “Lyndenhurst“ after the estate’s many linden trees. To him, the castle wasn’t big enough so he hired the original architect and doubled the house’s size!
In 1880 Merritt sold the home to Jay Gould (not to be confused with Jay Gatsby.) Gould was the one who shortened the estate’s name to “Lyndhurst”. He used the estate as his summer home until he died in 1892.
Gould’s daughter Anna eventually inherited the property. Upon her death in 1961, Lyndhurst was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is now open to the public as a museum.
Lyndhurst is notable for its extensive collection of original furnishings and decorative arts.
Have a look inside what is known as one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the Americas….
My blogger friend and fellow house fanatic Sue over at Housekaboodle alerted me to this amazing property on the market in Cornish, Maine. (“It looks like your sort of thing“)
Heck yeah! Sue knows me well - I am a major sucker for antique Cape Cod houses!
But this particular spread is known as the Noah Weeks farmstead. It comes with an old barn and outbuildings on 10 acres of land.
The house has an attached Janco greenhouse which makes me want to throw on a gardening apron and put my hands in some dirt:
The property also includes an organic veggie garden, but we’re more interested in the 200+ year-old house, right? Let’s have a look inside…
Most people immediately think of the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts when they think of John F. Kennedy’s home. But a lesser known house in Virginia that JFK and his wife Jackie had built the year that he died has surfaced in the news again this month.
According to a recent Zillow article by Erika Riggs,
In the winter of 1963, John and Jacqueline Kennedy purchased 39 acres in Middleburg, Virginia. While the president preferred the family home in Hyannis, Mass., the first lady wanted the pastoral land to pursue her love of horseback riding.
They finished the home in October 1963 and spent only two weekends there. The family last visited on Nov. 10, 1963, just 12 days before JFK was assassinated in Dallas. Jacqueline withdrew to the home after his death to grieve, but within a year, she sold the estate.
Now three owners and 50 years later, the custom estate has entered the news cycle again. Nicknamed Wexford — in honor of the Irish county where the Kennedy family traces its roots — the house is listed for $10.995 million.
This is huge news in the real estate world because this gem has not been on the market for 22 years, and was largely forgotten. But with all the recent hub-bub from the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, there is renewed interest in this bucolic hidden-away ranch.
This week is the American Thanksgiving holiday. As we sit in our nice warm homes, stuffing ourselves with fat birds and planning our Black Friday mode of attack… well, you know, there are those less fortunate who are huddling under cardboard boxes not too far from where we live. (Sometimes I can even see them in the back alley.)
That said, this unorthodox planned village in East Austin, Texas gives me great hope and optimism about the human race.
Community First! Village [don't forget the !] is a 27 acre community that is being built to provide affordable housing in a supportive environment for the disabled and homeless in central Texas. The village is meant to be a sustainable project complete with a community garden, wood-working shop, medical/mental health center and even a movie theatre.
The idea is to give men and women living on the streets not only a permanent roof over their heads, but also a built-in community. Remarkably, it is being funded entirely by private money.
The village resembles a funky RV campground – there are a couple of Airstreams and even a tee-pee!