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Display Name: criss
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JulieR--Yeah, the page title still says 12 sf. But the POST title now says "12 feet square". Big difference! The latter means 12' x 12'.

Personally, this is taking it a bit far, even though it is possible (unlike 12sf!). I like to be able to turn around without whacking limbs on things. I'd feel like a dog in a crate--cozy for a few hours, crazymaking for longer periods. Maybe for one person, and without all the room divisions...I mean, I love small rooms, I hate the open-plans-for-all thing, but why not have the living/dining/study all be one room?

Oh, and this story is totally cheating anyway. This place has a sleeping loft, so it's actually probably half again the stated square footage. The footprint may be 12' square, but that's not how interior square footage works. And it looks like the bathroom may be in that little bumpout.

Also also: these people do not heat and cook all winter with just the prunings from their trees, unless their definition of pruning and mine are way different. Nope. Sorry. Not even if they keep it 50 degrees inside and that sucker is almost perfectly insulated and they eat mostly nuts and berries and only cook one meal a day. Cutting firewood is fine and I'm okay with it, it's not that I'm scolding them, I just prefer not to pretend they their firewood is magic. :)


Green Style: The Tiny 12 Feet Square Innermost House
Tiny House Blog

3/5/11 11:23 PM

<blockquote>"And out of curiousity, how many pumpkins do you have to go through to have one fresh for Halloween if you start putting them out now?"</blockquote>
Um...none? I mean, if you put a whole, uncarved pumpkin on your porch or whatever today, it will still be quite edible after Halloween.

That said, my local pharmacy and supermarket have had the Christmas crap out for probably two weeks now, and it really is the thin edge of the wedge. By the time Christmas finally comes, I'm pitifully grateful for the fact that that means it will all STOP! I didn't hate it for the first week or two back when Christmas started after Thanksgiving, but now I hate it at the beginning because it's ridiculous, and I hate it when it's actually seasonally appropriate because I'm completely sick of it already. Yay, marketing folks! You've managed to completely ruin the whole thing! And I know for a fact that I'm not the only person who feels this way.


Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Holiday Decorating - How Soon is Too Soon?
10/13/08 08:13 PM

Hey, where's the knitting pattern you promised?


Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | July Best Posts: How to Knit a Shopping Bag, Find Salvaged Materials, and Remove Odors from You Home
9/5/08 06:00 PM

I guess we posted at the same time, but yeah, MatD, it's always a little irritating when we treat impoverished areas that have been victims of natural disasters as if we are doing them some great favor by experimenting on their neighborhoods.


Apartment Therapy New York | Building Reality: Sundance Channel's Architecture SchoolBoston
9/5/08 10:55 AM

Any time architecture students can get experience handling building materials and seeing what their designs really do "in the wild", it's a good thing. For that reason, I wish they were building with materials other than SIPs--they should learn what it means when you have to cut every single piece of lumber, plywood, OSB, etc, to a goofy size because the architect couldn't be arsed designing something where most of the pieces would come out even.


Apartment Therapy New York | Building Reality: Sundance Channel's Architecture SchoolBoston
9/5/08 10:53 AM

To figure out what you should do here, you really need to understand what your walls are. What they aren't: plaster. Plaster is a finish material. It will no more hold a screw than sheetrock will, whether or not you hit the lath behind it. If your walls are frame behind the plaster, you need to find the studs. If they are masonry, you need a masonry anchor as described by other commenters here.

Is there a utility room or other unfinished room where you can see the back of the wall? Anywhere you can poke your head in with a flashlight and maybe get an idea of the wall's construction? You may have mini-studs--furring strips, basically--between the brick and the plaster if it's a brick building. If it's frame, the studs will likely be either 16" or 24" on center, possibly 20", so if you can figure it out, you have good odds of hitting them once you find the first one.

Whatever you do, for God's sake do not just go putting a kazillion screws into hundred-year-old plaster. It will be destroyed, and whether or not you care about the irresponsibility of that, it will create crumbly plaster dust that will just keep coming and coming.


Apartment Therapy New York | Good Questions: How Can We Hang Shelves on these Delicate Walls?
8/1/08 08:21 PM

I lived in one of these with my mom for a couple of years while she rebuilt an old house. It was cramped and we had to run a little generator to have electric lights on. And it had gold shag carpeting.

Even though I was really little, I was happy when we moved into our house, even though all it had was walls, windows and a roof, basically--no plumbing or wiring, bare adobe walls, no interior doors. It took years to finish. I can't imagine living anywhere else.


Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Dream Vacation: Airstream
8/1/08 06:42 PM