This week, I began manicuring one of our wooded bluff lots in Granbury that not only have an amazing view at the rear of the lot, it also backs up to the same active creek that flows at the rear of 7 of our lots. I had no real idea what I would discover as I began cutting underbrush and low lying limbs and burning them in the process. The underbrush was so thick, I had not been able to see much of this lot.
The first 65′ feet in length of this lot is pretty flat, which is where the house will be built, but at that point the lot begins terracing downward with large rock formation that creates some pretty great mother nature scenic views and atmosphere. Today, I realized that just beyond where the home and its large rear patio will sit there is a section of land that has two rows of flat rock formation that run the width of the lot and there’s about 3′ to 5′ feet of space between those rows of stone, and in that space the land drops down about 2′ to 3′ feet providing a perfect opportunity for a earth made, stone lined Koi pond, if I build stone dams at each end of the formation. Once the little damns are built I can then install a pond liner and water proof the stone sides of the pond with black water proofing material that is troweled on. The Koi pond will be used as part of the grey water and kitchen sink water filtering system I designed last year and been planning to use with some or all of the homes we will be building on these Granbury lots in-conjunction with composting toilets or some of the other toilet waste management options we will offer customers who not wanting composting toilets.
The rock formation continues terracing downward, but due to the land being fairly flat in between the terracing sections of the lot, I envisioned some steps and possibly some mini bridges being built so our customers could have some featured areas of interest on different levels of the rear portion of the lot; including a fire pit with a built-in stone bench surrounding the fire that would great setting for fall, winter and spring parties at the home. The above image is an edit of a picture I took today from the higher elevation where the home will sit. I added the coy pond to help visualize it, as well outlined the flat portion between terracing where a fire pit with a stone decking could be built.
New Plan Design – this is a new Texas Tiny Homes plan design in the works for a small, 3 bedroom, 2 bath luxury home for some of our Granbury lots. It will feature a simple, low cost to build elevation and amenities unlike most of our original, one-of-a-kind plans this size. However, it will be super energy efficient with its 2 X 6 exterior walls and close cell blown attic roof rafters. The homes heating and air conditioning system will be located in the much cooler attic environment and provide dramatically reduced utility bills. The main room of the home will feature a flat 10′ high ceiling and the rest of the home will have 9′ flat ceilings.
Healthy Home – the envelope of this home will be super tight, so we plan to install a fresh air system incorporated into the heating and air-conditioning unit that removes dead air and any toxic off gassing that develop inside the home from cooking, furniture, building products, etc.
Square Footage and Appraisal– the square footage for this plan has not been fully determined yet but the goal is to be under 1100 conditioned square feet. The design has now been handed off to one of our architects to produce it in their 3D Autocad, which will provide the exact footage, as well as 3D rendering of the exterior and interior. This home will have much smaller covered porch footage than most of our small luxury homes and are doing so in an effort to make it more affordable, and be more in line with what some of the other home builders are offering in the community. Most of our small home designs far exceed what they will appraise for due to their large covered porches, vaulted cathedral ceilings, exposed rafter tails, and standing metal seam roofs and lots of eye candy that dramatically increase the cost to build, but far exceed lender appraisals. This design was done to be more inline with the comparables for the community our lots are located in, but will still be one of the nicest new homes being built there.
This authentic log cabin sits on 19+ private acres in the Arkansas Ozarks and is currently for sale (NOW SOLD) and offers a unique opportunity. Newly reconstructed from antique hand-hewn oak logs, this cozy, rustic retreat has many period and modern features. Close to the Buffalo National River and Gene Rush Wildlife Management Area, with close hiking trails, scenic areas and excellent hunting and fishing, the hilltop property has underground utilities (rural water, electric, telephone, internet ready).
Carefully crafted with exposed logs walls, antique wide-plank flooring and barn-wood siding and trim by Antique Logs Unlimited and local builders, the 800 square foot cabin’s centerpiece is an antique brick Rumford fireplace and fully-restored Glenwood wood cook-stove and oven. A cedar outdoor shower and washroom are connected by a rear porch that can be closed in. The front porch overlooks a clearing with plenty of room for a large garden and the potential for panoramic and mountain views. Energy efficient, the cabin features premium Marvin windows, solid wood doors, closed-cell spray foam insulation, top-of-line ceiling fans and a Galvalume roof.
The cabin is complimented throughout with high-quality handmade and antique furniture and accessories and the sellers are willing to negotiate the sale of contents.
The price of this property is $150,000.00. The seller is willing to owner finance with half down. The private property is located in rural Arkansas Ozarks and could easily be turned into a bed and breakfast village by adding additional tiny or small homes on the property. Texas Tiny Homes is available to help facilitate that scenario by designing a site plan for the property, and providing the construction plans for any excavation of new roads or other improvements, and possibly building some additional rustic cabins that could be either built on site, or built in Texas and shipped up to the property. Lots of possible options with this property for those looking for a great place to live and earn retirement rental income. If this property would be of interest to you and you have the necessary funds in place, please click on the “contact” tab in the menu bar and send us an email stating your interest. Serious inquiries only!!
Make sure your youtube settings are at 1080 before watching. Texas Tiny Homes has 8 lots in Granbury that back up to an active creek. This video features the back of 3 of those lots. The sound of water flowing by, as well as going over a small waterfall was so soothing on this cool fall Saturday while filming this video. Lots of creative design and engineering possibilities were also flowing as I was back there checking out the lots and determining what type of homes will need to be designed and built.
Wanting to be closer to her family, Sylvia recently moved from North Dakota to this modern “granny flat” in her daughter’s Seattle backyard. When her daughter’s family purchased their house, they had made sure it was zoned for an accessory dwelling unit (ADU)and that the yard was large enough to add one.
The property they chose was ideal for an ADU. The backyard sloped away from the house, with views over the neighboring homes to Seattle’s Lake Washington and the more distant Mount Rainier. The slope would allow for large window areas facing the views and the sun without compromising privacy.
Those factors drove much of the design by architect Bruce Parker of microhouse, a Seattle firm that specializes in backyard cottages. He placed the cottage to one side of the yard so as not to block views from the main house, and put the living room on the downhill end. The bedroom and bathroom are at the other end with the kitchen in the middle.