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Do you want to live in a lighthouse?

Everyone wants to live in a lighthouse!  

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  1. 1. Everyone wants to live in a lighthouse!

    • That’s right! Everyone wants to live in a lighthouse, including me.
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    • Hogwash. I’m an everyone and I don’t want to live in a lighthouse.
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    • I want to live in a cozy converted barn.
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    • I want to live in a cabin in the woods.
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    • I want to live in a house boat.
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    • You guys are all nuts. Give me a regular house!
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58 minutes ago, Margaret in CO said:

Isn't cob just adobe?

 

Just looked it up: adobe is bricks and then cob over it. 

 

I don't know. Cob is from Great Britain. Isn't adobe from Mexico? I would imagine the building materials and technique wouldn't be exactly the same. With cob homes and buildings they create a solid structure with the mud and straw/other biological material, and then hollow out the inside. 

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39 minutes ago, wintermom said:

I don't know. Cob is from Great Britain. Isn't adobe from Mexico? I would imagine the building materials and technique wouldn't be exactly the same. With cob homes and buildings they create a solid structure with the mud and straw/other biological material, and then hollow out the inside. 

Ah. Adobe goes the other way--build UP the walls around the empty space. 

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Actually most cob homes go up just like adobe - pounding cob/straw in with mud from the ground up and then plastering/rendering over, in most cases.

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On 10/13/2019 at 8:40 PM, Arcadia said:

There are two lighthouses I won’t mind staying in, especially if I am paid to stay there for a year or two as the “resident matron”.

The first link is a Santa Cruz lighthouse that is near to Santa Cruz Beach Broadwalk and is probably bigger than my current home. The view is lovely https://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=87&fb_comment_id=10150089038588905_29228567

The second link is a lighthouse hostel so people do stay there. It is more rural but still near enough to healthcare and groceries by a long drive. That would require a lot more planning regarding doctors appointments and stocking up groceries. https://www.hiusa.org/hostels/california/pescadero/pigeon-point-lighthouse-hostel


Oooooh!  I stayed there when I was in college! It is hands down The. Best. Hostel. Ever.  Big puffy hearts.

This was waaaaay back in the 90s.  The tidal pools were pretty darn cool, too.

That’s the only lighthouse I’ve ever thought liveable.  

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58 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

Actually most cob homes go up just like adobe - pounding cob/straw in with mud from the ground up and then plastering/rendering over, in most cases.

The one I saw on TV was built inside a wooden, circular form. They put in the mud and stuff, then walked all over it to pack it down. I forget how long they said it would take for it to dry completely. Probably months and months.

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21 minutes ago, wintermom said:

The one I saw on TV was built inside a wooden, circular form. They put in the mud and stuff, then walked all over it to pack it down. I forget how long they said it would take for it to dry completely. Probably months and months.

That's the advantage to adobe, I guess. They dry out faster in the desert!

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On 10/13/2019 at 5:26 PM, MEmama said:

No way. I like walkable neighborhoods, being able to walk to town, having neighbors close by. I would feel trapped living in an area where I couldn’t walk on sidewalks out my front door. I feel claustrophobic even thinking about living in the country or the woods or heaven forbid down some lonely  beach road to a secluded lighthouse. Omg just no. 

Exactly. The idea of having to drive everywhere has absolutely zero appeal to me. I don’t consider any amount of privacy or land worth that trade off. Where I live now I can walk or bike to almost everything I need, including major parks. Yet with 15 minutes of driving we can be out in the country with our dog with no one else around.

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I used to want to live in a lighthouse, and then I started visiting them and had a blinding glimpse of the obvious, lol--they are all in places with Really Bad Weather Much Of The Time.  

So then I said, OK, I want to MOVE a lighthouse to a clearing in a lovely forest.  And it all fell apart at that point.

I do really like towers.  A Victorian, a big rambling one, with a tower, is pretty much my all time dream house.  With a little land but still 'in town' but quiet.  Ha.

So, really, I love the forest, and I love the water.  I love wild nature.  I love the idea of living on a boat, and the idea of living in a treehouse.  But with a 'real' house available as a fallback for comfort and for all my books.  And it turns out that there IS such a place, and it's for sale!  Check this out--a biggish house on 5 wooded acres, with its own pond, and with a treehouse yurt bedroom, a floating yurt bedroom out on the pond, a yurt meeting house, and a writer's retreat.  Plus little trails and campfire areas.  Too crazy!  And not in a buggy area either.  http://twobearsdancing.info/

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I would love to live at the beach. 

I would not want to live in a lighthouse. 

I would consider living in a lighthouse if the residence part was all downstairs/one level and I didn't have to climb a zillion stairs to get in & out every day. (And if I didn't have to actually go up to the light all that often. That's a LOT of stairs). 

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On 10/14/2019 at 9:18 AM, Seasider too said:

Never a lighthouse, they’re all haunted by murderous lightkeepers who went insane from the solitude. 😂

Sounds like a plot from Scooby Doo. Don't worry, they're not really murderous lightkeeper ghosts, they're just the owner of the fairground in a mask.

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I don't want to live in a lighthouse because the stairs would terrify me every time I had to go up or down. Plus I'm at the age where I just want to live in a one story house.

 

On 10/14/2019 at 6:10 AM, DawnM said:

So, not a lighthouse, but my friend built and owns this treehouse.

 

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11973782?source_impression_id=p3_1571047759_3Zf7seK6zoy6l81M

That looks like the treehouse hotel where Princess Elizabeth was staying when her father died and she didn't yet know she was the queen. It was in Africa of course.

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I voted cabin in the woods. As long as it isn’t too rustic. ..... As long a it isn’t rustic at all. ..... Basically a house that looks like a cabin.

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I wouldn't mind the stairs as long as they weren't the kind that are open in between the steps and you can see down through them. I always feel like I'm going to fall through those...

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Nope, nope, noppity nope. Not even when I loved the Pete’s Dragon movie in the early 1980s.

One of the scariest things I have seen in recent years were the logs thrown up against sea walls and the flooding that occurs over those during storms.

Speaking of which, high seas are projected for this weekend. I should try to figure out how to safely post pics.

I’ll take one Spanish tile California eclectic house rancho style home with hardwood floors and a center courtyard with pool with waterfall and cara cara trees in pots or one English cottage fully updated with good insulation, airtight windows, a large library with huge windows and a kitchen with a back up woodburning, cast iron stove.

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3 hours ago, Lady Florida. said:

I don't want to live in a lighthouse because the stairs would terrify me every time I had to go up or down. Plus I'm at the age where I just want to live in a one story house.

 

That looks like the treehouse hotel where Princess Elizabeth was staying when her father died and she didn't yet know she was the queen. It was in Africa of course.

 

Yes, although that treehouse holds a lot of people and has multiple rooms.  I have stayed there several times.  It is called Treetops and became much more famous when this piece of history happened.

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Can I have an elevator? Actually I’m rather afraid of heights and terrified of the ocean so big no for me.

I hate boats and woods so Suburbia suits me fine. I would live to buy a house in my current neighborhood and gut it to the studs ala Property Brothers. I have one picked out but no cash.

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Do I live at the bottom, or at the top? Like, how often do I have to go up and down those stairs? 

If I can hang out at the bottom most of the time, sign me up! Sounds awesome. 

If I have to climb a zillion stairs 20 times a day, not so much 🙂

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