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This Grandma’s Friends Laughed At Her Idea. But What She Did In Her Shed Is Awesome.
http://www.viralnova.com ^ | january 17, 2014

Posted on 01/18/2014 8:39:55 AM PST by lowbridge

Not many people understood why Monica Smith began working on her 8×10 shed in the back yard… and then they laughed when they realized she was turning it into a tiny cabin. It seemed strange that she was putting so much effort into just a shed. But it wasn’t just a hobby. Her youngest daughter and 5 children lost their home. So, Monica decided to give them her own and move out to the back yard.

This may be the coolest grandmother ever.

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1 posted on 01/18/2014 8:39:55 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

This woman is amazing.

If I ever turned my garage into a home it would be condemned immediately;)


2 posted on 01/18/2014 8:43:03 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: lowbridge
Monica didn’t even hire contractors to help her complete this project

And that will be her undoing. We are very far removed from the days of self-sufficiency. The government MUST have their pound of flesh to allow you to live on your property.

God speed to this woman.

3 posted on 01/18/2014 8:43:06 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: lowbridge

The Obama economy at work.

We will all be there soon.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 8:43:25 AM PST by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: lowbridge

Where is she going to put all that crap grandmas collect in their houses?


5 posted on 01/18/2014 8:44:53 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: lowbridge

“Monica didn’t even hire contractors to help her complete this project. She did all of the work herself,”

a lost American trait nowadays. If gramma’ were around the late 1900’s, she would have built a city of her own


6 posted on 01/18/2014 8:45:05 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Lets Roll NOW

Just wait until the local zoning and code enforcement get thru with granny.................


7 posted on 01/18/2014 8:48:50 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: rarestia

Now the property appraiser and code enforcement knows about it.


8 posted on 01/18/2014 8:51:57 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: lowbridge
Careful, my anti virus software (Vipre) alerted as a known bad site.
9 posted on 01/18/2014 8:52:13 AM PST by lula (Shine the light of truth Lord, confound the deceiver I pray...AMEN!)
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To: blackdog

Sad but true.
The government HATES self-sufficient people.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 8:52:53 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: lowbridge

Look up “Katrina Cottage” and you’ll see there are a number of small ( under 1100 sq. ft.) house plans that don’t look too bad.


11 posted on 01/18/2014 8:53:00 AM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: rarestia
The government MUST have their pound of flesh to allow you to live on your property.

I read the entire article. There is no mention of building permits, EPA inspections, or zoning waivers. And what's worse, she did not use federal grant money to do pay for it all!

That lady is obviously some sort of anti-government troublemaker. Could be one of those Tea Party types I've been reading about.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 8:56:51 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: lowbridge

I didn’t see the porcelain convenience.


13 posted on 01/18/2014 8:57:58 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rarestia
And that will be her undoing

Have you ever seen the TV show, "Treehouse Masters"? This contractor custom builds amazing treehouses for clients all over the US. These often are party pads with plumbing, kitchens, etc. Some of these are in rural locations, but many of these structures are in cities.

NEVER does the show ever refer to a building inspector. I'm waiting for the city inspectors to show up and declare the structures illegal and force the owners to tear them down. There are substantial investments in these dwellings.

As much as I'd like a treehouse, I'd never build one on my property. Every spring in Wisconsin, I lose 2, or 3, trees to the weather. Often there is no warning. My house is 50+ years old, and I've noticed that that is when the trees start falling, although I have neighbors who have lost trees at a younger age. My friend lived in a house in the woods that is 80+ years old. She even lost oaks annually. Provided an endless supply of firewood.

14 posted on 01/18/2014 9:00:57 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: rarestia

No Permit? She’ll probably be ordered to pay to have it torn down and hauled away before the year is done.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: lowbridge

Where’s the bathroom?


16 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:08 AM PST by Former Proud Canadian (Cruz/Palin 2016)
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To: lowbridge
Now that the local authorities know about it the code enforcers will arrive and make her tear it down.

The only right you have when you own property is the right to pay taxes on it.

17 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:27 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: lowbridge

There will be more to this story..... and not good news as soon as the local building commissars check it out. Hope someone local follows up on this.


18 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:39 AM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: lowbridge

No toilet/bathroom?

And granny has to climb that ladder to her bedroom?

Too bad she doesn’t seem to have a son-in-law.


19 posted on 01/18/2014 9:03:05 AM PST by PAR35
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The red oaks on my land seem to fall a lot. They don’t seem to have much of a tap root.


20 posted on 01/18/2014 9:04:04 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
NEVER does the show ever refer to a building inspector.

The show is on one of the liberal channels, IIRC, and they'd never show that kind of government intrusion. I'm sure it happens behind the scenes. I think this is on Animal Planet, one of the worst PC offenders.

21 posted on 01/18/2014 9:05:39 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: PAR35
Maybe Granny could use one of these:


22 posted on 01/18/2014 9:07:11 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Enten

Nice little place she built. Now, should/when the local gubmint tell(s) her she can’t reside there, all she needs to do is pick up the house and move it to a place more to her liking.

Good for her. Other than a 500 pounder, most people could live in that small of space.


23 posted on 01/18/2014 9:07:37 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: PAR35
Too bad she doesn’t seem to have a son-in-law.

Those aren't necessary anymore. He'd just get in the way of the Welfare check for FIVE children.

24 posted on 01/18/2014 9:07:52 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: hoosierham
I had an uncle from Estonia. He lived in Philadelphia after marrying my Aunt while she was in the military, stationed in Germany.

He built a shed in the back yard and drove his own chisel-point well for his water supply. The Water company tried to condemn the house because of no water service, so he installed a valve to share municipal water for a few hundred gallons a month to keep them out of his business. He also had a garden shed he used as an outhouse. He had a thing about doing your business inside of where you reside.

He trashed picked and rebuilt / reupholstered every stick of furniture inside their home. He canned every vegetable and fruit he could find a jar for. He caught and cold pickled sucker fish, about 300 pounds a year. He never had more than one 40 watt lightbulb on at a time.

25 posted on 01/18/2014 9:08:55 AM PST by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: lowbridge

Alotta folks mentioning the lack of a building permit but most places don’t require one for an out building less than 100 square feet.


26 posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:14 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Moonman62
Hi.

Now the property appraiser and code enforcement knows about it.

Good point. I see increased taxes and harassment in her future.

5.56mm

27 posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:52 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: lowbridge

This is awesome!

But I worry about the government ‘officials’ who will no doubt come snooping for ANYTHING not ‘up to code’ and start milking the woman’s finances with “fines” until she is forced to make them stop living in the shed.

I hate that I think this way but I’m SO bummed that we can no longer do things like this on our OWN property anymore.


28 posted on 01/18/2014 9:12:10 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: lowbridge

Love these little houses. I assume the porcelain room in the house is shared.


29 posted on 01/18/2014 9:14:04 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: central_va

I didn’t see the porcelain convenience.....It’s out back, in the garden. A two-fer.


30 posted on 01/18/2014 9:15:23 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: diverteach

Normally she’d be able to claim it’s not a domicile and doean’t need a certificate of occupancy.
Well, except for this article LOL!


31 posted on 01/18/2014 9:16:04 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: lowbridge

Um... A bathroom??


32 posted on 01/18/2014 9:17:14 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: blackdog

Lots of Freepethugs all for that.
I have debated them on their complete ethical lapse regarding the morality of building codes beyond basic fire safety since I first registered here.


33 posted on 01/18/2014 9:19:07 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: lowbridge
Never ever tell anyone anything you do on your own property. Is the wiring and plumbing done to code? Fire code? Did she obtain the proper permits? Does her home insurance cover the structure and anyone who is within 100 ft? To be sure, the tax man cometh to take his unfair share. Did she get HOA approval? Does the second floor block the neighbor's sunshine? While self built “tiny houses” are all the rage, those are on wheels and this is a permanent structure which falls under a whole other set of government rules.
34 posted on 01/18/2014 9:40:18 AM PST by bgill
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To: MrEdd
morality of building codes

Morality of anything has nothing to do with it.

Freepers do not control what government does, so everyone could agree with you and it would still be irrelevant.

Getting into a discussion of the morality of something is a side track. Most don't like to go down a side track.

35 posted on 01/18/2014 9:40:30 AM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: central_va

The bathroom is off the kitchen and behind the stairs.


36 posted on 01/18/2014 9:42:55 AM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

That’s where I figured it was too, hence the curtain along the back of the stairs.


37 posted on 01/18/2014 9:49:19 AM PST by tomkat
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To: rarestia

Yup...did she get a building permit for that?

did she have the requisite inspections?

If that answer is “no” to both questions they will make her take it down.


38 posted on 01/18/2014 9:53:19 AM PST by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: lowbridge

How long will Grandma be able to climb those stairs to her bedroom?


39 posted on 01/18/2014 9:57:29 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Dan(9698)

Morality is not a sidetrack.
It is in fact central to life and human behavior.


40 posted on 01/18/2014 10:26:22 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: rarestia
And that will be her undoing.

She'll be getting a visit soon. "Your paperz, pleez."

41 posted on 01/18/2014 10:31:51 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: lowbridge

The shed is a 10 x 12, not 8 x 10 as stated in the article.


42 posted on 01/18/2014 10:34:01 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: DannyTN
How long will Grandma be able to climb those stairs to her bedroom?

Given how her husbandless youngest daughter has five children, she may just be in her 40s. So she could have several decades of ladder climbing yet, by which time there should be another generation to house.

43 posted on 01/18/2014 10:40:16 AM PST by PAR35
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To: rarestia

No way the government will allow itself being under its own siege while we prosper.


44 posted on 01/18/2014 10:59:08 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: lowbridge

They also all laughed at Noah when he built his Ark... or when Jews sang Next Year in Jerusalem.


45 posted on 01/18/2014 11:01:03 AM PST by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: lowbridge

Honky Grandma be trippin’!


46 posted on 01/18/2014 11:48:55 AM PST by Defiant (Obama is The Bard of Canard.)
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To: lowbridge

Without building permits, occupancy inspections, wiring and plumbing being up to code and the appropriate zoning, I give her little project 6 months before the government makes her tear it down.


47 posted on 01/18/2014 12:47:36 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: rarestia

yep...now the building inspectors, fire inspectors and zoning people will decend on her.
Tax....fine and tear it down. BTW.....next time use union contractors. Sure, it will cost a kings ransom and take 1 year, but then maybe you will be ok.


48 posted on 01/19/2014 7:04:46 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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