Liberty Homes Project

Results of the Liberty Home Project

Monday, March 28, 2016

About a year ago, Liberty House began an experiment in alternative housing, transforming a cargo trailer into a home, a Liberty Home. The results are in, they are conclusive but they are not what we had expected.


The Paradox of Choice: Lines Drawn Between the Liberty Home and A “Typical” American Home

Monday, November 30, 2015

I just got back to the Liberty Home after spending a couple days away. The time spent in a friend’s relatively huge house was nice—very nice, in fact—but I was struck by all the SPACE that never gets used.


Early Fall in the Liberty Home, As Explored Through the Five Senses

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I’d like to tell you a little about the early fall experience in the Liberty Home, using four of the five senses as a guide.


The Liberty Home Has A Lunch Guest

Monday, August 31, 2015

Today I cooked my first full meal for a real, live guest; a local official—if by local we mean within 40 miles and if we determine “official” can mean head librarian.


More Solutions Than Problems

Friday, August 21, 2015

My friend George insists the universe holds far more solutions than problems, a statement I hold dearly without any necessary belief.


The Liberty Home Gets The Google 360 Treatment

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last Wednesday, I caught a glimpse of the future, thanks to Curtis Lloyd of CJL Photography. Let me explain.

Beyond Spare Change

Episode 018: Liberty Homes Project Update

Friday, July 24, 2015

This week we break from our usual format to hear how Keith and his dog Lucy are enjoying their new 160 sq foot home.


Converted Cargo Trailer Dysmorphic Disorder

Monday, July 20, 2015

If there is a psychiatrist looking to make a name for herself, though, I may have a new disorder to be vetted for the DSM, the bible of mental illness: converted cargo trailer dysmorphic disorder, in which the sufferer sees his or her cargo trailer as being bigger or smaller, grander or plainer, better or worse organized than it actually is.


Brambles and Scrapes

Monday, July 13, 2015

A few weeks ago I wrote about the Oregon Trail computer game, and recently I’ve been re-reading Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove tetralogy, which of course puts me in mind of one of my 10 favorite movies: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


The Reality of Living In Less Than 200 Square Feet

Monday, June 29, 2015

Now that the Liberty Home is in one place, and has stayed put for 10 days, the reality of living in less than 200 square feet without water has revealed the challenges of daily life.


“Welcome to Raymond”

Monday, June 22, 2015

Instead of the town that didn’t want us, the Liberty Home has been welcomed with much pomp, circumstance and ceremony into Raymond.


Oregon Trail, Old Folk Songs and a Frozen or Flooding River

Friday, June 5, 2015

In Oregon Trail, setting out from town was the first stage. Before the game could proceed, though, a river needed to be crossed. In the Liberty Home version, we are at that river metaphorically.


Meet The Folks Moving The Liberty Home Forward

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hecticity—a made-up word—describes life from the perspective of the Liberty Homes project. Hectic on all fronts, the final stages of initial construction draw to a close this week.


The Work Of Making A Box A Home: Interview With Dan D.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dan D. is head of construction on the Liberty Home Project. I interviewed him on Friday, May 15th to learn more about the process of making the cargo trailer a home. Q: What’s been completed on the Liberty Home? A: The electrical work is done, including a small solar panel that can be moved in […]


The Liberty Home, The Complications of Life, And Me

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Work on the home continues in the Liberty House driveway, with a target of 10 days to completion. At that point, we’re moving it off the property and onto its permanent site.


Tentative Work Schedule

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A gratifying number of folks have volunteered to help with construction; finally, we have some dates and needs to be met.


Steps Forward in the Liberty Home Project

Monday, April 27, 2015

Let’s take an inventory of where the Liberty Home project stands as of Monday, April 27th, 2015.


LED There Be Light!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When Lucy and I started sleeping in the box a fortnight ago, we were in the dark all night long.


The Stickiness of an Idea

Thursday, April 16, 2015

“Stickiness” as a concept outside of materials engineering has been given short shrift. Consider the German word Ohrwurm, or “ear worm,” a catchy piece of music that burrows through your ear and into your brain.


Today We Leapt Forward in the Art of Living in the Box

Monday, April 13, 2015

Having almost no practical experience in life, the idea of connecting the Mr. Heater to a 20-pound tank (like those used in your backyard grill) had terrified the bejeezus out of me.