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Little House

Normally seven residents share the Little House.  This is few enough that to keep out of each others way with less strict rules than houses with more than ten people often require.  We have two bathrooms, a kitchen, a pantry, and a living room.

In the kitchen we each get a cupboard or two to ourselves, and share a refrigerator with one other resident.  We all share the gas oven, stove top, and microwave oven. 

This house uses less gas & electricity than any of the 4 other houses.  This is largely resident habits (turn off unused lights, close doors in winter, never set thermostat above 70°F), partly cozy house architecture (fans & trees shade reduce need for AC), and partly technological modifications (High quality LED lights sip power; incandescent here is halogen).1

Living Room:
Little House Plants
L LivRm bikes

Quite simple, wood floors, bay window faces south yet is shaded by trees.
  We normally have a couch and a table in there.  My camera underexposed the center photo due to sunlight from the windows.  Floor lamps light the room at night, since there is no ceiling fixture.  LED string lights provide night light sufficient to walk to the bathroom.  S windows provide abundant daylight.

We'll update house photos once the stucco brown coat, new roof trim, 3 new windows, and fresh painting of the trim are complete.  For now we strategize what sequence we can establish gardens without damage from construction. We are impacient because we did not plant most the garden last year in anticipation of construction.

Currently this serves as the garden tool shed, but people still chat and some smoke out here in the shade of the porch.  Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside our buildings, but some does waft in from time to time.  Fortunately there is another entrance.  


Having a trash closet is good.  Having pot racks is a big improvement.  One may store 2 pans on the rack, but extras go back in the laundry room because kitchen space is limited.  When we have 8 residents, due to a double occupancy, we may need to get a 4rth fridge because we've been enjoying the extra kitchen space.  This is a small kitchen if 3 people want to cook at once.

Long ago Little House had no kitchen, and residents ate in the main house.  A stainless steal bucket collects food scrap for garden compost.
L Kitch NW
L Kitchen NE
winter harvest

Tile floors and walls simplify cleaning when one makes a mess. When one is dirty from a game of soccer or gardening one can come directly in the back door and into this bathroom to shower off in the tub.
This is the most used bathroom because it is convenient for rooms upstairs. It has significant shelf space for everyone's extra hygiene items.

Doubles as a storage room.  Never tidy, but it is finished with tile floor.

Every room in the Little House has a closet.  Your room is your secure private space.

Two rooms are available as of Dec 2.  People are expressing interest in applying, yet still no application has been submitted for either room..

Rent is slightly higher without a 6mo lease, %20 higher for double occupancy, and $25 lower for those actively serving on the board of directors.  Residents may rent one car spot for $10/mo.  Extra car spots are less than $30 paid monthly by non-residents.

 Size  Windows  
 $250/mo  5'x12'
  1.5 Grey Commercial Berber carpet over concrete floor, painted trim, odd floor layout, Ventilation pipes reduce head space. Directly across hall from bathroom, next to the kitchen, and 3 steps from the door to the parking lot.  This a room for someone on the go.
 L11  $330/mo  available
 2 Wood floor, wood trim, and a beautiful shelves set in one of the walls.  No real closet.  Windows face N (car lot), and E (onto the porch).  Location is right next to the front door, so this is a great room for one who likes to read out on the porch.
L11 SW
L11 NE
L11 SE
 L12  $265/mo  6'x12'
Wood floor, wood trim, 2 wall sconces for light.
The closet has a clothes rod, three drawers, and significant overhead storage.
The garden view is wonderful through the West facing window, one can see ones car in the lot if one parks in certain spots, and the white oak tree provides summer shade to make the room comfortable. It would be a challenge for anyone to climb into this window, yet one can escape in an emergency.  We expect to have the new window before August.
 L13 $290/mo 131ft2  2 Tan plush carpeted floor.  Nice little closet.  Plenty of shelving on the walls for textbooks..

Windows face W & N, to look out at the rain garden, or at cars in the lot.

Available for sublease 3 Aug - 3 Sept.  --Current resident can put personal stuff into storage.

 L21 $405/mo  245ft2  3 Wood floor, wood trim, windows face S & one E, and a nice closet.
The largest room in this house, so one may isolate their sleeping area from a study and quest area.
 L22 $290/mo  135ft2  4 Wood floor, wood trim.  The garden view is wonderful through the 4 West facing windows, the white oak tree provides needed summer shade to make the room comfortable, and one can look down upon the car lot to see quests arrive.  The closet is large enough, that residents have slept their.
This room is beautiful in summer.
It had a roof leak and feckless insulation made it not for the cold intolerant during winter due to old windows.

We have a new metal roof with R37 insulation, proper ventilation to carry away excess summer heat, and and a light color to reflect excess summer radiation.  We'll share photos once the 2 new windows sliding windows are in.
L22 SWe anticipate no more cold Winter drafts by windows and sufficient heat.
L22 NW
Tree shade kept this room cool enough in Summer, but our tree has Oak Wilt Disease so a cool roof matters to stay cool.

 L23  $305/mo  147ft2  2

Might be available 3-11-'14
Wood floor, painted wood trim.  Windows face N and E.  One sees a dorm of the St.Paul campus across the street. Closet is a modest size with clothes rod and floor space in back.  The wood bed frame has 2 drawers and shelf space conveniently underneath.  So far everyone has enjoyed the huge wood desk.  This is good, because moving it out would be difficult.
L23 closet
L23 NW

1 To be honest this old house with forced air heat cannot reach 85°F in rooms L12, L22, or L23 on very cold days without bothersome dessication issues that will remain until we residents convince MSC to fund house and heating system modifications. Our argument is simple, we pay the same rent per square foot as anyone else in MSC while we are a household that consumes less, costs less, and offers less shared space per person than any other house in MSC. Conservation is good by choice --we are proud to help fund needed improvements elsewhere-- but on cold windy winter nights we are not able to provide the warmth some modern people prefer in 3 of our 7 rooms.  Taking advantage of past neglect of our House, we have plans to make our house the most comfortable in MSC by replacing the roof, removing the obsolete chimney, instaling a dual zone micro-boiler to provide both hot water and radiant heat, replacing key windows --in rooms L12,13,22,23--, and running modern ventilation ducts that will one day carry the right amount of cooled or warmed air to each room after we upgraded all L-House windows and tightened air leeks sufficient for that to be necessary and affordable.