- 10/12/2016Vivid colors and a light-filled interior beckon tiny house aficionados to NestHouse, designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. Avery’s goal was to create a super sustainable, super efficient tiny home, and he succeeded with the gorgeous NestHouse. Blending retro and Scandinavian aesthetics, the tiny home boasts an off-grid option, creative storage, and even a wee bathtub.
NestHouse has it all: Passive design. Sustainability. Energy efficiency. At 3.4 meters, or a little over 11 feet, wide, and with three options for varying lengths, the house can be 107 to 320 square feet. Starting prices are very reasonable: 17,000 to 38,000 pounds, or almost $21,400 to nearly $48,000, with the goal that the final build will be under 50,000 pounds, or close to $63,000. The home can be hooked up to the grid, fully off-grid, or run on hybrid power.
Not only does NestHouse offer a quaint, eco-friendly option for everyone from first time homeowners to empty nesters seeking to downsize, now Avery’s homes will help house the homeless too. Social Bite, an Edingburgh-based charity combating homelessness – and supported by Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney – is building a Tiny House Village that will be populated with ten of Avery’s homes.
- 08/12/2016I think this Kodasema idea from KODA in Estonia is really great.
"Named KODA, the mobile house prototype contains an open-plan living space and mezzanine bedroom within its 25-square-metre footprint, and also includes a built-in terrace in front of its glazed frontage."
- read about it over @ dezeen.comKodasema creates tiny prefab house that moves with its ownerswww.dezeen.com This tiny prefabricated dwelling by design collective Kodasema is designed to allow its residents up sticks and move to a new location in less than a...
- 09/12/2016Tiny House Trends: Homelessness & Sustainability.
Having been interested in tiny houses for a while now, I continue to be pleasantly surprised by new developments in the movement. One of the more recent developments in the many uses for tiny houses is making permanent housing the first, most crucial part of a comprehensive strategy to help counteract homelessness. Home ownership is a significant step forward for most members of the homeless community. It is perhaps the most important factor involved in restoring a sense of dignity for a homeless individual.
As Kelly Schwend, Maureen Cluskey, and Michael Cordell point out in their 2015 SAGE Open study, “Lifestyles and Goals of Homeless Male Shelter Users,” structured, goal-oriented programming is essential “To move individuals from poverty, addiction, chronic disease, and homelessness to self-sufficiency and reintegration into society.” In other words, a permanent home alone is not enough. Individuals also need a built-in support system and goals to work toward. Therefore, the addition of a network of career mentors, coaches, and teachers, for example, helps immensely. http://greenbuildingelements.com/2015/08/20/tiny-house-trends-homelessness-sustainability/
Comments10/12/2016 #7 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#5 @Randy Keho - I've just come across this stunning Tiny House that I think you might like. It's passive and energy efficient - "At 3.4 meters, or a little over 11 feet, wide, and with three options for varying lengths, the house can be 107 to 320 square feet. Starting prices are very reasonable: 17,000 to 38,000 pounds, or almost $21,400 to nearly $48,000, with the goal that the final build will be under 50,000 pounds, or close to $63,000."
http://inhabitat.com/charming-off-grid-scandinavian-inspired-tiny-home-is-passive-and-energy-efficient/09/12/2016 #5 Randy KehoA friend and I have been giving these tiny houses some serious consideration, We think they would make an awesome winter, if not permanent, home in sunny Florida. We live in the Midwest and we've had about enough of the brutal winters.
I read recently where they've built a community of tiny houses to serve homeless veterans. I think they're a great idea.
- 30/11/2016Seattle teens build mobile tiny homes for local homeless community.
Last year, with guidance from the non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution and various architecture, construction, and engineering professionals, a group of teens designed seven tiny homes for the Nickelsville homeless community network in Seattle. With construction, made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign, nearing completion, the team is back with plans to build four more moveable eco-friendly structures, including a tiny house duplex that’s ideal for families.
To read more go to:- http://inhabitat.com/seattle-teens-build-mobile-tiny-homes-for-local-homeless-community/
- Producer30/09/201623 Surprisingly Gorgeous Homes Made From Shipping ContainersThis is a shipping container. It’s used to transport large amounts of goods on boats and on trains. By itself, it’s pretty boring. But with a little imagination, the shipping container becomes a cheap, reliable building block that can be...
- 24/08/2016So excited - at the end of the month, I will get to stay in an off grid mountain yurt for a long weekend. As all the locals are coming back from the summer season - the weekend is two days longer and still half the price of a peak summer stay. I cannot wait to do some hiking, biking, camping, cooking and reading out in the middle of nowhere. Actual pics after it happens. But I could definitely live in a yurt..... I might even paint mine in circus colors .30 foot Yurt Construction Build a 30 foot Pacific Yurt in 300...
Comments24/08/2016 #4 Brian McKenzie#2 @Irene Hackett There is a company out of Oregon called Pacific Yurt that sends the kits nationally. Very affordable and easy to set up with minimal crew - I helped a friend build one; It took 8 guys a weekend to build , after the concrete slab was poured. Had there not been beer and tall tales to tell - we probably could have done it in just one day. .
- 24/08/2016This company is building houses from old plastic New Zealand-based inventor and engineer Peter Lewis wanted to give used plastic a permanent purpose. http://www.byfusion.com/...
- 21/08/2016If you need to get off grid but still need some power - without building a power station of your own. Great for camping, boating, RVing - or living in a van down by the river.My New Zamp 40 Watt Portable Solar Charging System Model ZS 40 P This is a brief video to show you the new solar power system I will be using for my portable ham radio videos starting in 2015. This is the Zamp 40 Watt...
- 21/08/2016I built one of these in my old back yard - I wanted a secure place to park the BBQ and a clean place to work on motor parts that would not be interfered with (nothing drives a wrencher more crazy than tools and parts moved.) I painted out the sides with an all weather white meant for RV roofs - left the sky lights open, and added structure by wedging in salvage doors when I would find them in a piecemail paneling. In summers - I would often sleep out there, because being under the stars took me back to my youth - and the EX would never venture out there for fear of spiders.
For under $1000 dollars - you could have a lockable, skylight studio dwelling that rarely needs heat - resists the elements and assembles quickly.
If I have to do it all over again - this is the first structure I am building on the plot of land - before I take on the barn / garage - meh, who needs a house.How To Build A Greenhouse We show you how to lay a simple jetty-style sleeper deck & then use this as the base for a kit-form...
- Small Spaces - marine life.
I have a crew member that was in my unit that used to build high end luxury boats - the financial crash killed that market in the Seattle region; the only thing worse than the housing crisis was the damage left in the recreation markets (motorcycles included)
Once the boat factory closed - he and a couple of friends started to do custom 'barges' - absolutely no marine power train - no steering, and none of the compliance legalities of traditional houseboats / yachts . Fully equipped with solar power and batter back up - they are every bit as luxurious as the former boatable ones - but at half the price ...... ta-da; and the market was back on. He custom builds 6 a year. - all cash, no financing, and you pay to have it delivered and towed - that is not his gig either.
They would make a great housing alternative ..... even though they are 110- 180 K
- I had to leave University in 1990 to go fight a war (wee-hay) Because of that - I lost my student housing spot in the dorms. When I came back from deployment - there were no vacancies. I still had two quarters to complete my bachelors degree - and was completely shut out of the market.
A friend suggested I check out 'Live Aboards' - University of Washington is surrounded by marinas - and most of the boats are only weekend use - and even then reserved for summer. So I toured the marinas and viola - not only did I score a live aboard - I scored a security job too.
I got paid 300 a month to 'live a board' a 24 foot sail boat and keep the vandals and drunkards away ..... and the official security job paid me nearly 5 times that for doing the exact same thing. The marina had its' own laundromat and shower facilities - so it was more modern than rugged. A great time.
....... and maybe too great - it took me an extra semester to graduate ;)
- Two years after college - a group of us were out helping a friend clear some land, plot out a house and raise a barn. He was getting married and this was going to be the family estate / range (very common in the rural regions of Washington) We were building the barn first because the fiance could not agree on the house .... about anything - the size, the location, the plans, the interior design - hell, they were fighting about flooring of a house that was not even built.
So all 6 of us continued to build the barn that was supposed to be a 8 horse barn with an upper hayloft.
Fed up - he finally called off the wedding - and shut down the whole idea of building a house - instead we framed in, plumbed and wired the 'horse barn' as his house. 25 years later - he has no regrets. dodged the marriage bullet - and a high priced mortgage - and horses, which he didn't like anyways. (PS - if you are not a 'horse person' - don't ever get involved with one that is - I have yet to seen it end well)
There were some great parties out there. Building from plans that are re-purposed from other structures can save you great amounts of money over traditional home construction and prices.
And the open air construction of the barn means that it is great for entertaining.
- One summer I was helping my friend renovate his uncle's cabin -.... I say renovate - it was essentially a complete tear down - it would have been more productive to burn it and start a new - but the county would not give permit to 'new' construction - so rehab it was. I bought a surplus Military GP tent for 300 - and spent all summer living in that as we did basically a ground up make over to the cabin. At the end of the summer - his uncle bought the tent for what I paid - I was back in the dorms in September..... that was one of the best summer's I remember.
It was a great time to learn framing, roofing, electrical and basic plumbing. I am in no way certified in any of them - but if I have to build it - I can get it done. There are few things better than seeing a cabin in the woods raise out of ruins.
- One of the first 'small spaces' that I lived in - a dual axle horse trailer - I ran away from home at 15; I had been working on other peoples farms since 13 - over the course of that time - I saved enough money to buy a second hand trailer from one of the farms I serviced - I got the trailer for 500, and framed it in, and loaded it with a long couch - a dresser and a long closet pole to give me more storage. I tiled it with sticky squares from the hardware store - and all the framed wood was toss out or salvage that I cleaned and prepped. I lived there for a year. When I went to boot camp the guy I bought it from - paid me 15oo for it back - not a bad deal altogether. I have always preferred the small and minimalist escapes.
- A short Tiny home on a Heavy 5.5 Ton axle set up with gas, wired for RV hookups and completely contained for perfect weekend retreat - or living - why pay mortgage ? I like the Murphy bed option better than the tall balcony - it makes for less bumps on my head.Cute Lime Green 72 sqr ft Tiny house by Trekker Trailers Check us out at www.trekkertrailers.com and click on facebook link for more pics and...
- 04/08/2016Create your own backyard geodesic dome with these super affordable DIY kitsinhabitat.com Dome company Freedomes offers two dome kits, Classic and Glamping, for everything from outdoor classrooms to greenhouses to luxury...
- 31/07/2016This belongs in Tiny Homes Hivebrian mckenzie on Twittertwitter.com “Habitat 4 Humanity for Vets https://t.co/aOnEsPTupp via...
- Go to school, get good grades, find a job, get married, have kids, work until the day you retire or die ...... or you could end up living in a van down by the River (more likely - you will end up in a divorce - cleaned out - and ..... yes, living in a van down by the river)
But hey, if ya gotta - do it in style.Dub Box USA | VW Campers | VW Trailers | Food Carts | Event Cartsdub-box-usa.com Dub box USA is a new twist on the tailgate camper, family camper, food cart or event cart. While it might look like we are buying up all the camper vans left in the world, rest assured we are not. Oregon based Dub Box USA manufactures campers,...
- “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
* California designer Gregory Kloehn converted a $2,000 dumpster into a home-away-from-home. ~ this is because he lost his previous house in a divorce - and saddled with alimony and market realities of getting into a new home in his southern California enclave - and the crashed credit score that a divorce and garnishment brings : there was no other real alternative. #MGTOW
Comments10/08/2016 #2 Brian McKenzie#1 @Randy Keho I haven't had a TV in 10 years. I have no idea what is on rotation any more - I haven't been to a movie in nearly 3. I am nearly completely unplugged from the incessant media barrage that is Americana Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Orange is new Black, Walking dead, etc - I only know of them because they come across the social media stream in memes.23/07/2016 #1 Randy KehoI don't know if you get any American network television, but there is a sitcom called, "Broke Girls."One of them started a relationship with a guy who lived in a dumpster like the one pictured. Turns out his family was filthy rich, but he was uncomfortable with their lifestyle.
- “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
Remember - it is not that you dreamed of castles in the sky - it is that you built them there - took the steps to plant them there - that you have made the moves, connections, resources, and strength to manifest your dreams to reality.
- “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
- Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this ~ Henry David Thoreau