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About | offgridcabin. This blog is about the design and construction of an off-grid system in Upper Michigan. The purpose of the offgridcabin is to contribute to the off-grid community by basically saying, “well, that worked out pretty well” or, “well, that wasn’t such a good idea. I think next time I’d… ” The quick statistics on the system (as of July 2011) 3000 Watt Xantrex MS3000 inverter with control panel14 x 225 Ah deep cycle lead-acid batteries (Johnson Controls)810 Watts of solar (6 x 135 Kyocera LPU 12V panels)3000 Watt Honda EU3000 generator with RF remote starter4 x 350 Lumen 12V LED security lights with motion sensorVictron BMV 600s battery monitor (meter 103′ from shunt)Liquid propane refrigeratorGas heater in garage and cabinFree-standing wood burner in cabin And one more thing… My parents are retired Wisconsin elementary teachers.

And yet another thing (2014)… I’m now an alumni of UW Oshkosh and UW Madison. Cheers, Sam Like this: Like Loading... Build a dry stack wood-fired pizza oven comfortably in one day! – Page 2 – Your Projects@OBN. Last Updated on June 29, 2018 Step 1: Build your base As with any construction, your base (or foundation) is the most critical element.

Ensure your stacks are on firm ground and that they are level or your oven will not be! The centre column of blocks is needed to ensure there is no sag in your oven floor. Your chosen height will be dependent on both your block size and also personal preference. Being tall, I like a working surface of 90 – 95 centimetres. Step 2: The cooking base This layer of bricks allows air to circulate beneath the flames and also is essential in building and retaining the heat needed for great pizza and breads. Step 3: Constructing the oven walls Ensure you use a running bond pattern for your bricks or your walls will lack stability. Step 4: Adding the dry-stacked brick roof Your oven won’t get hot without a way to trap the heat.

Step 5: Find your favourite pizza and bread recipes and start cooking! Paul Corsetti is a landscape designer and design consultant. Build Your Own $20 Outdoor Cob Pizza Oven | The Year of Mud. I must admit, I’m a bit of a breadhead. Few things are as exciting to me as freshly baked bread with a dab of butter, or hot and greasy scallion pancakes, or fluffy and airy naan, or a pizza fresh from the hearth of a wood-fired cob oven. (That last one trumps all the others.) I thrive on bread. I love eating it, and of course I love making and baking it, too. Earlier in the year, the idea of baking in the outdoors in a wood-fired oven became something of a romanticized (in every positive sense of the word) notion to me. So I picked up a copy of Kiko Denzer’s Build Your Own Earth Oven, a little gem of a book covering the construction of cob ovens from the ground up. How To Build an Outdoor Pizza Oven The Foundation With little more than some clay, sand, sawdust, brick, some recycled beer bottles and old cinder blocks, I had everything I needed to make my own oven.

The Fire Brick Oven Hearth (Laying out the beer bottles, and later, filling in with sawdust/clay mortar) Sizing the Cob Oven. Ceramic Water Filter – Monolithic Marketplace. Chalet Plan. Designed for the mountains, this vacation home has a large window wall and deck facing the mountain view. The master bedroom bedroom is on the upper floor. 672 sq. ft. interior plus 135 sq. ft. upper floor (807 sq. ft. total), 2 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 27' x 31' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. I've tried to return to the sizes prevalent 50-100 years ago, when an 800 sq. ft. bungalow was perfectly satisfactory. People didn't feel deprived or poor in these houses.

In fact, 800 sq. ft. is spacious in comparison to many houses around the world. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Comfort Homes. Design Collection Archive - Quality Homes | Official Website | Custom Modular Home Builder. DIY Party Barge for an Epic Summer. Money didn’t stop these ambitious guys from having an epic summer. Instead of buying a pontoon or boat, they instead opted to build their own party barge using mostly old pallets and some barrels. Sure, there’s some assembly required and it’s mostly a glorified raft. But this is a huge improvement to the type of raft Huckleberry Finn built.

If you can get your hands on old pallets or barrels for free, why wouldn’t you put them to good use and make a party barge for you and your friends to enjoy? Collect all your materials, which include pallets, old plastic barrels, ratchet straps, and some miscellaneous lumber. Cut and add some cross beams to the bottom of the decking to make a platform in sections. Next, use cheap ratchet straps to secure the barrels to the bottom of the platform. Once built, take apart in sections and transport to your favorite fishing hole. Don’t forget to add your necessary entertainment items (e.g., coolers, canopies, chairs, tables, fishing rods etc.). DIY Solar Oven. One of the most eco-friendly, simplest and safest ways to cook food is with a solar oven. Follow our DIY Solar Oven instructions to build your own. By Kristina Mercedes Urquhart and Ian Urquhart Manufactured solar cookers can cost in the hundreds of dollars, but you can build one yourself and adjust it to suit your needs for around $75 (or less).

Designed with the urban farmer in mind, the "Uniquely Urquhart” solar oven uses minimal power tools and can be constructed in an apartment or on a patio or balcony. Several additions to the oven are optional, and if you’re thrifty with recycled materials, consider using cardboard boxes instead of plywood for a lighter model. Photo by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart It doesn't take a lot of tools and materials to build your own solar oven. What You'll Need: Tools needed include: box cutter handsaw pencil power drill sandpaper screwdriver tape measure Oven Instructions Follow these step-by-step instructions to build your oven box. Reflector Instructions. ESCAPE ONE XL: Beautiful 30' Zen Tiny House on Wheels. On August 22, 2017 This is the new ESCAPE ONE XL. It’s a beautiful zen tiny house on wheels that’s 30′ long (35′ if you include the hitch). It gives you almost 400 sq. ft. of space inside. Enjoy the tour (there’s a video below too), learn more, and then let me know what you think in the comments!

Video Tour Highlights Pricing starts at $69,800Just under 400 sq. ft. inside30′ long (35′ with hitch)Interior height is just over 11′Two large lofts just under 5′ highOne loft is 10′ long, the other is 5′ longNormal staircase to main loftBig bathroom with optional washer/dryer Lots more options. Resources Our big thanks to Dan for sharing! Share this with your friends/family using the e-mail/social re-share buttons below. If you liked this you’ll LOVE our Free Daily Tiny House Newsletter with more! More Like This: Explore our Tiny Houses Section See The Latest: Go Back Home to See Our Latest Tiny Houses The following two tabs change content below.

Related. Fold-Out Convertible Desk – The Owner-Builder Network. Get Rid Of Wasps: Traps & Tips. If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you know they live up to their reputation of being aggressive and having painful stings. When you regularly spot them in your yard, chances are there’s a nest on your property or nearby. These are not pests that you want hanging about, especially if you have children running around. The best way to get rid of them is to find the nest and destroy it, but if you can’t find it or if it’s not on your property, you can use traps to tempt them away from high-traffic areas to another part of the yard to kill them. New for 2012: Here’s a quick DIY I saw on my local news (tv) using an empty jar, orange juice and a bit of jam (you’ll find the soda pop bottle versions I published previously underneath): Here are directions for two easy homemade wasp traps, they require the same materials and and have the same concept, but two different designs (one’s ideal for hanging, the other for setting on the ground).

Ground Version Hanging Version Tips: Bait Ideas. Home Plan CH280. How to Purify Water for Drinking: 8 Proven Methods – World Water Reserve. Water filtration is probably the most common method of purification for personal consumption, mainly because of its versatility and ease of use. Water filtration systems come in many forms and sizes, some of which are even portable. The most common water filtration systems are integrated with household sinks and refrigerators by connecting to the waterline. How Do Filters Work? The pore size of the filter, usually measured in microns, will determine what will be filtered through. While a standard micron size of 0.2 is small enough to block heavy metals such as lead and copper and large parasites such as Cryptosporidium, it will not block viruses.

Filtration systems use activated carbon and charcoal arranged in a cylindrical or round block. Active carbon is highly effective in removing 81 chemicals from water. The inner filter will need to be replaced periodically. Portable Water Filters. Prefab homes and modular homes in Canada: Shelter Home Systems. Prefab homes and modular homes in Canada: Shelter Home Systems. Prefab Homes Ontario: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Ontario Home Builders. A prefab or modular home is a home that is partially built in a plant and then shipped to a construction site where it is set on a previously constructed foundation. While a typical one-story bungalow consists of two or three modules, larger custom homes might use five or more of varying dimensions.

Prefab Homes – Ontario The prefab homes Ontario industry mentions many advantages of using modular home construction. It’s literature often states that it is more cost effective and time efficient compared to conventional “stick-built” home construction. However, all home building comes with some hurdles. Prefab’s Claims to Fame There are a variety of claims made by prefab industry to support the idea that this method of home construction is the best way to present modern architecture to the masses.

Prefab homes cost lessPrefab homes take less time to buildPrefab homes create less wastePrefab home is more “Green.” Prefab Homes Cost Less a.) Prefab Homes Take Less Time to Build: Financing: Solar Oval Cob Plan. Small Cob Series No permit required - passive solar - small cob buildings SOLAR OVAL ONE is a compact passive solar design with a loft which can be an outbuilding for many possible uses. It has many valuable and green/sustainable features: Building with cob allows the use of local sustainable materials. In many areas the earth at your site can be used and only water, sand and straw will need to be brought to your site to make your cob.

The cob is mixed right where you are building and stacked up on an impervious foundation. Floor Plan THE SMALL COB SERIES is a set of small cob structures designed to not require building permits. Solar Oval One is a 120 interior sf. cob design intended to not require a building permit. Section looking North The introduction of irregular, non rectilinear and curved walls into your building creates a link between you, your building and the natural world.

The materials needed to make a cob structure are generally very simple and there are many options: Solareon Court Plan. Solareon Court Angus Macdonald, Designer Arial View from Southeast The Solareon Court plan features a greenhouse type courtyard with a clerestory facing south. It can be built into a hillside, or superinsulated on flat land. The structure features a post & beam solar greenhouse room with a glass block fountain. Interior plan is open and simple, suitable for Ikea style wardrobes and storage units. HOUSE AREA: 1,091 sq.ft., courtyard area: 221, BUILDING AREA: 1,312 sq.ft. Floor Plan As for materials: masonry for the rear & side walls for both strength and thermal inertia of the earth tempered style homes; insulated galvanized steel framing for the front walls and partitions, for longevity and resistance to termites, mold, mildew etc.

Cutaway View. Spiral Dome Magic Plans. This highly unique home combines the Peace Dome and Spiral Houses, which are also available separately. But by combining them it really creates a truly exciting design. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof. Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, window and door glazing, and suntubes. Distinguishing features include two bedrooms, masonry two-way fireplace, covered porch and cool pantry for storage of food (no electricity required for refrigeration). This home meets zero energy standards. 452 sq. ft. interior dome, 740 sq. ft. interior spiral, plus pantry, 2 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 42' x 57' plus buttresses.

My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. The Plans for Sale. Spiral Earthbag House Plan. This unique, almost Hobbit-like earth-sheltered spiral design includes a large grow bed, exposed timber ceiling and living roof. Ample light is provided by the window wall next to the grow bed, windows, skylight and suntubes. 740 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath; footprint: 31' x 40' My main goal has been to reduce the cost of housing, while also making the designs sustainable, easy to build and livable.

The easiest way to cut costs is to build small, so almost every plan I design is less than 1,000 interior square feet. I've tried to return to the sizes prevalent 50-100 years ago, when an 800 sq. ft. bungalow was perfectly satisfactory. Cost: How much do alternative houses cost? Kitchens: A great deal of thought has gone into the kitchens I design. Baths: Most baths are standard 5 feet wide. Floors: I recommend floors made of earth, stone or recycled brick. Plaster: Most people use earth or lime plaster on earthbag houses. Windows: All windows are standard sizes. The Plans for Sale. Taylor :: Sea Hawk Homes. Home > Home Plans > Cottage And Country > Taylor Taylor 28' x 48' Also in this section Home | FAQ | Contact Us | About Us | Why Seahawk?

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