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This is really about tiny houses. Not so much the movable on-trailer types but rather the small off grid shacks that stand on their own. I don't mind the trailer types for inspiration tho but ideally I would like the living area to be double of them.

Light straw or hemp

Untitled. Near Vancouver, There Is A “Secret” Island Where Everyone Lives Completely Off-Grid. There is a small island between Vancouver Island and Vancouver called Lasqueti that is 12 miles long and 3 miles wide.

Near Vancouver, There Is A “Secret” Island Where Everyone Lives Completely Off-Grid

On this island, there is a community living off the grid who enjoys being separate from the mainstream Canadian culture. Most of the residents live simply. They have very little in the way of industry or economy and because they take almost nothing from the land their carbon footprint is rather small. According to the 2011 census , there are 426 people living there however the communities website says there are actually only around 350 permanent residents which include 70 children. Lasqueti is “an island of individuals, with poets, artists, physicists, fishermen, loggers, tree planters, designers, professional musicians, published authors, some small scale manufacturers, some commercial agriculture as well as professional consultants in education, engineering, forestry and alternate energy.” – Lasqueti Community blog. The island also features one cafe and one bar.

On wheels

In the canopy. Floating livaboard. Tiny. Strawbale. The Living Cube by Till Koenneker. Germany-born, Switzerland-based designer Till Koenneker took matters into his own hands when he moved into a studio apartment that had no storage.

The Living Cube by Till Koenneker

Building a simple cube-like design, called The Living Cube, he found space for his vinyl collection, TV, clothes, and shoes. On top of the cube, Koenneker was able to incorporate a bed for guests and inside houses a much-needed storage space. Koenneker sketched out his ideas and had them built by Remo Zimmerli. Working with the space he had, The Living Cube, essentially a large piece of furniture, was built for his personal needs and solves a lot of issues. I loved that they used virtually ever square inch of the cube and made it functional.


Rammed earth. Cob. Bamboo structures. Yurts and tipi's. Geodesic domes. Other beautiful structures. Shacks. Shipping Containers. Alt heating. Alt power. Alt.water. Alt Laundry. Alt.sanitation. Alt lighting. Making sawhorses. It seems like there are as many variations on sawhorse designs as there are woodworkers.

Making sawhorses

Here's how I build mine. How to Build Dirt Cheap Houses. The following list summarizes some of the potential savings from using natural building materials and alternative construction methods.

How to Build Dirt Cheap Houses

If you’re wondering why they’re not more widely used, it’s because contractors, banks, realtors and others in the housing industry make more profit from the current system. It’s up to you to get informed and switch to a sustainable lifestyle. 1. Foundation: Insulated frost-protected foundations do not have to be as deep as standard foundations and therefore use fewer materials, require less excavation and backfill, less form work and less labor. Earthbag foundations – polypropylene bags filled with gravel, scoria or pumice on a rubble trench – make an excellent foundation. 2. Cracking The Code: Tiny Houses And Building Codes – The Tiny Life. So many of you have heard about my ebook that I have been working on, I have been putting it together over the past few months and it is finally here!

Cracking The Code: Tiny Houses And Building Codes – The Tiny Life

You can check it out here This guide is designed to help you navigate all the red tape when it comes to tiny housing. I have designed this manual to help you quickly familiarize yourself with some of the key bureaucratic road blocks, suggest possible pathways to building your home from the legal perspective, and several strategies to make it a success. If you are hoping to build a tiny house, this is information that you will need. For those who purchases this they will also get and additional 180 pages of reference materials and free updates on future versions!

Natural Building Books. Assemblages Japonais. Timber Framing Scarf Joint. Make Papercrete - Home. Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts. The One Community Earthbag Construction Village (Pod 1) Open Source Hub. Uld this favela be the blueprint for how our cities should look by 2050? - Green Living - Environment.

The tight-knit structure of settlements built in the Middle Ages serves as an important lesson on making modern developments compact and keeping key services easily accessible to the people using them, says former government adviser Sir David King.

uld this favela be the blueprint for how our cities should look by 2050? - Green Living - Environment

While slums represent urban living at its worst, the way they have been built pragmatically to suit the needs of their residents also shows how developments should embrace the “self-organised development” in South American favelas, he said. As chairman of the Future Cities Catapult urban innovation group, Sir David will tonight argue at a London conference that low-carbon cities cannot be developed without much more detailed data about how major urban areas actually work.

Speaking ahead of the event, organised by the Ashden environmental charity, he said he regards the medieval cities of Europe as “an exemplar of a direction to go”. But modern urban design abroad can also provide inspiration. Green Roof Systems.