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8 Survival Tips For Your Tiny House Build. Having been involved in several construction projects over the last 20 years, I am deeply familiar with the physical and emotional process that happens when building. I liken it to the process of being in labor, something I have experienced twice being a mother of two. As it is with labor, just because I have been through it before doesn’t mean that I have figured it out and that I won’t go through many of the same challenges and frustrations that I have experienced before. When a process is intense, it is easy to forget and draw upon the learnings previously received which is why it is so helpful to have a variety of emotional tools to deal with challenges as they arise. Below are 8 survival tips for your tiny house build. 1.

The “Just Do It’ principle: I would say this one is at the top of my list. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. For me, the process of building a house is like riding through a series of emotional peaks and lows. What about you? Solutions To The Top 5 Tiny House Limitations. By Gabriella Morrison Do you want to live tiny but are worried about having to make too many sacrifices in space and comfort? We were too but can say with total confidence and from experience that with the right design and house size choice, you can go tiny and still live extremely comfortably. We will assume that if you are reading this article on TinyHouseBlog.com that you share some (if not all) of the same dreams, goals, and values that we do.

Living a life that is mortgage/rent inexpensive or free, that is abundant in time for travel, hobbies, family and friends, that is peaceful and harmonious is what we have been working towards for decades. We were so committed to creating that lifestyle for ourselves that we took a risk and built a tiny house (221 SF on a 28′ trailer + 128 SF in lofts) rather than a more conventionally sized home. We were prepared (and willing!) To make significant sacrifices in square footage to achieve our life goals. Small & tiny home ideas. Macro Eco Solutions. O Eco Solutions. Self Sufficient Home. VentureBeat | Tech News That Matters. Meet Jivr, the chainless e-bike that wants to revolutionize city cycling | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Paul Sawers. Commuters the world over face the perennial problem of how to optimize their journey to work: What time should I leave?

Is the connection running on time? Will bad weather mean the train’s too full? Am I better off just taking the car? One solution for many workers is to travel by bike — it’s easier to create a consistent travel time for starters, with traffic, weather, and other unforseen delays having minimal impact for nimble two-wheeled travelers. It’s estimated that at least 200,000 people cycle through New York alone each and every day, a figure similar to London, which is testament to the practicalities of bikes when traversing large conurbations.

It’s against this backdrop that Jivr is looking to make its mark, with a new chainless, folding, electric/mechanical hybrid bike. Meet Jivr Jivr’s motor is located on the front wheel and promises around 20 miles per charge, depending on how many hills you climb; the charge takes around 90 minutes from empty. Market The price is right. SYNTHETIC SEEDS A VIABLE APPROACH FOR CONSERVATION AND PROPAGATION OF PHYTOREMEDIANT HERB : Bacopa monnieri (L.) WETTST. Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Lunar, Martian and Planetary Architecture - Cal-Earth Building Designs. MAGMA, CERAMIC, AND FUSED ADOBE STRUCTURES GENERATED IN SITUWritten By: E. Nader Khalili The accumulated human knowledge of "universal elements" can be integrated with space-age technology to serve human needs on Earth; its timeless materials and timeless principles can also help achieve humanity’s quest beyond this planet.

Two such areas of knowledge are in earth architecture and in ceramics, which could be the basis for a breakthrough — in scales, forms, and functions — in low gravity fields and anhydrous-vacuum conditions. With the added missing link of the element of fire (heat), traditional earthen forms can be generated on other celestial bodies, such as the Moon and Mars, in the form of magma structure, ceramic structure, and fused adobe structure. Ceramic modules can also be generated in situ in space by utilizing lunar or meteoritic resources. Timeless Materials — Timeless Principles Magma Structure Prefabricated Magma Members Ceramic Structure Fused Adobe Structure Acknowledgments. Ecovative Design | Ecovative Design. Capture solar power with your curtains. LONDON, England (CNN) -- Imagine every time you closed your curtains, you were capturing enough solar energy to power your laptop.

The technology is available, but no one's packaged it up in a handy DIY kit at your local hardware store. Solar textiles use the same technology as traditional solar panels to convert sunlight into energy. Sheila Kennedy hopes to be the first. She's not an interior designer but an architect and professor in practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is convinced that solar textiles will revolutionize the way we collect and consume power.

"I've been thinking about what happens when power and light become flexible, literally flexible," she said. She calls it "soft power," as in the "soft energy path," a term coined Amory Lovins in the 1970s as a way to describe a world where renewable energy would gradually replace the centralized grid. Kennedy's work with soft power builds on both of these ideas. Its limitations are its performance. South African Student Invents Waterless Bathing. Solar water heating. Solar water heating (SWH) or solar hot water (SHW) systems comprise several innovations and many mature renewable energy technologies that have been well established for many years. SWH has been widely used in Australia, Austria, China, Cyprus, Greece, India, Israel, Japan and Turkey. In a "close-coupled" SWH system the storage tank is horizontally mounted immediately above the solar collectors on the roof. No pumping is required as the hot water naturally rises into the tank through thermosiphon flow.

In a "pump-circulated" system the storage tank is ground- or floor-mounted and is below the level of the collectors; a circulating pump moves water or heat transfer fluid between the tank and the collectors. SWH systems are designed to deliver hot water for most of the year. Overview[edit] Water heated by the sun is used in many ways. A solar water heater installed on a house in Belgium History[edit] An advertisement for a Solar Water Heater dating to 1902 Mediterranean[edit] Asia-Pacific[edit]

Eat The Enemy: How Eating Autumn Berries Can Help The Environment AND The Fight Against Cancer. This story is part of "Eat The Enemy," a HuffPost series on edible invasive species, non-native plants and animals you can help contain from the comfort of your dinner table. Not all invasive species are edible, and some included in this series can be dangerous, including lionfish and wild boar. Please take caution when foraging or hunting for your own food. The term "invasive species" calls to mind images of aggressive animals that tear up landscapes and destroy everything in their path -- wild boar or Asian carp are well-known culprits -- but would you ever think to include berries on that list?

You're mistaken if you think animals are alone on the invasive species list, because as proven by something as seemingly sweet and innocuous as the "autumn berry," vegetation can be equally threatening to our environment. One documented case of the autumn berry's devastation is the story of Tony Smith, a Virginia farmer whose land has been destroyed by the plant. Not sure how to eat them? Eat The Enemy: How You Can Help The Planet, And Your Appetite, By Dining On Invasive Species. We seem to live in a world of bizarre culinary trends, quickly-evolving health research and a barrage of eat-this-not-that PSAs. Deciding what to put on the dinner table has never been more of a battle, as experts decry America's obsession with meat and factory farming, significant contributors to climate change and the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

But what if there were a sustainable source of food you could eat, and actually help out the planet? And what if it were (mostly) free? Enter the invasive species. The Huffington Post will explore six different alien species that have snarled regional environments around the country: Lionfish along the Eastern Seaboard, bullfrogs in the Pacific Northwest, autumnberries in the Midwest, wild boar in the Southwest, jellyballs in the Gulf of Mexico and Asian carp in the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. So read on and tuck in -- the planet will thank you. All photos via Getty and AP. Start Here - MiniMotives. If you’re new to this blog, welcome! My name is Macy and I am delighted to know others are interested in smaller living.

If you’d like to learn more about me or see the bucket list that started this all feel free to click those links, otherwise feel free to say hi, I would love to know who you are and where you’re from! I had the idea to ‘go tiny’ in November of 2011, by December I was working on getting my trailer ready.

I moved fast, unfortunately construction moved slow :). 18 months after starting my build I moved in, 2 years after starting I officially called my house ‘finished’. I currently live here full time with my daughter (Hazel), my partner (James) and our Great Dane (Denver). Because of how blogs work you sort of have to go through it backwards in order to follow the build from the beginning.

If you don’t want to go through 300+ posts you can learn about my ebook or purchase it HERE. As featured in: Like this: Like Loading... TinyHousers - MiniMotives. Hi Macy. I’ve been meaning to make a list like this one for years, but, alas, now I won’t have to. Thank you so much for taking it on for all of us. I suppose it speaks to the fragility of my own unfettered ego that the first thing I did here was look to see if my closest friends and I are included.

It’s cause for celebration when old-timer-tiny-housers like Les Walker of “Tiny Houses”, Dee Williams of PAD, Greg Johnson of The Small House Society, Steven Marshall of Little House on a Trailer and me can now google “tiny house” and find so much great stuff like your list. We couda’ been contenders, Macy! But seriously, Macy. Jay Shafer fourlightshouses.com. Radiant Floor Heat - A Review - MiniMotives. I often get questions about my radiant floor heat and I realized I never reviewed it… So here we go! Was it ‘worth it’ – It certainly served its purpose as a learning project, I learned how to install and operate it, I have no regrets about adding the thermal mass in the floor (and the extra axle that came with accommodating that). For me this was a learning project and I have indeed learned! Now, Would I do it again? – Naw. I would not. The radiant heat is not the most efficient way to heat the tiny house.

Frankly there are much cheaper ways to heat a tiny house. Now- Just because I am not a fan of the radiant floor doesn’t mean they don’t have merit. I guess in short I would not suggest trying to capture solar heat to heat your space unless you are on a true foundation, same with a hydro set-up. COOLING is another story and thermal mass has been SUPER helpful for that! Like this: Like Loading... Micro Cottages and Tiny Houses from Houseplans.com.

1-800-913-2350 Enter valid plan # (ex: 12-345) Micro Cottage Floor Plans Micro Cottage floor plans with less than 1,000 square feet of heated space -- sometimes much less -- are rapidly growing in popularity. The smallest, including the Four Lights Tiny Houses are small enough to mount on a trailer and may not require permits depending on local codes. These tiny house plans are perfect second homes and vacation getaways and, for the right person or couple, make great starter homes to be expanded over time as circumstances and budgets allow. Read More More... Narrow by Features Clear Sort By Signature Plan 917-4 on sale for $656.10 Plan 498-3 on sale for $810.00 Plan 890-1 on sale for $742.50 Plan 497-23 on sale for $356.40 Plan 891-3 on sale for $1575.00 Plan 449-14 on sale for $675.00 Plan 917-2 on sale for $944.10 Plan 479-9 on sale for $1552.50 Plan 497-14 on sale for $445.50 Plan 48-641 from $525.00 Plan 426-16 on sale for $517.50 Plan 915-8 on sale for $683.10 Plan 479-10 on sale for $1552.50.

Tiny Houses | Tiny Home Builders. What is a tiny house? A tiny house is a small house that is sized such that it can fit on a trailer. In most areas this means that it can’t be bigger than 8 feet 6 inches wide, 13 feet 6 inches tall, and 40 feet long. The houses are built on trailers since they are too small to be allowed as permanent structures according to most local code enforcement agencies.

Why would I live in a tiny house? For many, the dream of owning their own house is only that, a dream. Another advantage of tiny houses is gained time. Another advantage is that the houses can be moved. Finally, one last reason to living in a tiny house is conservation. Why wouldn’t I just buy an RV? RV’s are great for travel, but not so great to live in. Have more questions? Looking for a house for your dog or maybe just a small project to get you started, take a look at our modernDog dog house. Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart. We've all seen the men and women who live out of shopping carts in cities throughout the world, but imagine if they could add one of Kevin Cyr's awesome pop-up tents to the mix. The Camper Kart is a portable home that boasts a cozy-looking bed, a lantern and even storage space.

The earth-friendly shelter is made largely out of recycled materials that could potentially give the world's less fortunate a sheltered, private space in which to lay their heads at night. Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don’t have the resources to build their own home – no matter how small it is. It weighs very little, features mesh walls that allow the tent to breathe and it folds down into a wooden box made of what appear to be recycled pieces of wood.

This inconspicuous intervention makes the the cart look very uninteresting to passersby and could well avert would-be thieves. Tiny House Talk. Sell mobile phones: Sell your unwanted mobile phone - mobile phone recycling. Cashmyfone is the UK's fastest growing mobile phone recycling company in the uk and heres why; At cashmyfone.co.uk we guarantee to beat all other mobile phone recycling companies on price for high end handsets. If you find a better price, feel free to give us a call and we promise to beat or match the price. Unlike other mobile recycling companies we actually buy brand new handsets as well offering the highest prices in the industry so if you have an unwanted upgrade or a brand new handset why not see what we can offer you.

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