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Tiny House

Tiny House
This is journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops. Basically, Dirksen made a documentary on people living in tiny houses. For around five years she was traveling the world and filming these segments. Kirsten Dirksen is co-founder of and a Huffington Post blogger. She has worked for MTV, Oxygen, The Travel Channel and Sundance Channel. From the author: I still live in a relatively spacious 1000 square foot apartment with my family of 4 (soon-to-be 5) and I’m not looking to downsize, but I can’t get enough of these tiny homes. I continue to be impressed by how so many Tiny House People have been able to let go of their stuff and not despite, but because of this, find a certain calm. Watch the full documentary now Related:  built environmentSustainable Tiny Homes

Geonef, alter-ec-home Concept apparu dans les années 70 dans la mouvance hippie du « retour à la Terre », la Géonef (puisqu’il existe une traduction française pour « Earthship », utilisons-la !) est un habitat écologique, relativement facile à construire et peu coûteux (autoconstructeurs à vos pelles !), surtout il tend à l’autosuffisance ! Jetons d’abord un coup d’œil à l’architecture et au mode constructif On reconnaît assez facilement ces Géonefs à leur architecture : de grandes surfaces vitrées exposées plein sud, des pièces construites en enfilade, des murs en terre et matériaux recyclés (pneus, canettes, bouteilles en verre, etc.) et une structure en partie enterrée. Cette courte vidéo montre parfaitement les principes constructifs des Géonefs et offre en accéléré un chantier type : Les buts visés par les autoconstructeurs de ce genre d’habitat sont : d’employer un maximum de déchets et de matériaux naturels (eh oui les pneus remplis de terre damée sont des briques idéales !) Alors à bientôt !

Electric Camper: Tiny Geometric House on Wheels Not only is this highly unusual-looking vehicle a hand-made camper – it runs on electricity. Built from plywood, fiberglass, epoxy resin, bicycle parts and an electric motor, ‘Golden Gate’ by San Francisco artist Jay Nelson is reminiscent of all of those amazing hand-crafted house trucks from the 1970s, but with a very modern power source. The tiny camper measures just 96″x54″x64″, making it just large enough inside to lay down on the bed platform. By day, that platform also serves as the driver’s seat. There are no conventional gas and brake pedals here – the driver uses controls on the steering wheel to operate the vehicle. The Golden Gate is better equipped than you might expect, with a sink, stove, cooler, storage compartments and even a toilet. While its top speed of 20mph and lack of headlights doesn’t exactly make it ideal for traveling long distances, it’s easy to envision owning a tiny house like this for use as a swanky home base for camping.

Pen/stylus made from MAGNETS. POLAR PEN - Modular Tool by Andrew Gardner This modular pen will inspire you at work, school or home. If you enjoy tinkering with things or are fascinated with the power of magnets, then this product is for you. We have found many fun and functional ways of using the POLAR Pen and we are really excited to see what you will come up with. Polar comes in two high quality finishes: Pure Silver, purer than sterling (product will tarnish if left unused, any silver polish will restore finish) and 24 Karat Gold, an elegant deep yellow. Using the silver and gold magnets POLAR lends itself very well to the concept of modular customization; the ability to transform a standard product into something different and unique. Magnets Components There are four unique components excluding the magnets: Cap, Clip, Tip and Stylus. Rubber Components Stylus rubber tip - The stylus tip has been sourced from a leader in stylus tip technology. Silicone rubber tip protector - This component gets inserted into the top magnet in the cap. Features/Tuturials

Habiter-Autrement 3 | These Tiny Wooden Houses Are The College Dorm Of The Future A few years ago, Swedish student housing company AF Bostäder had a young woman from the city of Lund inside live in a tiny house-box--not even 10 square meters large--to test the idea of a cheap, cheerful, and environmentally friendly “smart student unit" that included a toilet, kitchen, and bed. “I think she still lives there,” says Linda Camara of Tengbom Architects, the company behind the 2013 iteration of the living pod--a petite vision in pale wood offset with lime green plant pots, cushions and stools. The premise for the cube, which has been in the works since 2007, is reasonable enough: students live and die on cheap housing, but everyone needs a toilet. It’s taken six years to whittle the tiny houses down to the current cross-laminated wooden test model form. Swedish housing regulations require student apartments to cover a minimum of 25 square meters, but Tengbom’s cubes, designed for students at the University of Lund, are the first known exception.

Vancouver Entrepreneurs: RentMoola Renting instead of buying property is becoming a harsh reality for a lot of Vancouverites. After all, not everyone can afford paying $55 million in cash for a condo. When you rent, there is a lot of paperwork involved, 12 post-dated cheques is usually part of the package. With RentMoola, this process has become cashless and accessible through your favourite rewards credit cards. 1. RentMoola is a mobile and online payment network in partnership with Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express that allows renters and condo owners to pay rent, condo fees and other payments with their favourite rewards credit cards. CEO and Co founder Patrick Postrehovksy was living in Shanghai paying his rent with cash. 2. We have no direct competitors in Canada but several in the US which is a market we are aggressively expending into. 3. For the most part we’ve stayed away from the Vancouver startup scene but have built a dream team of advisors, half of which are from Vancouver. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1. 2.

Into the Garden of Eden Sol Duc Cabin Project Details Built for a client who fly-fishes for steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula, this steel-clad 350 sf cabin on stilts can be completely shuttered when the owner is away. The cabin’s rugged patina and raw materiality respond to the surrounding wilderness while its verticality provides a safe haven during occasional floods from the nearby river. The overall design responds to the owner’s desire for a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. Composed of two levels, the cabin’s entry, dining and kitchen areas are located on the lower floor while a sleeping loft with minimal shelving hovers above. A cantilevered steel deck extends from the lower level, providing unimpeded views of the river. Constructed primarily of unfinished, mild steel and structural insulated panels (SIPs), the cabin is supported by four steel columns and sits lightly on the site.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal September 2, 2012 UPDATE: A prettier version of this comic is now available as a poster! Come see me at the WorldCon dealer's room tomorrow! September 1, 2012 Why hello there, Worldcon. Eva EcoVillage France A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales - Simon Dale - Includes A 1 Minute 42 Second Video A Low Impact Woodland Home Built In Wales You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour). The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Some key points of the design and construction: Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. Would you like to learn more about this sort of building and gain practical experience? Getting your hands dirty Do you fancy making your own home along these lines but want to have a bit of hands on experience. Getting Your Feet Dirty The site before starting Straw Walls

Drinking in BC's Beer Identity At the local fest, I solicit brewmaster views on what makes a true West Coast brew. And heroically narrow down my top 10. Tyee photo pool contributor knightbefore_99 has diligently photographed many BC beers over the years. The Tyee offers its cheers to that with this montage. North America's craft beer renaissance may have started right here in B.C. When Spinnaker's Brew Pub opened in Victoria four years later, it's probably safe to say that today's celebrity brewers were still in high school, hoping to score a six-pack of Coors from someone's older brother. These days American brewers get much of the attention, turning out barrel-aged ales, Belgian tripels and cask-fermented brews that reap international awards. But B.C. thrives today too, though with a different style. I had a chance to speak with some local brewers about the craze over craft beers, and where B.C. fits into the whole scheme, at the Great Canadian Beer Festival held in Victoria the first weekend after Labour Day.

Rochefort: dans une yourte... sans eau ni électricité - MAtele Publié le 05/03/2014 Benjamin travaille le cuir aux côtés de Sophie qui materne leurs 2 filles. Installés au milieu des bois, ils se sont attaqués à la décharge voisine. Objectif ? « Il y a des gens qui trouvent chouette ce qu'on fait, certains nous prennent pour des marginaux, pour des hippies. », raconte Benjamin, compagnon de Sophie. Le jeune couple a appris la maroquinerie au.. Une yourte et une décharge Sophie et Benjamin ont construit leur yourte à proximité d'une ...décharge. Un article signé : Anne Pirson Journaliste Autres articles par mots clés : Article(s) lié(s) : Cabin fever: Are tiny houses the new American dream? Tiny houses have seemingly taken over the landscape of aspirational real estate, and not just for the green-minded. When it comes to choosing a compact cottage of one’s own, tiny house fetishists need only adopt the guiding principle of sage philosopher Ludacris: What’s your fantasy? Ranging from impossibly twee to space-age minimalist, with rustic cabins in snow-covered woods lying somewhere in between, there’s seemingly no limit of miniature dwellings to fill the Pinterests of a growing audience. What’s the appeal of a home the size of a toolshed? I spoke with Sally Augustin, an environmental psychologist based in Chicago and founder of design consultancy Design with Science. “If you go back to [prehistoric times], when we didn’t have all the tools and such that we have now, certain types of environments were really desirable to us,” she says. She has a point. “Small spaces give you a lot of control over the experience you have there,” says Augustin. “Tailor-made!”