Woman's 20' Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny House Brenda Kelly’s off grid shipping container tiny house is truly a dream come true for her since she has been dreaming of a home like this since she was a 13 year old girl. She kept part of the container as a covered outdoor porch area to keep the structure at 107 sq. ft. (10 square meters) so she can abide with her local zoning regulations in Auckland, New Zealand. When you look inside I think you’ll be impressed with her interior design and layout choices. Brenda has managed to create a work at home office space, kitchen, living room area, a bedroom with a wardrobe, and a spacious bathroom. This container home sits on concrete blocks for a foundation, it’s powered by two solar panels, and is even set up with a rainwater collection system. Woman’s 107 Sq. Images © Living Big in a Tiny House Video: Brenda Kelly’s Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny Home Original story: Resources
Make A Cheap & Easy Solar USB Charger With An Altoids Tin Photos by Joshua Zimmerman The craftster behind the very popular $3 solar-powered emergency radio is back with a new awesome project: a cheap solar battery charger with a USB plug. Zimmerman wrote, saying that he saw a lot of small solar powered chargers being talked about over Earth Day, but there was a big problem: "They're all quite nice, but also quite expensive. So, he came up with his own, using one of our favorite reusable items -- the ever wonderful Altoids tin. In looking for the cheapest way to accomplish the task, Zimmerman found that he could build a USB solar charger for under $30 (or $10 if be buys parts in bulk, though it's not likely you'll be buying bulk solar cells and DC-to-USB converter circuits). Zimmerman states, "The central brain of our project is a DC to USB converter circuit. It can be done with a Minty Boost kit, a premade circuit off of ebay, or grabbing one from a cheap USB charger.
Tiny House – Jessica Helgerson Interior Design This little house is where Jessica and her family have been living for the last several years. It sits on a five-acre property on Sauvie Island, an agricultural island on the Columbia River 15 minutes north of Portland. The house is an interesting experiment in reduction and reuse not only because it is only 540 square feet or because it was remodeled using nearly exclusively reclaimed materials, but because the building itself is now being recycled for the fourth time. It was first built in the early 1940s as part of Vanport Village; a quickly erected development built to house shipyard workers. When Vanport Village flooded in 1948 this particular little house was floated down the river to Sauvie Island, where it became the goose-check station. Years later it was remodeled to become a rental house. When Jessica and Yianni bought the property in late 2008, they decided to remodel it without adding to the existing footprint.
Blanaid Hennessy in Kilkenny Older Blanaid Hennessy in Kilkenny by Meredith Swinehart Issue 11 · The Celtic Angle · March 15, 2012 Newer Issue 11 · The Celtic Angle · March 15, 2012 Share on email Blanaid Hennessy finds it difficult to describe her day job; it's not surprising, since her daily peregrinations combine elements of art, photography, fashion, and interiors. From a studio in Kilkenny, Blanaid and her brother Eoin run Shutterbug—a photography studio, art gallery, and vintage fashion shop (and perhaps a coffee shop someday). Above: For the seating area of her studio, Hennessy acquired a pair of cheap but comfortable couches. Above: Hennessy used soft, vintage coffee sacks from Donkee House to cover the armchairs. Above: After removing the previous tenant's dingy carpet, Hennessy discovered antique mosaic tile surrounded by maple flooring. Above: Hennessy applied her style to a chair (L) on behalf of the nonprofit Oxfamhome. DIY: Basket Pendants at Source Sligo in Ireland By Izabella Simmons By Janet Hall
Texas Container Homes 12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers Photo by Braden Gunem Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Above: Two shipping containers flank a taller common space in this residence designed by Studio H:T. Photo by Andres Garcia Lachner Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture designed this orange container home for clients in San Jose, Costa Rica. Copenhagen-based architecture firm arcgency created the “WFH House” in Wuxi, China, out of three stacked shipping containers. Photo courtesy of the Walker Art Center This structure, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is called the MDU, or Mobile Dwelling Unit, and was designed by Lot-EK. Photo by Paul Warchol Lot-EK also designed this 1,500-square-foot penthouse apartment in New York City. Photo by Jack Thompson Note the white corrugated wall; that should tip you off that this is the interior of a shipping container home.
10 Fun And Funky iPhone Docks If you're as tethered to your iPhone as we are, giving it a solid charge while not in use is important. But even the most functional products in the home should feature great design. Here, 10 alternatives to a traditional Apple docking station. (Bonus: all would look great enhanced with a friendship cord!) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How do you charge your iPhone? Living Big In A Tiny House 42 Gorgeous Desk Designs for any Office There are many good furniture designs, a lot of different materials that compose a beautiful desk. Some of them save space in the room because a designer created a functional design that would not only deal with your problem of having too little room for a desk but also look incredible in that small space. Some of the desks are suited only for large rooms that accentuate their gorgeous shape. And then there are those desks that can transform from a small, one-man workstation to a large, conferential table. 1. This is one of the best desk designs when it comes to storage space. 2. Gracefully resembling the shape of a deer, the Reindeer Desk by Alex Kozynets inspires purity and dynamicity. 3. Designer Sophie Kirkpatrick found a solution to crowded spaces with no intimacy in the form of this Duplex Workspace Desk. 4. Elena Rurua presented this sleek desk in two versions: white and black with a swirl pattern on one side. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.
Aquaponic Community Mobile Fold-Out Shipping Container Home In this case, the sum is more than the parts – and the building footprint tells only half of the story. Push a button and things begin to unfold, revealing not just a deck but a lofted sleeping area and other pop-out amenities all hiding in the shell of a conventional cargo shipping container. While it has evolved through various concepts and prototypes, the primary features of the Port-a-Bach cargo container home include “a fully enclosed exterior steel shell (when folded up), appointed with large internal storage cupboards and shelves / stainless steel kitchen and fittings / bathroom with open shower, sink, composting toilet. Fabric screen system gives the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space: includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom.”
iTree iPhone & iPod dock are created out of a tree trunk If our mention on the title confuses you, we would like to tell you about the iTree docking station by KMKG, which has been made out of the log of a tree trunk! This docking station has the ports needed to charge your iPod or iPhone, as well as plays stored audio content at the same time. What makes this product rather abstract, is that it’s been created out of wood, which is hand selected by the customer and built according to the individual needs. The iTree is all innovative in designing and general aesthetics. The utility factor has been well taken care of. Via: Gizmodo/Geeky Gadgets/KMKG
Super modern South African tiny house is bright and green I have often complained that a lot of tiny houses, being modelled on larger houses that get the shrink-ray, are designed for cuteness instead of practicality, with their tiny lofts that peak in the middle. Perhaps instead of using a traditional house as a model, designers should be looking more at learning from more modern designs like Airstream trailers or boats. That's why the INDAWO / lifePOD is so interesting. This design by the South African team of Collaborate000 architects, and product designers Dokter and Missses is super modern, and very much a product of its climate. © Brett Rubin The INDAWO / lifePOD is a lifestyle and design intervention that affords home owners a comfortable, functional experience inside a small space; to live in confluence with the needs of the planet now and in the future .... “Living smaller will save you money in the long run; it could also make you happier.” © Pod Indawo
High Voltage Transmisison Line Towers by Arphenotype Architect Dietmar Koering of Arphenotype has designed these electricity pylons for a competition to envisage a new power transmission network in Iceland. Each pylon would be between 17 and 32 metres tall, with the shape of each one varying according to its longitude and latitude. "A parametric code drives the heights in an continuous gradient, which will be manufactured physically through help of milling machines," says Koering. "Once the parameters are set, it is just the location of tower by latitude and longitude that will result in unique towers," he continues. The towers would be prefabricated and mounted on concrete foundation. The project was devised for a competition organised by Icelandic electrical transmission company Landsnet and the Association of Icelandic Architects. Here's some more information from Arphenotype: Project: High Voltage Transmisison Line Towers for Iceland The organic structure is covered with a high reflective “lotus-effect” colour. Construction: Material: Future: