Master 062514&utm_campaign=08.02.14 Survival There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills — from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills — prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But, unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut.
Beautiful Hobbit Garden Sheds If you are looking for a home with energy-efficient features that will provide a comfortable, tranquil, weather-resistant dwelling, an earth-sheltered house could be right for you. There are two basic types of earth-sheltered house designs—underground and bermed. Underground Earth-Sheltered Homes Eco-Dome: Moon Cocoon - Cal-Earth Building Designs The Eco-Dome is a small home design of approximately 400 square feet (40 sq. meters) interior space. It consists of a large central dome, surrounded by four smaller niches and a wind-scoop, in a clover leaf pattern. Learning and building an Eco-Dome is the next stage after building a small emergency shelter and provides hands-on learning experience in the essential aspects of Superadobe construction. It's small size of approximately 400 square feet (interior space), makes it a manageable structure for the first time owner builder. The finished "very small house" is self-contained and can become a small guest house, studio apartment, or be the first step in a clustered design for community use in an Eco-Village of vaults and domes.
Exploring Alternatives Subscribe to the Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel here: Hi! We're Mat and Danielle, and welcome to the Exploring Alternatives YouTube channel. Since 2012 we've been drastically simplifying our lives from a 4-bedroom house down to a small campervan and two suitcases. Now we’re a couple of minimalist nomads, and we’re putting the idea of living large with less to the test. Outdoor living: A permaculture guide to food and fresh water Your style and method of eating can change dramatically when living outdoors. During the summer, you may stock up on dry whole foods, formulate a stronger connection with your vegetable garden, or might be tempted to forage for wild food and look for clean sources of safe unchlorinated drinking water. Dry food Dried foods are the easiest to store. Wholefoods, some of the healthiest and most nutritional of foods, usually come in dried form anyway and are particularly attractive to those living in yurts, tipis and camping in tents.
Tim and Hannah's Affordable DIY Self-Sustainable Micro Cabin House Tour Name: Tim Eddy and Hannah Fuller Location: Tahoe, California Size: 196 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years; Owned Hannah grew up in a home her parents built (her father is a boat builder), so it was only natural for her to follow in their footsteps. Tim, on the other hand, has never built anything but fires. With that in mind, Tim and Hannah started out with 20 acres of land and no blueprints, and built one of the most impressive houses I've ever seen in my life — not to mention it's fully off-the-grid. Tucked away amidst a dense forest and surrounded by wildlife, Tim and Hannah's tiny cabin boasts a storybook view of treetops and purple-bluish mountains. You'd never guess it's only 15 minutes to town.
PAHS - Umbrella House Figure 1 Geodome, the first umbrella home (in idealized form), maintains a 66° to 74° temperature year-round without heating equipment in western Montana’s cold climate. In summer, solar heat radiates in, falls on internal surfaces, and is absorbed into the surrounding soil. The umbrella traps heat in the dry soil until winter, when it migrates back into the house. Adding convection-driven earth tubes would modify the internal temperature by conveying outside air in. Figure 2 Twenty feet under the surface, the soil temperature reflects the average ambient air temperature during the year. Norcal veteran coder customizes with sensors off-grid home Loren Amelang once helped code for Silicon Valley companies, but he’d always been sensitive to environment so when his employer installed fluorescent lighting and wouldn’t let employees use their own lights, he decided to move to the country and craft his off-grid dream home. (This is a follow-up story with Amelang. The original stories from 2011: C++ programming pioneer hacks off-grid, DIY, smart home and 96-square-foot tiny home handbuilt inside century-old barn). Today he lives with “clean air, a great view, free hot water and free power, and a decent chunk of free heat”.
These two young artists quit their jobs to build this glass house for $500 Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz. Click here or on a photo to go to a slideshow: Building the home was “scary and hard,” Horwitz said. “Looking at it now, it’s just totally insane. It’s huge.
Egg House / Daihai Fei Thanks to our reader, Norman Li, we came across Daihai Fei’s dwelling place – a bamboo “egg” smallHouse. The tiny enclosure measuring 2 meters tall is outfitted insulation, a waterproof membrane beneath a skin of sacks filled with sawdust and grass seed. In the spring, the seeds will begin to germinate and the hut will be covered in grass. And, the hut is placed on wheels, allowing Fei to transport the small residence whenever and wherever he sees fit. More images and more about the residence after the break.
Free Small Cabin Plans that will Knock your Socks Off Well, I guess I’ll toss my 2 cents in here now. I’ve looked at these plans over and over and I keep thinking: Why reinvent the wheel? Why not build the 384′ cabin, but leave out the kitchen area and instead put in a small woodstove? Next, pour a pad right beside your cabin and park your trailer on it.