background preloader

How to Design Your Own Home

How to Design Your Own Home

100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars While burying yourself in the stacks at the library is one way to get some serious research done, with today’s technology you can do quite a bit of useful searching before you ever set foot inside a library. Undergraduates and grad students alike will appreciate the usefulness of these search engines that allow them to find books, journal articles and even primary source material for whatever kind of research they’re working on and that return only serious, academic results so time isn’t wasted on unprofessional resources. Note: Visit our updated list for the latest in academic search engines. General Start off your research with one of these more general academic search engines. Intute: Use this website’s search tools to find the best and most reliable sites to start your research. Meta Search Want to search it all at once? Dogpile: Search Google, Yahoo, Bing and more at once with this great search engine. Databases and Archives Books and Journals Science Math and Technology Social Science

Archive Our Guest Cabin by Jacquelien Wubs We live in a very small house with 5 kids. My parents live 1200km away and like to come visit a couple of times a year. When we saw an advertisement for this (unfinished) cabin/shed the wheels started turning and the ideas began forming. What if we built a tiny guest house for mom and dad? We wanted them to have full bathroom facilities and a queen size bed (on the main floor). I love how it turned out and I hope you do to! We chose to go with electric heat as it would cost too much to have a gas line put in place. We have a living area with love seat, built-in bookcase and electric fireplace. There is a trap door in the floor of the bathroom that can be lifted for access to the “basement” where you can put suitcases, etc. We tried to utilize every square inch to make a comfortable and fully functioning home away from home for my parents and any one else who would like to come and visit!

Building a WFO (wood fired oven) In the spirit of off the gridness and in an effort to be more self-sufficient, my wife and I recently tackled a new project at home. We built a wood-fired oven, or WFO, if you prefer. An outdoor wood-fired oven gives us another option for many kinds of cooking. It also provides a great accompaniment to the barbecue. The WFO is a lot of fun to built and use. We over-researched the subject by reading several books and by searching online before finally building it. Materials list and cost: I used: less than 1.5 yards of 5/8 minus for the entire project – about $40. "Urbanite" and large rocks - free. Concrete block – free from freecycle. Sand – free from river. Coarse Sawdust – free from a local lumber mill. Perlite – about $30 from the hardware store. Clay – $150. Material for the door – free from around the property. Total cost: under $200.

From the home front: Molecule Tiny Homes, Seattle backyard cottage, 'micro maximalist,' Single Hauz Molecule Tiny Homes: "Own a new home for the price of a car," Molecule Tiny Homes says on its website. The Santa Cruz, Calif., company, a collaboration between a former professional ballet dancer and a builder, creates fully customizable homes on flatbed trailers. One house, for instance, was built for a surfer, and was "designed to take full advantage of the beauty of the Ocean and provide a constant connection to nature," the Molecule website says. Check out a story and video tour at the Huffington Post, or peruse Molecule's website. Backyard cottage: Seattle's backyard cottage ordinance allowed Mary K to move into her daughter's backyard in a 384-square-foot cottage designed and built by Microhouse. The cottage takes an interesting approach to design for aging in place: It uses its smallness, so that a person with impaired mobility could move with the aid of grab bars throughout the house. There's a little more about it at Inhabitat.

Gain 9" Of Head Space In Your Tiny House In building our 221 square foot tiny house on a trailer, we were able to incorporate design details that gave us an extra 9″ of head room without even breaking a sweat. In a tiny house built on a trailer, the head height is limited by national road height allowances. Making the most of every last inch of head room on your build is thus vital. When designing and building our own 221 square foot tiny house, I spent a lot of time researching options available to us to give us the most height in our two lofts. As a result we were able to create an extra 9″ that will go into our loft head heights. Typically, most tiny houses are being built on “deck-over trailers”, “utility trailers”, and using “standard axles”. convenient in that it has a flat deck on which to frame your walls. A utility trailer, although lower to the ground than a deck-over, is limited in width. To get around these limitations and gain an extra 9″ of height, I decided to have our trailer custom built. 1. 2.

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 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. Here’s the kicker: to our surprise we have not felt, at any point, that we have had to make any compromises or sacrifices in our self designed and built home. Here are the common areas in a conventional tiny house that typically pose significant compromises/sacrifice and how we found a solution for each:

Learn To Build A Tiny House From Salvaged Materials It's pretty telling that there's a lot of interest these days in the tiny house movement, both as a way to save money and live with a smaller footprint, and also as a method of embracing the concept of living more simply. There is no shortage of plans on the market for building your own tiny house, and for those who want to live in a tiny house but don't want to (or can't) build their own, readymade micro-houses are available to purchase from builders, so there are plenty of options for those wanting to make the move to living more minimally. However, building a tiny house out of all new materials (or purchasing one) can still be rather expensive, relative to many people's income, and it requires the same kinds of building materials and resources that go into building any other modern house, so it isn't necessarily the cheapest or most eco-friendly housing option.

9 Great Ways To Use A Tiny House (Other Than As A Home) Whether you call them tiny houses, micro-homes, or mini houses, ultra-small buildings are rapidly gaining popularity for those who want to downsize and minimalize their personal environmental footprint. It's refreshing to see so many people choosing a different path for their day-to-day living experience than the conventional oversized dwellings that make up the bulk of the houses on the market. Living in a tiny house can reap dividends beyond just being able to get to mortgage-free sooner and cutting utility bills down to size, as learning to live more simply and minimally can offer a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that isn't easily found in any other living environment. But for those who think, "I could never live in a house that small," tiny houses also easily lend themselves to a range of other uses, none of which require living in them full-time. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.