How a talented architect makes an RV look like a charming cabin in the woods The tiny house movement has become a big thing as more and more people try to live with a smaller financial, environmental and physical footprint. As Alek Lisefski noted in his Tiny Project, it's about less house and more life. It's also about laws, that regulate what can go down a road, what can go on a property under zoning bylaws, what code it gets built under. That's why so many of the tiny houses are under 8'-6" wide and weigh less than 10,000 pounds, so that they can go down the road towed by a private car and be classed as an Recreational Vehicle, or RV. Historically, people would take their little RVs and go to RV parks, where they remain on their chassis but get hooked up to water and sewer. But they didn't move very much, and people would put down roots and need a little more space.
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.
Intimate Portraits of Sleeping Pregnant Couples by Russian Photographer Jana Romanova When Russian photographer Jana Romanova’s friends started getting married and having children, she started looking for a way to deal with this sudden change in her life. The product of her efforts was an extraordinarily intimate and tender portrait series of young sleeping pregnant couples called ‘Waiting’. Romanova started the series by shooting her pregnant friends as they slept. She said that the project began as a way to get used to the fact that all of her friends were getting pregnant and talking about how their lives would need to change for their children. She later expanded the project, contacting pregnant couples online. She managed to find 40 couples over the course of two years, each one representing another week of pregnancy.
Clever Student Flat Design of Only Square Meters by Tengbom Architects Tengbom Architects have created a student flat design that has only 10 square meters of floor space. It is affordable, environmental-friendly and smart in design and choice of materials. This project is a collaboration between wood manufacturer Martinsons and real estate company AF Bostäder. Currently the prototype of this flat can be seen in Virserum Art Museum in Småland until the 8th of December, Sweden, but in 2014 it is planned to build 22 units for students to move in. The small flat truly represents the idea of compact living, it contains a comfortable sleeping loft, kitchen, bathroom and even a small garden with a patio. The rent of this apartment is reduced by 50% thanks to the efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood in the construction.
Comfort in Any Climate Warmth If you want heat, you admit the sun. The sun heats the mass, the mass stores the heat and the insulation won't let it escape. Minimalist multifunctional transformer boxes hide bed, office & kitchen We've seen numerous examples of modular, freestanding volumes that hide a multitude of functions and amenities in them, acting like amazing transformers of space. These "mystery boxes" come in all shapes and sizes and colours, but the aim is to ultimately allow people to maximize space, and hide clutter. Portuguese designers OODA transformed two derelict buildings in the city of Porto into affordable accommodations for tourists and seasonal foreign students, by inserting these minimalist, multifunctional volumes into small spaces.
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 A beautiful natural home, "harmful to the rural character of the locality" say Council Finally, Charlie had been living with his partner Megan in a damp caravan for the past 4 years. With a baby on the way Charlie felt he had no choice but to build his house without the approval of the planning authorities, convinced permission for his home would be refused. The lack of affordable homes and strict planning regulations touches many lives. Hundertwasser the famous architect, designer and artist wrote, "The individual's desire to build something should not be deterred! Everyone should be able and have to build and thus be truly responsible for the four walls in which he lives". Jon Jandai, Director of Pun Pun Organic Farm said at a TED presentation in Thailand,
I-BEAM DESIGN + ARCHITECTURE The Pallet House, by I-Beam Design, was conceived as a transitional shelter for refugees returning to Kosovo. There was a need for an alternative shelter to the typical tent solution that could transform a temporary living condition into a permanent home. It is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. It has since become our aim to develop the project to serve not only refugees in disaster stricken areas but also as a modular, prefabricated solution to affordable housing everywhere that can improve people's lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world.
Micro Liveable Homes A Canadian company called NOMAD Micro Home sells prefabricated homes, easy to assemble in just a few days. This prefabricated house is an example of ergonomic use of space. The standard model, with sides of just 3 meters long, is equipped with a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom and an upstairs furnished bedroom. The living area on the ground floor of the micro-house has plenty of space to be furnished with a cozy sofa to relax on in front of the TV. A kitchen with cabinets for storing cooking vessels is designed in extension of the living room. To save the little space of the house with only 9 square meters footprint, the access stairs that lead upstairs, where there’s a bedroom equipped with a double bed and space for a wardrobe, are just above the kitchen furniture.