Teenie Tiny House I am still working on many areas of the Teenie Tiny House #2 but here are a few pics. These pics are of work in progress…I am adding a couple pics of Teenie Tiny House #1 inside also. These two TT’s are built for “OFF GRID” use…I feel this will be the reality and not the abnormal. Writer’s Block II by Cheng + Snyder Another tiny design by Cheng + Snyder that cleverly solves multiple uses. Instead of tacking a wood shed onto the side of the building, the roof and an exterior wall are pushed out to provide that exterior storage space. Here’s what the designers say about it. “Writer’s Block II is designed to fill multiple roles, providing both wood storage and a space for contemplation and study. One entire wall of an existing shed is thickened to accommodate log storage. The thickened wall facilitates passive cooling in the summer and provides extra insulation in the winter.
Student Converts School Bus Into Mobile Home & Drives Around Country For his final project, graduate architecture student Hank Butitta bought an old school bus on Craigslist for $3,000. 15 weeks and $6,000 of improvements later, Hank and his two friends were ready to embark on a 5,000 mile (8,046 km) journey across the United States. The 225 sq. ft mobile home features reclaimed gym flooring and dimmable LED lighting. Using the 28 inch wide windows as a modular guide (the aisle is also 28 in. wide), the bus is divided into four primary zones: bathroom, kitchen, seating, and sleeping. The space can be configured in a variety of combinations, depending on need. At 10 miles per gallon, the school bus is not the most efficient vehicle, but it’s an unforgettable way to travel and one that is sure to bring Hank and the team experiences for a lifetime. Below you will find images of the bus and additional information on the design.
Ossoil – Open Source Community Enabler IOssoil was established 2010. Ever since the beginning we have been building communities, consulted several companies and alike. We don’t just tell what to do, we do it ourselves too! We contribute to several communities, organize events (in co-operation) and act as open source evangelists. Purpose
Relax Shacks Builds a Micro Reading Pod for NYU Professor Photo: RelaxShacks.com Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is in the process of completing a micro home for an NYU professor to use as a reading and study pod. The pod is built mostly from recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. It’s also on wheels for easy transportation, though the owner plans to primarily use it on a lake front plot of land where it will serve as a quiet escape from daily life. The micro house measures 7 feet by 5 feet, and is about 6 feet high. It is also wide enough for two people to sleep in, though its main purpose is to serve as a quiet office space or relaxation pod.
Japanese House Built for $11,000 by Off Grid Champion - Brian Schulz The Japanese Forest House is a confluence of my love of small spaces, my passion for local materials, and my fascination with tradtional Japanese architecture. For those familiar with the intensely refined art of traditional Japanese carpentry, applying the title of 'Japanese' onto my house might be laying it on a bit thick. It's true I've fallen short of the refinement found in the homes of the upper classes, however, the work still embraces the design principles that make the traditonal tea houses (which were, ironically, modeled after peasant shacks) so appealing. Oversized beams, live edge slabs, natural timbers, real plaster walls, and minimal decoration, all encourage a deep sense of calm.
House Of 3 Tents: Affordable Cabin Home When Glen and Gerry bought property in Northern California, they wanted first to live on the land to determine the best place to site their home. They found a company that makes tent cabins and erected three. They’re not of the camping variety, but more semi-permanent fabric shelters sold by Sweetwater Bungalows. The living/dining room tent was an A La Carte option where they paid $5200 for a DIY setup: this includes the shell and rain fly and eave and awning system. The couple had to find their own lumber for framing the 14 by 20 foot room. Creative Compulsive Disorder: Remembering Zina Nicole Lahr This short clip about artist and maker Zina Nicole Lahr may be as tragic as it is beautiful. Earlier this fall Lahr approached her friend Stormy Pyeatte and asked if they might shoot a quick video for her portfolio. The video was shot and edited in just two days and demonstrates Lahr’s insatiable desire to build, invent, and “bring life to something inanimate,” a process she called her “creative compulsive disorder.”
Melissa’s 1947 Tourette Teardrop Restoration Guest post by Melissa. My Dad always wanted a vintage teardrop camper. We talked about it all the time. French carpenters craft whimsical off-grid tiny house hamlet A few years ago, a group of carpenters (and friends) began building tiny homes on a property in southwest France using material from the woods, tools from the past (and present) and the freedom afforded by relying on their own labor. Today the forested land looks straight out of a fairy tale. There’s a tiny mud house with a living roof, a handcrafted caravan home perched above wagon wheels, a wood-heated bathtub (and a jacuzzi run off timber scraps), a bicycled-powered wood carving machine, an earthen bread/pizza oven, an underground wine and cheese cellar (AKA the “hobbit-iere”), experimental gardens and a chicken coop treehouse. Menthé was one of the original homesteaders, who along with his friend Yogan (the landowner), built the original mud cabin for winter; they created large doors on both sides of the structure so their cars could be connected as heated bedrooms.
Constructing Cardboard Geodesic Domes This site was designed in response to people asking us how we made our domes and who were interested in making their own. The design was borrowed from a 1973 edition of Popular Science and was improved upon to meet the rigors of the Black Rock Desert. These domes have served as an effective shelter against wind, extreme heat and, once painted, rainfall. The largest of the three domes in the picture opposite measures approximately 12' 7" in diameter and is about 6' 3" high at its center. We recommend building the largest one. These People May Have Lost a Limb, but Not Their Sense of Style Dec 10, 2013 Bespoke Innovations was founded in 2009 by Industrial Designer Scott Summit and Orthopedic Surgeon Kenneth Trauner. Their mission is to ‘bring more humanity to people who have congenital or traumatic limb loss’ [source]. Bespoke Innovations build and design fairings, specialized coverings that surround an existing prosthetic leg, accurately recreating the body form through a process that uses three-dimensional scanning to capture the unique leg shape.
Deconstructing luxury in small home + tiny cabin + treehouse After several decades as an airline executive (including Delta president, Virgin America CEO, and Lufthansa president & CEO), Fred Reid could have built a McMansion, but instead he chose to grow his home without taking on debt and embracing nature by adding small outbuildings. When Reid bought his aunt’s Sonoma County property, he wanted to “recapture the indistinguishable border between indoors and outdoors that I had as a child in Ethiopia”. Instead of tearing down her tiny cottage, he made enlarged it a bit and opened it up to the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows or doors in nearly all the rooms, including the shower and toilet room. Years later, he nestled a tiny cabin (a prefab from Modern Cabaña) in a redwood grove to serve as an office and guest space (it’s complete with a easy-touch pull-out couch and electric fireplace for heat).