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Guest Post by Tracen Gardner I came up with the idea for Reclaimed Space when I needed a living space on my ranch outside Shiner, Texas. There was no electricity or running water on the site, which is located 15 minutes from the nearest hardware store. I did not want to use all that energy driving back and forth and was concerned with not only with time constraints but also the confusion involved in meeting sub contractors in a remote area. I was afraid of not completing the project in time and that it would take too long to “dry-in” if I worked only on weekends. I decided to build my Reclaimed Space to fit a “shipping envelope.” Since I painted my way through college, I knew where most damage would occur from the sun and rain. Next came style, for years I had collected 100 yrs old material with great appreciation for it’s structural strength, historic value, rich colors and textures. We were received brilliantly.

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Sublime 134 sq. ft. tiny home is a Japanese "Tea House" Having influenced great architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, modernism owes much to traditional Japanese design and architecture, famous for its sublime simplicity and pure, minimalist spaces. Now, while there is a bit of a "quaint" stereotype going on for tiny homes, this kind of back-to-basics house does well too with a Japanese aesthetic. Built for a client who grew up in Japan, Oregon Cottage Company's architect Todd Miller designed this peaceful, 134-square-foot dwelling based around the traditional Japanese tea room. © Oregon Cottage Company Doing away with the usual sitting benches that one typically sees in tiny homes, Miller's client wanted a space that was defined by the tatami mat, both a practical furnishing and a spatial unit with the aspect ratio of 2 to 1.

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this light-filled mobile home is sealed within an airtight 800-square-foot structure that locks in cool air and keeps Australia’s intense heat out. The solar panel-topped Carbon Positive House prototype can produce more energy than it consumes and is currently on display in Melbourne’s City Square. Fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed facade, the self-sufficient Carbon Positive House was designed to maximize solar gain and passive design strategies.

Amazing Dutch Tiny House Opens Up With a Wall of Shutters Just outside Utrecht in the Netherlands sits an amazing tiny house that also doubles as a vacation cottage. Created from a partnership between Utrecht-based studio Zecc and Roel van Norel, the first thought upon viewing it, is that it is a gable roofed house but there are some interesting features built into this house that make it really unique, and highly desirable. The new building happens to be the foundation of a pre-existing cottage which was reused, as its contours. The use and choice of materials were made that fit seamlessly into the surrounding quiet, wooded countryside. Gray-green slate was used and the wood siding is Western Red Cedar. Tiny House Plans - hOMe Architectural Plans Tiny House Plans – hOMe SketchUp Model Welcome hOMe hOMe, a modern tiny house on wheels, offers tiny house living without compromise. With everything from a full sized kitchen with conventionally sized appliances, a comfortable set of stairs to the master bedroom, copious amounts of storage throughout, space for a home office for two, storage that works double duty as furniture, and ample head room in the lofts, to a functional bathroom with room for a conventionally sized sink, shower and toilet, hOMe is a comfortable residence suited for full time living. These tiny house plans provide you with the information to build your own hOMe.

Modern prefab gets closer to the right mix of quality and price with the Solo 40 There is a lot of history behind the latest work from AltiusRSA (Rapid Systems Architecture), the latest in the line of what started with the Sustain Minihome, first shown on TreeHugger in 2006, (and which I own, from my previous gig in the prefab industry). Alex Bozikovic and Lloyd Alter check out the Solo/CC BY 2.0 The Solo 40, unveiled at Toronto's Interior Design Show last week, is wider, longer, more spacious, far more conventional in its layout and way, way cheaper, delivering 480 square feet for C$ 93,600, or $195 PSF. Kelly Rossiter/CC BY 2.0 Alex Bozikovic of the Globe and Mail summarizes the problems faced by those of us who have been trying to market green, modern prefabs, with me falling in the last category:

MUJI unveils trio of tiny prefab homes that can pop up almost anywhere Lovers of MUJI’s minimalist Japanese aesthetic will swoon over the retail chain’s latest project: Muji Hut, a series of tiny prefab homes befitting the simple yet chic brand. Recently unveiled for Tokyo’s annual Design Touch event at Midtown Garden, the collection of micro-homes are designed to explore what it means to live a more sustainable lifestyle through minimalism. MUJI created the Muji Hut in collaboration with designers Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison, and Konstantin Grcic. The temporary Muji Hut exhibition included Jasper Morrison’s ‘Hut of Cork,’ Konstantin Grcic’s ‘Hut of Aluminum,’ and Naoto Fukasawa’s ‘Hut of Wood.’ Each cozy building has a minimal lightweight footprint so that it can be easily moved and installed in a variety of locations.

Simple, Japanese Inspired Tiny House.. Zen Cabin in the Woods on January 18, 2012 This simple, Japanese-inspired tiny house can also be described as a zen cabin in the woods. I’ve always wanted to use that word in the description of one of the featured homes, shacks, cabins, or retreats here. The house you can build in four days Identity Document Invention's namePop-up HouseCompanyMultipod StudioInventorCorentin ThiercelinOriginFrance Good news for Lego fans – you can now play on a life-size scale.

Tiny Houses - Forge Ahead FEATURED IN TINY HOMES: SIMPLE SHELTER by lloyd kahn The first two "tiny houses" (mobile homes) I built were included with a compilation of many interesting small structures in this book about "Scaling Back in the 21st Century".If you would like to see the blog I kept while building, click here. After traveling by bicycle for three years, I was ready to have a place to put some heavy books, a sewing machine, and stored foods.In September of 2009 I began building myself a tiny house on a flatbed trailer using salvaged materials.

Gorgeous solar-powered prefab can be picked up and moved almost anywhere PAD studio has unveiled a home that can literally be picked up by crane and moved almost anywhere you please. Constructed off-site in Yorkshire as a factory-built dwelling, the Forest Lodge is a gorgeous modern prefab that offers much more than mobility—the compact home can even be taken off the grid. The solar-powered home was built to PassiveHaus standards and minimizes energy use through smart, highly insulated design. While mobility may be one of the Forest Lodge’s coolest benefits, it’s a feature created out of necessity rather than desire. In order to live in England’s New Forest National Parkland, a beautiful but protected conservation area, homeowners Mel and Roy Matthews were prohibited from living in permanent construction. Mobile dwellings, however, are permitted.

Housing for the Homeless - Tiny Village in Madison WI Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Homelessness is a serious issue all around the world, but one group in Madison, Wisconsin, chose to find a new solution — one that helps the community and empowers those in need to help themselves. This weekend saw the debut of Tiny House Village, a special neighborhood on East Johnson Street that's made up entirely of tiny houses for the city's homeless. The project was devised three years ago by Occupy Madison, and brought to life by a coalition of members and homeless individuals. Occupy Madison member Luca Clemente told Al Jazeera that the inspiration for the project came from the realization within their group that there was a fundamental gap not only between the 99% and the 1%, but also between the homeless and those from median-income backgrounds.

Sick to death of consumerism? Find freedom in a tiny house What is a house? I feel this is a dangerous question, which holds within it the seeds of a disruptive innovation, so read on at your own risk. Rethinking what a house is could change your life, and perhaps the world. Let me explain through my own experience. Voluntary simplicity The amazing affordable NexusHaus generates more energy than it consumes This project addresses the lack of affordable housing in Austin, which is experiencing rapid population growth. The students decided to build a structure using cradle-to-cradle design principles, so the home is built almost entirely of renewable and reusable materials, with solar power modules mounted on the flat roof. Solar panels provide enough electricity for lighting, air conditioning, household appliances, and an electric car. A heat pump is combined with an integrated thermal storage system to cool and heat the water circuit in an economically optimized way.