This looks like an amazing cob building workshop. Love the little building they’ve built.
“The SunDog nine day workshop is designed to teach ordinary people the skills to build their own cob cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects are small, most are under 200 square feet, and geared towards attaining a high level of completion in a short amount of time.”
For extreme tiny house living check into teardrop trailers.
“These sweet pint-sized campers featured in Sunset are from Vacations In A Can; they enjoy bringing the “old” style of camping back and can tell you about the teardrop style’s many benefits — less packing and better sleeping, to name a few!”
Making adobe bricks is hard work but so simple almost anyone with a strong back can do it with this age old low tech approach.
“It is (was) June in the southwestern USA and as is typical it is hot and very dry-what better time to make adobe bricks because they also like it hot and dry.I had a pile of adobe dirt that I wanted to get rid of and knew I would need these bricks for a future project.”
Little House on the Trailer is having a special open house event.
“You’re invited to the Sneak Preview of our new display unit on Saturday, August 11th! Refreshments will be served at our display yard, 1840 Petaluma Blvd. North, Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 to 4:00. Come see the new display unit and discuss plans for your custom house with owner and designer Stephen Marshall.”
Here’s a simple approach for using shipping containers for a live-work space. Minimal insulation is provided by insulating paint and the arrangement of the containers and clever positioning of the original doors help block ocean winds.
“Designboom is a publication and blog that focuses on design, architecture, art, photography and graphics. Their main offices are located in Milan, Italy, but for the hot summer months, the crew of Designboom recently moved their offices into a series of cargo containers on the island of Sardinia.”
“Long and narrow configurations – open along their long edges and oriented lengthwise from east to west – naturally block out glaring morning and evening light while allowing diffused north and low-in-winter south light to enter.”
“After buying a used school bus for $3000, Richard and Rachel drafted autoCAD plans and began to design every detail of their new home, something that was important in their decision not to simply buy a used RV or mobile home (which they view as flimsier than a steel-framed bus).
…The conversion has cost them about $12,000 so far, including the price of the bus so the $1200 solar fridge and similarly-priced solar-powered composting toilet were big decisions, but necessary to maintain their off-grid lifestyle.”
“My husband Shawn, a designer-drafter for THE small HOUSE CATALOG, and I currently live in about 200 square feet. We designed and built the house ourselves to live in as a builder’s cottage while we decided what and whether to build on our lot. Far from being too cramped or oppressive, this has been the best experience! We’ve met just about all our neighbors (and maybe even our whole town). We never would have met so many people here otherwise. We’ve even become a landmark…”turn left just after that cute little orange house” is apparently a commonly offered direction!”
“Today I traveled to Raleigh, NC to check out Jay Shaffer’s Tiny House Workshop, which is designed to teach people how to build their own Tiny Home. When I walked into the meeting room, I knew we would have a good number of people, but I didn’t expect to have over 50 people here!” – Ryan