This is a clever way to reuse an old shipping container. The original wall panels have been cut out and replaced with windows. I suspect this would not work in all climates but is definitely in innovate way to break free of the metal box aesthetic most shipping container homes seem stuck with.
No matter the size of your home, big or small, careful attention to interior space design, clutter, and organization can help you achieve a more practical and peaceful home. It can also free your brain and lower your stress. There were two post on this recently.
You don’t see too many really tiny straw bale houses but there’s no reason why you couldn’t build one. It would probably be the most insulated and thick walled tiny house around too. Stephanie at Coming Unmoored wrote up an article this week on the folks at Building with Awareness who specialize in straw bale construction techniques and education.
Yurts may not make a lot of sense in all climates but they are low cost and easy to build. Many are canvas but you’ll also find year-round yurts with solid walls. I was recently reminded about the wonderful simplicity of yurts while reading The Good Human.
Another post this week on yurts was on Coming Unmoored. Solargon Structures builds affordable solid wall yurts with no-VOC structural insulated panels. Continue Reading…
It seems that more and more home builders are recognizing that green is a good thing. Here’s an example of a tiny manufacured home designed and build for off-the-grid life. It even included rain water collection off the butterfly roof and photovoltaic panels. One of the more unique features is that this house can be set-up in one day.
These are great little off-the-grid shipping container based tiny houses. Everything about these houses are about making the lowest environmental impact. The recycled and repurposed shipping container is just the begining, the houses use many reclaimed building materials. A good example of this are the floors which are made from recycled car tires. To learn more about Ecopods start with this article and video on Coming Unmoored.
Tammy from RowdyKittens took a trip up to Portland, Oregon to see Stephanie from Coming Unmoored this past week. Tammy got a first hand look at Stephanies tiny floating home on the Columbia River. Tammy will be posting more about her trip with lots of photos in the next few days. I’ve seen a few of the great photos she took in and around Portland and tiny houses she visited already. See the photos on Flickr. For more on the slumber party read this post on RowdyKittens.
The folks at Tiny Texas Houses have put together a nice video that shows off many of the tiny houses they have built. These homes are a bit unusual in that they are constricted from many different reclaimed building materials that have been salvaged from older homes. These ‘antique’ materials actually give these houses a much more authentic feel than many of the tiny houses built from new materials. Watch the video at Coming Unmoored. Read a detailed article at Constructing a simpler life. Visit the Tiny Texas Houses website.
Stephanie, at Coming Unmoored, spotted this older video interview with Shay Salomon, the author of Little House on a Small Planet. The interview took place before the mortgage industry melt-down and provides a lot of insight into the benefits and appeal of living simply in small homes. Watch the video on Coming Unmoored and visit Shay Salomon’s website for more information about the book.