Source: Small House Bliss
Cúbica is a company in Costa Rica that specializes in alternative construction, based on repurposed shipping containers. They have built residential, commercial, and institutional projects from cast-off containers. Cúbica cites lower cost, short delivery times, earthquake resistance and low maintenance as a few of the advantages of using containers.
One of their flagship designs, the Casa Cúbica, is a compact dwelling built from a 20-foot shipping container. A 20-foot container has just 160 ft2 of space, but Cúbica stretches that out with a short extension at one end, as well as pushing the front glass area outwards, and creating a unique space on the roof deck.
The back wall of the living space is lined with cabinetry, containing the kitchenette, closets, and a Murphy bed. The extension provides a space for built-in bunk beds, while the bathroom is at the opposite end....Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
A husband and wife team of dreamers based in Chico, CA, have built a 120 square foot tiny home on a limited budget, and with no construction experience. With only $6,000 in the bank, the two started learning construction tradecraft via YouTube and a few books, and before long, they had a beautiful tiny home.
The couple describe their work as, “holding the vision of bringing a community based sustainable world into existence, one alternative dwelling at a time!”
We designed the shell to be simple and approachable for first time builders. And because our budget was as tiny as the house, we used as much salvaged, reclaimed, restored, discounted and second hand materials as possible. The chronic lack of funds inspired a lot of creativity and I discovered an amazing alchemical skill for transforming trash to treasure. The whole thing cost less than $8500 to build and took about 9 months to manifest.
We have plans to develop the edible landscape with recycled grey water, a tiny greenhouse, and rainwater catchment system.
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The bus was purchased on Craigslist for $3000, and has had about $6000 in improvements. It’s not pocket change, but it’s less than a down payment on a home, and it’s less than I paid in tuition for my last semester of grad school. The majority of the work was completed in 15 weeks, just in time for my final review (although the first seven weeks were almost entirely design and prototyping, with the bulk of the construction completed in the last month and a half of the semester).
It’s not an original premise, but I don’t feel the opportunities have been explored very thoroughly and I wanted to show people the the potential in converting an existing vehicle.
There are some great shots of the bus in the posts that document our journey, but the full extent of functionality and flexibility isn’t apparent from just those images. This gallery elaborates on how the space is organized to create an environment that is comfortable, functional, and flexible.
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Here are a few headlines and interesting tidbits to keep you occupied this weekend! Enjoy ~
Milky Way Galaxy May Contain 100-200 Billion Planets (Let that sink in for a moment…)
VIDEO: Syrian Rebels Praise Bin Laden, Celebrate 9/11 Attacks (You mean the “rebels” we financed and armed? Oh yeah, they’re the same al-Qaeda members and rogue mercenaries we used in Libya! All-CIA-Duh!)
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One of my biggest passions is alternative architecture and radical self-reliance. I try to showcase it regularly here on TruthisTreason.net, but it’s been awhile since I have posted a good collection of projects. So, without further ado, here are a few abodes that have caught my eye recently!
The story of a young couple building a modern cabin off the grid in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
We are Caleb and Marci Larsen. We met in art school and got married in 2003. In the past eight years we’ve lived in Kalamazoo, MI, Portland, ME, Seattle, WA, Providence, RI, Tulum, Mexico, Hancock, MI, and now, Calumet, MI. This nomadic lifestyle has mostly been for fun, to experience different cities and parts of the world.
We’ve decided to build a cabin (‘camp’ in local parlance) and will be blogging about the experience. From our inspirations, plans, triumphs, to our failures, frustrations, and utter devastations – this is our return to Bootjack.
Read about their adventures here -> Bootjack Cabin
Design by Vandervort Architects
I couldn’t find much information regarding this particular cabin, other than basic dimensions and such from Vandervort Architects. ...Continue ReadingLeave a Comment
Andrew Morrison, of StrawBale.com, is interviewed on living small, the role of straw bale construction as a solution for housing, and his experience of living in a pop-up tent trailer in Baja for several months after selling more than half of his belongings.
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While I looove alternative architecture and tiny homes, it is not for some “save the planet” motive. My obsession with tiny homes is rooted in the evolving shift in perception and understanding that we need to get back to basics, natural settings, and efficiency, coupled with the ability to create Tiny Towns, build small communities, and become radically self-reliant; throwing off the shackles of not only an out of control government, but being truly self sufficient in as many areas as possible.
Source: Tiny House Blog – One of my favorite websites! Be sure to bookmark them!
Portland, Maine architect Will Winkelman provided this restoration on a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. His client was looking for something flexible and movable for both wilderness exploration as well as being functional and funky for a guest bedroom at home.
To make it funky, Winkleman infused an alternative life into the bus. With beads, dangles, and paisleys, they brought the 60′s lifestyle into the bus.
Photo Credits: Remodelista
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Source: Tiny House Blog by Abel Zyl Zimmerman
Tiny House Blog is one of my favorite websites for alternative architecture, so please hit the link and show them some love!
I recently bought and dismantled a 14 ft. RV trailer for tiny house parts. I thought you avaricious do-it-yourselfers might find the story interesting.
It was a pretty moldy RV, with some appliances inside and an undamaged trailer frame. My goals were to get those two things out of it, and when all was done, I was about 80% successful in doing so.
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I have been wanting to cover Malissa’s tiny house story for a while now and have had her on my list to contact. However, Apartment Therapy has invited Malissa to participate in their Small Cool Contest and I wanted to get the word out to you before it was to late to vote. I hope to still get Malissa to tell us her story, but in the mean time, here are a couple of her thoughts about the house: “It’s cozy and comfortable, a great space to do my creative art, while also serving as my perfect retreat.”
Biggest Challenge: “One of the most challenging part of living in a small space with two people and two cats was finding your own place. My house is only 170 square feet, and in a space that small, it’s important that you feel you can go to your own place and do your own thing.”
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Source: Tiny House Blog by Paul Mittig
I built my 10 x 20 house in 2005 for about $10,000 in materials, including all furnishings. It is built on six poles, set two feet into the ground, that support the floor and roof. There is no framing in the walls except at the door and the large window. The walls are rigid foam insulation, R21, covered with ½ inch sheetrock and all glued together. The ceiling has R38 fiberglass insulation, and the floor has R19 fiberglass insulation. I spend about $100 a year on propane for heating, cooking, and water heating.
The house is located in the hills of Northern California. I live in it full time. The house is set up for one person, but you could easily put a double bed by the door where the tall bookcase stands. If you did this, you might want to move the window.
I have a three-way RV under-counter refrigerator that I run on electricity. For hot water, I have a ‘heat before use’ RV water heater. I turn it on for 15 – 20 minutes then off, and it generates enough hot water for a shower and runs on propane....Continue ReadingView Comments (2)
This cozy, little 150 square foot home away from home is the perfect weekend cabin. Built for a Finnish family that live nearby, it offers an escape from the norm. With ample seating that converts to a large bed, you could sleep up to 4 people, if needed. And while the ceilings are not that tall, it does offer quite a bit of storage in large, deep drawers, along with overhead shelves and lofted nooks.
The kitchen is truly the focal point in this design, with large windows that allow a cascade of sunshine to fill the little space. With only the truly required necessities, such as a 2-burner gas stove, small sink, and pantry, this kitchen can provide ample space for food prep, work projects, or a spot for your laptop.
A small wood burning stove completes the basics and provides for a warm and intimate night. Or simply use it to take the chill off after you return from outside. As you’ll notice, there is no bathroom or shower inside.
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Originally posted Jan. 15, 2010
As if pulled from a post-apocalyptic movie, this underground nuclear missile silo was once a cavernous, empty concrete relic from decades past. But one man saw the potential in it, and decided to build the ultimate dream home for himself.
The decommissioned nuclear base offers up 20,000 square feet for furnishings, although Ed Peden and his family use only 1/3 of that space. Mr. Peden was able to purchase the former military base for a paltry $48,000 – about $0.50 per square foot! – and commenced to remodeling the place. Located just 25 miles outside of Topeka, Kansas, he and his wife Dianna were the first people to turn one of these Cold War doomsday bunkers into a livable home, and they now run a business helping others to do the same. It cost Uncle Sam $4 million to build this place; Ed paid 1/100th of that. But it did need a bit of work.
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Originally posted 09.03.2011
Nick Rosen set off around the world in search of people living off-grid in order to document the lifestyle and try to get a better understanding of why people jump ship and embrace “less stuff,” more nature, and true freedom.
You’ll hear about Andrea Johnston who searched high and low for the perfect place. She mentions that she loves truck stops and I couldn’t agree more! Everything is 12 volt, offers hardware, tools, coffee, fuel and most even rent movies!
Or perhaps the former Vice President of Urban Outfitters…? She got out of the rat race in order to reconnect with her love and enjoy life.
Nick discovers off-grid residents of beaches, the mountains, even an off-grid millionaire who understands the fragility and intricacies of our modern “power grid.”
Whether your goal is more freedom, organic and sustainable farming, alternative architecture or merely finding your escape route from the daily grind, off-grid living is quickly becoming the best new thing among a wide variety of people across the globe!
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