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Texas Cozy Cabins – Tiny House Living

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorites!)

There is a new company in Texas building tiny houses called, Texas Cozy Cabins. I have not had any success getting in contact via email, but decided to go ahead and share their work.

Here is what the company says about themselves:

Texas Cozy Cabins is a Texas manufacturer that specializes in small cabins for your larger than life living. We offer the highest quality construction on finished and unfinshed cabin homes in the Central Texas region.

Our designs deliver the highest quality in design aesthetics, solid architectural detail and premium craftsmanship. Texas Cozy Cabins offers many designs and styles, however you also have the ability to design your own cabin to meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves in being available to our clients and working closely with you to provide the highest quality product. All of our structures are built with quality materials and hand-crafted with care and a sense of pride that can only be found in Texas.

I have attached a few pictures that show their work....

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Starting Over: Garage Converted into 250 Sq Ft Tiny Home

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (one of my favorite websites!)

Andrea Lippke from the New York Times writes an article about a Seattle women named Michelle de la Vega who takes on the conversion of a 250 square foot garage into a tiny home after a divorce. To save money she takes on the job as the contractor and with lots of reclaimed materials converts this old garage into a beautiful home.

“At that time I was coming out of the ashes,” she said, “and knew I needed to come up with a good survival strategy for starting over as a single person.”

Read Converting a Seattle Garage Into a Tiny Home at the New York Times website.
Photos: Ira Lippke

Michelle de la Vega, a visual and performance artist, turned her garage into a 250-square-foot house for $32,000....

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How to Declutter and Decorate for Small Space Living

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Apartment Therapy – Originally posted August, 2010

Hayden’s Note:

As more and more people see the beauty and utility in downsizing, creating the proper storage areas while keeping them functional is important.  The picture below is a perfect example.  You don’t really need 40 different plates or cups.  How many do you truly use?  This elegant, simple shelving concept fits nicely in smaller kitchens and keeps things efficient.  Even if you have a large food inventory or pantry (I’m talking to you, preppers!), using jars or containers like those on the top shelf can be a great way to rotate foods while keeping bulk supplies and goods in the pantry or other cabinet, hidden from sight and keeping the kitchen clutter-free.

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Lovely kitchen organization by Yiming Wang, which turns showing off the storage into something attractive (from The Big Book)

CAVEMAN CLUTTER

Clutter is a natural fact of life and the problem started with our Caveman ancestors. Way back in those Cave Days you needed to accumulate as much food and supplies as you could in order to ensure your survival....

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Shipping Container Cabin with Cargo Trailer Bedroom Addition

Posted on Dec 01, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: YouTube

Hayden’s Note:

See my shipping container cabin project over at www.ElysianFieldsProject.com or mirrored at www.ShippingContainerHomestead.com!  Working on some of my own videos as we speak…

Lulu is a single mom who had gone back to school and didn’t have the time nor interest in working full-time just to pay the rent.  So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container!

With little building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a doorway into the container, along with installing foam board insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and an on-demand water heater).

After she and her daughter moved into the cozy 8′ by 20′ foot home, she fitted it with a bed, couch, bookshelf, and even managed to get some kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.

When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping containers to trucking trailers and began to build their new bedroom addition on a used flatbed trailer.  ...

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Off-Grid Home Made of 29 Shipping Containers – 10k Sq. Ft., Tower, and Vehicle Bay

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Edmonton Journal

The Glennon family’s retirement home might just look like a stack of shipping containers of all different colours from the outside.

But once it’s complete, it will be a sprawling, 10,000-square-foot, four storey building — two levels above ground, a walkout basement and another level below — with four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a games and media room, garage and workshop, and two enclosed decks.


Click link into article for larger video viewing.

A massive garden with a potato crop, chickens, and a trout pond, will surround the residence on the eight-hectare property just outside Rimbey, about 180 kilometres north of Calgary.

And the shipping containers won’t be visible forever — the plan is to cover the exterior with stucco.

“It’s just going to look like a regular home,” said homeowner Bill Glennon.

Except most regular homes aren’t made of Sea-Can shipping containers — and the Glennon’s might be the only one in North America built with the containers from the footings all the way up to the roof, he said.

After years of touring show homes, checking out homes on the market, and attending home and design shows, Glennon said he never found anything he liked under $1 million....

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Homesteading with a Shipping Container – Part 8, The Carport

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, DIY Projects

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: ElysianFieldsProject.com – My shipping container homesteading blog!

We are on a roll! Homesteading with a Shipping Container, Part 8! In the last segment, I answered some questions that I’ve received via email and the comments section, along with showing you a few of the other projects that are happening out here at the Elysian Fields. The biggest endeavor currently underway was the camping trailer carport and I’m proud to say that it is finished thanks to the help of some great friends!

The weekend’s forecast looked great and we were not disappointed. I met the motley crew at the Project Saturday morning and got right to work. Ralph, from PatriotSeedStore.com, and who has lots of construction experience, helped me set the 6th and final post for the carport while Mark, of SouthernPlainsConsulting.com, and Emery, my girlfriend, began general clean-up of the property and other materials.

It was a massive undertaking because I have been hauling various building materials and cool finds out to the property and it was starting to pile up! In fact, it started looking like a miniature scrapyard!...

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Less is More – Life in a Tipi and Hobbit House

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Tiny House Blog (This is one of my favorite alternative architecture sites. Bookmark it!)

by Dan Price

In 1990, I moved back to my home state of Oregon intent on living in a tipi and getting rid of mortgages or rent. I looked for a suitable piece of property for months and finally located a 2- acre meadow next to the Wallowa River near the town of Joseph. The owners agreed that I could set up a tipi there in exchange for clearing downed trees and repairing the fence lines. A few months later I moved out of a small room up town and into the tipi full time. I spent three seasons in that 16 ft. tipi.

In order to simplify, I sold the tipi and built a 9 ft X 12 ft red willow hut, complete with carpeting and blanket door and proceeded to live in that space for 2 years. Luckily I was able to put in underground electricity early on so was able to have lights and a small heater which helped in the winter months....

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Compact Living Ideas – Lofted Beds

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Freshome

It’s a sad fact that smaller living areas like apartment and flats usually limit furniture ideas and arrangements, hence why a large bed might be a problem.  But worry no more, as we just laid our eyes on a lofted bed collection that will solve all your space crunch problems. Custom made to fit your loft or basically any space you desire, the beds make use of the upper space of a room and look comfortable enough.  Just don’t go overboard at night.

Hayden’s Note:

Blast from the Past! This was originally posted on May 20th, 2010.

These area a perfect DIY project and would work very well in a shipping container home!  You could even utilize the space underneath for a bathroom or pantry area.  This can be done rather cheaply by searching for large office desks or counters at office outlet stores, big-trash days or Craigslist.  Something like a large L-shaped desk or couch, with a simple lofted bed built above it can transform a small room into a dual purpose area, especially in small cabins, containers or vacation homes!...

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Car Sleepers – The New American Homeless

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: BBC

Santa Barbara boasts a classic laidback California lifestyle, with uncongested beaches, wholesome cafes and charming Spanish-style architecture.

Of course there’s a hefty price tag: nestled between the gentle Santa Ynez mountains and the inviting Pacific Ocean are multi-million dollar homes.

But in this sun-washed haven of wealth, many live far from the American dream.

In a car park across the street from luxury mansions, the evening brings a strange sight.

A few cars arrive and take up spaces in different corners. In each car, a woman, perhaps a few pets, bags of possessions and bedding.

Across the street from homes with bedrooms to spare, these are Santa Barbara’s car sleepers.

Homeless within the last year, they are a direct consequence of America’s housing market collapse.

4×4 homes

In this woman-only parking lot, Bonnee, who gives only her first name, wears a smart blue dress and has a business-like demeanour.

A year ago, she was making a healthy living as, ironically, a real estate agent. But when people stopped buying houses, her commission-based income dried up, and, like many clients, she too was unable to pay her mortgage....

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Cargotecture’s C-Series Sunset Shipping Container Home

Posted on Jun 13, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Tiny House Blog

Sunset Magazine’s Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, Calif. was held at the beginning of June, and one of the stars of the show was the cargotecture c-series Sunset Idea House by HyBrid Architecture. The c-series represents a group of pre-designed, factory built units made from recycled cargo containers that can be combined or customized as desired by the owner.

Hayden’s Note:

If on a budget,  you could build a similar structure for about 1/3rd of the price that HyBrid is requesting, as long as you’re willing to do the work yourself! However, as evidenced at my new dedicated blog for my own 20′ container project – www.ElysianFieldsProject.com – you can see that it’s a slow-going process, requires the know-how and tools, and certainly won’t look as good as the CargoTecture Series shown here.  You’re not going to have the IKEA cabinets, or the quality wet room, bamboo floor, soy insulation, etc.  Instead, you’ll have a habitable weekend retreat, maybe a hunting cabin, etc.  Livable, but you’re certainly not going to be entertaining dinner guests in it by doing it yourself....

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Abandoned Adobe House in Arizona – Edward John Hand Grave Marker

Posted on Jun 08, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: This Tiny House

Hayden’s Note: Just a brief, interesting little blog entry from This Tiny House.  Their site is only intermittently updated, but I have them listed in the sidebar for little jewels of an article such as this one!

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This isn’t a story — it’s a sketch of a story. We were traveling through Arizona and spotted this abandoned house in Portal, Arizona.

What makes this mystery so compelling is a grave marker for Edward John Hand, pioneer, rancher, miner and archaeologist. I imagine a solid man, tall, English-born (1866), exploring the American West and building this one-room adobe structure with his own hands.

My internet research turned up nothing about this man and his simple home. I’m finding much of the American West — possibly the best stories — are not Google-able....

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Life on Fire – Innermost House, 12 Ft. Square Cabin

Posted on May 07, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Tiny House Blog

This is Innermost House, my home in the coastal mountains of Northern California. It is the latest of many very small houses my husband and I have occupied over twenty-five years, all for the same reason–to make possible a simple life of reflection and conversation. I am delighted now to be a part of Kent’s public conversation with others who share my love of tiny houses, and I’m grateful to Michael Janzen of Tiny House Design for introducing us.

Innermost House is about twelve-feet square. It faces directly south beneath an open porch that shelters our front door. A hill rises to the north behind us and the forest lies all around. The house encloses five distinct rooms: to the east is a living room eleven feet deep by seven feet wide by twelve feet high; to the west the house is divided into kitchen, study, and bathroom, each approximately five feet wide by three feet deep, with a sleeping loft above the three of them, accessible by a wooden ladder we store against the wall....

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Pine Top Tiny House – 12′ x 18′ Lofted Cabin in the Ozarks

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Tiny House Blog (Great website, highly recommended!)

Travis and Becky and their Pine Top Homestead is our first featured “Small House.”

Travis and Becky spent the last year planning and building their tiny home on 3 acres in the Ozark Mountains. Travis says, “We absolutely love it, best thing we ever did. It’s 12′x18′ with a 6′x12′ sleeping loft for a total of a whopping 288 sqft. It’s just us two and our small dog and we find it very comfortable and useable for us two.”

I’m going to turn it over to Becky and let her tell you a bit about the construction of their home.

The land was the right deal at the right time and we could see the potential it had for our dreams of a tiny homestead. We weren’t sure when we would be able to build our own tiny home, so we purchased a little pre-built cabin to enjoy on our land as we did some clearing.

The media has made most of us believe that in order to be successful we need to live in large houses and be married to our mortgage....

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Straw Bale Homes 101

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: Tiny House Blog

Guest Post by Andrew Morrison

Straw Bale construction is an old technology that has grown to become a respected and viable building option in most locations and climates. Not only is it beautiful and energy efficient, but it is also three times as fire resistant as a conventionally framed home and does extremely well in natural disasters such as earthquakes and extreme wind conditions. Straw bale and tiny house enthusiasts have a lot in common in that both are invested in being responsible earth stewards, want to reduce their living expenses, aren’t afraid to try something new and do things on their own, and are committed to creating a new model of sustainability by living within their means financially and from a resource stand point. Here are 9 reasons why we think you should consider building with bales:

Reason #1 Energy Efficiency.

A well built straw bale home can save you up to 75% on heating and cooling costs. In fact, in most climates, an air conditioning unit is not needed in the home as the natural cooling cycles of the planet are enough to keep the house cool all summer long....

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Sales of Luxury Doomsday Bunkers up 20 – 1,000 Percent

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Source: CNN Money

A devastating earthquake strikes Japan. A massive tsunami kills thousands. Fears of a nuclear meltdown run rampant. Bloodshed and violence escalate in Libya.

And U.S. companies selling doomsday bunkers are seeing sales skyrocket anywhere from 20% to 1,000%.

Northwest Shelter Systems, which offers shelters ranging in price from $200,000 to $20 million, has seen sales surge 70% since the uprisings in the Middle East, with the Japanese earthquake only spurring further interest. In hard numbers, that’s 12 shelters already booked when the company normally sells four shelters per year.

Terra Vivos 950-Person Bunker

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