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Tiny Houses

Video: Tour a "Built to Order" Tiny House Before You Buy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 27, 2016 11:50:53 AM

Nice straightforward tour of a well designed tiny house.

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English Tiny Homes Show How to Do It Right: Off Grid and Affordable

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 14, 2015 12:20:12 PM

A tiny home should be able to provide enough electricity and water to serve its occupants.

That's the thinking behind this eco-friendly design.

Launched at Grand Designs Live, London 2015, the WAVE is an elegant, flexible, off-grid, eco cabin.

Compact kitchens, fitted beds and built in storage are individually designed for each of building.





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California Group Develops a "Farm-from-a-Box" Homesteading Kit in a Shipping Container, as an Alternative to Food Charity

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 7, 2015 2:33:23 PM

The proposed kit, aimed at developing nations, contains all of the gear to farm 2 acres, but it still needs proof of concept.

The project, designed in San Francisco, is still mostly hypothetical, although they have built one prototype. The At a cost of about $30,000, about the cost of a soup-to-nuts, contractor built tiny house, it's a good deal, because it includes farming systems such as irrigation pipes, water purification and tools you don't get in tiny homes. But for the target buyers: people in rural communities in Africa and other developing nations, it's hard to imagine the Farm-From-A-Box becoming ubiquitous. With a per capita income of just $550.00, buying one of these would be like a person in the U.S. making the average per capita income of $29,000 buying a house worth $1.7 million. It just ain't gonna happen without help from higher up, or deeper pockets.

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New Tiny House "RV" Has a Weight Problem

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Oct 14, 2015 8:05:00 AM

A Wisconsin company is selling a 35-ft.-long "tiny house RV" that weighs 13,000 lbs. The space inside may be tiny, but it's really a modular home on wheels.

At $73,000, it's not the least expensive tiny house option you'll find, but it's far more durably built than either and RV or a mobile home. But the house weighs too much to be called truly "mobile." As I've written previously, a lightweight RV trailer with all the features of a tiny house can weigh in at about 3,500 lbs., light enough to pull behind a half-ton pickup. Most tiny homes, however, weigh about 10,000 lbs., so you're not likely to pull one to Florida for the winter.


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French Garage Converted to Tiny House (Video)

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 12, 2014 10:55:00 AM

You can see borrow some great ideas for getting multiple uses out of a very small space in this video about a garage in France converted into a flexible apartment. It includes movable walls, changeable spaces and more.

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Audio Feed: Micro Housing Grows

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 21, 2014 9:32:00 AM

An NPR report says micro-sized green living tends is on the rise, but the motivating factor depends on local housing conditions.

CITIES ARE GENERALLY THE "GREENEST" PLACES TO LIVE, because they make the most efficient use of resources, and concentrate environmental impacts. If we all lived in cities, says Brian Levy, vice president of Pollin Energy and Retrofits (PEAR), a retrofits financing partnership (he lives in a micro house--see below), we would have have large wildlife roaming around in our suburbs.

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Teen-Built, 128-Square-Foot Tiny Maison Visits White House Maker Faire

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jul 21, 2014 7:38:00 AM

Featured at the first-ever White House Maker Faire is a really tiny house with a sad and happy story was tucked under the White House portico. Read More

Big Porch Makes Tiny House Liveable

Posted by Ed Binkley

Jun 18, 2014 4:43:00 PM

HAVING ALWAYS, UP UNTIL RECENTLY, lived in homes that were pretty traditional sizes have I realized that it’s really not about how large the home is, but how well thought out the spaces are. And if there is a “big porch” or yard area suitable for furnishing then the interior space can be even smaller.

Case in point is the small cottage I am sharing with my wife in a quaint, historic “Mayberryish” type community. The home is 560 square feet and is nestled behind the 7200 square foot main home that was built in 1877 and on the Historic Register in Franklin, Tennessee…oh…and our 100 pound lab lives with us as well.

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Tiny Houses: Artistic Hideaway

Posted by Juliet Grable

Jun 9, 2014 3:58:00 PM

MOTIVATED TO REDUCE their footprint and their overhead, Kol Peterson and Deb Delman chose a lot in a walkable, bikeable Northeast Portland neighborhood for their Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU.
“The project encompassed a bunch of passions,” says Peterson, who works as Web manager for the Forest Service. Stephen Smith of Design Build Portland acted as general contractor, but Peterson and Delman put in an estimated $15,000 in sweat equity.

Their two-bedroom house measures 799 square feet, but feels much larger, thanks to Studio Eccos designer Brint Riggs’ open plan. The ground level includes a vaulted kitchen, living room nook and a corner office that doubles as a second bedroom. Upstairs, a short bridge connects the master bedroom to the bathroom, and shows off the custom steel railing.

Local artisans added personal touches to the house. Eric Bohne and stained-glass artist David Schlicker collaborated on a stained-glass starburst in a hinged steel frame, which acts as a sound barrier between the master bedroom and the vaulted space. Peterson sourced fixtures from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, flooring from Craigslist, doors from the Rebuilding Center.

Their ADU has been featured on Portland’s Build it Green! (BIG!) Tour two years in a row, and earned an Energy Performance Score of 35. The project came in at just under $100,000; best of all, rental income from the front house now covers the couple’s mortgage.

“I didn’t know a thing about this when we started,” says Peterson, who chronicled the experience in a detailed blog. Last year he began hosting workshops to help people navigate through the process of building their own ADUs. Read More

Tiny Houses: Back for Good this Time

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 23, 2010 3:58:00 PM

The market for cleverly designed small homes started to hit its stride back in late 2008 or so, dropping energy prices lulled would-be buyers back into oversized mcmansions. But tiny is back, and this time we think it's here to stay.

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