Five Questions Nearly Everyone Forgets to Ask Before Buying a Solar Generator

Five Questions Nearly Everyone Forgets to Ask Before Buying a Solar Generator

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Don’t Make these Solar Generator Mistakes!

If you’re in the market for a solar generator you are a wise person. Let’s make that clear up front.

As you know, there are LOTS of reasons you would want a back-up generator. And let’s face it, most people don’t like to think about the “bad stuff” so they choose instead to ignore it. Like that will help!

Winter storms routinely knock out power in pockets all around the nation. Sometimes these outages last a couple of days. Other times a week or more. read more

Glenn’s Designer Off-Grid Micro-Home

Glenn's Designer Off-Grid Micro-Home

by Glen Grassi

I just finished designing and building my first micro-home. I am a theatrical designer who has taken a detour this year to build something sustainable. It is made almost entirely out of repurposed and recycled materials.

It is 12 ft. X 7 ft. with a 3 ft. tow hitch. The interior is cedar-lined and has a wood burning stove, designer interior, stand-up shower inside the bed, lots of storage, composting toilet hidden in the chair, solar chandelier and gravity water.

It is built simply with simple parts and is easy to care for. It seats 4-6 people inside for dinner. read more

Tracey Powell’s Modern, Tiny, Blissful Waves on Wheels

Tracey Powell's Modern, Tiny, Blissful Waves on Wheels

At first glance, Tracey’s house looks like it just returned in time from an episode of “Back to The Tiny House Future”. Honestly, we have never seen anything like it and her story is just as original as her vision. If your taste leans towards Modern Minimalist and you’re not a fan of all the barn wood encrusted, cabin-like tiny houses you’ve seen, you’ll LOVE the ideas and materials she has incorporated in her ultra-modern tiny house on wheels. External insulation? Yep! TWO breaker boxes? Check! A porch and stairs to dream about? Got it! An Incinolet toilet? It’s in there. Listen in this week while we chat about how her new life is everything she dreamed about while growing up in an RV with her family. Now THERE’s a storyline twist we didn’t expect. read more

Touring by Tiny House & Mule

This is a wonderful story of a man one his second trip across America in his mule drawn wagon. Bernie Harberts of River Earth recently downsized from a 60 square foot wagon to a lightweight 21 square foot home. If often wondered how successful it would be to weld up a simple angle iron frame for a tiny house. Now I know because that’s exactly what Bernie did. Then he sandwiched some foam board between plywood and attached it to his frame. The result was a very lightweight and cozy tiny home. Read the entire story on Tiny House Blog. read more

Single Hauz

Single Hauz

I couldn’t find too many details (like a floor plan) on this tiny house concept from Poland but the pictures say a lot. Basically the idea is that this billboard inspired house could be place almost anywhere and is intended to a single person or couple to live in. I think its a really interesting way of thinking outside the box.

I suspect this tiny house concept was designed mostly for fun by these young Polish architects; in fact they even provide a paper cut-out version (see below). Download (PDF) the original paper cut-out version. Photo credit Front Architects. read more

An Insightful Speech From An Unexpected Place

An Insightful Speech From An Unexpected Place

This morning I got up to find a video that was insightful from a person that I had not expected. It is from the actor that brought us Dude Where’s My Car and That 70’s Show, Ashton Kutcher. Not only did he give this talk, but he did it in a place where he had a huge platform to share it at: The MTV Teen Choice Awards. His third point was somewhat related to tiny house living, so I thought I’d share with you the video

Maximizing Space With Under Bed Storage

Maximizing Space With Under Bed Storage

Tiny house owners are all too used to the struggle of making space. If you’re a bit low on real estate to start with, finding room for storage generally requires some ingenuity and elbow grease.

One of the best ways to fit some extra items in is to head under the bed. An awful lot of homeowners either ignore or improperly use this valuable bit of space – a major mistake when you’ve got so little to spare.

Don’t let that be you. Learn to make effective use of all the potential storage spots at your disposal. When figuring out how to best outfit your bed, there are a few things to keep in mind. read more

New Book: Prefabulous Small Houses with Foreword by Robert Redford

New Book: Prefabulous Small Houses with Foreword by Robert Redford

To people who are unfamiliar with the new home industry (including tiny homes), the word “prefab” has a negative, bargain-basement connotation. Modular, prefabricated homes have come a long way in the last decade and author Sheri Koones’ new book shows the best of “prefabulous” small homes.

Prefabulous Small Houses is the latest book by author Sheri Koones.

Prefabulous Small Houses by The Taunton Press features 32 modest sized cottages and homes ranging from 350 to 2,500 square feet. The readers of the Tiny House Blog will of course gravitate toward the smaller versions, but all the designs show what is now available in prefab architecture. read more

Small House on Gabriola Island, British Columbia

Small House on Gabriola Island, British Columbia

This small 576 square foot house is located on Gabriola Island in British Columbia and has two stories, a 24′ by 24′ footprint, type-3 septic field, instant hot water heater, and cork floors. The landscaping around the house was finished in river rock so as to avoid having to water lawn. The photos, plan, and video below were sent to me by it’s owners, Michael and Kathy.

I was happily surprised to learn that a building permit was issued without requiring the drilling of a well on the property first. It seems that rainwater collection systems are not only well understood in that area but preferred because they put less of a burden on natural resources. Here is what Michael says about rain water collection systems in British Columbia. read more