Work Exchange Opportunity at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Work Exchange Opportunity at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Ziggy (Brian Liloia) let me know about an upcoming work exchange opportunity coming this summer at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Ziggy and a few others are building a 350 square foot cooperative kitchen.

It will be built with a roundwood timber frame structure and straw bale and cob walls. Those who partake in this project should get some good first hand experience with several truly sustainable building techniques while being fully immersed in life at Dancing Rabbit. Thanks again for the tip Ziggy! read more

Powering your shed – We love sheds

Kevin from the Solar Shed wrote this guest post for We Love Sheds.

“Over the years, Shed men and women have often pondered as to how to power up their wooden edifices, and be able to see when its dark, stay warm in the winter when preparing the ‘plot’, make a brew and all the other things that shed folk would like, to make life easier.”

Read the full article: Shed Week Guest post: Powering your shed — shedblog.co.uk – We love sheds.

Greg and Jay… Still Headed South

Greg and Jay… Still Headed South

The border to border tiny house tour continues south. Greg and Jay stopped at Coffeetopia in Santa Cruz for a little open house before continuing south to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and finally San Diego. Not sure if they are planning on crossing the Mexican border. You can follow their trip south on this little blog Greg set up. He’s posting photos and updates many times a day. Photo credit Gregory Johnson.

The Borderless House

The Borderless House

Both Sylvia from the Netherlands and Kai from Germany sent me this cool little movie that is worth taking a few minutes to watch. Kai who has built a tiny Tumbleweed home translates it for us.

I’ve found a short film (actually an Ad from Hornbach Germany, a building supplies store like Home Depot) which is very amusing. Nice plot and pictures, no speaking and some very nice space saving ideas which might be interesting for your readers.

URL is http://www.das-grenzenlose-haus.de The title means, wordly translated: “the borderless house – you can find a home in every shed” read more

Cheap Storage Shed Homes for Sale

Cheap Storage Shed Homes for Sale

An unfinished, pre-built storage shed could be the fastest and cheapest way to realize the tiny house lifestyle of your dreams. Crazy? Like a fox.

So, what’s the difference between a storage shed and a tiny house? Labels. You might be surprised how much money you can save with the economies of factory production and mainline distribution working in your favor, in comparison to having the pros design and build your home for you from the ground up. (Check out this article to learn more about how much a tiny house really costs.) read more

Straw Bale Micro Building by Studio 1984

Straw Bale Micro Building by Studio 1984

Designed by Studio 1984, the “Nest” is a compact eco-home concept made from wood and straw. It was originally conceived as an entry to Archi<20, a design competition for low-cost, environmentally-friendly architecture in France.

Around a wooden frame, straw bales are attached. A simple roof keeps it dry. The interior can be used for whatever you imagine. This example was built in three weeks and sits on an acacia wood frame so it leaves little to no impact when removed.

Read more about it a New Atlas. read more

Ben Law’s Roundwood Home

In the documentary below, Ben Law, a woodsman at Prickly Nut Woods in West Sussex, plans and builds his roundwood timber home. It’s built from lumber he’s grown and cared for himself and the entire home was carefully handcrafted from the natural building materials lands around him.

The home is not tiny but the building method and natural materials caught my eye. When we look around at most tiny house projects we see folks using mostly store-bought materials. This seems to make practical sense in today’s world which is probably why this project seems so radically different from the current norm. The project is recorded in a book by Ben called The Woodland House. read more

An off-grid cob retreat on a private bluff

 An off-grid cob retreat on a private bluff

Stoltz Bluff Eco-Retreat sits on 40 acres of private forest land overlooking a river valley on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The small house was designed and hand-built by owners Tonya and Leon using natural and recycled materials, and is completely off-grid.

The home’s thick walls are made of cob), a mix of clay, sand and straw. The clay and sand are typically available from nearby sources, if not from the building site itself, while straw is an agricultural waste product, making cob a very sustainable building material. One of the advantages of cob building is that it is easy to create curved and sculptural forms. The thick walls give cob houses a lot of thermal mass, moderating indoor temperatures and making the house easier to heat and cool. Cob building is easy to learn but very labor-intensive. As a result, it is an inexpensive way to build if you do the work yourself, but is more costly than standard construction if you hire someone else to do the work. read more

Tiny Straw Bale Cabins

Tiny Straw Bale Cabins

by Gabriella Morrison

The options available with styles, building techniques, and materials used to create tiny houses are various (vive la différence!). Some tiny homes rest on solid foundations while others are on trailers. Some are modern in style and others more rustic. The list goes on and there is something out there for everyone. If you are the type of person that is looking for a super energy efficient, natural, beautiful, non-toxic and cost effective house then a straw bale tiny home may just be the solution for you. You may be thinking, “Build a tiny house out of WHAT??” read more