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In this episode. Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, from the HGTV/DIY Network and Relaxshacks.com, alongside his brother Dustin “Dr. Demoltion” Diedricksen, show us a tiny backwoods cabin, or tiny house , that was build and design by guitarist and songwriter Jim Matus (www.JimMatus.com). Only 8′ by 10′ in size, each board of this cabin was carried in by trail and the structure was erected deep in the woods of the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts.
Nineteen-year-old Jonathan Von Reusner was a sophomore going to college in his hometown and living at home. Looking for an affordable way to move out, he decided to buy a bus and build himself a tiny dorm on wheels.
He paid $2500 for a bus he found on craigslist. Then he began to home-ify it: he stripped the seats, added a hardwood floor, a futon couch/bed, a desk, a kitchen (small fridge, water cooler, gas stove) and photovoltaics. The final cost (including PV) was $5600. It doesn’t have toilet or shower facilities, but as a college student, he has free access to all that at the campus gym.
His school, Bard College (2 hours north of New York City), lets him park the bus on campus, but he can’t live in it. Wanting something more permanent, Von Reusner is now camping out- with permission- in the parking lot of the local Buddhist monastery. Since he plans on many more years as a student (he hopes to go to medical school after his final two years of college), he expects to be living in his converted bus home for many years to come.
* Video filmed by Bard film student Elisa Caffrey.
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/teen-converts-bus-intof-grid-5600-photovoltaic-tiny-home/
WRVA 1140 talk radio interview by Jeff Katz with Thom Stanton, State Chapter Leader (Virginia) of the American Tiny House Association, on the topic of tiny house habitation.
The impetus for the interview was a Chesterfield County couple being forced to move from their tiny house . At the date of this post, Michael Brown and his wife are still not permitted to live in their new tiny house , though administrators from Chesterfield County have reported progress on options to legalize full-time occupancy of tiny houses in the county.
During the interview, Thom (President/CEO of Timber Trails LLC) provides an overview of tiny houses , their difference from recreational vehicles (RVs), and potential for living in tiny house communities or individual parcels of property.
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Lulu is a single mom who’d gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for 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 no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater).
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
“It’s really mostly built like a shed. It’s a nice looking shed, but it’s really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it.”
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about $4,000 (trailer included).
Original story here: http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/california-shipping-container-tiny-home-cargo-trailer-room/
Music credit: “I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie (http://chriszabriskie.com/)
Designer Ryan Frank wanted a semi-mobile home for a small plot in a “sensitive area”. He thought about yurts and domes, but settled for an open source design he found online. Often called a “boathouse” or “gothic arch” structure, it was originally developed by a boat builder; it’s centerpiece are the wooden support ribs.
Frank built the home for about 1000 euros in roughly 100 hours. He now lives in it full-time with his girlfriend, though they use a separate camper as a kitchen, as well as a separate composting toilet and outdoor shower.
Ryan Frank: http://www.ryanfrank.net/
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/1000-small-home-built-in-100-hours-from-open-sourcesign/
Author Richard Heinberg once taught a course on sacred geometry, and he’s written nearly a dozen books related to society’s balance with the natural world so when he and his wife built a tiny cottage in their backyard they embedded the Fibonacci series in the windows as a nod to the importance of the golden mean on nature’s patterns.
Richard Heinberg has written 10 books on energy issues, most notably oil depletion, and the backyard of his modest home in Santa Rosa, California reflects his belief that we need to go back to basics: he has a large veggie garden, chickens and a tiny cottage. The wee house is an experiment in natural building and a nod to the tiny house movement.
The windows in the structure reflect the Fibonacci series because “there’s a harmony in nature and we wanted to symbolically represent that in the design of our little house”.
The home is slightly less than 120 square feet which means it’s a “building of no consequence” so the Heinbergs didn’t have to get a permit from the city or country to build it.
More info on original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/fibonacci-tiny-house-reflects-natures-golden-ratio/
When Chris and Tanya bought their property in Petaluma (California) 15 years ago, it was what most people would have called a teardown. Since Chris is a carpenter and contractor, the couple decided to convert the old structures into livable shelters.
Chris began converting a shack into their main home, but it was a project that would take 10 years so to avoid paying rent during the remodel, he quickly transformed an old chicken coop (the property used to be a chicken farm) into their “temporary” home.
For seven years, the couple and then their daughter and finally their son shared the small space. It had just one bedroom, but when their new home was ready, they weren’t prepared to leave it. “Life actually seemed less complicated when we were living in here,” explains Chris.
While their property is no longer a commercial farm, they do have chickens for eggs and goats for milk. To make milking easier, Chris created an automatic milker, using a motor with a wheel and air piston and a vaccum switch meant to control a car’s automatic transmission.
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/converted-chicken-coop-as-small-home-for-norcal-family/
Derek Deek Diedricksen’s book, “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks”, will soon have a follow-up, or sorts, which will feature various cabins and shelters that he has designed and built for people- perhaps this one will be included, WHEN DONE. This cabin was built at his “Tiny House Summer Camp” workshop (one or two cabins) in 2012, and for a budget of $300, most of which was the roofing- metal and tuftex (but well worth it!). This cabin will be shown in a follow-up video at some point once completed.
The TimberCab 550 is one of the most versatile tiny house home designs around! It meets the backyard cottage/accessory dwelling unit (ADU) size requirements in most jurisdictions while it is also ideal as a compact getaway cabin.
You will be surprised at how large the space feels partially due to the open floor plan, high ceilings and flexible space. The small home design ideas incorporate a full-kitchen and bathroom with a walk-in, curbless shower. Loft space above the bathroom can be utilized as storage.
This fully functioning, fully contained cabin just goes to show how to live in a tiny house needn’t be one of ‘going without’ and can in fact be a very enriching experience.
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TV producer and Internet-video personality Kirsten Dirksen invites us on her journey into the tiny homes of people searching for simplicity, self-sufficiency, minimalism and happiness by creating shelter in caves, converted garages, trailers, tool sheds, river boats and former pigeon coops.
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Kirsten Dirksen is co-founder of faircompanies.com and a Huffington Post blogger. She has worked for MTV, Oxygen, The Travel Channel and Sundance Channel. Her documentaries include “Searching for Da Vinci’s Secret” and “Translating Genocide: Journey to Sudan”. “We the Tiny House People” is her first documentary to premiere on youtube.
Part 2 (Tiny houses on the move): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Iti4JU5ObU
Part 3 (Urbanism of tiny house s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3R4XNandug
Features: Jay Shafer (Tumbleweed Tiny House Company), Austin Hay, Jenine Alexander (Forge Ahead Construction), Stephen Marshall (Little House on the Trailer), Suchin Pak (MTV, Hester Street Fair), Graham Hill (TreeHugger, LifeEdited), Felice Cohen, Luke Clark Tyler, Eric Schneider, Michael Chen (Normal Projects), Sarah Dickinson & family, Henri Grevellec, Matthieu de Marien (Fabre/deMarien Architects), Jérémie Buchholtz, Eva Prats (Flores Prats ...Read More