A Solar-Powered Green Microhouse


Hot on the heels of our prior coverage of the Rainscreen Shed and the International Shed of the Year comes this solar-powered beauty, the Microhouse.  According to Naomi Seldin of Simpler Living, the 100 square-foot tiny house is part of the Human = Landscape exhibit going on in City Hall Park in Burlington, Vermont.  The Microhouse was built by Alex Carver and Christopher North of Northern Timbers Construction with the design help of landscape architect and metal artist H. Keith Wagner.


The Microhouse is off-grid and small — it’s art with a statement about the possibilities for a green future.  With the modular design, you could add additional 10’x10′ modules to have the right amount of space for your situation (and nothing more).  Plus, one module costs less than a small car.

With the horizontal cladding, simple windows, and corrugate roof, I’d say this is the way to go if you’re thinking about life using less than 100 square feet.  And just wait until the exterior steel fully weathers: The Microhouse will turn heads.

[+] The 100-square-foot dream home by Simpler Living.



Photo credits: Northern Timbers Construction.

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  • http://www.ecozebra.com Andrew Stone

    WIth that glass wall it would be really cool and probably pretty easy to put it on a lazy susan type base so that you could follow or avoid the sun at will.

    Gives me a great idea for a green house.

    Now to just get off my butt and build it…. Isn’t that always the case?

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Real Estate

    Is there a murphy bed built into the wall or something? I am cool with having a small house, but this might be a little much for me. Even if there was a bed hidden in the wall, I think that I might be longer than that whole place laying down.


    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      You’re not ten feet tall are you, Tyler? :)

    • Tabitha

      I’m going to go with no, in this version I don’t think there is a Murphy bed. the only place it might even possibly be is in the full height cabinets next to the kitchenette. I certainly hope it wouldn’t be put there, being that it would fold down right in front of the in-swinging exit door.

      Stylistically, I kind of dig it.. functionally, not so sure.

  • MrSteve007

    To be truthful – if it includes a gas stove, it is a solar & natural gas/propane microhouse.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      You’re right about that one. It’s still solar powered, though.

  • Chris VW

    I’m not sure I’m impressed by the untreated steel exterior. I’d rather have a finish that isn’t going to rub off on my if I lean against my house. Also, the sighting of this house is a a bit off. It appears it sits under a tree. Where’s the solar going to come from if it is not placed in clear sun?

    • Martin MacFlue

      It was part of an exhibit in a city park numb-nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/JillDiehl Jill Diehl

    interesting solar “pod” house

  • Swetlana 020867

    Thank you, Preston

  • Agent

    Who needs a bed when you have a solar powered micro house?..

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