Family of Five Lives on a Bus

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The Sullivans are a family of five who live in a bus converted into a home full time. But far from being cramped and uncomfortable, their unique home is quite cozy and functional. Besides, they hardly spend all their time indoors, and they can take their home on wheels anywhere they like. The home gets all the needed energy from a solar power array.

They call their new home Big Bertha and it was created out of a used 40-foot 1996 Blue Bird bus. Dad Brian and mom Starla designed the interior themselves. It took them about one year of weekends to finish the home. And they chose a bus over another form of a tiny home, because it’s much more mobile than most other offerings on the market. Since they registered it as an RV, they don’t even need a special permit to drive it. (more…)

By |January 31st, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Super Affordable Tiny House

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Even though downsizing to a tiny house is all about cutting costs and saving, a lot of custom made, or prefab tiny home offerings have hefty price tags. Which kind of defeats the purpose, and even though there’s always the fun choice of going the DIY route and building your own home, it’s also very nice when companies offer affordable premade solutions. Such as the so-called France tiny home made by Pin Up Homes, a Check Republic-based company.

The France home measures just 74 sq ft (6.9 sq m), so it truly is tiny. They’ve recently completed the prototype of it, which has no bathroom. The home is made out of 21 insulated panels, which are held together by threaded rods. According to the company, three people can assemble the home in just three hours. Disassembly is equally fast and efficient. (more…)

By |January 30th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Off-Grid Cabin That Doubles as Ski Slope

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This fun cabin was designed by the architecture firm Vardehaugen of Norway. It can function completely off-the-grid and features a sloping roof that the architects claim can serve as a ski/sledding trail and even a ski jumping slope, though I’m not sure how safe the latter is. (more…)

By |January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Prefab Houseboat That’s as Comfortable to Live in as Any House

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The UK-based company Bluefield Houseboats was established with the goal of making houseboats that are as comfortable to live in as any nice house or apartment. They also design these houseboats with sustainability in mind, so the boats are prefabricated, feature an energy-efficient design, and are equipped with state of the art home automation technology.

Their first model home is a single story houseboat, which has a total floorspace of 500 sq ft (46.5 sq m). Much of the interior is taken up by the living and dining area and the kitchen, while ample glazing makes it appear larger than it is. The houseboat also has a well-sized master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There is also a second bedroom and bathroom. The roof is also a terrace and can be reached via a set of stairs attached to the side of the houseboat. (more…)

By |January 11th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Off-The-Grid Shelter Built in a Challenging Terrain

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Building in remote locations of the world often calls for off-the-grid solutions, which builders envision in different ways. The mountain shelter recently built by the architecture firm Archaeus of Romania offers one such ingenious solution. The shelter is called Călțun Shelter and was built in July 2015 in the Southern Carpathians mountain range, at an altitude of 6,889 ft (2,100 m). It is intended to offers shelter to the mountain rescue team, and all others who may have need for it. (more…)

By |January 10th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments