Tiny Home That’s Perfect for the Disabled

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Apart from downsizing and living debt- and mortgage-free, tiny homes are also ideally suited as housing solutions for refugees, the homeless, and even people with mobility issues. People confined to a wheelchair often find themselves in a situation where their own homes become inaccessible to them, or they become a virtual prisoner in their homes, since despite many efforts most cities are still quite difficult to navigate for people in wheelchairs. With this in mind the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture designed a tiny home, which is aimed primarily at those who have been confined to the wheelchair whether through injury or by old age. The home is called Wheel Pad, and it is designed to allow such individuals to stay at home and near their families. (more…)

By |February 3rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

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

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|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

Innovative Solution to Fight Homelessness in San Francisco

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The problem of homelessness is a real issue across the globe, and providing adequate housing solutions for these poor people is a very demanding task. San Francisco might soon get an innovative solution to the problem though, in the form of modular housing units designed and built by the local company Panoramic Interests. These so-called MicroPADs (Prefabricated Affordable Dwellings) are modular, stackable self-contained units.

Each MicroPAD measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m) and features a kitchenette, a sleeping area, and a bathroom. The units have a steel shell and a good amount of glazing which makes them appear more spacious than they are. They also have 9 ft (2.7 m)-high ceilings, which also prevents them from appearing too cramped. The kitchenette is well-sized, while the bathroom features a shower and toilet. There is also a bed, a good amount of storage space, and a desk. It is also possible to adapt the basic layout so that the units are easily accessible by the disabled. (more…)

By |January 5th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments