Forsaken Joshua Tree hut becomes off-grid folly for stargazing

February 25, 2019 john 20 61984 13:05

When Malek Alqadi and Hillary Flur first drove down the dirt road in Joshua Tree and saw the collapsing homestead cabin surrounded by open space, they knew it was the spot to build their off-grid smart cabin. The Folly Cabin is reference to the the often useless buildings built in 19th century Europe on large…

Vacated harbor crane becomes tiny flat perched over Amsterdam

August 20, 2018 john 20 23560 13:37

Figee crane 2868 sat abandoned in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands for nearly four decades until a team devoted to boutique apartments rehabbed it into a three-story luxury apartment perched 50 meters (164 feet) above the IJ-River. When containers took over the shipping industry in the 1970s, the cranes on KNSM Island (“Royal Dutch Steamboat Company” island)…

High desert life: pro snowboarder’s ’50s fire truck home

May 16, 2018 john 15 1413 22:28

Since he was a teen Austin Smith has been paid to chase the snow around the world, but after a decade on the road, he wanted to slow things down. His brother had bought a 1953 GMC fire truck on eBay for $5000 that his parents wanted out of their yard, so Smith converted it…

Old Denver city bus transformed as young family’s comfy home

March 26, 2018 john 21 1135 21:43

Facing an unaffordable housing market, Scott and Emily bought a retired Denver city bus at auction and rebuilt it as a spacious home for themselves and children. With no building experience, they relied on help from family and online resources. They designed DIY transforming furniture to make the “rooms” serve double duty. Using a kit,…

MN tiny home pioneer turns containers into airtight wee homes

January 29, 2018 john 36 34471 26:28

In 2002, when the modern Tiny House Movement was in its infancy, Minnesota architect Geoffrey Warner conceived of a tiny prefab home for a client who wanted an affordable retreat. Naming it weeHouse®, Warner went on to use the simple box design in prefab variations across the U.S. In 2016, Warner and his team at…

WA maker turns skoolie, short-bus & container into home-office

January 15, 2018 john 21 19715 47:25

Seven years ago, Jeremy and Mira Thompson quit their jobs and sold their suburban home to hit the road in a short-bus they’d converted into a mobile home. After a year on the road, they’d gone through their savings and were thinking about starting a family. Now living on family property in rural Washington they…

Family adventures inspired North Sister, a high-end tiny home

October 3, 2017 john 20 23736 13:16

Spud and MaryEsther Hooley have spent four decades in tiny homes, including a converted caboose in Idaho, a trapping cabin on the Snake River, a yurt in Mongolia, a wall tent while commercial fishing in Alaska, a 19’ van in Mexico, and a year in a sailboat from Europe to Russia. When they moved back…

Round grain bin as Madison County’s budget prairie style home

July 26, 2017 john 20 13413 16:41

Bob Quinn works farm radio, was raised by farmers and owns a small farm so it wasn’t such a leap to convert a grain bin into his retirement home. “Basically we wanted some living quarters. We looked at a log cabin, but I wanted to have it so it looked like it was part of…