Ecocapsule aims at “anywhere-living” with own energy & water

July 26, 2020 john 21 24260 11:36

Can off-grid, anywhere-living appeal the masses? The Ecocapsule mobile dwelling gathers solar/wind energy, harvests/filters water. It shelters up to 2 comfortably and includes all essentials: kitchen, toilet, shower, folding bed, storage. Sona Pohlova and Tomáš Žáček created the original design in 2014 for a client with a ranch who didn’t have the infrastructure for guest…

Incredible Van Conversion w/ Murphy Bed & Creative Shower

July 18, 2020 john 26 33110 13:28

VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Jarrod Tocci built a high-end sprinter van after living in his first van dwelling, and realizing he could make some improvements, including a clever murphy bed design and a hidden shower. ————– CREDITS ————— EDITOR: David Frick ADDITIONAL MUSIC: https://www.epidemicsound.com/ OPENING MONTAGE DRONE SHOT: Jonathan Benabed ADDITIONAL PHOTOS & VIDEO PROVIDED BY &…

Biomimetic tiny home as antifragile prototype for new urbanism

May 3, 2020 john 27 1414 29:15

When a computer-based, self-reliant city-lab high in the hills above Barcelona designed and built a tiny home they used parametric modeling software to mimic nature. The resulting Niu Haus, or Nest House, is all curves (only the sloping solar-paneled roof is flat). Built from wood harvested, milled and CNC-cut on the property, it’s a hyper-local…

50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods

April 26, 2020 john 20 152668 47:29

In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5…

Kristie Wolfe turns 1950s fire lookout into off-grid shelter

November 17, 2019 john 23 1746 34:28

When Kristie Wolfe saw a fire lookout tower advertised for sale on private land, she knew she had found her next build. She had already constructed a Hawaiian treehouse and a hobbit hole getaway from the ground up and loved the idea of converting the abandoned structure into an immersive deep-forest escape. The 13 acres…

Kayaking our way to a remote floating cabin in the wilderness

October 14, 2019 john 21 24836 20:46

To reach the Iloft floating cabin, you drive five hours north from Montreal to Quebec’s third-largest lake and then kayak 45 minutes along Lake Saint-Jean to finally arrive in an uninhabited bay to climb aboard the buoyant greenhouse tiny house. When we left Montreal mid-day on a summer Saturday, we had no idea that we…

$700 mechanical micro-A-frame blends with Montana wilderness

August 5, 2019 john 20 55956 18:59

When Alla Ponomareva and her husband Garrett Hohn found Derek “Deek” Diedricksen’s plans to build a transforming A-frame cabin for only $1200 they bought the plans and got to work. Three weeks later, they had an 80-square-foot, off-grid, tiny home that cost only $700 (solar panels included) thanks to a lot of reclaimed materials. One…

Green Hill Farm Tiny House Tour by Build Tiny

July 29, 2019 john 8 1558 04:31

Our clients – a husband and wife duo from Green Hill Farm – came to us to design this custom tiny house in the summer of 2018/2019. The basis for the design was the Littlejohn tiny house which has a very similar layout. However, the clients wanted to extend the length of the tiny house…

A custom van to make the case for seasonal West Coast nomadism

July 3, 2019 john 21 18764 24:40

Eric Kennedy was tired of paying San Francisco rent and he wanted to travel more, so he bought a 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter van and converted it into his new mobile home. The loan payments (over 5 years) were half of what he had been paying in rent and since his job as a software developer…

Forsaken Joshua Tree hut becomes off-grid folly for stargazing

February 25, 2019 john 20 62018 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…