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…

Blogger builds efficient, off-grid Passive House in Colorado

September 25, 2017 john 20 37826 20:14

Twenty years ago Andrew Michler bought a $60,000 solar shack in the Colorado mountains that “immediately fell apart” and inspired two decades of experiments in off-grid living. Today, he and his wife live in the reconfigured shack and he has turned a former shed on the property into an ultra low-consuming Passive House (Passivhaus). “Passive…

Kristie Wolfe builds underground home & sets rural WA hamlet

September 22, 2016 john 19 39548 25:37

Inspired by the success of the Hawaii treehouse she built for $11,000, Kristie Wolfe began searching for land to build a “Hobbit”-inspired village. Knowing that there is land to be found for cheap in this country (she bought her Hawaii property for $8000), she began to search the Northwest for sites. https://faircompanies.com/videos/building-your-own-hawaii-minimal-house-for-a-vacations-cost/ “There’s a lot…

Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with 2 containers

June 5, 2016 john 0 26695 44:44

Paul Chambers had began building a home out of two shipping containers as a project, but when his wife got tired of suburbia and put their four-bedroom home on the market, his project became the couple’s full-time home (Paul’s ebook: www.buildshippingcontainerhous­e.com) Paul and Sarah Chambers were living in rural Scotland when Paul received a job…

Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K

April 18, 2016 john 0 1175 14:14

As a kid Steve Rees played in caves and learned how the earth could cool. As an adult, he buried two shipping containers and created an off-grid retirement home for himself and his wife Shirley. After a few years of camping on their 10 acre plot in Northern California, they bought two shipping containers, hired…