Seattle Couple Downsize to Small Backyard Cottage (400sqft)

May 4, 2019 john 27 6586 13:01

Paul & Caroline built & downsized to a 400 Square Foot cottage in their backyard, using recycled and reclaimed materials. Video Sponsor: Go to or text ‘THGJ” to 500 500 to get one free audiobook, 2 free Audible originals & a 30-day free trial! FIND OUT MORE FROM THIS HOME’S ARCHITECT: ADDITIONAL MUSIC:…

Super Affordable Off-Grid Tiny House Built With Old Fence Palings

January 12, 2019 john 20 72525 15:44

Building a tiny home using salvaged or reclaimed materials can be an amazing way of keeping the cost down. If you’re prepared to put in some extra work, it’s incredible how some old materials which would otherwise be finding their way to the dump can be transformed into a wonderful home. Jesse has put lots…

Beautifully Handcrafted Heirloom Tiny House

October 6, 2018 john 20 40275 14:19

This off-the-grid tiny house on wheels has been beautifully handcrafted using sustainably sourced materials. Designed to stand the test of time, it’s one to be passed down to future generations. The home was constructed by Ryan of Humble Handcraft, who we featured on the show earlier. You can see the tour we filmed of his…

Side-door container 2nd life as WA’s ski town outdoorsy home

November 14, 2017 john 26 23513 14:30

Shiah Lints was tired of life in a 2500 converted farmhouse, so he bought a side door shipping container to convert it into a tiny new home. The “train car” style container is built to open completely on two sides so Shiah didn’t need to make any cuts (and thereby lose structural strength). Containers are…

How the Mississippi shantyboats helped build a culture

May 9, 2017 john 19 23160 19:07

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable” – “Dry Salvages”, T.S. Eliot Long before Wes Modes began planning a journey down the Mississippi, he started building a traditional barge-bottom houseboat in a California backyard out of rustic reclaimed materials (e.g. old…

Hydraulic doors transform containers in retrotronic shelters

May 1, 2017 john 17 27905 14:29

Comparing their work to reanimating a corpse, Matthew Quilty and Adam Kalkin believe in giving new life to unused shipping containers. They have turned these industrial corpses into homes, mobile kitchens/cafes, and event spaces. “In the United States today there are about a half a billion containers just sitting there, about 70% of those are…

Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers

October 24, 2016 john 19 19030 11:42

Architect, artist, designer Julio Garcia had been designing plans for shipping container homes for a decade before he found the perfect place to build one: on a long, narrow stretch of his property in Savannah, Georgia. “I’m a big believer we should be adapting to the environment… I remember walking out and looking at the…

How 16 containers became 8 wanted market-rate Phoenix condos

September 12, 2016 john 20 5319 14:29

On an old used car lot in Phoenix, architects Brian Stark and Wesley James placed 16 used shipping containers and turned them into 8 one-bedroom apartments. With the goal of creating market-rate rental units, the architects tried to work with the containers rather than altering them. The containers are stacked as they would be on…

Gothenburg stacked cargo containers as instant house/offices

September 30, 2015 john 0 1245 25:18

Mats Johansson has rehabbed shipping containers in the port of Gothenburg (Sweden) for over 20 years, but in the past decade he’s being hired to turn aging cargo capsules into architecture. He’s created workshops, pop-up bars and restaurants and soon he will help create student housing from containers, but he calls the creative workspace he…

San Francisco brick boiler room turned industrial tiny house

September 20, 2015 john 0 107870 13:57

Architect Christi Azevedo transformed a tiny boiler room in her San Francisco backyard into a compact home crafted like custom furniture. Trained in metalworking and furniture building, everything is tailored to create a home that feels much larger than its 88 square feet (8 feet wide by 11 feet deep). Christi Azevedo: