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

August 5, 2019 john 20 55928 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…

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 http://audible.com/thgj 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: https://www.microhousenw.com/ ADDITIONAL MUSIC:…

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…

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…

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…

Dan Phillips turns backyard scraps in whimsical Texan houses

April 9, 2017 john 19 13663 17:22

Transforming wine corks and bottle caps into flooring, cow bones into countertops, frame samples into ceilings and old deck boards into doors, Dan Phillips believes a second life is possible building refuse. His company, Phoenix Commotion, turns trash into homes, employs “unskilled” workers and creates shelter for low-income families, but it’s not a non-profit. Instead,…

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…

Macy Miller builds adaptive small home for family of 4 + dog

January 10, 2016 john 0 5275 18:01

Five years ago Macy Miller was “four years outside a foreclosure”, looking for a place to live with her Great Dane and in need of a hands-on project for her architecture training. Inspired by tiny house stories she began to read online, she set aside a year’s worth of rent payments (about $12,000), bought an…

Sheep wagons as classic campervan: the Airstream of pioneers

October 15, 2015 john 0 5332 20:56

Sheep wagons were once a common mobile home in the American West. These tiny structures (usually 7 to 8 feet wide and about 12 to 16 feet long) were used by sheep herders for months on end as they migrated across grazing land with their flocks. Kim Vader’s family began herding sheep in Idaho in…