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

July 26, 2020 john 21 24259 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…

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…

Tiny House Life in Lockdown 🔒

April 2, 2020 john 20 215924 25:20

How are people who live in tiny houses dealing with self-isolation?! With countries closing their borders and many international flights cancelled, Rasa and I cut our Australia trip short to return to New Zealand. As with all international travellers, we were placed in self-isolation upon returning home. We have now been in self-isolation for the…

Family retreat at off-grid lake cabin with water-only access

March 29, 2020 john 23 34135 18:38

As glaciers receded, a myriad of lakes amid forests & granite emerged in places across the Canadian Shield, like northern Ontario. We visited friends whose remote off-grid cabin can be accessed only by boat or kayak. Surrounded by rock, trees and water, the home consists of a rather simple cabin and two tiny outbuildings for…

Restoring a medieval tower house near Sparta as life project

February 18, 2019 john 21 50271 28:51

In 1984 when Kostas Zouvelos and his fiancé saw a for sale sign on a crumbling early 19th-century fortified tower on Greece’s Mani Peninsula, they decided to buy it and choose later what to do with it. Fortified towers are ubiquitous across Mani (Peloponnese) where a history of small – often just several family- settlements,…

Incredible Small Off-Grid Earthship Home

December 15, 2018 john 20 100097 20:28

This off-the-grid home in Adelaide, Australia is something completely different! An Earthship is a radically sustainable and self-sufficient building which uses a combination of modern off-grid technology, super clever passive solar design techniques and a whole lot of recycled materials (including trash) all mixed with earth building techniques to create an incredible, high performance home.…

40ft Shipping Containers Transformed Into Amazing Off-Grid Family Home

June 3, 2018 john 20 69507 14:50

This amazing small home has been built using two 40ft high cube shipping containers, slightly of-set from one another to create a stunning, off-the-grid family home. Feeling inspired to downsize after watching tiny home and small house design videos online, this couple decided to take the plunge into designing and building a shipping container home…

Kristie Wolfe builds underground home & sets rural WA hamlet

September 22, 2016 john 19 39552 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 26696 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…