Texan maker’s underground survival bunkers are real batcaves

June 29, 2020 john 8 502 24:29

Ron Hubbard has been building underground shelters since 2011, but since the pandemic hit he hasn’t been able to keep up with demand. Based outside Dallas, he claims his headquarters is the world’s largest bomb shelter factory. His round structures start off as corrugated culvert pipe, but once finished off resemble an RV, complete with…

Can a family of 5 find home where they park their campervan?

April 15, 2019 john 20 27783 41:05

When Dan and Marlene started traveling with their Tab teardrop trailer they never expected it to become a full-time lifestyle for their now family of five. They began life on the road after their first child was born when they put their California home up for rent and bought an Airstream. https://malimish.com/ Once the children…

Lego-style apartment transforms into infinite spaces

March 17, 2019 john 20 30485380 09:38

When Christian Schallert isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to build it. Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Designed by architect Barbara Appolloni, Christian says the…

VIna Lustado’s home-office using 2 tiny houses in “L” + deck

August 28, 2018 john 20 15247 33:38

When Vina Lustado moved into the 140-square-foot home on wheels she and her husband Cliff had built (for $40,000) in 2013, it was a continuation of a lifetime of living minimally: from a modest home in the Philippines as a child to a one bedroom duplex in LA shared with 9 siblings to an adulthood…

Mechanical light cottage morphs sliding skin with use/seasons

July 3, 2018 john 20 29029 19:35

When his mother began talking about putting a prefab in her backyard, Caspar Schols- a physicist by training- was working at a tech firm, but had always loved architecture and asked if he could design her something special. Wanting to create a home that you could change as easily as you change your clothes, Schols…

Top-ranked kayaker builds “Hobbit Van” for life on the road

February 8, 2017 john 19 24857 15:46

When Canada’s top-ranked whitewater kayaker Ben Hayward decided to pursue his Olympic dream, he began a life on the road racing in Europe. To afford this itinerant lifestyle, he crafted a 72-square-foot wooden home on the back of a flatbed truck, dubbing it the “Hobbit Van” for it’s big, round door and butterfly-style windows. Hayward,…

Adaptive space-saving bed snaps into ceiling when not needed

May 1, 2016 john 0 29419 10:49

At the beginning of the 20th century William Murphy patented an idea of a “disappearing bed” (among others) and the wall bed, pull down bed or fold-down bed was popularized in America. In Europe, the 21st century equivalent is the ceiling bed. In 2004, Parisian designers Décadrages released their version of the hovering bed with…

#vanlife with no filter: couple records work/life on wheels

February 15, 2016 john 0 4905 47:51

Shelby and Simon are wedding photographers from Ottawa, Canada who had become enamored by the hashtag vanlife. “We started getting hooked on it, all those Instagram pictures that we saw of people parked in state and national parks, oh check out this parking spot it’s on the edge of a cliff and I’ve got this…

Japanese-inspired wood-clad (legal) tiny home in Ohio small town

April 30, 2015 john 0 66672 10:21

When Alex Melamed and his wife moved to the tradiational brick and mortar town of Yellow Springs, Ohio they built a home only as big as they needed at the time. Melamed is a builder and could keep costs low while still incorporating high design elements like shou-sugi-ban (charred wood) siding.  The tiny square house…