Empty parking lot in DC alley becomes stunning young family home

May 14, 2023 john 14 103154 29:24

On a back alley in Washington DC where only a few weed trees grew between derelict cars, Andrew and Hannah Linn erected a totally compostable house of bamboo, cork, wool and wood as a healthy, and affordable, home for their growing family. “For over a century, people lived in hundreds of wooden homes in DC’s…

Couple fits lofted barnhouse, Quonset hut on skinny lot

June 18, 2021 john 16 196368 13:37

On a small, but affordable Minneapolis lot, Jean and Joe built a barn-style house to maximize the vertical on their skinny lot. With a limited budget, but zoning that required a garage (priced at $30,000), they bought a $6,000 Quonset hut big enough to fit two cars and erected it with the help of friends…

Family builds 6 tiny homes for hotel on old Portland parking

September 5, 2017 john 18 565007 21:07

After 7 years living in an RV, Pam and Bruce Westra wanted to continue tiny space exploration in their new hometown of Portland, Oregon. Partnering with fellow RVer, Allison Meyer, the couple began building tiny homes- alongside their son Kevin- to turn an old parking lot into a micro-living hotel. They launched their Tiny Digs…

Dan Phillips turns backyard scraps in whimsical Texan houses

April 9, 2017 john 18 513324 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,…

Where to Park a Tiny House? – 5 Useful Tips!

January 31, 2017 john 0 91072 05:52

Tiny houses are illegal in many places, sometimes because they don’t meet the minimum square footage requirement in the by-law, city planning or zoning regulations. Other times they’re not permitted because they’re on wheels, or if they’re not hooked up to a septic tank, or if the property doesn’t have a well. It’s a good…

Post-zoning in Containertopia: SF factory of container homes

October 27, 2015 john 0 149212 28:40

When we first visited Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart on a formerly abandoned lot in West Oakland (CA), they were renting out space to friends to build tiny homes from shipping containers. The idea was to create affordable, off-grid, housing in the least affordable market in the country (the San Francisco Bay Area) by reusing…

Tiny Houses and the Big Questions they Raise Webinar

July 15, 2015 john 0 334 01:04:20

They may be tiny, but they raise some big questions. Those cute-as-a-button Tiny Houses are showing up in neighborhoods around the country – and often leave local planners scratching their heads. Should they be allowed as year-round housing? Which building or safety code should they meet? Can they be a primary structure on a residential…

A spaghetti western on lean urbanism (documentary)

June 17, 2015 john 0 957512 01:56:07

What makes a good shelter? For thousands of years we’ve been attempting to regulate the idea. Even the bible had building codes. The book of Deuteronomy mandates railings on roofs to prevent falls. After the great London fire of 1666, cities began creating stricter regulations for how we build. Over the centuries the codebooks have…

Jay Austin’s Beautiful, Illegal Tiny House

October 19, 2014 john 1 113

Demand for housing in Washington, DC is going through the roof. Over a thousand people move to the nation’s capital every month, driving up the cost of housing, and turning the city into a construction zone. Tower cranes rising high above the city streets have become so common, they’re just part of the background. But…