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Just a place to talk about alternative living spaces. Off grid crips, tiny houses, underground homes.............it's all good.


Glass House...Does it Work?
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Published on Nov 6, 2016
This little house is super cute and original but is it comfy to live it? Turns out it lets the cold in in the winter and the warm in in the summer. Insulated curtains are ESSENTIAL no matter what season and it may be eye candy rather than an efficient way to live in a tiny space. It is also stationed at the Tiny House Village in Lyons Colorado to stay in it go to: http://www.weecasa.com
 
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Surfer couple's 260 sq ft MODERN TINY HOUSE in HD
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Published on Aug 26, 2016
Tiny House Video Tour
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Young Woman Builds Beautiful Recycled Tiny House For US$19,000
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Published on Aug 24, 2016
Annelies is a young furniture maker in Christchurch (New Zealand), who has turned her skills towards crafting her own Tiny House on wheels. Many of the materials in her house have been reclaimed from homes damaged in the terrible earthquake of 2011. Find out more about this home here: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/...
 

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Off Grid Cabin Walk Through 2.0: From Start to Present, Plus Future Plans
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Published on Oct 30, 2016
In this video I take you on a detailed walk through of my off grid cabin at Off Grid Acres. I got so many questions from the first walk through video that I wanted to show you where we are now and talk a little bit about what our future plans are from here. Check out the first walk through video here to see where we started: https://youtu.be/ejBIAWot__4

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Modern cabin hangs like a treehouse over Acadian New England
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Published on Nov 6, 2016
Maricela Salas and Mary McGoff admit they were “naive” about buying raw land before making their purchase of a hillside lot in the Berkshires. It turned out to be too steep and rocky for a traditional foundation. To avoid “blasting” and ruining their beloved refuge, their contractor Arthur Jackson (of The Small Building Company) created piers to perch their cabin like a “treehouse” above the rocky ledge.

To select the ideal siting and orientation for their bucolic home Salas and McGoff camped on the land for a few years in an Airstream trailer. “It also made us realize the Airstream was a 23-foot beautiful thing that we love and miss dearly,” explains Salas. “We realized we don’t need a big house, or anything grand and just simple. I’m talking tiny, tiny house first and then realized it doesn’t make sense to build an expensive tiny, tiny house when you can just wait and build this.”

They expanded their dream to an 850-square-foot “modern cabin” (they don’t consider it a “house”), but they retained the open feel of the Airstream. Designed by New York architect RD Gentzler, the space which is technically all one room (though there are pocket doors to shut off the bathroom and bedroom when necessary) resembles a Manhattan loft.

The focus of the cabin is the outdoors and the huge bank of windows along the south side (with a roof canopy to limit summer solar gain) frames their private forest.

The Small Building Company: http://thesmallbuildingcompany.com/
Framework Architects: http://www.fwarchitecture.com/

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Did "tiny houses" come about because property and housing prices shot up so high that some people could no longer afford it?

Doesn't seem that way
Most vids, that I've seen, of tiny houses, show folks who have money but they don't want to spend it conventionally


So, some folks really want to live in shoe boxes on wheels, pretend they're camping all year long, I suppose

I don't get it, I have a tool shed bigger than one of those houses
I need the space

I've even checked out storage containers and they're just too small for me and my stuff
And if it ain't for sale, I will use most of my stuff, at least, twice a year, so, no, it's not junk or what I call trash

Give Me My Space :green tea:
 

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Did "tiny houses" come about because property and housing prices shot up so high that some people could no longer afford it?

Doesn't seem that way
Most vids, that I've seen, of tiny houses, show folks who have money but they don't want to spend it conventionally


So, some folks really want to live in shoe boxes on wheels, pretend they're camping all year long, I suppose

I don't get it, I have a tool shed bigger than one of those houses
I need the space

I've even checked out storage containers and they're just too small for me and my stuff
And if it ain't for sale, I will use most of my stuff, at least, twice a year, so, no, it's not junk or what I call trash

Give Me My Space :green tea:
Don't really understand it myself. Prefer a nice place with plenty of room. But I like learning new things and seeing how others live. Kinda interesting.
 

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Off Grid Tiny Survival House
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Published on Nov 9, 2016
This little house grows its own food, filters it's own water without a well, and has very simple moveable solar systems. Soooo cool! To learn how to build one go to http://www.earthship.com
 

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The gypsy wagon is terrific. Imagine taking that down to the beach. Its on wheels.
Haha. Great.

This small house movement obviously came about through the drive for being off-grid but its amazing to see the food production and water harvesting ideas develop.
Another factor is waste disposal. Maybe recycle that into any dirt based farm production?
 
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a BIG Tiny House
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Published on Nov 10, 2016
This model has a big kitchen, two lofts and even a washer and dryer hookup! It had a more chemically smell than the Sprout we stayed in but the space optimization and just the size itself were very nice. To learn more go to http://www.weecasa.com

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This Man's Forest Den Home Only Cost $12 to Build!
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Published on Jul 13, 2016
Originally designed and built by an architecture student, who wanted to experiment with creating super-affordable housing using reclaimed materials, this forest den has served as a comfortable home for David Gell for the past 5 years! Find out more info about this home here: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/...
 

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Modern Caveman: Man Builds A $230,000 House In 700-Year-Old Cave
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THE pressures of modern life mean that most of us have probably dreamt at one time or another of fleeing to the hills. But real-life caveman Angelo Mastropietro has made his hermit dream a reality - by spending over £160,000 turning a 700-year-old cave, carved into 250 million year old sandstone cliffs in the the Wyre Forest, into his dream home. The 38-year-old, originally from Worcestershire, was living a high-flying life as the head of a successful recruitment company in Australia when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. The condition led to him being temporarily paralysed - and inspired him to seek a simpler life.

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GORGEOUS modern OFFGRID House
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Published on Nov 11, 2016
To me this is the ultimate offgrid situation. You harvest water rather than drilling a well, you grow your food in your house, nothing is wasted and the house heats and cools itself. http://www.earthships.com
 

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Community Rebuilds With Strawbale Houses!
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Published on Nov 12, 2016
In Moab Utah there is a severe shortage of affordable housing and to combat that Community Rebuilds is taking delapidated housing and giving them a new lease on life with natural strawbale walls and natural floors and finishes! To learn more about Community Rebuilds go to http://www.communityrebuilds.org
 

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What amazes me is, some of these things cost $40-$50,000.

You can buy a trailer twice that size for half the cost...and it has wheels as well???????????????????????????????
 

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Tiny Off Grid House is a Greenhouse?
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Published on Nov 13, 2016
If you want an off grid tiny house then growing your own food is probably very important to you. With an earthship you can have your tiny space and eat it too! Earthship in Taos New Mexico is a great place to learn how to build your own! http://www.earthship.com
 

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Virgil unbound: Italian Alps ruin becomes dream budget home
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Published on Nov 13, 2016
When his wife inherited a ruined stable in Italy’s Orobic Alps, architect Alfredo Vanotti reinvisioned the space as a family home, reflecting local craftsmanship and his love of modern design.

To daylight the home- located above the Valtellina Valley-, Vanotti created a long skylight and four large windows on the south side of the home. To create exterior walls that resembled the “dry stone” technique of the the region’s traditional homes, he used local stone and a minimal amount of cement to hold it together.

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Tiny Dome House in Coastal California
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Published on Nov 14, 2016
We stayed in Mendocino in a prayer community called ywam. The whole village is a beautiful and spiritual experience, we recommend it to everyone! http://www.ywammendocino.org
 

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Can You Even Get a Tiny House Mortgage?
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Published on Nov 15, 2016
Elizabeth from 'Little Farm Big Dream' here on Youtube was one of our hosts and has been a friend for a few years now. We talked about RV's versus Tiny Houses as well as how to fund your Tiny House. Go check out her channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/Lizandrk
 

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One-Story Tiny House Safer for Seniors or Disabled
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Published on Nov 16, 2016
One concern about tiny houses is that there is a heavy dependence on those sleeping and storage lofts. What if it is hard for you to get up stairs? For whatever reason some people really need a single floor with lots of in-wall storage. These are what we came up with as a great solutions! http://www.bluediamondhomeandrv.com/p...
The showroom we visited was http://www.CasaGrandeRV.com

 

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Scandinavian Modern Tiny House By Simon Steffensen
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Published on Nov 1, 2016
A small village on the east coast of Jutland is the setting for this tiny house on a foundation. Designed and built just last year by contractor Simon Steffensen, the home has a Scandinavian Modern flair to it.

The exterior is black-stained wood, a traditional choice in Scandinavia, but here it was given a modern twist with perfectly-aligned rows of stainless steel fasteners, like contrasting stitching on a pair of black jeans.

With only 24 m2 (258 ft2) inside, the tiny house is one room except for the bathroom. The vaulted ceiling and fully-glazed front wall does make it look reasonably spacious inside, though most people would probably want more of a kitchen than the tiny kitchenette in place now. The pared-back design with white walls, light wood and pale blue accents make for a pretty standard Scandinavian interior design. In one unique move though, the oak plank flooring was carried up the back wall.
 

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My tiny story
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Published on Feb 22, 2016
My Tiny/Small house tour. Living large in a small space. I purchased 2 lofted barn cabin shells a few years ago. My dad and I finished off the insides of both cabins in a little over a few months time.

The main cabin is 14' x 40' and a smaller guest cabin is 10' x 16'. The main cabin sits on a slab and features a large master bedroom, full size bath, cozy kitchen with full sized appliances and a guest loft above the kitchen. There is also a large storage area above the bath and utility room. The cabins were framed with 2 x 4's so we added 2 x 2's on all for the exterior walls and ceiling rafters to fur them out to get R-19 insulation in. The only difference other than size between the 2 cabins is that the small guest cabin does not have running water or a bathroom.

I have been a big follower of the Tiny/Small house movement and enjoyed watching and reading about other person's personal stories. Now it is time to share my story. I can say without a doubt that living small is the way to go. It may not be for everyone, but it's definitely for me.

If you have any questions please put them in the comment section below and I'll be happy to answer them.

Please hit the like button if you'd like to see more videos.

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A Look At My Alaskan Bush Cabin
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Published on Sep 12, 2015
A Walk Through Of My Alaskan Cabin
 

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Winter Storm at the Cabin
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Published on Feb 14, 2014
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I decided to spend another stormy night in the cabin. It certainly was a wild and stormy night but we didn't get as much snow as was forecast. I baked some buttermilk biscuits and had my dinner and breakfast in the cabin.

Link to my blog: http://dalecaldersblog.blogspot.com
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SACO Buttermilk Biscuits

4 Tbsp Buttermilk Powder
2 Cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sugar
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cups of water

Preheat oven to 450°F. Sift flour, Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend, baking powder, soda, salt and sugar into a large bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in water; mix lightly with a fork, just until dry ingredients are moistened and dough holds together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead lightly two or three times, then roll out with a floured rolling pin to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut in rounds with a floured biscuit cutter. Place biscuits on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuits are puffed and golden brown. Remove from oven and brush tops of biscuits with melted butter.
 

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CABIN TIME. From Life Philosophies To Coyotes. Welcome To My Off Grid Cabin.
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Published on Jan 22, 2015
It's winter at the backwoods cabin. In this episode, I talk of my experiences and share some insights from a lifetime of self reliance. Life is good when you're living in the woods.
Royalty free audio files provided by www.audiomicro.com and Footage Firm which I am fully licensed for.
 

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My hunting blind and hangout. 8x10 12 foot high floor, 20 stairs steel roof over 3/4 roof board. It's 166 yards NE through the woods from my back porch on my 37 acres. Buried electric 10/2 WG and 4G lte internet, propane wall furnace heat.
Sony wall mount stereo and a folding zero gravity chair for naps.
I come back here and relax year round. It's always cool, breezy and quiet at the back of the pines. Lots of animals to watch and I can't seem hear the fecking blaring teevee my wife has on 24/7. Or any other annoying crap. . . :2 thumbs up:

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My hunting blind and hangout. 8x10 12 foot high floor, 20 stairs steel roof over 3/4 roof board. It's 166 yards NE through the woods from my back porch on my 37 acres. Buried electric 10/2 WG and 4G lte internet, propane wall furnace heat.
Sony wall mount stereo and a folding zero gravity chair for naps.
I come back here and relax year round. It's always cool, breezy and quiet at the back of the pines. Lots of animals to watch and I can't seem hear the fecking blaring teevee my wife has on 24/7. Or any other annoying crap. . . :2 thumbs up:

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An Alaska homestead made for partying
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Published on Dec 15, 2015
DeVere Pieschl first visited the small community of Ferry, AK in the 1970s but it wasn’t until 1983 that he made it his own private party town.
Read the full article on Alaska Dispatch News: http://j.mp/1ItwdJJ
 

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A Modern Coastal Cabin In Norway By Tyin Tegnestue
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Published on Nov 26, 2016
The western coast of Norway was formed by glaciers scouring the earth down to bedrock, carving deep fjords, and leaving behind thousands of islands. One of those islands is Skardsøya, a two or three hour drive from Trondheim. There on the rocky and marshy coastline is a family vacation cabin designed by TYIN tegnestue Architects and built by the owners themselves.

The storage shed helps to shelter the main entrance door. It opens to a hallway in the middle of the cabin with the open living area up a couple of steps to the left and the sleeping quarters to the right. Down two steps is an enclosed bedroom plus a sleeping nook for the kids. Together with the loft above, there is quite a bit of sleeping capacity for a cabin with a footprint of only 60 m2 (645 ft2).
 

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This Mexico City Home Hides A Lush Paradise Behind Its Tall Walls
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Published on Nov 27, 2016
Nestled in an exclusive area of Mexico City, Casa O's interior is virtually inseparable from a verdant garden within fortress-like walls. Designed by Despacho Arquitectos HV, the building blurs the line between interior and exterior spaces and establishes a stylish, yet cozy atmosphere.

The design of Casa O unfolds as an intimate landscape that combines vegetation, stone, timber, and minimalist furniture to create a cozy environments while maintaining a functional appearance. The street-facing facade features the main entrance that connects the habitable interior areas with the exterior.

The generous interior features thick timber-clad walls that direct the eye, extending visual limits to include a generous garden and other parts of the house.
 

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Quirky Lake Union Float House
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Published on Nov 27, 2016
When first built in 1920, this floating home was likely a pretty tiny dwelling, encompassing the current living room, dining room and bathroom. Since then it has had a couple of additions, bringing it to 640 ft2 (59.5 m2). A lean-to extension at the dock side accommodates the somewhat funky kitchen while the two-story addition at the other end added a second floor bedroom and a small home office next to the living room.

Steep stairs lead up from the living room to the light-filled bedroom. French doors open the bedroom to a small roof deck from which you can take in views over the neighboring marina.
 

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Ageless Norwegian wood: Norse timber church survives 8 centuries
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Published on Nov 27, 2016
With the conversion of Norway to Christianity (beginning around 1000 AD), wooden “stave” churches were built across the countryside. Over 800 churches were built in the country using “staves”, or thick wooden posts, for support, and Viking woodworking prowess (often built with just wood, without nails or glue.).

Built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD, the Borgund Stave Church is the best preserved of Norway’s 28 existing stave churches. We talked to one resident of Borgund (population 492) who explained some of the secrets to the wooden structures 800-year lifespan (e.g. the valley’s dry climate, the base of stones so no wood touches the ground, and 12th Century Norway’s colder climate which contributed to heartier trees).

Our guide explained that the carvings at the top of the church could have been a mashup for Christian and Norse symbols. “From Christianity, you have the tree of life and also in Norse mythology you have the tree called Yggdrasil. The Viking era was pretty much over when the state churches began to be built here, but people hold on to their traditions. It wasn’t like a light switch to become a Christian.”

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Virgil unbound: Italian Alps ruin becomes dream budget home
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Published on Nov 13, 2016
When his wife inherited a ruined stable in Italy’s Orobic Alps, architect Alfredo Vanotti reinvisioned the space as a family home, reflecting local craftsmanship and his love of modern design.

To daylight the home- located above the Valtellina Valley-, Vanotti created a long skylight and four large windows on the south side of the home. To create exterior walls that resembled the “dry stone” technique of the the region’s traditional homes, he used local stone and a minimal amount of cement to hold it together.

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With just a “small budget”, and relying on help from his father, Vanotti transformed the ruin into a weekend home for his family over the course of five years. He designed the home from the ground up, including the kitchen sink. Everything was designed by the architect, including the concrete sink/bidet/toilet and fireplace. Nearly every detail was personalized, like the door/cupboard handles made from strips of leather.

EV+A Lab: http://www.alfredovanottiarchitetto.it/

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Tiny Beach Cottage In Denmark
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Published on Dec 2, 2016
This tiny cottage is just a few steps from the beach in Kerteminde, Denmark. Kerteminde is a small harbor town about a two-hour drive from Copenhagen. Built in 1945 as a vacation getaway, the cottage squeezes one bedroom into a floor plan of just 26 m2 (280 ft2). As you might imagine, things get a little bit tight inside.
The living room looks cozy but functional and has a nice wood ceiling. The bedroom is barely wide enough to fit the bed, but it seems to work too. However the bathroom is very cramped and the kitchen lacks both counter space and a fridge. The kitchen also has to double as the cottage’s main entry.
The bathroom could expand into the stove end of the old kitchen, and have a new entrance coming from the new kitchen in the old bedroom. That bedroom is wide enough that you could have counters or storage along both the exterior wall and the wall shared with the living room. Another option is to create a larger opening from the living room to the new kitchen. The door from the covered terrace at that side of the cottage would become the new main entrance, which makes sense as it is closest to the street.
 

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NorCal community blends nature with communal & private space
Kirsten Dirksen


Published on Dec 4, 2016
In 1965, a group of young architects- inspired by the local Pomo Indians’ belief in “living lightly on the land”- began planning a community where the buildings blend with the terrain and instead of yards, there are “commons”: miles of shared fields, oceanfront and walking trails.

“It’s about experiencing the place rather than following a golf ball or something,” explains Sea Ranch architect Donlyn Lyndon. “One of the things most important about The Sea Ranch is that half of the land is held in commons. When you get a deed it describes your property and that you own an indivisible portion of the commons which is to say you can’t sell that, but you are an owner of the commons.”

Located two and a half hours north of San Francisco, The Sea Ranch covers 10 miles of rugged coastline. To preserve the coast for the community, the homes are built at least 100 feet from the cliff leaving room for a bluff trail (with public access points) along the entire stretch.

The weathered wooden houses are inspired by the local barns and according to original promo materials “strong without being assertive, simple without being plain.” There are no lawns (only native flora), no mailboxes, no streetlights, and cars must be hidden from view.

One of the original architects Donlyn Lyndon gave us a tour of the commons, his home and a new build of concrete and Cor-Ten steel that remains in the Sea Ranch spirit with its natural weathering and design reflective of its surroundings.

* Photos courtesy of The Sea Ranch Archives

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The Shed, A Small House In An Old Blacksmith’s Workshop By Richard Peters
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Published on Dec 6, 2016
This brick structure was built in 1890 to serve as a blacksmith’s workshop, and has housed various industrial uses since then. In 2003 it was bought and converted into a two bedroom residence by designer Richard Peters. Entrance to the 74 m2 (797 ft2) home is via a large barn-style sliding door that replaced the original overhead garage door. Other than that, the street façade was left largely unchanged.
The east half of the residence is a double-height combination living and dining room, while the west half contains a bedroom and bathroom on each of the two levels. A bank of kitchen cabinets and storage closets along the south wall helps to buffer the occupants from the noise of the adjacent street.
With limited yard space, the designer turned what had been a small bathroom into an open courtyard that admits needed light into the living area while maintaining privacy. The large openings on opposite sides allow cross breezes to cool the home in hot weather.
 

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A Small House by The Team Stanford Solar Decathlon Designed | Small House Design Ideas
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Published on Jul 13, 2017
Start.Home is the Solar Decathlon 2013 entry by team Stanford Solar Decathlon. It is one of the larger entries, with up to two bedrooms in a 988 ft2 (91.8 m2) floor plan. For the competition, however, it was configured as one bedroom and an open studio/office space.

In past articles, we’ve mentioned several times already the benefits of a raised or vaulted ceiling design. Looking through the Solar Decathlon entries, about half of which have flat roofs and ceilings while the other half have shed roofs with a vaulted ceiling, we were struck by how dramatic the difference can be. The homes with vaulted ceilings appear more spacious, are much more visually interesting, and to us look like more enjoyable places to live. That’s especially true when the ceiling space is well-lit, as with the Start.Home where the sloped ceiling is used to reflect and diffuse the daylight coming in from a row of clerestory windows. Those windows face north to avoid excessive solar heat gain, but still bring in plenty of light. The high windows are also well-positioned to exhaust hot air from the top of the house, drawing in cooler air through low windows on the opposite side for natural ventilation.

One of the key concepts of the Start.Home is what team Stanford Solar Decathlon calls the Core, a prefabricated module containing the bulk of the home’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. The bathroom, the laundry closet, the kitchen wall with the sink and appliances, and the utility closet are all within the Core. With the Core, the team aims to streamline the construction process. They hope it will make it easier and cheaper to build sustainably, and in fact Start.Home was tied for first in the affordability category. The idea is that homebuilders would order a Core, have it placed on the building site, and then custom-build the rest of the house around it. By concentrating the utility systems into a factory-built module, the need for on-site work by specialized trade contractors is greatly reduced. And because the Core is assembled in a factory, it is easier to maintain a high level of quality control over those complex technical components.

The gray paint on the exterior of the Core is a product that has self-cleaning properties and removes air pollution. The HYDROTECT paint contains a natural catalyst that resists dirt and mildew buildup, and also removes nitrogen oxides (from car exhaust) and volatile organic compounds from the air. Similar products are available from other manufacturers, and will likely be used more often in the near future to improve indoor air quality and reduce the need for outside cleaning and repainting.

One nice feature of Start.Home is the way the kitchen island was designed so the two tables on wheels can “dock” into it. Either or both tables can be easily pulled out when more seating space or a more formal dining experience is desired. Another interesting feature is the hydroponic green wall in the bathroom.

As with all the Solar Decathlon competitors, the detailed construction plans for Start.Home have been put in the public domain. You can downloaded them for free from the Solar Decathlon website.

Photographs by Jason Flakes, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, and by Stanford Solar Decathlon.
http://www.solardecathlon.gov/
http://solardecathlon.stanford.edu/
 
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