Robinia a Tiny House Case Study

Dennis and Sharon

Dennis and Sharon

Sharon Bagatell and Dennis Hoffarth combine permaculture principles with passion for the planet in Robinia, a tiny house case study in pioneering an ecologically sustainable lifestyle for the future.

Permaculture is way of life that integrates all dimensions of the human condition into a collaborative whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Practitioners weave a rich tapestry of systems for building, growing food, earning income and nurturing relationships with one another that enhance functionality and multiply our joys while meeting everyone’s needs. It is a lifestyle rooted in ethics that promote reciprocal partnerships between humankind and our environment that are based on care rather than exploitation. The endgame is an abundant world where everyone can enjoy a high quality of life, wherein our problems are solved in the garden instead of on the battlefield. Continue reading

A Digital Nomad Roundup

This month we’ve talked about being a digital nomad, tools for being a successful digital nomad, finding a job as digital nomad, and few other odds and ends. But by this point many are wondering about making money (and banking in general) as a digital nomad. So let’s talk banking, financial transactions, and maybe a few other tidbits to boot!

Have MoneyObviously working in the continental United States proves little obstacle for receiving funds for payment and then processing through the bank of your choice. In our case we are members of a small, localized credit union. However, they belong to a much larger Co-Op of credit unions so we are able to use branches and ATMs throughout the country. It is ideal for us and has been the solution over big banking that so many of us dislike. A typical transaction involves invoicing (through Hiveage), payment (through PayPal), completed invoice PDF sent to client, transfer of funds (every 2 weeks like a “payday”) from PayPal to credit union checking account, 48-business hours to process, funds available. If you are adventuring outside of the United States though things can get a bit more complicated. Continue reading

Freedom Yurt Cabins at Tiny House Jamboree

While at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado I had the opportunity to see first hand the Freedom Yurt Cabins that I covered here on the Tiny House Blog a couple of months ago. You can read the post here.

It was fun to see first hand the quality and build of this unique hard wall yurt. I also had the chance to get to know the father and son team behind this new tiny house option.  Richard Barry is the President and CEO of the company and his son Josh is Co-General Manager and Sales Manager. Continue reading

UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam’s Unusual Sleeping Pods

Unusual ways to go camping seem to be all the rage this summer and UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam may have taken the idea to the most extreme. Not only can you stay inside these unusual structures, but they are also an open-air exhibition open to the public.

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The Attic [Arjen Boerstra]

The installation is located in the Centrumeiland, or Centre Island, an artificial peninsula made of layers of sand. It’s an experimental process for the small country anticipating growth along its waterfront areas. Designer Francis Nijenhuis and economist Annette van Driel saw the area as a wasted opportunity and wanted to show the public a unique way of looking at, and utilizing, space. They commissioned various designers to create 14 mobile structures that will eventually be moved elsewhere. Continue reading

Tiny House Magazine Issue 32

Tiny House Issue 32

Tiny House Jamboree and much much more!

I just returned from the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colo. To say this was an exciting event is an understatement! The enthusiasm and the number of people interested in seeing tiny houses was almost unbelievable.

There were 10,000 people registered for the event and over 35,000 come. It was a great time to see friends and meet new people.

Over 21 tiny houses were on display and many vendors with related products were there to demonstrate and help you decide what you might need in your future home.

In this issue we’ll give you a small photo tour of the Tiny House Jamboree as well as so many other tiny life stories.

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Part two of Living Off Grid has a wealth of information to help the DIY enthusiast.

Learn how you can build your own teardrop trailer to gain the confidence to take on a bigger project such as a tiny house.

These stories and so much more are in Issue 32 of the Tiny House Magazine.

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Also don’t forget that the Jamboree Special ends on September 3, 2015. Click here for the details. Don’t miss out!

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