Solar Station and Tiny Houses

tiny house and solar

Guest post by Ben Peterson

Solar Station is unique because it comes complete and ready to plug in. This instant access to power on arrival earns it the title of the world’s fastest and easiest solar power. The project recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to announce the release of the Lander and raise funds to develop a larger station for homes and vehicle charging currently called “version 3.” Continue reading

Mike’s Unique Tiny House

Mike's unique tiny house

Pro-snowboarder, Mike Basich, gives a tiny house tour of his self-built 225 square foot labor of love in the middle of his 40 acre snow covered property near Truckee, California – and tells us how being closer to nature gives him his most creative decisions.

Several years after leaving the competitive snowboarding world, Mike decided to go completely off the grid. He sold his house, and after five years he managed to build his own off-grid home in Truckee, California with no internet, no indoor plumbing, and no traditional electricity. He has one fireplace that serves as his stove, furnace, and water heater. He says that living the way he does, away from the chaos of the city, allows him to slow down and be more in sync with nature.

Mike says that nature, and his desire to be close with it, was the ultimate inspiration for his decision to live off the grid. The sun is his main source of heat during the day. One wall of his home is entirely glass, which absorbs sunlight and heats the entire house. He built a chairlift on his property that let’s you ride up and down the mountain, taking in the beauty of the surrounding wilderness. There’s even a water source close enough that allows him to have a hot tub off his back deck.

This home represents Mike’s childhood dream. He built it from his own inspiration, his own design, and with his own two hands. To him, it’s more fulfilling than anything else he’s accomplished in his life.

Rob Greenfield’s Teeny Greeny House

Rob's teeny house

Last week someone shared Rob’s tiny house with me on Facebook and I wanted you to see and experience it. I’ll let Rob take it from here.

Here’s an update to my off the grid, tiny house life, in the city! I live here without a bill or debt to my name and life is splendid. I grow food, live on rainwater, compost, harness the energy of the sun with solar panels, practice a near zero waste life, and ride my bamboo bike around town.

My last video left a lot of unanswered questions so here’s a new video that answers a lot of them and gives an update of all the change I made to the place! It’s just hard to cover everything I’m doing in under 10 minutes but this video will answer questions like: where do I shower?, what about city code?, who’s land am I on, and do I pay rent?

I’ve made a lot of improvements over the last month. Every week the place is more beautiful and more self sustaining.

You can follow Rob and his life at http://robgreenfield.tv/

ESCAPE Traveler Tiny House on Wheels Pre-Sale

ESCAPE Park Model homes have made their mark for exquisite Arts and Crafts aesthetics, high quality materials, and a stylish design. Now all that is available on wheels with the ESCAPE Traveler. The ESCAPE XL, an even larger version of the Traveler, will be available in August. The smaller version of the Traveler is currently being offered during a special pre-sale. Continue reading

Choosing A Wardrobe Fit For The Tiny House Life: female edition

Fashions fade, style is eternal.

~ Yves Saint Laurent

Choosing A Wardrobe Fit For the Tiny

Years ago I would wonder why some of the world’s most successful people always seemed to be wearing the same thing. It was as if they either had a daily uniform or were just way too predictable. Whatever the case even today some of our most fascinating cultural icons don a daily uniform. Consider Mark Zuckerberg and his gray t-shirt and zip-up sweatshirt. Or what about designer Thom Browne who is never seen out of his cropped pants and no-socks uniform? Then there’s our own POTUS who seems to have cornered the market on navy blue, single-breasted suits.  And who could forget the late Steve Jobs who made history multiple times in a black, mock turtleneck? The point is, when you have a busy life or want to eliminate clutter and frivolous decision making or just want to keep things in perspective, wearing a well thought out wardrobe gives you one less thing to think about. Continue reading