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.

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Sustainability polymath, Dan Durica, is living his tiny house dream in style while teaching others how to follow in his low carbon footprints.

Dan Durica grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, dissatisfied with its McMansions and manicured monoculture lawns. A passion for sustainability and intentional community led him to live for several years with others in a co-op housing community while working in a co-op bakery business. He dreamed of living in his own tiny house in the country, with visions of tending vineyard and becoming a vintner. Now, at the age of forty-four, his dreams have become a reality at Dancing Rabbit Eco-village,  and he can show you how to realize your tiny house dreams too. Continue reading

“Living Big in a Small Space”: 96 square feet of living space

Fitting your life into a tiny house is a challenge, but how about fitting an entire house of furniture into less than 100 square feet? Alaska Premier Closets in Anchorage, Alaska decided to take on the challenge after Tiny House, Big Living aired on HGTV. Their closet and storage products and services have been used for small space conversions regularly, so they took on the 96 square foot challenge and made it a part of their showroom. Continue reading

Rhino Cubed – Shipping Container Tiny Homes

 

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Guest Post by Nicole Brooks

If you are looking for a sustainable, secure tiny dwelling with artistic flair, check out what Rhino Cubed has to offer. Rhino Cubed builds tiny structures from re-purposed shipping containers, up-cycling a product that would otherwise become the planet’s waste. Made of Corten steel, a shipping container is virtually indestructible…wind proof, waterproof, rodent proof, and fire-resistent. Sam Austin, chief architect and designer says, “A shipping container is the perfect building envelope and can truly be an heirloom product due to its long lifespan and low maintenance.” A shipping container Cube can be used as a tiny home, cabin or studio. The uses are unlimited. Continue reading