Alex Wyndham, an architect in Santa Barbara, Calif., has made a name for himself as a designer who collaborates seamlessly with nature. His 7×9 foot Hawk House is perched on a hill overlooking the coast and can be opened up in stages to allow for ventilation while still sheltering sleeping guests. Continue reading
The modern tiny house movement tends to be centered in the Western part of the country, but now people interested in smaller living in the Northeast will have a few small ways to escape the cities. The Getaway project is building and renting out 160 square foot cabins available for rent for anyone wanting to try on a tiny house for size. Continue reading
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.
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
Instructables contributor and tiny house enthusiast, ganeshruskin, built and actually lived in an 8×4 foot collapsible bowtop wagon. His design is reminiscent of both a European vardo and a western sheep wagon. The plans and instructions are available on the the Instructables website. Continue reading