New Slow City – By William Powers

New Slow City

Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City

Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve. Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people and planet friendly. Check it out on Amazon

Freedom Yurt Cabins

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I’m a big fan of yurts and I think it comes from growing up in Arizona where I was around the Navajo hogan and learned to appreciate the circle as a living space.

I recently discovered a new yurt company based in Aurora, Colorado called Freedom Yurt Cabins. I’ve been in communication with the owner Richard Barry to learn more about them. I wanted to see one in person and just learned that they will have one at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado which I will be attending in August. Please come if you can this is going to be an exciting tiny house event. Continue reading

Pin-up Houses

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Guest Post by Joshua Woodsman

Cabin homes are typically small homes, designed with simplicity. Often used as vacation homes for families or just for a couple. These compact small homes offer a warm ambiance, creating an intimacy that can be lacking in larger, more formal homes. Small cabins are ideal for those who looking to build a smart, flexible, cost-efficient, and energy-saving home. Small homes are more affordable and easier to build, heat, cool, clean, and maintain.

The most important step in building a house is easy-to-follow plans. Pin-up houses offer these very plans. Here we have the Cheryl Cabin. It can be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse, or simply a place to escape in your garden. The plans clearly describe the entire process in detail. Anyone can build this cabin. Continue reading

Eagle Log Cabins

Eagle Log Cabins seems to have more cabin designs than you can shake a stick at. The company, which has been in the cabin manufacturing business for 75 year, builds and sells their various cabin designs in both Europe and the U.S. and will deliver and install their buildings anywhere in North America.

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The company sells larger residential cabins, but their smaller collections including the Cabana, Alpine, Sequoia, Clockhouse and the beautiful Peace Pod are making waves. The company even have their tiny Trailer Cabin on wheels that made its debut at the Portland Home and Garden Show. Eagle Log Cabins sells cabins from nine to over 20 feet wide in various configurations including backyard offices, personal sanctuaries and custom designs. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

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This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is shared with us from Don Smith. I’ll let him tell you about it.

I’d like to share a tiny cabin story.

My wife and I always wanted to have a vacation property in the mountains. We had spent some time in Jackson Hole and fell in love with that area. While staying there we found the cabin of our dreams.

We knew land was fairly expensive in Jackson Hole, so we decided to explore near by towns and by luck discovered a quaint little town Driggs, Idaho, perfect for our cabin location. We lucked out and found a beautiful piece of land with a stream on 20 acres. Our 500 square foot cabin is called the caboose. It’s a pre fab design built in Jackson Hole. The unit is a mix of recycled wood, metal sheeting, a large main room plenty of windows, large master bedroom and upstairs loft. In addition, we added a huge wrap around deck to view the mountains, moose, and wildlife.

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Our family has really enjoyed our special little cabin in picturesque Driggs, Idaho. We rent our cabin on Airbnb when we are not there. It seems many of our guests have really enjoyed our cabin as much as we do, judging from the reviews. I think for a lot of people it’s a great way to experience living in a small house, and especially for those who are thinking of a tiny house in their future. Continue reading