Tiny House in a Landscape

by Kent Griswold on November 16th, 2013. 11 Comments

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is of a narrowboat somewhere in Great Britain. I had the opportunity to see several of these a couple years ago while we explored rural England. Wikipedia defines a narrow boat: A narrowboat or narrow boat is a boat of a distinctive design, made to fit the narrow canals of Great Britain.

Modern “narrowboats” are used for recreation and more and more as homes, whose design is an interpretation of the old boats for modern purposes using modern materials.

Because of their slenderness, some narrowboats seem very long. The maximum length is about 72 feet (22 m), the length of most locks on the narrow canals. However, modern narrowboats tend to be shorter than this, so that they can cruise anywhere on the connected network of British canals – including on the “wide” canals (built for wider, but shorter, boats).

To see what it is like to live on a narrowboat visit Dominique’s Narrow Boat, and watch the video below by Kirsten.

Bugsworth narrowboat

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November 16th, 2013and filed in Tiny House Landscape
Tags: canal, England, Great Britain, narrowboat

EcoPod Holidays Homes

by Christina Nellemann on September 9th, 2013. 9 Comments

The tiny EcoPod Holidays vacation homes, located in the Derbyshire area of England are not only portable vardo-like structures, but they have been built from over 50 percent waste materials including sheep’s wool and recycled glass bottles. Each of the EcoPod Holiday huts are available as vacation rentals for people who love to be in the outdoors, but want the comforts of home.


Each of the small structures, scattered around the countryside, are constructed using reclaimed timber with some additional FSC approved woods when needed. The owners also use sheep’s wool or recycled bottles as insulation and all finishes are derived from plant-based paints and natural oils. Solar panels are used for lighting and appliances. EcoPod Holidays also manufactures their own wood burning stoves for space heating and heating water for washing and showering.


Each of the EcoPods have different configurations that include a cozy interior with a kitchen, a dining/sleeping area, a bathroom and shower and some even have an airy conservatory and a balcony. All of them are located in scenic areas close to walking and biking routes. The EcoPod Holidays company will also work with customers to build their own tiny home using local and reclaimed materials.








Photos by EcoPod Holidays

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]


The Stannexe

by Kent Griswold on March 21st, 2013. 13 Comments

by Benjamin Vine
rdp architects
Hastings, East Sussex, England

When our Octogenarian clients came to us in 2010 with the idea of converting a tired leaky small trapezoidal garage into an artist studio with accommodation we jumped at the chance. The brief was to take the existing unusable garage and create a self-contained, multi-role building that can be used for storage of general items at the front, as a bright artist’s studio and also as temporary accommodation for visiting family and guests.


Located in the Ancient Seaside Town of Hastings, on the south coast of England we are used to dealing with tight sites and designing around listed buildings whilst maintaining sympathetic design, required for most of the town’s conservation areas but this was the first conversion of a garage. Being located in a conservation area we took great care to design the Stannexe [named by the Client, a combination of “Studio” and “Annexe”] to enhance the locality through the use of quality finishes whilst having an individual style.


Despite strong opposition by the local Planning Department, permission was eventually gained for the Stannexe through Planning Appeal.

The Stannexe gets its unique form from the shape of the original garage, it was designed so that when viewed from the nearby street a passer-by would simply see a slate roof and gable end typical of many buildings in the vicinity. The act of maintaining this roof line along the side viewed from the street created the tall side and rear elevations that give the building such an individual character. Continue Reading »

Narrowboats – Historical Tiny Living

by Kent Griswold on April 3rd, 2012. 11 Comments

Guest Post by Shelley Davis

In England today, narrowboats are floating homes, or holiday cottages, moored on the nation’s inland waterways.

They can range from a small 20ft long day boat to around 80ft long for some liveaboard craft that will never be taken around the whole country, but must always be under 7ft wide to retain the narrowboat name. Inside the boat, this can give up to a luxurious 420 sq ft of space, once you exclude the engine and other ‘service’ areas.

historical narrowboat

Photo credits - R-P-M

However, historically Narrowboats were working craft, where the majority of the length was dedicated to moving coal to London, chocolate from Birmingham, crockery from the potteries in Staffordshire. This left only up to 10ft of one-room space for living for an entire family with multiple children. Most furnishings were multi functional: Continue Reading »