Warming Huts

by Christina Nellemann on December 2nd, 2013. 16 Comments

For anyone who enjoys winter outdoor sports like ice fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or ice skating, the tiny warming hut is a blessing in cold and snowy weather. Used all over the world, warming huts are small structures that can be both temporary or permanent and usually contain a place to hang up wet gear, seating and sometimes a wonderful wood stove or fireplace where you can warm your freezing fingers. Warming huts are also a great place to break out a small stove to heat up some food or a cup of hot chocolate.

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Over the past few years, warming huts have bloomed into an interesting architecture. Innovative designs have popped up near frozen lakes, near cross-country trails and in the middle of mountainous forests for use by snowbound travelers on their way to a cabin or campsite. Many of these huts utilize passive solar design, raised platforms, creative heating elements and unusual materials. Continue Reading »

Tiny House UK

by Christina Nellemann on July 1st, 2013. 23 Comments

The burgeoning tiny house on wheels movement has officially made its way over the pond in style. Mark Burton’s Tiny House UK company in Surrey is creating spacious, modern and beautiful designs that he is currently marketing to the United Kingdom which is also suffering from a housing crisis.

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One of Mark’s designs has been featured on the UK’s “The One Show” where you can get an idea of how many people fit into the little space (the show features eight) with a full kitchen, a loft bed, a comfortable sofa bed with storage, drop-down tables, fireplace, flat screen TV and toilet/shower combo. There is also another bed/storage area above the door. The interior of each of his homes are clean, streamlined and contain modern appliances. The house is made to seem even larger with its dormer windows in the loft and additional windows under the eaves above the door. Continue Reading »

X-Permit Cabin

by Kent Griswold on December 16th, 2012. 82 Comments

by David Lacey

The X-Permit Cabin is an exercise to create a livable space that will be built on a salvaged travel trailer frame. It will be self sustainable, off grid, and will be built without building permits because it is a “travel trailer” and will be registered as such. The site is beside the ocean in Canada. The actual location will be revealed as time goes on. The point of this is to circumvent onerous permits and inspections that come with “permanent” structures. XPC will be an exercise in civics, construction, and innovation. I hope you follow us as we move forward.

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Certainly, “tiny homes” have been built before and many are like the one we are building, on a trailer, for various reasons. This one is a personal experiment in building a livable space in a maximum of 135 square feet. There probably won’t be “grand innovation” involved, but the completed cabin on wheels must have the charm and friendly atmosphere of an old seaside cottage distilled into the space allocated. Continue Reading »