Gone with the Wynns

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By Alana Morgan

Gone with the Wynns is the unscripted tale of a quirky couple – Jason and Nikki – who traded in a normal, everyday life to satisfy their dream of adventure and returning to nature. The young couple left their home and jobs in Dallas at the age of 28 for a life on the road and haven’t looked back since sharing their tips and experiences on their popular website, Gone with the Wynns, and YouTube channel. Follow on Instragram @the_wynns. Continue reading

Off-Grid Ready Tiny Houses

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Codding Enterprises want to sell their last two tiny houses, with off grid wind turbines and battery back up.

They have a shed roof unit, and a more conventional unit with small loft.

I have done a couple of posts on these back a couple of years ago and you can read more about these houses here:

http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/tortoise-shell-camping-cube-delivery/
http://tinyhouseblog.com/stick-built/first-wind-powered-tiny-house/

Specs:

  • 8 x 17 (2) axle 7000# G.V.W.
  • Small loft in Galapagos, presently has 70 gal water tank
  • 40 gallon Gray Water, Black Water tanks
  • 12 v water system, as well as line pressure water when hooked up
  • 3000 W 120 v AC
  • Small AC refrigerator
  • 4 ft shower
  • Vinyl Thermo-pane Windows
  • Hardee Panel Cement Board horizontal siding
  • Laminated Locking Floor, Bamboo color
  • 18 g and 20 g steel galvanized framing members
  • R-13 insulation walls
  • R-19 insulation floors
  • Estimating R-21 ceiling
  • Fold out steel stairs
  • Large Slider on both units
  • Kitchen sink, basic cabinets, plywood not osb
  • Plywood flooring, not osb

Asking Price is $35,000 each

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing please contact Bill Kastrinos at bkastrinos (at) gmail.com

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Envirohaven’s Haven

While not officially tiny, the structural design and energy efficiency of the Haven by Reno, Nevada based Envirohaven may make it the home of the future. The 1,550 square foot home package is designed to waste as little material as possible and can be completely off-grid—an addition the Envirohaven group calls the “Life System.”


The current Haven is a model built by Greg and Vicki Bischoff of Suncrest Builders, Inc. Greg’s vision was to create a smaller, simple, cost-effective and energy efficient home for more remote living conditions. The patent pending home prefab package, made of EPS foam and a green, water soluble exterior stucco coating, can be assembled anywhere for under $75 a square foot. The sphere-like house encloses the greatest amount of living area with the least amount of surface area and fewer materials needed for construction. The Haven is different from a typical geodesic dome in that it utilizes more interior space. Other unique features of the Haven include a centralized core mechanical area allowing for shorter plumbing and electrical runs which increases efficiency, and an optional space heating feature incorporated into panels in the structure.

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The Haven package includes the following:
•    Site specific engineered plans including site plan, floor plans and elevations, foundation and framing plans, electrical plan, etc. Plans are guaranteed for local building department approval.
•    Partially assembled wall sections, complete hardware package for assembly
•    Dual pane, low-e energy-efficient windows
•    Solid core exterior doors
•    Pre-cut metal roofing for long lasting durability
•    Exterior siding that will provide a fire, weather resistant and flexible coating
•    Siding and roofing materials
•    Detailed construction manuals, videos, and remote electronic assistance are available for owner-builders as well as licensed general contractors desiring to purchase unfinished packages.
•    Customized site specific options available for all customers.

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The Haven’s Life System includes a Solar PV and Solar Thermal equipment for hot water, radiant baseboard or underfloor heating systems, an alternate heat source in the form of a wood burning or pellet stove, and a grey water recycling program.

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Photos courtesy of Envirohaven

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

Living on the Grid in a Tiny Space

by Juan

I have always been intrigued by small spaces and when I was stationed in West Berlin in the early 80’s, I noticed that the people there had little “Gardenplatz” structures in a certain area in the city specifically set aside for that.

These were little cabins in a fenced in area where the owners could take a little holiday and do some gardening. They grew flowers and vegetables there. This was during the time when the Berlin wall was still up and real estate was at a premium. When the wall went up, Berlin was basically surrounded and cut off from the rest of the world. Berliners had to make do with what they had on hand.

These little cabins provided them with a getaway while still in the city. It was a place of peace and quiet and an escape from the harsh reality of the cold war. Then when I saw Jay Shafer’s Tiny Tumbleweed Homes years ago I knew this is what I wanted to do. I haven’t yet decided on what to build, but in the meantime I’m living on the grid in my little camper. I bought my first motorhome while stationed in Alaska in the early 90’s.

I had a little four cylinder Toyota motorhome that we took all over Alaska and did some camping and gold panning. Now I have a 15′ Riverside Retro 155 travel trailer that I have been living in for the last 4 months at a local mobile home park on a river in Naples, Florida. I’ll include some photos of my setup. Custom Batman graphics by my sons at Bay Printing, Bay St Louis, Mississippi.. Once again, thank you for all the information you put out on this old concept turned new, tiny houses.

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Traveling through Pensacola, FL

Naples

Naples, FL my homebase

Gulfport

On the road to Gulfport, MS

bathroom

Bathroom door with mirror, grandchildren art wall to the left.

bed

Full time bed, 3/4 size mattress, storage underneath.

kitchen

Kitchen area, sink two burner stove, fan vented hood and microwave above the stove.

Dinette

Dinette area with my computer on table. Storage under both bench seats and drops down to twin size bed.

SoulSurvivorX2 Tiny Cabin

Have you ever considered having an off-grid tiny house ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? Mike and Cindy of SoulSurvivorX2 are currently fixing up their own 12×26 foot home on wheels to have as a secure and secret hideaway from the walking dead and other nefarious people.

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While the SoulSurvivorX2 couple seem to be initially known for guns, prepping gear and sexing up SHTF, take a closer look at their videos on YouTube. They have a ton of useful (and fun) information on camping, backpacking, health and wellness, simple living and now—a tiny house tucked away in the woods. The couple work as real estate agents in Jacksonville, Florida and live with no debt while enjoying the outdoors and living on their own terms. They believe in being prepared for any situation, own the quintessential bug-out bags and are now fixing up their own bug-out cabin.

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The cabin on wheels was towed to their land surrounded by trees and inhabited by their free range chickens. Mike and Cindy’s off-grid survival retreat is now hoisted up on blocks and they are installing new doors and screens, building new stairs and installing a metal corrugated roof. The open floor plan will include new walls, a kitchen, bath and loft. Solar panels will be installed and water will be heated with propane. Cindy even painted the door with camouflage and palm frond stencils to hide it away in their forested prepper retreat.

Videos by SoulSurvivorX2

 

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]