My name is Cody Gaylord and I am the current REED Manager (Renewable Energy and Ecological Design) at Green Mountain College. We are currently trying to sell the tiny house that the REED program designed and built in the Fall of 2010. The funds from the sale will be used to fund the REED programs next design/build project.
This tiny house was designed and built by Green Mountain College students in the Fall of 2010 as part of the REED (Renewable Energy and Ecological Design) program. The house boasts 96 square feet with a base footprint at 8 ft. by 12ft. plus an 8 ft. x 3 ft. 6 in. sleeping loft. Nearly all materials were repurposed and locally sourced including the rough cut siding and the slate threshold and countertop.
The window area is maximized on the south side for passive solar heating, and windows are placed for adequate summer ventilation. The off-grid 300 watt solar system shades the southern glazing in the summertime, and can easily power lights, laptops, peripherals, and devices. The sleeping loft is accessed via a ship ladder, and underneath is a custom corner window and storage bench. The angled rear wall creates a spacious feel, and the hyperbolic roof is designed to maximize rain water collection.
There is an exterior layer of 2 in. XPS insulation at the walls. The floor is insulated, and there is 2 in. of rigid insulation at the roof. The wall and roof insulation and interior paneling needs to be completed by the buyer. The house can be moved by GardenTime in Rutland. Buyer is responsible for moving costs. The asking price for this off-grid tiny house is $5,000. Funds received from this sale will be used to fund the REED program’s next design-build project.
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More and more young people seem to be ditching the typical suburban “first home” for a tiny house and Erin and Dondi Harner in Colorado are no exception. Their 100 percent off-grid tiny house has just recently been completed and contains all the necessities for a totally self-contained 181 square foot home on wheels. The couple named their home “Soleil” because it runs off the sun.
Dondi is a civil engineer who works in Fort Collins and Erin is a nutritionist, author and business owner who is working on her second master’s degree in nutrition. Their home is 29 feet long and 8 1/2 feet wide and contains a shower and bathroom sink, composting toilet, six solar panels and a 300 gallon water cistern for fresh water. Water is heated with an on-demand heater. The home also has a loft with a small staircase for quick access, a kitchen and dining space, an office, a closet and even a sofa that converts into a guest bed.
Some nice details of the home include lodge poles on the deck and by the stairs, tongue and groove aspen paneling on the walls and bright red panels on their kitchen cabinets. You can read more about their build and traveling adventures by visiting their website. Continue Reading »
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Grab your favorite mug, fill it with delicious tea or coffee and enjoy this interview with Andrew Morrison (from StrawBale.com) about “Living SMALL In A big World”. Andrew covers everything from how he converted his closet into a master bedroom, to living in a 125 sqft pop up tent trailer in Baja with his 12 year old daughter and wife, to designing your home to reflect your personal connection and love with nature, to living small with a teenager, to the role of straw bale construction in the tiny house movement, and how to create your own off-grid forever home with your own two hands.
Andrew is set to launch his new book, “A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction” on November 23, 2012. If you’d like a free chapter from his book, please click here. You’ll also have the chance to enter your name to be one of the 25 people that receives the book for free.