SustainaFest Launches Tiny House Contest

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SustainaFest to Sell Student-Built Tiny House for $100 and a Few Thoughtful Words!

Annapolis, MD – SustainaFest announces the Tiny House Essay Contest, which will make one person’s dream of sustainable living come true. The winner will assume ownership of a 210-square-foot, hyper-efficient, off-grid home built by Maryland middle and high school students.

Contestants are required to submit $100 and an essay of 350 words or less answering the question, “What are your keys to living a sustainable lifestyle and how would owning the SustainaFest Tiny House help you realize your dream of living that lifestyle?” Submissions must be entered by June 1 and will be evaluated by a panel of academics and celebrity judges. A winner will be announced by June 15.

In 2014, sustainability experts and students from around Maryland engaged in a month-long exploration through SustainaFest’s Student Sustainability Lab. “The program provided a life-changing opportunity for students, educators, professionals and military veterans to combine forces and build this tiny house – a fully habitable, hi-tech, mobile dwelling,” stated George Chmael, Director of SustainaFest. Since construction was completed, the awarding-winning tiny house, a Minim Homes model, has been on a statewide tour of home shows, green expos, schools and other events to promote SustainaFest and serve as an ambassador for sustainability.

“We now want to share the wonder of this construction marvel with a deserving recipient and spread the word about making more sustainable lifestyle choices,” explained Chmael. “This thought-provoking contest is a far superior alternative to selling to the highest bidder and makes home ownership attainable for one fortunate person regardless of the size of their bank account.”

SustainaFest has now designed its own tiny house models, with an eye towards addressing the challenges faced by our community’s most needy members, including the homeless and struggling military veterans. The organization will continue to build houses with students in 2015 and beyond. All proceeds from the contest will support these efforts. To learn more about SustainaFest, including complete contest rules and how to submit your essay, please visit www.sustainafest.org or email us at info@sustainafest.org.

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Kokoon Kompak

Kakoon SIP Tiny House

Tiny House on Wheels is a Park Model shell that has the best insulation and longest warranty available.

This tiny house trailer is a professionally made insulated shell, that can be finished by the owner with their personal design and details. Kokoon Kompak tiny house on wheels is an 8 foot by 20 foot or 8 foot by 18 foot footprint that comes in three basic roof lines and is suitable for full time living. Contact Dave Rades for sale price of the other two roof lines.

All insulation is exclusive two part Soy foam sprayed in place with no off gassing or formaldehyde, class 1 fire rated. All Kompak’s have R-30 6 inch in roof, R-10/20 in walls, R-10/20 in floor. Optional: Windows, double pane low-e with low maintenance, rot proof, vinyl frames, & doors can be located anywhere in the perimeter. Interior ceiling is covered in wood ( optional) and ready to finish as you like. Continue reading

Union Pacific’s “What Did You Build?” Project

What did you build?

Hey everyone this really looks like fun. If you have built your own tiny house and want a chance to show it off continue reading.

Recently, Union Pacific Railroad launched an initiative meant to celebrate do-it-yourself enthusiasts while giving back to four organizations: Girls Inc., the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the National Park Foundation and The Nature Conservancy.

The campaign is called “What Did You Build?” Participants are asked to submit a photo of something they’ve built, along with a brief description, at up.com/whatdidyoubuild. If their photo is selected, $100 is given to the charity of their choice, and the photo is posted on Union Pacific’s Instagram account: @uprr.

John built a 1940s-style teardrop camper. “I tow it all around Texas and watch UP trains!” Now show us what you’ve built. Go to up.com/whatdidyoubuild

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A Tiny House Tour and BBQ at Yerdle in San Francisco

Tiny House Giant Journey

The amazing team from “Tiny House, Giant Journey,” Guillaume and Jenna (pictured above), are passing through San Francisco today, and have agreed to park their home in front of the Yerdle HQ for a little Sunday BBQ and open house.

So come on down to Yerdle HQ, this Sunday, March 29, from noon til 4 PM California time, take a tour of a real Tiny House, and learn more about how you can share your stuff and reduce your footprint with Yerdle.

Directions:

501 York Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Noon to 4 PM

Furry Friends and Tiny Houses

Are they a good idea?

by m.j. boyle

According to the Humane Society, 62% of all US households have at least one pet and in 2012 more than $50 billion dollars (yes, with a “B”) was spent on their care.

Do you have a dog? Then you have a lot in common with the 47% of the population who own one.

Prefer a more mild-mannered companion? The number of cat owners reflects, rather amusingly, that we are as likely to own a cat as a dog; since 46% of us do.

If you’re thinking of downsizing, and moving into a tiny house you probably have a pet. And given that 82% of you also have children, this makes the decision just that much more complicated. Where will they all sleep? Eat? “Go”? We worry about all the little details of their lives. It’s no wonder why so many of us refer to our pets as “our children”.

I am an animal person. I love them all. I have owned and raised horses, cats, dogs, gerbils, hamsters, parakeets, goats, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, and even raised pigeons for a time. Given, however, my currently hectic raise-kids-work-build-tiny lifestyle I only have two cats now. One is mine, and one is my daughter’s.

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A cute little gerbil in a tiny little sweater…

I guess you could say that having animals in my tiny house is a given. I cannot remember a time in my life when I didn’t have at least one, and I sincerely appreciate the “life” they add to a household.

So, where will they all sleep? Eat? “Go”?

Litter Box or Yard? – From the start of my tiny house design, I thought my litter box would hang on the outside of my tiny house (envision a “removable” shed) and accessed via a cat door. But, as the design has morphed, I recently discovered that I have enough space under one section of the stairs to add a litter box there. Easier to clean and access. Yay! And even though my cat loves the outdoors, he won’t “go” out there. So, an indoor litter box it is. Sometimes I think about getting another dog. (my 13 year old Golden Retriever died last year) And while the where-to-go decision is obvious (aka outside) I have to admit that having marmoleum flooring in my tiny house makes the idea of having another dog closer to a reality. Carpets and dogs (and especially puppies) don’t mix. Accidents happen. And, dare I say, wood floors don’t always fare well either. Continue reading