Tiny House powered by Solman Mobile Solar Generator

Earlier in the fall I had the opportunity to go to Solfest which met in Ukiah, California this year. I met Chaz Peling of Sol Solutions and we looked at a tiny house modified from plans donated by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.

Watch how the Solman, Mobile Solar Generator powers this tiny house. From Refrigerators, to lights to computers, this one panel wonder on wheels takes living consciously to the next level of personal empowerment.

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Collapsable Living Quarters

Derek (Deek) Diedricksen from relaxshax and the Tiny Yellow House videos has sent me a couple of new videos and I want to share them with you. Here is what Deek says:

This is a lil’ offbeat- but heck, I’ll send it your way anyway, as its designed for small space living- and when unfolded, only takes up 8 square feet as well….later providing deck/work space, and shelving space when the kids (or adults) outgrow it…the idea is a small scale rendering, or sorts, of an adult-sized structure, outdoors, that I’d like to build off the side of a house, or freestanding wall in the woods, someday- just to try it out. Collapsable living quarters.

As promised/for laughs- whether or not you have use for it….and sorry to inundate you with videos, as I know I just sent you that fold-down, tiny space-using fort video (which is almost going semi-viral already- bizarre). Lump ‘em together if you have to/want to.

Creative Houses from Reclaimed Stuff

In this funny and insightful talk from TEDxHouston, builder Dan Phillips tours us through a dozen homes he’s built in Texas using recycled and reclaimed materials in wildly creative ways. Brilliant, low-tech design details will refresh your own creative drive.

Dan Phillips is a designer and builder in Huntsville, Texas. In 1998, he and his wife, Marsha, started The Phoenix Commotion, a construction company that builds affordable houses from reclaimed and recycled materials. Their mission is to divert landfill waste while creating sustainable housing for single mothers, artists, and families with low incomes. The Phoenix Commotion keeps labor costs low while reclaiming human potential. They use an apprentice program to teach sustainable building skills to individuals that volunteer or intern on the Phoenix Commotion Crew.

The houses are energy-efficient, cheap and satisfying to build — and wildly, effervescently creative. To the Phillipses, any material used in enough multiples creates a beautiful pattern — so Phoenix Commotion homes are covered and decorated with salvaged materials of many stripes. Homes are built in concert with their eventual owner, who contributes sweat equity and their own artistic flair.