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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 01:22 #1

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Brad “Darby” Kittel came to Texas living on a converted school bus. He had planned to write the Great American Novel, but he ended up buying up boarded-up homes and fixing them up using materials he salvaged from other old houses, barns and buildings.

After a couple decades refining his salvage mining techniques, he began using his collection to build “new” tiny portable homes from salvage. The prefab homes, measuring 64 square feet and up, are built from 99% salvaged materials. The other 1% is for things like electrical parts, plumbing, nails, screws, and some insulation materials.

Since he builds with natural materials (mostly wood) or materials that have already off-gassed, he calls his homes “organic” (he makes clear he doesn’t use plastics, formaldehyde, sheetrock, VOC paints, latex paint, carpet or toxic glues and minimal vinyl or PVC).

Kittel has started a tiny home community on his land in Luling, Texas to embracing what he calls Pure Salvage Living. Right now he offers the homes as rentals so people can experience a “truly organic house”. Some of the homes are being lived in longer term by employees and interns and the compound has a community kitchen and bath house. Kittel also hopes his village, or villages, will become completely independent from zoning and regulations by voting to become independent towns.

He’s also dug “four million years” beneath his home in search of fresh water and living space. He’s supported this huge underground world with salvaged railroad ties. At the bottom of main cave lies a pool of water where Kittel hopes to practice fish farming and access drinking water if necessary.

There are also caves down here that could be used as living spaces. Kittel has already occupied one (directly beneath his home) using an old RV (it was craned in before his home was built). He can access it through a trap door beneath his home and currently he uses it for solitude, but he sees its potential for underground living.
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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 02:43 #2

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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 03:43 #3

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Not a tiny house, but quite a special one

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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 06:32 #4

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This man built a floating solar-powered fortress made out of 150,000 recycled water bottles
www.theplaidzebra.com/off-the-coast-of-mexico-this-man-built-a-private-island-made-of-150000-recycled-water-bottles/

Man Lives With Supermodel On Recycled Bottle Island
www.criticalcactus.com/man-builds-floating-navigable-island-from-150000-recycled-bottles/

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How Richard manages to be self-sufficient

A compost toilet is used in the bathroom, and when the toilet becomes full, the contents are used as fertilizer in the garden. Yes, he has a garden. How else would you expect a vegetarian environmentalist to acquire food?

Nothing goes to waste where Richard Sowa is concerned, and why should it? Each and every piece of scrap or garbage can be used to add to the island, which Sowa wants to move out into Isla Mujeres Bay.

Sowa deeply believes in leading an autonomous lifestyle with his wife and dog, and he plans to one day make the island completely self-sustaining, including a wave-powered air conditioner. Sowa is out to save the world, one plastic bottle at a time.
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More at the link. :thumbup:

12 Awesome Homes Built With Recycled Material (Including a Man-Made Tropical Island)
www.criticalcactus.com/beautiful-recycled-homes/

8 Reasons Why Recycled Plastic Bottle Houses Rock!
www.criticalcactus.com/recycled-plastic-bottle-houses/
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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 16:30 #5

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These narrow boats are not exactly tiny houses but I found this film interesting and sad.



Off the Cut provides unique insight into a community of boaters living on the Kennet and Avon canal. The film follows a family on their pedal powered boat as they embark on a journey in which their way of life, and that of the whole community, comes under threat.

Nigel West wrote:

There will be a demonstration on 8th April 2017 to demand that Canal &
River Trust (CRT) stops evicting or threatening to evict boat dwellers
without permanent moorings based on their range or pattern of travel.

The right to use and live on a boat without a permanent mooring is enshrined
in the British Waterways Act 1995. CRT's 'rules' are not supported by the
law, which does not state a minimum distance that must be travelled to
prevent CRT seizing your home.

Demonstration starts on Saturday 8th April 2017 at 12 noon. Assemble
at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Villiers St, London WC2N 6NS for a march
to Downing Street and on to DEFRA in Smith Square.
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tiny houses 25 Jan 2017 18:30 #6

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tiny houses 26 Jan 2017 00:21 #7

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Inspired by the success of the Hawaii treehouse she built for $11,000, Kristie Wolfe began searching for land to build a “Hobbit”-inspired village. Knowing that there is land to be found for cheap in this country (she bought her Hawaii property for $8000), she began to search the Northwest for sites.

Wolfe paid $18,000 for 5 acres on a hillside above Lake Chelan, Washington. Being a couple miles down a dirt road, there was no option to be on the grid so Wolfe put in a solar panel, septic and a water tank (filled by truck for now) and began to dig the first of her underground homes.

At 288 square feet, Wolfe’s “tiny house in the shire” was over the maximum square footage allowed for an un-permitted build so she went to the county for approval. With only hand-sketched plans on graph paper, she was able to get a permit.

The structure went up in a few days “with a lot of help from family and friends” and it was “wrapped and roofed” in a few weeks and then Wolfe finished the interior on her own.

Inspired by the “Hobbit” books, films and cartoon (from 1977), Wolfe wanted to recreate the cozy feel of a hobbit hole. "Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that meant comfort."
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tiny houses 26 Jan 2017 00:50 #8

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annabelle wrote:

Lol... could she have put on an even more "if you've got it, flaunt it" shirt perhaps? :larf: :facepalm:

Edit: I don't think so.
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tiny houses 26 Jan 2017 00:55 #9

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tiny houses 04 Feb 2017 00:29 #10

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I really like some of the ingenuity in this tiny house. The elevator bed especially (haven't seen that before, very good to save from climbing up a ladder or the space it takes to build stairs), the mini barn door style doors for the shelves in the kitchen that fold out into tables, the upper cabinet with tracking so it pulls out into the kitchen, the barn door to the bathroom and sufficient counter space in the kitchen.
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tiny houses 04 Feb 2017 01:23 #11

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The 38 cube houses above the Blaak near the Old Port in Rotterdam were constructed between 1982 and 1984.
The Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.

The houses in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, and beside the Blaak Subway Station. There are 38 small cubes and two so called 'super-cubes', all attached to each other.

The houses contain three floors: ground floor entrance first floor with living room and open kitchen second floor with two bedrooms and bathroom top floor which is sometimes used as a small garden

The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square meters, but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings.



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tiny houses 04 Feb 2017 05:34 #12

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tiny houses 05 Feb 2017 04:12 #14

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Nice thread. I lived in one of these for a while - smaller footprint than a saloon car

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tiny houses 06 Feb 2017 18:24 #16

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My house is under 400 feet square.
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."
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tiny houses 06 Feb 2017 18:37 #17

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I like the idea of tiny mobile homes, that could be moved out of the way of impending hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorists, etc. If it's going to be tiny, it may as well have wheels and an engine attached to it.
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tiny houses 06 Feb 2017 19:51 #18

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ragnarok wrote:
I like the idea of tiny mobile homes, that could be moved out of the way of impending hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorists, etc. If it's going to be tiny, it may as well have wheels and an engine attached to it.

You mean like this?



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tiny houses 06 Feb 2017 20:08 #19

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Something a bit bigger that didn't need a car to pull it. That thing is like a plush mobile prison cell.
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