Tag Archives: off-grid

Tiny Vacation House in the French Pyrenees

This tiny house is surrounded by forest in the French Pyrenees. From where you park your car, the cabin is a 15 minute walk down a path. The remote location gives you ample privacy, clean unpolluted air, and beautiful views from the large windows. Ironically, even with it’s remote location there’s still good phone reception, making […]

How to Install an Inexpensive Electric Heater

Derek ‘Deek’ Diedricksen shows us how to install an envi heater – a low cost electric heater for small spaces, like a tiny house. In the video below he instals one in a box truck project he’s working on with a friend. Electric heaters are typically best for on-grid applications. They are typically inexpensive to […]

Build Tiny Earthen Buildings

While I tend to focus on tiny houses on wheels, if you don’t need mobility and want 100% natural building materials, consider tiny earthen buildings. In the video below the folks at Exploring Alternatives visit with Bryce from Dreamweavers Collective to learn about cob. Cob is just one of the earthen building options. It’s essentially a […]

Little Leaf

Little Leaf is an owner-designed and built tiny house on wheels. It’s 20-feet long and has an 8’x7′ loft. Space heating, water heating, and the stove are powered by propane. Like an RV, the house has an on-grid power setup, but can go off-grid for several days. Priority electrical systems, like the furnace exhaust fan, carbon […]

Can Off-Grid Solar Power Air Conditioning?

Off-Grid homes often don’t have air conditioners. This is simply due to the fact that air conditioners pull a lot of power, especially when they start-up. Off-grid power systems are typically comprised of three main groups of components: Input – This is the power source which is typically photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines, and on the rare occasion, […]

Off-Grid Cabin by Father-Son Team

Bill Yudchitz, and his son, Daniel – both professional architects – designed and build this tiny off-grid cabin on 2.78 acres overlooking Chequamegon Bay on Lake Superior. It’s called Nest, a low-cost 325-square-foot green retreat that uses sustainable technology such as solar lanterns and rainwater collection that feeds a sand-filtered cistern. It took about a […]

La Chanchita – Off-Grid Adventure Bus

The following is a guest post from Manu at La Chanchita. La Chanchita is a 1966, 911 Mercedes-Benz bus.  It used to be a city bus in Buenos Aires in the sixty’s before they converted it into a truck. We bought it last year to give her a third life as a motorhome! It took […]

Single Mom Builds Off-Grid Lakeside Cabin Near Columbus, Ohio

The following is a guest post from Kelley. Thanks again for sharing your story Kelley! We’ve been building a 192 sq ft cabin with a sleeping loft and front and back porch right on our lake shore.Our cabin sits on the shore line of a small lake in the woods just west outside if Columbus, […]

Shipping Container Based Remote Cabin Design Concept

The ability to button-up and secure remote cabins helps thwart would-be thieves. Tiny buildings made from shipping containers are naturally easy to secure when left mostly intact. Cutting holes for windows and doors not only opens the home up with natural light, it opens opportunity for break-in. In this design exploration I show how windows […]

Beach House in Uruguay

This tiny home offers extreme off-grid retreat at Cabo Polonio in Uruguay – candles and lanterns light the home at night. It’s located out in the dunes of a remote coastal ranch. The walls are masonry and whitewashed, and the recycled windows were cut into the original building during the last renovation. It has a small loft bed, kitchen, […]

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