Tag Archives: recycled

Homesteading in Thailand

Owen Geiger is well known for his work in earthbag construction. He lives in Thailand and is building a sustainable homestead on a half acre of inexpensive low lying land that was once a rice field. During the rainy season the rice fields flood so to stay high and dry they brought-in about 200 trucks […]

Casita in Arruda dos Vinhos by Plano B

While this modern cabin looks like it was built with all new materials, it’s wasn’t. In fact it’s a bit of a Phoenix reborn from the ashes and uses many reclaimed building materials from a ruined building of the same size that once stood on the same spot – plus some easily obtained industrial materials. […]

Gypsy Junker

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is working on another tiny house. This time a portable 24 square foot place he’s nicknamed the Gypsy Junker. This isn’t Deek’s first tiny house project, he’s built a cabin up in Vermont and is also writing a book called “Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cabins, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts (And Whatever The […]

Fireplace Shelter

This amazing tiny structure is located in Trondheim, Norway, and was designed as a place for kids in a school yard. The walls are made from recycled scrap wood from a nearby construction site that are arranged in 80 layered circles. When I first saw this it reminded me of a organically shaped pallet structure […]

Paddy’s Poorboy Special

This is Paddy’s tiny house which is located in Harbert, Michigan. He calls it his Poorboy special because it’s built on a low budget, although you can’t really tell from the photos because he’s done such a nice job with the house. Currently it’s about 75% complete and built with second hand parts and building […]

Small Earthbag Home For $1000

I’m especially partial to low-cost housing solutions that push the envelope and demonstrate that a home doesn’t have to be expensive and extravagant to provide it’s owner security and happiness. Owen Geiger recently posted an article on the Earthbag Building Blog that lists out the materials and cost for a 15-foot diameter earthbag home with […]

Tiny Free House Update

The weather was nice this past weekend, a little hot, but not bad at all… perfect for putting the pallet boards on the roof of my Tiny Free House. I did get a bit of a sun burned on the back of my neck and arms but I did not fall off my ladder. A […]

Justin’s Tiny House Update

Justin Peer is building a tiny house on the outskirts of London, England and the exciting part is just now underway; the walls are going up. He’s building it from a lot of reclaimed (and some new) building materials. So far he’s got the trailer all painted and prepped, the floor down and some of […]

The Phoenix Commotion

My wife Julia ran across this in the most recent issue of Natural Home Magazine. It’s a low-income housing initiative started by Dan and Marsha Phillips in Texas called The Phoenix Commotion. They are taking mostly discarded stuff and building small homes with the people that need them. It sounds like Habitat for Humanity but […]