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BIG designed Tiny

Klein, a prefab-housing startup, had on of the world’s leading architectural firms design this tiny house concept. It’s located in Upstate New York and is comprised of 100% recyclable materials. It gets it’s electricity from the sun and heat from a tiny Morsøe wood stove. It was designed by the architects at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), who […]

Low-Tech vs. High-Tech Tiny Homes

ow In a recent news interview I shared my opinion about the unsustainability of high-tech housing. Here’s a quick quote from the article: “Wojcik’s tree house is a good example of architecture students who have cast off the rule book,” countered Michael Janzen, 46, a corporate Web designer in Fair Oaks, Calif., and the founder of tinyhousedesign.com. “It’s […]

2011 Solar Decathlon Preview

The Solar Decathlon is a biannual competition where 20 university-led teams from around the globe come together and present their latest innovations in solar technology. The entry that best combines affordability, consumer appeal, design excellence, and optimal energy efficiency will be chosen as the winner. Each of these 20 designs will be constructed and put on […]

Cabin in the Catskills

Shelley and her husband are building a tiny house based on one of my free plans, the 8×16 Tiny Solar House. They made some modifications like building it on the ground instead of a trailer – and adding a deck. You might also notice they’ve replaced the large south-side windows with a sliding door. Here’s […]

How to Move Yourself Off The Grid

It’s easy to take flush toilets, grid-power, and fresh water on tap for granted. I can’t blame any of us for thinking that all these modern conveniences are normal… it’s the onlynormal we’ve known. Due to this most folks have a hard time imagining an off-the-grid life because it’s not clear what’s needed to make the […]

Adam’s Tiny House Update

Adam is building a tiny house from one of my free house plans, the 8×16 tiny solar house to be specific. He recent moved from Spokane, Washington to Montana and plans to go back to school and study architecture. This house is an opportunity to build himself a place to live while getting some hands […]

SolMan by Sol Solutions

This is a small portable power generator that delivers up to 1,200 watts of AC power and includes one 135 watt photovoltaic panel, three 100 amp/hour deep cycle sealed batteries, charge controller, watt meter, 1200 watt inverter/charger, and external AC/DC outlets. 1,200 watts isn’t a whole lot of electricity by grid standards but it’s enough […]

Simple Solar Homesteading

I’ve written about this Simple Solar Homestead before but LaMar has made some improvements to his website including the addition of videos and photos of cabins built from the plans in his book. His book is called Simple Solar Homesteading and its 196 pages and costs $19.95. He also sells a $5 ebook called Off-Grid […]

Thermal Mass vs Insulation

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to write more on specific tiny house design considerations. This first post is about two things that often get confused, thermal mass and insulation. Both can help regulate the temperature inside a home throughout the seasons but they work in very different ways. Together they can provide the […]

Tiny Solar House Plans

Ironically this is my 400th post on Tiny House Design. I really hadn’t planned to do anything special for the 400th post but this does mark a personal milestone for me. Over the last year and a half of exploring tiny houses through blogging I’ve presented many design ideas, some of my own and many […]

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