Tag Archives: solar

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 […]

Shed Building Step by Step

A while back one of my readers, David, sent me a link to Sean Sexton’s website that contains a complete set of step-by-step photos that document the construction process of this simple shed. The design looks perfect for adapting into a solar tiny house to me. In addition to the large number of photos there […]

Yes Wee Cabins by Tim Guiles

This is Tim Guiles, a tiny house builder up in Vermont. His tiny house company is called Yes Wee Cabins. Tim has been living in tiny spaces since 1988 when he bought a sailboat that he lived aboard full-time for three years. During that time he learned the benefits of downsizing his possessions first hand. […]

2009 Solar Decathelon

In a few weeks the Solar Decathlon will open at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This is a biennial competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy where universities design and construct their visions for the ultimate sustainable solar home. They are showcases for innovative high tech energy solutions. You can see a preview […]

Vodafone Mobile Solar Home

Built as a showcase for Vodafone’s fixed phone and wireless internet services this tiny house is a wonderful example of how to create a lot of functionality in a tiny living space. The walls are white polyethylene panels and the most stunning design feature is the clear polycarbonate window wall. The house measures 19.7-feet long, […]

The Field Lab – Extremely Sustainable Homestead

The Field Lab, also known as the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, is the 40-acre desert homestead of John Wells. John had been living in upstate New York for years but had a bit of awakening, like many of us, and decided to make his sustainable homestead dreams a reality. After purchasing […]

Two Sustainable Sheds

Here’s a simple concept that builds on the tiny shed cluster concept. This time instead of four sheds it’s just two 8′ by 12′ sheds connected by a deck. The roofs are setup to collect water and fill one cistern that sits on the south side of the house. One shed would have a bedroom […]

Papercrete Tiny Houses

Julia (my wife) ran across this papercrete house website recently. Papercrete is a simple and inexpensive way of building walls from paper pulp and cement. Normally concrete blocks are a mix of sand, gravel, and quite a bit of cement to hold the block together because the sand and gravel offer no added binding ability. […]