Tag Archives: sustainable architecture

Patrick’s Pallet House on Wheels

Back in September I reported on a pallet house being built by a fellow in Lakeland, Florida named Patrick. He’s using discarded shipping pallets for the walls and has framed the roof with conventional lumber. This was a very wise choice and should make the roof much safer. At every opportunity he’s scrounging low cost and […]

Sustainable Architecture – The Benefits of Prefab

The other night I confessed my personal aesthetic preference for earthen structures over modern prefab, while also admitting that those shiny metal boxes always catch my eye. Homes made from manufactured parts will never be as sustainable, low-impact, or low cost as earthen homes but they can provide some benefits earthen homes would be hard-pressed to […]

Sustainable Architecture – Metal Boxes vs Earthen

This post was sparked by a comment from Steve, one of my long-time readers. In a nutshell, he suggested that people would be much better off living in handmade homes than living in machine-made prefabs. Like most people, modern prefab designs grab my attention. I suspect that it’s their product-like polish and our learned weakness […]

Builders of the Pacific Coast by Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn is currently working on a new book on tiny houses, and recently contacted me about possibly including a piece on my Tiny Free House. It won’t be long before I’ll need to move my pallet house project closer to home, and having it nearby will make it a lot easier to finish it […]

Earthbag YouTube Channel

The folks at the Earthbag Building Blog recently launched a YouTube channel filled with videos that show exactly how earthbag buildings are constructed. These simple earthen homes are extremely inexpensive to build and can be earthquake and hurricane resistant if properly built. Due to the natural thermal mass of an earthen home they can also […]

Studio Shed

Studio Shed makes prefab sheds and garages that can be setup quickly and used as a backyard shed, studio, garage, backyard home office. Kits start at $1,700 (check their website for current prices) and you can even configure your custom shed online and view pricing instantly. You’ll probably find that to get a habitable structure […]


One of my readers commented on Palladio’s Escape Cottage the other day and mentioned another similar house called Quietude. The name was unfamiliar to me so I followed the link and found this wonderful small house designed by Henry Yorke Mann. It was built on a low budget but you’d never suspect it except for its […]

Tour Dee’s Tiny House

On April 17 & 18 (2010), Dee Williams will open her home and participate in a sustainable home tour in Olympia, Washington. Dee’s home is one of the first Tumbleweed tiny houses and was created using many reclaimed and recycled materials. So beside being a tiny house, it’s an excellent example of how perfectly usable building […]

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. […]

GroHome in San Antonio

I got a tip from one of my readers, Wayne. If you’re near San Antonio, Texas you might be curious to know that you have a high tech tiny house open to the public in your neck of the woods. Thanks Wayne! Pliny Fisk helped the 2007 Texas A&M Solar Decathlon team design a 465 […]