Tiny house designer and Associate Professor at University of Oregon, Erin Moore has realized the construction of two dwellings amid a 300 year old solidified lava landscape in Hawaii. Named as Outside House, these pair of cabins are considered as place to connect with the land without any effect upon it.
The Outside House consists to two structures Mauka and Makai. Keeping in view the client’s interest to preserve the land, these have been designed for modest living and can be installed without leaving a footprint and re-installed at any desired location.
“The center of the Outside House is the uneven, ever-changing ground between the pavilions,” says Erin Moore. “The unbuilt areas of the Outside House – lichen on the lava, a curved rock wall, a growing endemic mamane tree – are the essence of daily living in this place and what the client values most.”
Mauka is fully enclosed cabin as it has been designed as a comfortable place to sleep and to enjoy the views of lush Hawaiian landscape. It features a cozy double bed, seating and desk area, large glass sliding door and stunning wooden finishing throughout. The house is accessible via rear staircase.
The Mauka tiny house has been built with light wood-frame construction elevated above the lava ground through four concrete pillars. North and south sides of cabin are covered with a reflective film while the east and west sides are clad with western red cedar. For optimum air flow, the home is fitted with screened vents whereas the roof features polycarbonate sheathing to keep it protected from island rains.
Makai is outdoor shelter designed as a place to enjoy outdoor, installed several feet away from Mauka tiny house. Makai features a large sheltered open terrace with a basic outdoor kitchen and hidden open shower. The outdoor shelter is built with galvanized steel frame.
Both cabins, Mauka and Makai have been designed with a concept easy to install home kit and being light enough so that two people can carry it easily.
Outside House is this year’s first place winner of the University of Hawaii’s Building Voices Design Competition.
UK-based firm Podmakers has introduced its Escape Pod imagining it as a garden retreat for workers, visitors or anyone in need of a little time out. Escape Pod is a versatile backyard dwelling that has many options to adapt even it include changing orientation to enjoy afternoon sun.
The Escape Pod is built from birch ply and European however finished in cedar shingles giving it a strong fairytale feel and rustic look. If you are curious about interior of Escape Pod then listen, its interior features a number of configurations including an office space with integrated storage space, a bedroom with a view of the stars through the domed skylight, a studio with a day bed or a meeting space with room for ten.
However it comes with insulation and heating with different options like underfloor or by way of wood burner, having curved windows that can be placed at the buyer’s discretion. If the owner want to make full use of these windows, the pods must be placed on a platform around half a meter (1.6 ft) off the ground enabling to rotate to maximize the light shining through.
Price of Escape Pod begins at Euro 19800 varying as it depends on the configuration and style options.
Josh Wynne has built a small tiny house to accommodate his old aged father, Mike Wynne who has some health issues that limits his mobility. Incorporating many features, Mr. Josh has built this house stylish, functional and sustainable-small in size, less maintenance and cleaning and easier to get around. The house has been built on his rural property on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“All favor a retiree on a fixed income who is inevitably going to have changing needs through the course of ownership,” Wynne says. He dubbed what he calls the “tiny-ish” house “Mike’s Hammock.” After Hurricane Irma came through recently and left the house unscathed, it confirmed to him that he’d built a structure that could withstand a big storm.
The house is 604 sq ft (56 sq met) in size having one bedroom, one bathroom while outdoor porches and mechanical/utility space adds 436 sq ft. Due to Sabal palms in surrounding, the house has been cantilevered above its foundation that look like floating in the trees. The house has been efficiently built with mostly local and recycled material. He says that only one dumpster of waste is enough this entire project of house built from recycled material. He says that “The Southern yellow pine for the framing material is lumber from the construction site of a nearby housing development and was treated with boric acid for termite control”.
Engineered wood has been used for roof framing requiring no crane to install. “It minimizes impacts by utilizing trees that are younger and using them more efficiently than solid-sawn lumber,” says Wynne. Wood paneling inside the home is the same Southern yellow pine as same used for framing. There is an energy-efficient central cooling and heating system in the home- custom-made and said the energy bill averages only $25 a month, even in summer. “We designed a smart, double-wall exposed metal duct to distribute the air efficiently while simultaneously adding to the interior decor.”
Kitchen layout has been designed keeping in mind to accommodate the possibility of mobility impairment. There are IKEA cabinet bases with only full-extension drawers for easy access.
Dansih design firm Vipp unveiled a tiny house a few ago. The company introduced this tiny house for wealthy people as it costs over half a million US$. If you want to enjoy your stay in that kind of home, then don’t miss this opportunity as firm has opened a new “hotel” consisting of just the house and a Copenhagen apartment. Stay will cost €1,000 (US$1,150) and €2,000 ($2,314) per night, respectively.
The firm describes its Vipp shelter as a “battery charging station for humans” as it features nice-looking little prefab with attractive industrial design and ample glazing. The hotel is installed in an isolated area in a Swedish forest.
It looks very attractive with black interior décor inside and reminds us a little of the Krane. There are kitchen, dining and lounge area on the ground floor but bathroom is off to one side. All of which is decked out in Vipp’s home goods.
The occupant can access the bedroom via a ladder that look like rather snug, with a glazed roof to enable star watching. Another large urban apartment, called Vipp Loft is available for booking. The apartment is situated atop an old printing factory since 1910. Thanks to Studio David Thulstrup for renovating the light-filled space and its exposed beams contrast stylishly with Vipp’s own gear. It’s located in Copenhagen’s Island Brygge which is a central harbor area.
Its also worth mentioning that the firm is planning another up-coming location, The Vipp Chimney House will be located in a former water pumping station that is due to open sometime in 2018 as there is some yet to be completed.
“Our ambition is to have a palette of destinations with rooms curated to people who seek a one-off design experience, or customers who want to try to live with the Vipp kitchen in a home-away-from-home setting,” explains Vipp CEO Kasper Egelund. “A Vipp kitchen is for life, but you can start with just a weekend.”
Matthew Hofmann has been working for around a decade to design mobile living spaces and has a long line of vintage trailer conversions to show for it. By launching their new Living Vehicle the firm envisions to craft a mobile home from head-to-toe, designed to entice outdoor enthusiasts toward sustainable and mobile living for extended periods of time.
Living Vehicle 27 ft (8-m) frame has been designed to ride off-road with five-inch tube rigid aluminum frame finished with aluminum exterior, giving it the glistening appearance of Airstream trailer looking like a boxier. The firm says that it has been designed for the folks who looking for full-time home for long-term mobile living.
The Living Vehicle mobile home has capacity to sleep six. There is a convertible double sofa and hidden EuroLoft-style bed that folds into the ceiling by way of an electronic switch, in addition to a queen-sized memory foam mattress in the bedroom. A 32-inch LED TV along with four-speaker sound system with Bluewooth connectivity has been installed in living area.
The kitchen includes stainless steel sink, two-door refrigerator and gas stovetop. Hiding the pull-out drawers and overhead storage cabinets, a full size floor-to-ceiling pantry has been installed in kitchen. The bathroom features a skylight, lovely wooden detailing, radiant towel warmer and rainfall shower head.
Making it a mobile living place for four seasons, Hoftmann Architecture has fitted it out with doubled-paned windows and insulation. The Living Vehicle also features the plumbing, heating and ventilation system.
If the owner wants to get convenience of grid-connections and municipal water supplies, a 600-W solar array can be mounted on the roof along with a 24-V lithium battery bank and 4000-W inverter. A Wi-Fi and LTE antenna are installed on the roof to get nearby internet or cellular signal and then to distribute it wirelessly throughout the vehicle.
The firm says that this self-contained Living Vehicle could support two people living off-grid for a month or longer. Living Vehicle price starts at US$129995 but deliveries available in spring (US) of 2018.
We’ve seen so many off-grid tiny homes with larger size which were made for families but those who are in search of tiny home for couple can choose RoadHaus tiny house by Wheelhaus. It’s a pint-sized dwelling with high ceiling and generous glazing and with a small deck as well.
It’s actually a smaller and updated version of Wheelhaus’Wedge house and firm has made it serving as tiny house, backyard office or a guest house. Its size is flexible and measures between 160 to 240 (14.8 to 22.2 sq m).
Owner of the tiny home can get access from the deck through a sliding glass door, then enter into a small living area with couch with a TV mounted on the rustic wall. A kitchenette is also next to this equipped with fridge/freezer, microwave, two-burner stove, sink, cupboard space and shelves for storage of different items. There is a direct access to the bathroom with a tiled shower, sink and toilet.
A bedroom with cozy double-size bed is set at end of the house. There is no loft for sleeping but Wheelhaus says that sloping area of roof allows for small storage loft.
RoadHaus’s frame is steel made and lightweight however exterior is finished with painted cement board siding with black metal trim. Sloping ceiling varies in height between 9 to10 ft but topped by corrugated metal roof.
The home gets power from standard RV-style hookup. Weight varies but max weight is 25000 lb (11,339 kg) as it depends on the size of the model and finished and fixtures chosen by the buyer. Insulation values are R-25 and R-35 for walls and roof respectively. RoadHaus price starts at US$63,500.
The recently completed pond house at Ten Oaks farm is located on a large rural plot in Southeast Louisiana, USA created by Louisianan Firm Holly and Smith Architects, the stunning home boasts an enviable blend of luxury and energy efficient design in a bid to reach net zero energy utilization.
Pond House covers a total floor space of 1,250 sq ft extend over three floors, and is defined by an angular form and two protruding volumes. The home is beautifying with limestone-textured stucco and poly carbonate panels, and the real art of architects presented, when at night whole house is illuminated like lanterns due to these panels.
The interior layout is most appealing. The first floor embraces an outdoor space with fireplace with outdoor kitchen, while the second floor includes a living room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedroom and terrace is at the top. A high-end finish is installed throughout, and the uncovered aluminum and glazing contrasts adequately with the wood and utilitarian poly carbonate panels.
To runoff rain water and utilize maximum sun light, pond house roof has constructed with 14 degree sloping roof. So to plan a wedding ceremony, birthday parties or family get together or just to calm your tensed nerve’s , only possible way is to plan these most nature pond houses.
The yurt retreat is one of these instantly likable places. Once you are settled into your yurt, you will feel you were miles away from the noise of the city.
These are located at the base of an ancient hill fort in Somerset, England, the yurt retreat is an eco retreat that includes four yurts and a communal lodge. It’s most recent addition is a bird house, a solar powered tree house style dwelling that was part built using local and reclaimed materials.
Lands bird house covering area estimated of 30 sq m. wooden stilts supported it to stand above the ground. They were constructed facing east to utilize more and more sunlight. The basic aim of the structure is totally blended with surroundings, the vast greenery. By boring water reach to the taps. While electricity is provided by a 50 KW solar array on nearby farm buildings. Main connection is also wired in.
Yurts are furnished with private bathrooms, luxury showers farmhouse kitchen and the comfy lounge. Furniture, including the bed and the table are artistically developed from branches and boards.
You can get pleasure from the sun rise and the sunset while sitting in your yurt. It is a magical place to truly unwind and get away from the stresses of working life.
Seattle, a Washington-based Drift House campers has introduced The Drifter for those who are in search for small and inexpensive trailer for weekend destinations. It includes a bed, kitchen area, some storage space and off-grid extras. There are so many types of trailers available in the market with different size and prices but The Drifter is smaller than those. It measures just 8 x 5 ft (2.4 x 1.5 m), weighing at 644 kg (1420 lb). it can be transported using 15-inch wheels and also finished in marine-grade aluminum and cedar wood.
The Drifter is well-insulated and suitable for all season as well, as disclosed by Drift House Campers. The interior is very simple and includes a Murphy-style bed, full-height closet, under bed storage, a small-spaced kitchen with sink and faucet. Outside there is small storage chest, a holder for skis, snowboards and tie-on connections for more gear. It can be accessed through a single door and a pair of double-pane windows for natural light and ventilation. A standard electric and water hookup is also installed outside.
Bike rack, spare wheel, extra storage, a pull-out awning and a toilet tent are also available as optional extras. Firm also offers modest off-grid goodies like battery, solar panel package, and solar powered lighting system.
A UK based Computer Company Aleutia is going to build solar classroom project in Kenya’s 47 cities which is said to be the country’s largest solar class room roll out till date. This project will facilitate over 20000 primary school children.
Aleutica is a company focusing on healthcare and education solution in developing countries, working on Solar Classroom in a Box project since 2013. The purpose of this project is to provide everything in one room required for a solar classroom in one packing. It includes energy efficient computers, cabling and solar panels. The company director Mike Rosenberg told that initial idea was to recycle old shipping containers but it required a different approach.
“The problem we discovered was that the local supply of containers was very cheap but typically rusty and retrofitting and adapting them was expensive,” explains Rosenberg. “Transport costs for a flatbed truck are very high and [costs are] even higher for a crane, which is required to lower [the containers] onto a foundation. So we pivoted.”
Aleutia and University of Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture are working together on this project, to develop a structure which is insulated, low cost easily transportable and scalable. The classroom is made from local material such as concrete blocks and a wavy tin roof and light gauge steel frame.
These classroom can be easily transportable as can fit on single pallet. These classrooms can be shifted through one cattle truck. No crane is required for installation because design is so simple.