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.
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.
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.