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Tiny House Shelter in the Trees

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For the ultimate in getaway cabins, the Dom’Up suspended treehouse offers a unique arboreal living experience to its residents, without harming the trees that it’s hanging from.

Trees and People takes a page from the “leave no trace” book with this octagonal tiny house platform, which uses a proprietary suspension and anchor system to suspend itself between two trees, distributing the weight of the structure without damaging the trees.

The 172 sq ft (16 sq m) Dom’Up shelter, which has a galvanized steel frame, wood floors, canvas walls, and a roof made from heavy duty waterproof tarp material, features a safety rail around the outer perimeter, as well as a “fall arrest net,” and is said to be “an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to treehouses.”

The Dom’Up can be installed in less than two days, without using a crane, and is said to be “half the price” of equivalent cabins.

You can get your own dome shelter in the trees for under $29,000.

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Five Examples of Shipping Container Homes

Tiny-House-Building-SystemsBy Christine Walsh

Compliments: Jetson Green

A home made of shipping containers can be as big or as small as you want it to be. And if you have the desire to downsize to a tiny house, a shipping container lends itself very well to the purpose. With the right type of insulation, flooring, and perhaps choosing one of the high cube containers, which has a higher ceiling, such a tiny home can be quite cozy indeed. Below you will find the top 5 shipping container homes made from a single unit, which can easily be called tiny homes.

1. Tiny Homes Made by New Generation Builders

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The Florida-based company, New Generation Builders, specializes in transforming recycled 8 by 20-foot shipping containers into tiny homes or offices. They built the home pictured above for a North Carolina couple. It is made from a single 8 by 20-foot shipping container, and it is equipped with a full kitchen, and a bathroom with an indoor and outdoor shower and toilet. The bathroom is located at one end of the shipping container and separated from the main living area by a 30-inch pocket door. The rest of the shipping container is taken up by the main living area (which also doubles as a bedroom) and a fully equipped kitchen. More details

2. Sunset Idea House

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This tiny home was designed and made by Seattle-based company HyBrid. It offers a modest 192 square-foot home, yet with enough room to sleep up to four people. It is made from a used 24-foot shipping container with a galley kitchen, micro bathroom, and large openings, which nicely blend the indoor and outdoor spaces. This home is also solar-powered, which makes it that much more sustainable. More details

3. Tiny Prefab Home Made by InterModal Design

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The company InterModal Design makes sturdy and durable prefabricated homes from used shipping containers that can be shipped almost anywhere in the world. The homes they offer lend themselves well to off-the grid living, and can easily become the main residence, guesthouse, or office space. The units feature a kitchen space, a living room that can double as a bedroom and a full bathroom. More details

4. Ecopods

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The Canadian company Ecopods makes sustainable, fully recycled container homes. Each Ecopod is made from a standard 8’x20’ steel shipping container, and, though primarily designed as a temporary dwelling, one can easily use an Ecopod as a main residence. What’s more, all Ecopods are made to function off the grid. These homes are powered via an 80-watt solar panel and a 12-volt battery, which means that an Ecopod is ready to live in right after it is set up. To extend the livable area of the home, one of the 20-foot sidewalls of the Ecopod can be lowered by 2 hydraulic cylinders, powered by a solar-powered electric winch , to form a sturdy deck. The deck can be raised to secure the Ecopod when leaving the home for a longer period of time. More details

5. ShelterKraft Werks Shipping Container Homes

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The Seattle-based home building company, ShelterKraft Werks, designs affordable homes made of recycled shipping containers. The base unit they offer is the CargoCottage, which is made from a single 8-foot by 20-foot shipping container. The house measures 160 square feet and features a two-person sleeping nook, a bathroom with shower, kitchen, and a dining/living area. The prefab homes they offer can also be fitted with optional, sustainable technologies, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydro-generated electric power, as well as rainwater catchment and grey water reclamation systems, composting toilets, green roofs and rooftop garden installations. The units are made using eco-friendly building materials such as low-VOC paints and counter tops made of recycled fibers. More details

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Save 50% Off Sing Tiny House

tiny-house-tiny-homeBy Sing Core

The Sing 8×24 Tiny House Kit includes all the pre-framed panels necessary to build your 24×8 storage shed, shelter or modular home. No framing is necessary due to patented Sing Core’s built-in torsion box frame resulting in a Reinforced Structural Insulated Panel (RSIP) that are lightweight imbued with unparalleled high-strength (660 PSI = stronger than steel pound-for-pound).

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Build Your Own Free Tiny House with Shipping Pallets

Tiny-House-Building-SystemsBy Ziggy

Compliments: Green Building Elements

Last week I talked about how to live simply and decrease your carbon footprint living in a tiny house. Even better than buying a tiny house is making your own, and Michael Janzen is blazing a trail with his free tiny pallet house. Not only is his house made out of recycled shipping pallets, it isn’t costing him anything to build. And lucky for us, he’s sharing his plans so you too can build your own tiny free house.

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You can save money, sharpen your DIY skills, and further decrease your environmental impact by following Janzen’s example of building a free pallet house. 

Keep pallets out of landfills

free-pallets-for-tiny-house-buildingHere are some disturbing statistics about shipping pallets:

  • Approximately 40% of all hardwood harvested in the U.S. is for making shipping pallets
  • About two-thirds of pallets are used only once before being thrown out
  • 1/4 of all wood in landfills is from used pallets

You can help prevent deforestation and keep pallets out of landfills by finding creative alternative uses for them, like building a house. Pallets can be found everywhere. Once you start looking for them, you’ll see them scattered all over your town or city.

Contact a local warehouse, supermarket, or any business that receives large shipments, and get permission to pick up their used pallets. Most companies are happy to give their pallets away.

Plans for a free pallet house

Janzen has made plans for building a free pallet house available on his website. These plans are a guide for building what he calls a disaster preparedness and emergency shelter. Janzen says:

As hurricane Gustav plowed across Cuba headed for the gulf coast of the United States memories of Katrina and the potential displacement of thousands got me thinking. I wanted to do something to help. It occurred to me that someone else might find what I now about building with shipping pallets useful in the coming weeks and months.

With some creativity, you may find that shipping pallets can be reappropriated in other ways to build your own free tiny house. For example, I have a friend that has disassembled shipping pallets and used the wood to build roof trusses for his straw bale building.

Ultimately, you can help prevent deforestation and keep pallets out of landfills by using them to build creative housing.

Think tiny and free!

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Transformable mobile tiny house designs

tiny-house-tiny-homeBy Derek Markham

Compliments: Tree Hugger

Tiny houses are captivating to many of us, perhaps in part because our homes are too big, or because we own too much stuff, or because we’d love to find a more affordable dwelling that would also better fit our green lifestyle.

There’s no shortage of tiny house designs, ranging from scaled-down versions of a traditional house to the outlandish and unfeasible, and most of them are conceived with the intent that the homes would remain stationary. However, mobile tiny homes, such as those built onto trailers, are also gaining in popularity, due to their ability to go where we go, which is right in line with the current trend of a more nomadic lifestyle, in which we aren’t tethered to a specific location, but instead move to where the next job or opportunity takes us.

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With that in mind, the entries for an exhibition recently held at Kaneko, in Omaha, Nebraska, may be a harbinger of things to come in the future of architecture for the urban nomad, as each of the designs aims to be not only versatile and comfortable to live in, but also truly portable.

The Truck-A-Tecture exhibition, which is said to “examine architecture as redefined by mobility and technical expansion,” featured full-sized versions of tiny house designs that can carried on or in a vehicle, or built into one, offering a new perspective on modern mobile housing.

See the Rest of the Story … to learn more about The Aero-Mobile, designed by Jennifer Siegal, of Office for Mobile Design, The PNEUMAD, from Min | Day, The Self-Lifting Mobility Project, from Mark Mack and the Mobile Dwelling Support Structure (MDSS), from Jones Partners.

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