A breakfast nook has a parquet wooden table from the first boat Hughes built and starship sleek bench seats in which to peer out of the planet-shaped glass. Hughes calls this his “Captain Nemo window,” a nod to one of his favorite childhood books, Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.”
Lynne and her contractor rescued a nearby barn (that had been destroyed in a tornado) to form the bones of the treehouse. Salvaged windows (including stained glass from an old church) complete the vintage look.
Sarah Hastings has been living in her 190-square-foot home on wheels, dubbed Rhizhome, on a parcel owned by another couple for the last year.
‘Through my interdisciplinary education at Mount Holyoke College, I brainstormed a way to do this; by graduation I had competed the design and construction of my own mobile tiny home and received high honors in Architectural Studies for my work. ‘I sourced all of my material from salvage yards, craigslist, and local businesses within a 200 mile radius of my building site. ‘Local professionals, friends, and my father contributed their skills and knowledge to my project, which ensured a safe and informed home.’
Sarah Hastings (pictured) was given a day to move out. She says she’ll try to find another location for her house
As best you can, try to find salvaged or scrap materials. You can especially save a lot by finding second-hand finished components like cabinets, flooring materials or appliances. Find your local Habitat for Humanity Restore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances and all kinds of building materials at an affordable price. Buy reused building materials at a fraction of the cost on Planet Reuse, an online marketplace for reclaimed materials.
What was once an old 1950s boat storage has now been completely revamped into the tiny home you see here. Located on the shores of Washington, the multi-level cottage offers just enough space to be comfortable without casting a large footprint.
But there are already a huge number of houses and structures already built, but that aren’t usable in their current state, either because of years of neglect or being located in an area that isn’t desirable to live in, that could be “mined” for their building materials, which could be repurposed into a tiny house.
The two integrated as many recycled, salvaged, low-impact materials into their design as possible. A good amount of building material was acquired for free from Craigslist. Seconds, mis-sized, and salvaged materials were sourced from their local lumbar yard and the Restore.
Dee Williams used to live in a 2,000-square-foot, 3-bedroom home. Then she traveled to Guatelama (to help build a schoolhouse) and when she came home her house felt too big so built herself a home that fit. That turned out to be a 84-square-foot foot home on wheels that cost her $10,000: $5000 for the materials (mostly salvaged) and the other half for the solar panels and low-E (low thermals emissivity) windows.
She spent 3 months building her new home in Portland, Oregon and then hitched it to her truck and parked it in the backyard of her good friends Hugh and Annie in Olympia, Washington. For the first 7 years she moved in and out (removing the back fence), but for the past two years her wheels haven’t moved.
Woodworker Michael Wildgoose made a screen from reclaimed wood. (KATHRYN MCKENZIE/Herald Correspondent)
Woodworker Michael Wildgoose’s studio and storage cottage, an example of tiny house building that shows what can be done with recycled materials in construction. Wildgoose built the 100-square-foot structure from reclaimed materials sourced locally. In addition, he’ll talk about his work and show examples of reclaimed wood that he uses in making furniture and home items.
Ohh, salvage eye candy on Dornob – go see it!
The premise of this small design-build firm is simple: almost everything you could want or need to build a new house is already in a a disused or abandoned building … so why not harvest 99% of your materials from such sources?
The story goes that he was almost thirty and a new father of two girls when he arrived in Sweden in 1941, attracted by the welfare culture and local functionalism. A farmer gave him a plot in Lissma, and he built a house for his family with materials reclaimed from the surroundings: bricks from an abandoned oven nearby, local stones and even an old iron bed for the structure.
Read this awesome article via The Box: Ralph Erskine’s Precursory Tiny House in the Swedish Woods : TreeHugger.
When Michelle de la Vega converted a dusty old garage into a darling Mini House, she had no idea that people all over the world would end up begging her to send them floor plans of her new home. But that is what happened, so as of July this year, the artist will sell as-built digital plans of her 250 square foot green renovation project in Washington. Michelle purchased a new home but knew she would need help meeting the mortgage payment, so she opted to rent out the main house and convert the outdoor garage into a tiny home that she now lives in.
We love tiny shelters here at Inhabitat — and all the better if they can be ported around to different locations. We recently spotted the Pocket Shelter by Aaron Maret and fell in love not only with its cool and compact design, but also with the fact that it’s made primarily out of local, salvaged and recycled wood. This moveable modern residence on wheels will make for a great summer escape, wherever you picture yourself taking in the sun and the scenery this year.
The image of a secluded cabin in the woods recalls the simple, idealistic idyll of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, free of the impositions of society. This beautiful micro-cabin, built beside a lake in Finland, was constructed to go under the radar of Finnish building regulations, which require one to get a permit for anything that is larger than 96 to 128 square feet, depending on the district.
Anticipating a one-year stint in the military, owner Robin Falck decided to design a cabin that wouldn’t require getting tangled in bureaucratic red tape. Built with a 50 square foot loft above for sleeping and storage, and a ground floor lounge/living area and kitchen and bathroom, the house is designed to maximize the allowed area, plus boosting the capacity for great acoustics and natural daylighting. In addition to the tall window, there’s an adjacent deck for a great view of the tranquil surroundings.
On Tiny House Listings, he talks about his cabin, which he has dubbed “Nido” (or “bird’s nest” in Italian):
A couple years back in 2009 I got this idea of an cabin/small house that would be small enough to be built without the need of a permit. In Finland it’s 96-128 sq. ft. (depending on where you are). So I started daydreaming about different possibilities and didn’t really believe that I would one day actually build it.
Well, a year later, suddenly, after almost forgetting the whole idea I got obsessed and set out to actually design it. Probably a combination of the fact that my military service was approaching and after sketching and calculating it seemed so possible.
Winter of 2009/2010 I spent designing and planning the house. I contacted a couple of architects that were really kind to help out with some of the more technical stuff.
Then came summer and the construction began. I had already chosen the place and had it in mind when designing the cabin. On June the 5th I started and 2 weeks later the only thing missing where the window and door which arrived a couple weeks later.
Best of all, Falck says that he was able to find recycled materials for the majority of the construction, and he estimates that the cost was somewhere around US $10,500 plus labour, which isn’t too bad for a photogenic little lakeside shelter such as this. More over at Tiny House Listings.