Tiny Homes With Great Design

Tiny homes are all the rage these days (in some circles), and run the gamut from simple, rough-hewn shacks to highly designed and finished homes. You’ll find a huge variety of layouts, but these three strike me as tiny homes with great design.

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tiny modern house, Portland

This tiny house offers an exceptional design and layout.

Steely Cottage tiny home

The Steely Cottage floorplan is a great design.

 

Lloyd Kahn wrote and published a great book on the subject:

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Lloyd included a huge variety of tiny homes, from those home-built on a trailer to homes professionally built on land. It’s captivating.

Sites Worth A Look: Sourceable, City Farmer News, The Automatic Earth

It’s tough to keep up with all the excellent sites out there, but these are sites worth a look: Sourceable, City Farmer News, The Automatic Earth. Loads of interesting info in each. And the first video features a German town that has pursued energy independence.

sourceable.net covers architecture, building, construction, engineering

sourceable.net is an australian web site that covers architecture, urban planning, construction, design, and engineering.

 

City Farmer News

City Farmer News has been around since the late 1970s, and online since the early 1990s.

 

If you're interested in environmental issues as they relate to global finance and predictions of collapse, check it out.

The Automatic Earth covers finance, environment, and economic collapse.

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A Self-Sufficient Community in Colombia

Gaviotas, Colombia is a self-sustaining community

Gaviotas, Colombia is a sustainable community created in a “tropical desert.”

 

About 40 years ago a man decided to create a self-sufficient community in Colombia. Here’s a bit of the story the village of Gaviotas, which makes use of:

  • homegrown renewable technologies
  • bioclimatic architecture
  • turning a desert into a forest.

Sounds a lot like permaculture principles.

 

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Whole Tree Structures by Roald Gundersen

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Architect and builder Roald Gundersen builds what he calls “whole tree structures,” including homes and commercial buildings. Lately he and his team have been testing the design properties of branched columns at the Forest Products Lab in Madison, Wisconsin.

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What The Hell Is Community Solar?

Clean Energy Collective, Lowry facility

400 kW of clean solar power in action

 

Clean Energy Collective’s 400 kW facility at the old Lowry Air Force Base places a state-of-the art solar array into production where anyone with an electric bill can invest in solar electricity. It’s Denver County’s first community-owned solar array.

What The Hell Is Community Solar?

The state’s Solar Gardens legislation paved the way. More info herehere, and here. For existing buildings, and buildings undergoing renovation, this makes a lot of sense. You and I can invest in solar power without having to deal with panels on our roofs, maintenance, and so on.

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