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Element Tiny House

Here is an interesting Modular and Prefabricated Tiny House.  The houses can be scaled to the needs of the client.  The tall chimney structures are in fact light wells to draw in natural light into the space, while giving a nod to traditional house design where fireplaces once served a valuable purpose.  Here is what they had to say about the house:

The Element House, by MOS Architects, is a modular housing prototype designed for a “new ecology” — one that can grow and change depending on the family’s needs. Based around a modular element, with strong environmental design criteria, the Element House expands according to the Fibonacci sequence, “a describer of developmental patterns in living organism.” his housing unit can the be combined in an infinite number of ways, but for the home to make sense, MOS uses the Fibonacci sequence to create the layout. In theory this results in a more natural, more organic home, which is hopefully more pleasing to the those living inside. MOS also proposes that this prefab housing concept could be expanded past single family homes, to multi-family homes or even a whole village. Elemental units can be added or subtracted as needed to accommodate for new families or changing needs.


Gardening in a Small Space

So when you search for “small space gardening” or “gardening in a small space” or anything to that effect, I am so tired of only finding container gardening. While it works (to a point) I am always left wanting for something a bit more creative, something out of the box than the normal response of container gardening.

I have been doing container gardening for a while now and I keep on running into one big issue, plants being pot bound. It stunts their grown significantly on some plants, others it is fine. Now somethings should be kept in containers, mint for example, will take over you whole yard if you put it in the ground.

Parsley is a good example where it limited its growth. It was doing okay in the container I had it in (about 12 wide, by 8 deep in good soil) then I took it out and dropped it in the ground and it took off! If you are working in a small space, this may not be an option, you will have to contend with the drawbacks of container gardening, but it is better than nothing.

But still I long for some more diversity, the way most container garden is also not efficient.  How can we get more out of out containers? and  What else is out there?

Here is a portable option, taking tubing, semi permeable agro plastic and encasing dirt with it you have tube gardening. The best part is this is easily watered from downspout of gutters.

What about going to the dump and grabbing someone old gutter?  Powerwash them, attach to a wall and bam, you got yourself a pretty nifty garden on the cheap!

One thing I have been wanting to branch out into is apple trees.  But they tape so much room, most trees ask for 30 feet in diameter spacing!  Well what about flat apple trees?  I am so fascinated with these.  You take what ever young tree you want.  You simple train and prune it like you would a grape vine and eventually it is flat!  More info

Like I said before, people aren’t always thinking how they can maximize the space with container gardening,  In a tiny house I preach, “use the vertical”  meaning if we take a square foot on the floor, we are going to make it as tall as we can.  Here we have a string of pots hung vertically.  So instead of taking a few square feet on the ground for one pot, we instantly triple out production in the same space.

Here is a neat little gadget, basically it is a spring loaded pulley.  You can hang a pot very high, out of reach, remember, use the vertical.

Finally this is nothing new, but I thought it still deserved to be included, when gardening in a small space, you could consider vertical gardens.

Tiny House Videos

Tiny House Live: Cooling

Tonight show 6pm Eastern

Tonight we will be talking about cooling tiny houses.  I don’t know about where you live, but in Charlotte, NC this week it has been hot!  we have topped 90 degrees a few days, I want my spring.  So I figure it would be a good topic to cover as we get into the summer season.

Homeless Chateau

There has been discussion swirling around using Tiny Houses for meeting the needs of homeless populations. I found this great Tiny House that can also address these needs.

Homeless Chateau is fabricated from standard 4 x 8 and 4 x 4-foot sheets of plywood, OSB and construction signs, and can be knocked down, transported flat, and erected quickly and easily with just a screwdriver. Once assembled, the structure can be moved around the host space on its casters and then set in place with a temporary foundation–two bricks under the front. Homeless Chateau can be easily reconfigured and combined to make dual-occupancy and eight-foot-tall structures.


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