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Archive for July 2010

ECObitat Prefab Modular System

Here is a neat prototype is kinda neat and has recently won a few awards for design.  From the designer:

The ECObitat start from a modular system of 2.44 m x 3,10 m x 12.20 m, scaled from the standard OSB  plate (oriented strand board) of 1.22 m x 2.44 m, defining areas of flexible multipurpose that can be progressively coupled and adequate for transport. Legs telescope from the base ensuring a good adaptability to different types of topographies. The responsible use of recyclable and industrial materials results in a speedy and prompt delivery of manufacturing space modules.
The main materials of the system are:
- Structure in “steel framing”
- Vertical walls and floor in OSB with thermo-acoustic insulation;
- Coverage in metal type sandwich tiles;
- Window in tempered glass;
- Green roof and walls;
- System of reuse of water;
- Use of solar panels for water heating;
- Use of wind power to generate electricity.

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Wine Barrel Floors

So I saw this today and it had such character and the reuse and re purposing of these materials is so neat I had to share.   As most of us know, wine is often fermented in wooden barrels.  Typically these barrels are oak, often from french oak trees, but what I didn’t realize is that they only last about 10 years and cost around $1000 a barrel!  So this company takes the barrels which are often sold for rather cheap, straightens them out, mills then and the installs as wood flooring.

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Luxe Hara Villa

The Luxe Hara Villa  was designed by Pinakin Patel, a designer who first got his start creating picture frames in Mumbai, has released a new prefab luxury villa for India.  Designed to be low impact, this prefab can be erected in a short time, but still have a very sense of class.   Designed to limit the use of water and electricity, this house still has all the comforts of a modern house.  A single bedroom, well apointed bathroom, AC, internet, energy saving lights the whole house comes in at $64,000 US Dollars, not half bad.

This house is pretty compact, with only 325 square feet inside and another 325 square feet of patio under a pergola, it certainly is a Tiny House.

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Big Jump

So recently with the posting of Yahoo!’s Tiny House Video (see my post on it here) we have had a huge explosion of traffic, we are up around 300% and busted all sorts of records!  Since we have so many new folks I always like to take a moment to say “Hello!”.  My name is Ryan Mitchell and I run TheTinyLife.com, to find out more about me and this site check out this post which is a more in depth introduction to the website.

With many people who are new to Tiny Houses they have many questions, some are just intrigued by the idea that there are literally 10′s of thousands of people today who are making their way to living in 100-200 square feet.  For some this concept of down sizing the space you live in is the answer you have been looking for.  Whether it is for financial reasons, environmental reasons, practicality Tiny House seem to resonate with a wide variety of people.  If you want to get a better gist of what the Tiny House Movement is all about I suggest you check out this post here.

We all know and love Jay’s Tiny Houses, his approach has been instrumental in the Tiny House Movement, To show you some variety of Tiny Houses here are few of my favorites:

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Of Course we have Jay’s Houses, here are some videos of it:

Here are some suggested readings on my site are:
-Be Weird: here
-Seeing Is Beliving: here
-Organizing small spaces: here
-A Dialouge of Hope: here
-The Jones: here
-Difference between mobile home and Tiny House: here

Matrjosjka

Interesting concept here for multipurpose living solutions. From dinning for a group of people to a large bed. This setup has tons of storage and functionality. I have often touted the many benifits of multipurpose furniture that can be reconfigured for the current need. Here is part of the description from the designer:

Matrjosjka means grandma in Russian and used in common terminology to identify the wooden dolls that are set inside one another. As reflected by the hidden space within the dolls, [Matroshka] has the potential to revolutionize the storage and maximize quality of life, especially for those in limited dwelling houses.

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