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Loft Bed Ideas

Found some great loft beds, a few for kids, a few for adults.  Check them out.

Eco-Hut

This interesting hut, designed to be setup without any foundation, it is very low impact in that sense.  I think what I might like more than the house, is the land, how gorgeous is that view!  It features a small bathroom and a small kitchen, but hide them from view allowing a blank space to be organized in many ways to suite your needs.  The house itself uses solar panels and water catchment to be off the grid.

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Austin Tiny House – Open House

I wanted to let you know that Louis over at austintinyhouse.com is having a open house of his brand new tiny house, for those of you are near Austin Texas, go check it out.  If anyone does get a chance, bring back some photos for us and share your story, I will make a post!

Open House Details:

When: 2-5 pm, Saturday, December 18th.

Where: Far south east corner of the property at 5213 Jim Hogg Ave in Austin, TX.

If you need more directions, feel free to call me (Louis): 512-698-6673

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Global Buckets

So as the gardening season comes to a halt (I don’t do stuff over winter) I ramp up my efforts on learning and planning.  Many people take this time to plan for next year, flush out ideas, do research and start getting excited for the spring.  In my time online I have found a pretty neat idea, that isn’t new, but the guys that have put these together have flushed out the idea pretty well and I thought I’d share.

Basically this is two 5 gallon buckets, one inside the other, with a tray and a bottom reservoir.  I have seen this in practice at a local community garden: the Johnson & Wales University Community Garden.  When I first heard about this garden, it was described to me as a garden, on a cement slab….  I was pretty curious, how could they be gardening on a slab?  They use these buckets and it’s ingenious!  The best part is that if push comes to shove and they had to move, a few hours with a pickup and they could do it pretty easily.  See their garden below.


I really like this idea because it bring in the potential for using much more spaces, it is flexible and semi-mobile.  The kicker came when I saw a video on how you can use simple atmospheric pressure to auto water the entire group of buckets, weather 1 or 10,000, all without power or any special equipment!  The other thing they did that I hadn’t see was adding black plastic, this allowed them to reduce the water needed by 70% because it prevented evaporation.

How to make a Global Bucket

Automatic Watering System

Pocket Shelters

Just found this awesome Tiny House located in my home state, North Carolina.  Aaron Maret (aaronmaret.com) built this Tiny House out of almost all reclaimed materials.  The result, a house that is both low impact, but aesthetically amazing!

Aaron describes his use of reclaimed materials

I feel pretty wowed by how beautiful and special salvaged wood, specifically, can be. but I also feel challenged by how much extra time in sourcing, processing, processing, processing, and using salvaged wood has added to the construction time line.

It gives me insight into why so many building materials end up in the construction dumpsters… it’s not necessarily because folks don’t care about resource use and conservation. often there simply isn’t the budget to pay for the labor required to manage and process leftovers, scraps, recyclables and the like.

Below are some photos, his site is at aaronmaret.com

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