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Archive for August 2013

Cornwall House Truck

House trucks are a unique type of tiny houses that offer a great design, look and feel to them.  This awesome house truck is a little funky and a whole lot of cozy.

Lighting is provided by solar panels, and romance by lanterns and tealights. Cook here, in the small fitted kitchen with gas cooker and oven. A short distance away  from the horsebox is a hut with a private compost loo and shower room. The hut also has a large sink to wash-up in, a small fridge, and a place to store coats and boots after a walk, or sandy things after a day on the beach at quaint St Agnes.

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No Its… A Tiny House?

This video is simply the craziest tiny house video I’ve seen.  Imagine a 3 ton tiny house moving through the air a hundred feet up.  To boot, its a pretty neat house in its own right!

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Tiny House Chat: Tiny Businesses For Tiny Houses

Untitled-1dMacy and I are back at it again.  We will be starting back up the Tiny House Chat. Join us September 2nd at 8pm EST (5pm West Coast) for Tiny House Chat.  For those of you who are new, Tiny House Chat is a basically like a online get togeather where we have a topic, a guest speaker and then we talk about whatever else comes up.  It’s always a

This month we will have Kacie Erickson back on to talk about tiny businesses and tiny houses, how to set up your own micro business to free yourself from the rat race and start to maximize your life’s potential! We will talk about how to go about setting up and running your own business, limitations and benefits of doing that in a tiny house. Kacie is the perfect guest because that is exactly what her business is AND she’s building a tiny house! Check out her background over at www.ikilledthejoneses.com and her tiny house at www.treadingtiny.com.

Macy and I will also be talking about our own adventures and why we feel they fit perfectly into our tiny lifestyle. The more people who are a part of this conversation the better off we will all be, log in and join us with your ideas, questions and concerns, lets hash some info out together!

This chat will be:

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

8pm-9pm Eastern Time (5pm-6pm West Coast)

www.anymeeting.com/tinyhousechat1

You can RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412818222264074/
Mark your calendar!

Tiny House Chat is a space for Tiny House enthusiasts to come together and share ideas and stories. The concept of this is to be for the Tiny House community and facilitated by the community. We hope that this platform will achieve the following:

  • Develop lasting connections among the Tiny House community.
  • Strengthen and expand the community.
  • Foster the sharing of ideas.
  • Provide a resource for the various stages of a tiny house, from the ideas stage to the ‘is-this-working-right’ stage.
  • Have a lot of fun and get to know each other better!!
  • Anyone who is interested will be able to log in and chat via text!

DIY Your Tiny Life

For me, living the tiny life means living a do-it-yourself kinda life. It goes beyond the building of a house on wheels and becomes a style of living that is conscious of so much more. Occupying 98 square feet makes me carefully consider everything I use in the house, from the all-purpose cleaner to the face wash I make! For me, it means an awareness and attempt at less toxicity in my everyday environment. My friend just sent me some great links to recipes concerning this exact subject that I thought would be fun to share.

natural cleannerWhile there are lots of green house cleaning products out there I love making my own. Check out Ryan’s post about the effectiveness of homemade cleaners! It’s so easy to do and is 100% toxin-free. Plus, it’s so cheap to make and you probably have all the ingredients in your cupboard right now! This recipe takes all of five minutes to whip together and will keep on the shelf for up to a month.

You will need:

a spray bottle

one cup water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

10 drops tea tree oil

10 drops lavender oil

make your placeNow it’s as easy as adding all your liquids together in the spray bottle, shaking it up and your good to go! Pretty easy, right? You can also experiment with different essential oils. I’ve used peppermint, orange and eucalyptus to great effect although lavender and tea tree is my favorite combination. I’ve also made excellent cleaner by soaking lemon rinds in vinegar for a couple days and then draining the liquid in to a spray bottle as an all-purpose sanitizing agent. The rinds are great scrubbers for the sink as well, leaving a lovely lemony smell to my kitchen!Here you can find my review of an excellent book on sustainable, affordable cleaning products for your home! I highly recommend checking out these alternatives.

Coconut-milk-shampoo-ingredientsBesides cleaning agents, I love to make homemade beauty products. I so enjoy the natural, chemical-free body care items made in my kitchen. I am super anti-parabens and chemicals I can’t pronounce so this recently acquired recipe via the Free People blog for coconut milk shampoo was right up my alley! Give it a try and see how it makes you feel!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup castile soap

1 tsp vitamin E oil

1 tsp coconut oil

Warm the coconut oil til melted and then mix with other ingredients in a jar. Shake well. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons with each wash. Will keep for up to a month.  I normally use Bronner’s castile soap for much of my cleaning needs but it does tend to dry out my skin and hair so the coconut milk and oil is perfect for adding the moisture I need in a cold, Vermont climate!

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Your Turn!

  • Got any go to recipes to share for living a less toxic tiny life? Please share! I love to learn new tricks and ideas for healthy living!

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Hakka Houses

I recently found these houses and was really interested in them because of the community centric design aspects.  The hakka houses have lots of smaller “apartments” in them so that many families live in them.  These circular houses have stood since the 17th century where their high exterior walls made of rammed earth kept marauders at bay.

This style of housing is from a particular region of China where they have formed self sustaining communities, where most of the food, goods and other products are made by residents to meet the needs of the house.  Many of these hakka houses have places to store rice and other food stores, stables for animals to be locked up at night and the land around them was terraced for agriculture.

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