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Eco Pods

I have always been intrigued by creative solutions to housing, in our life the average person spend a third of all the money they make on housing, my question is, how can we change that third to a much smaller fraction?  I found this a little bit ago and what I really like about it is thatecopod

  • It is able to be transported via standard tractor trailer (18 wheeler) methods
  • It uses recycled materials almost exclusively
  • They are relatively inexpensive
  • It can be locked up and short of someone spending an hour with a plasma cutting torch, they aren’t going to get in

All of these things are really important to me because I don’t want to spend my entire life in debt, I want to be able to move my home if I find a great job elsewhere with minimal cost, and when I go on month long vacations I can without worry about my home.

Eco pods are 120 square feet of living area not counting the built in deck.  The floor is recycled car tires and actually looks really nice, plus gives some so you aren’t always standing on a hard surface, plus it cleans well.  Check out the video below and their website here

Turnbull Interview

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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally.  She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products.  Check out here story here

Solar Rundown

So I have yet to really dabble in solar energy, but it is something that I do want to implement in my tiny home.  So today I am simply posting great resources for solar power.  One of the greatest untapped energy resources that exists is the sun, of course the hurtle that exists is how to take this energy and capture it efficiently and cost effectively.  I have a good feeling that the next 5 years will bring huge innovations in solar energy with Obama’s plan for cleaner energy.

First off here is some basic info about solar panels

Here is a cheap panel that can charge 90% of all your gadgets, phones etc.

The day in the life of a solar panel installer here

Mainstream of solar through Home Depot

Weekend projects you can do here

Solar Tent Structure

For those of you who haven’t caught on, I am a very big fan of ultra modern architecture.  I love the minimalist approach when it comes to many things, houses included.  One trend I have noticed over the years is designers fascination with “tent houses.”  While these are tents, they are designed to be permanent or semi-permanent, often focus on bringing the outdoors in and are designed with a modern flair to them.

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Today we are looking at the Orange Solar Tent designed by ‘Orange’.  This design has a very unique feature as the entire canopy structure has several layers of cloth so that it can generate electricity and provide a vapor barrier.   The entire shell of this is a woven solar array, which admitedly is a few years out, but is coming soon, just not soon enough.

The idea is to later integrate wifi into the cloth as well as pockets inside the structure for magnetic induction charging of small electronics like cell phones.

Check out more over at Treehugger

Tiny House Tiny Garden: Maximizing space through design

As I make my way to a Tiny Life, I have recently started a garden to grow my own vegetables. To be honest I rather suck at it but Things are growing and I have been able to make about a metric ton of pesto so far. Today I found these really neat ideas for how to maximize space and grow food also.

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