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.
Last week I was interview by AFP for a piece that they were doing on this dumpster tiny house. It is a pretty neat tiny house that I had covered this back in 2011, but recently it got picked up again. The house is a dumpster that Greg has converted into a tiny house. The best feature of this is the retractable windows he installed which is pretty neat.
You can read the full AFP article here
I also found a new video of it.
Every time someone says they want to live in a converted bus I cringe. Of the several people I have known to actually build and live in a converted bus, they all faced issues of poor insulation, cold nights, and awkward spaces. It certainly works for some and that’s fine, but I know it could never work for me…. until now. I saw Hank’s bus and I instantly was proved wrong about any preconceived notions of bus conversions.
Elegant, minimalist, yet functional and wide open bright spaces. I’ll be quite and let the photos do the rest of the talking.
I found this video of a tiny house tour, this house has a wood burning stove and a big built it bench/couch. The couch has massive storage underneath it. The loft looks super cozy!