For those of you who have been following, the Solar Decathlon is going on right now. The Decathlon features innovative homes that are solar powered built by universities around the US. Its a pretty big production as a dozen houses are constructed on site to compete and showcase to thousands of visitors.
Well my home city of Charlotte NC has a team going to the Decathlon from UNCC. Here is their house called Urban Eden. Some of the neat features of this house is the rolling solar panel array that allows you to control the solar exposure in the summer months. They also have an interesting polymer cement that reduces the buildings impact. Check out the video below to see it all!
Recently I was emailed this post and beam cabin by one of our readers, thanks Greg!, that is located in BC Canada. The Cabin is actually for sale right now, but its very stunning! Their website is here The cabin is 16’x20′ on main floor and 9’x16′ loft on 2.3 acre lot. Built in 2010 by Pioneer Log Homes Craftsmen.
Correction:It was brought to my attention that these photos originally appeared on Small House Bliss. You can find the original post here
Alright, the time has come, we’re getting down to the wire, my email box has been flooded with excited emails for the upcoming conference. Today, 9/30, is the last day to get your early bird tickets, after today they will go up to regular price.
Also here are some of the common questions we have been getting:
Q: Where & When is the conference
A: The conference will be in Charlotte, NC April 5th & 6th, 2014
Q: What will happen at the conference?
A: We have 12 tiny house experts that will teach you everything from building to living in a tiny house, plus a ton of tiny houses to tour in person, plus so much more! Our schedule
Q: How much are tickets?
A: $250 for early bird, $300 for regular
Q: Where will I stay? Are there campsites? hotels?
A: We are holding our event a McDowell Nature preserve, they have 60 campsites and there are 3 hotels within 5 minutes drive. Reserve your site today, details here
Q: I can’t afford tickets, can I volunteer?
A: Yes, we have 15 “pay what you can” volunteer tickets. These are reserved for those who truly can’t afford full price, they pay what they can afford and then volunteer their time to make up for the rest. More info here We also have a carpool forum.
Things are really gearing up for the Tiny House Conference, in a short time people will be converging from all over! Today I wanted to let you know about an exciting announcement. Lina Menard will be joining us at the conference as one of our expert speakers. We are very excited to have her!
Come meet Lina and Many others! Early bird tickets end on the 1st of Oct.
Lina is a tiny house designer, builder, blogger, dweller, and advocate. She keeps a blog called This Is The Little Life, featuring vignettes about simple living in small spaces. Lina holds a Sustainable Building & Design Certification from Yestermorrow, a Master’s in Urban & Regional Planning from Portland State University, and certificates in Urban Design and Sustainable Building Advising. Lina has been featured in the Portland Tribune, OR Magazine, Vermont Public Radio, and Portlandia.
One area of my tiny house that I have come to think about a lot is the bathroom. Now of course you need a bathroom, a place to use the restroom, a place to shower, etc. It can range from in your tiny house flush toilet or composting, to an “outhouse” style with a properly designed system or even a flush toilet; But I am beginning to wonder if a bathroom should be outside the tiny home. It might be using the extra bathroom of the house you’re parked in the back yard of or it might be like Drew over at Tiny R(e)volution who build his “shower shack” photos at bottom of post. I’m not saying you should do this, but I think it warrants discussion.
The reason I’ve been thinking this is because while a bathroom of some form is a necessity, as it is in a tiny house, it takes up so much space and is used so little. This is a really important factor when it comes to small spaces. The amount of square footage should be directly proportional to the amount you use it. So for example your mattress takes up about 30 square feet if you have a queen size bed, which is a lot of space, but you use it for 8 hours every day. Compare that to the bathroom, about 22 square feet, I use it for maybe 30 or less minutes a day for showering, shaving, brushing teeth and going to the bathroom. If you simply look at it like a return on investment a bathroom is not that great use of space.
Now you can reduce your space by building a wet bath (frankly I’m not keen on that idea). You could also setup bathroom and shower outside, using an outdoor shower and bathroom, but there are a few months a year this wouldn’t work well. You also could arrange for whoever house you park your tiny house behind that you can use their bathroom. Obviously nothing will beat the convenience of having a shower and toilet in the actual tiny house, but I still struggle with how much space it uses versus how much I use it.