This tiny space started out as a unique work space, but evolved to include a fold out bed, solar panels etc. Wrapped in R30 insulation and a price tag of $10,000 it is a surprising low cost for some of the custom woodworking that is included.
This video while I feel like it lacks some substance, it brings up a good point about building something with your hands. I think that an appeal of Tiny Houses is that they are approachable for people with little to know building experience. It reminds us of something that is lost in our culture, where lack of this skill, charm and hard work sometimes are cut out of the equation when it comes to a home. Anyway, for your consideration:
16mm color film. 6:43 min.
Lloyd Kahn claims that shelter is more than a roof over your head. As the author and publisher of over a dozen books on home construction, Lloyd has been grappling with the concept of home, physically and psychically, for over five decades. Situated in the financial and housing crisis, this film profiles Lloyd’s ideas on do-it-yourself construction and sustainability.
This house is obviously suited for more warmer climates, but I really like the styling of it. The top deck is huge and with open sides to allow a cross breeze. The house overlooks a lake in the Maduru Oya area of Sri Lanka. The house is made form a shipping container and most of the wood has been reclaimed from weapons boxes! The total size is 700 square feet, but that included the top deck, so the enclosed house is around 3-400 square feet.
Over at Apartment Therapy a reader has turned to the blog for help trying to make a 400 square foot apartment livable.
I’m moving into my first apartment next month and I’m starting to get cold feet! I signed a lease for a 400 sq ft studio in Chicago. I’m looking for suggestions of how to lay it out and decorate it without making it too cluttered but still keeping it somewhat “homey.” I don’t know if I should try to squeeze a bed and a couch in the unit or suck it up and sleep on a futon! And, if I get a futon, how do I make that look nice?
Lend a hand with the design here