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Tiny House Bike Trailers

Camper-Bike-On-the-Move-600x398How can tiny houses get any better? By attaching them to bikes of course! I love these designs and the mobility without the petrol dependency is right up my alley. Also check out this awesome bike trailer design posted by Ryan. My question is: could I actually tow one of these and live out of it? Not sure but it’d be fun to find out!

Last summer when Cedric and I bike toured we were living out of a tent. After three months I could have really used one of these! It’s probably not the most versatile way to travel by bike but it would sure get a lot of attention. I’m really interested in the extreme ways that people are solving housing issues and creatively using small spaces. I think these bike trailers are such an exceptional example of human ingenuity. I’m continually trying to live a less petrol based lifestyle and while having a tiny house definitely moves me in that direction, this would be the maximum form of commitment!  Plus, if I am having a hard time living in 98 sq. feet, how hard would it be to downsize further! A real bike newThese bike pulled tiny spaces are certainly an extreme in the small space revolution but the impact on society could be huge! At the very least it might be able to provide housing to a growing population who don’t have the means to build a tiny house and pull such a structure but most everyone can get a hold of a bike. Although, to call this “housing” may be stretching things a bit. Shelter may be more apt!

I think it’d be great if bicycle cooperatives and shops could start assisting with constructing spaces such as these. There’s definitely a marketable perspective to such structures as well, for example, with travelers of the two-wheeled variety. I could see some bike enthusiasts wanting to take on the challenge of travel with such equipment. I don’t think it would be easy and you would be limited to terrain you could tackle with such a load but it just makes me itch to take a winter cruise through Florida with one of these rigs! I’d definitely have to stick to flat lands but it would be good fun and it would sure beat a tent! The slow traveler in me feels drawn to the people power of such a set-up plus the attention you’d get traveling with this would be great entertainment. Pretty much the best collision of bicycles and tiny living ever!

 Your Turn!

  • Would you consider living such a tiny life?

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Living Large In An Air Stream

There is something appealing to me about the iconic Airstream look, whatever it is, it is the one trailer that I have ever considered.  Today we have a really neat Airstream that that is only 160 square feet.  One feature that I really like is the mounted computer screen.  This allows the screen to be pulled out to create the feeling of a minimalistic desk, then pushed flush with the wall to create a TV feel.  The trailer itself has been totally redone with an amazing color pallet that is appealing and light enough to give an airiness to the small space.

 

 

 

 

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Matrjosjka

Interesting concept here for multipurpose living solutions. From dinning for a group of people to a large bed. This setup has tons of storage and functionality. I have often touted the many benifits of multipurpose furniture that can be reconfigured for the current need. Here is part of the description from the designer:

Matrjosjka means grandma in Russian and used in common terminology to identify the wooden dolls that are set inside one another. As reflected by the hidden space within the dolls, [Matroshka] has the potential to revolutionize the storage and maximize quality of life, especially for those in limited dwelling houses.

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Lofty Approach

We have been gradually shifting from a production based economy to a service based one here in the United States.  Regardless of how you feel about this trend, it does have several impacts on us; One being that we are left with these large buildings that aren’t being used.  To meet this issue we have been retro fitting these buildings into loft apartments.  This achieves many things, first it converts what is not being utilized to valuable housing and communities.  The other upside to this is that you are up-cycling to help conserve resources.

This loft apartment is pretty neat apartment with a bed loft and a thick wall for additional storage/support.

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Skinny House

So frankly, I don’t find this house particularly appealing, but in the interest of covering the topic in full here it goes.   This tiny house is a rather unique approach to housing.  With a focus on outdoor living it comes full equipped with all the essentials, a semi-outdoor living space, a grill, garden tools etc.  One really neat thing I do like is the moon roof on this house over the sleeping area.  While I think it is cool, flat roofs are notorious for leaking and keeping this clean might be less than practical.

I do really appreciate the focus on outdoor gardening, with purpose built niches for tools, watering can, wheel barrel etc.  Its dining area I think would be really fun to have a great sit down dinner with friends on a nice summer night.  All in all it is a very well appointed house that has some serious potential and has been laid out well.

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