Here in North Carolina we are starting to get little tastes of spring, last week we had a few inches of snow and then two days later it was 74 degrees outside! With the warming of the seasons I can’t but help thinking about the beach, so I thought this would be a neat small house to show you all. This is actually a rental that you can go stay at, located in the UK, Bembridge, Isle of Wright.
We have a new tiny house coming to the Tiny House Conference! Frank is a carpenter and cabinet maker who travels for work. He built this tiny house so he can take it with him while he is on longer jobs away from his home in NC.
Have you got your tickets yet for the Conference?
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This is a pretty neat loft style apartment where the owner asked his designer to build him the ultimate “bachelor pad” in a small loft space. There is a ton of reclaimed lumber and other materials that was integrated into the space for charm. The loft took advantage of the tall ceilings and you’ll notice on the upper levels they used a lot of glass to not close off anything. While it isn’t tiny, it is a small apartment for sure. Here is what came of it.
Some of you know I’m a little bit of a permaculture fanatic, so I like to interject some of these concepts where I can. Today I wanted to share a neat project going on over at permies.com’s forum. It’s called a Wofati house and essentially it is an wooden structure that uses post and beam techniques that is then mostly buried under dirt to provide thermal mass. The big concept here is that the house is optimized for solar gain and uses a large thermal mass to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The design was inspired by Mike Oehler’s design and is touted to be pretty inexpensive.
So last week I had a crazy tiny house adventure. It involved a potato, a few tiny houses, building codes and a lot of meeting tiny house folks.
I started off staying with Laura and Matt, two tiny housers in Asheville, Laura blogs at 120squarefeet.com (she also has a new book out – click here). I have gotten to know them pretty well and always enjoy hanging out with them. Not only do we talk about tiny houses, but we get to nerd-out too.
From there I met up with my brother and went to my favorite breakfast spot, Sunny Pointe. After an amazing locally sourced organic breakfast we headed out. From there we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall colors. I love driving the parkway, its winding roads and amazing views, it’s pretty hard to beat. I dropped down from the parkway down into Brevard, saw looking glass falls and grabbed some lunch.
The next day I was off to Dan’s workshop where we talked about tiny houses. I gave a talk on building codes and zoning. After lunch Matt and Laura talked about their tiny house and living in it. There were a lot of great questions for both presentations and the workshop allowed for us to chat with a lot of the folks.