I found this dishwasher that is designed to be a single serving dishwasher, which may be too small, but for some it may be right. I plan to just hand wash most things, but when it comes to cutting raw meat on a cutting board, I’d like to have something a little more. Check out this single serving dishwasher with a minimalist design.
I found this story over at CNN, its about cage homes in Hong Kong. If you haven’t heard about these, they are essentially bunkbeds that are sealed off with cage wire so that people can lock them when they aren’t there. They are the size of a single bed and are about 4 feet tall for each “unit”. You have to share a bathroom with everyone, but the kicker is this, guess how much it costs for one of these in Hong Kong? $167 a month!
There has been recent outcry about the deplorable living conditions which a large number of people live in. Above is a photo of one of these cage homes that was used in an art exhibit to raise awareness of the growing trend. Among the cage homes, cubical farms have been cropping up where people pay to live in, about the same rate. In a city where houses have sold as much as $9,200 per square foot, no wonder why people go to these extremes. The questions is, what is the solution? With such densely populated urban centers, space is getting less and less accessible.
Read more about it at Reuters
Many of us have heard, seen or been in the Tiny hotel rooms of Japan. They are basically just a 10x5x5 cube that you can rent for $45, which is a steal for Japan. I found this Tiny Hotel to me a bit more aesthetically pleasing. This is a single room in Germany.
I have once been in one similar in Austria, it was amazingly comfortable and had its own bathroom and shower! A little tip for when you are traveling and trying to save a a few Euros; The bathroom is considered a luxury and you can ask if they have rooms without bathrooms, this will save you about 10 to 25 Euros! The downside is of course that you have to shave a bathroom down the hall, but its worth it. Of course there are hostels too, which I highly recommend, but do your research. Anyway, back to the Tiny Hotel, check out this room and compare it to one you would find in America.
I was sent this link about Paul who lived in a Tiny Trailer that was towed by his bike. The Trailer was where Paul lived for Burning Man.
Reprinted: Dvice Charlie White 8/2009
Why tow around a bus-sized motorhome when you can create a 100-pound trailer that has nearly everything you need? Meet a guy named Paul, creator of this bicycle-towed camper with a wind turbine on top, a place he called home at the Burning Man project for a week.
He cooks his meals in a solar oven, and heats up water for showers and kitchen use with a solar water heating system. There’s a urinal funnel on the outside, but unfortunately there’s no facilities for taking care of number two. Guess he just had to squat for that. Overall, this is as off-the-grid as you can get.
Paul built this micro house as a design study, wondering what would happen if Swine Flu resulted in an apocalypse that required him to be entirely self-sufficient.
Check out the gallery below to peruse his Spartan accommodations, and don’t miss our favorite feature, the bubble on the end where he lays his head at night, giving him a clear view of the stars.
I love kitchens and I really love to cook, so when it comes to kitchen stuff, I am a sucker for it. I thought I would share some innovative design ideas for tiny house when it comes to cooking.
I found this today when my copy of Dwell magazine landed on my doorstep. The unit is made by Henry Built and while its a upscale custom kitchen designer, you could easily come up with your own version on the cheap.
The really interesting thing about this is that a rail is mounted right beneath the cabinets, flush with the wall, on this rail you can add anything you want, whether it be a cutting board, a picture, etc. In this photo we see a knife block, cutting/serving board and a low profile colander. The beauty of this idea is that first it gets things off the counter, it also can be slid from side to side and its it takes traditional large objects and maximizes the space by taking advantage of the smallest dimension.
Ikea has something very similar to this called their ASKER system. The rail for this system starts a $8 and accessories hang from it start at
$3.99 and up. The one I really like is the dish dryer, which folds to be an inch deep.
For those of you who haven’t ever been to an Ikea, I really suggest you do, you can find amazing things that are great for tiny homes, it looks good and they are cheap cheap cheap.