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What This Mom And Dad Did For Their Family Of 6: A School Bus Becomes A Home
Growing up, I always hated riding the school bus. It was dank, cold and I was only on it at 7am.  A mother by the name of Nina Nelson forever changed how I will think about buses. She and her family of six bought an old school bus and gave it one of the coolest makeovers ever. I'd live on this ...
I bought the parcel yesterday. I had seen the cabin from a distance up til today.
"Yesterday I traded the recently acquired parcel (nearly 15acres) across the street from the cabin to acquire the adjoining parcel of 5 acres. This puts all my land onto one side, gives me two more entry points, plus the little shack I have always admired is now on my land. Instead of being a tiny s...
What This Couple Did After Getting Fed Up With Their Mortgage Will Make You So Jealous!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely day dreamed about selling everything I own and moving into a tiny house like the one you are about to see. It’d be a nice getaway, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying a mortgage, because everything would be paid for in cash. The...
1500 Underground Homes - Coober Pedy Australia - Cheaper And Efficient
"The tunneling machines leave an attractive pattern on the walls, and the sandstone itself hasbeautiful maroon and rose coloured swirls, so warm and friendly, it's absolutely gorgeous" Coober Pedy underground homes are not what you expect. The idea of living underground usually trigge...
26 Visions Where Mankind Let's Go, And Nature Begins To Reclaim
Off the grid is a term we use to describe one of many scenarios of detachment from things that bring connectivity to masses of people.  What happens when those things become detached from people?  They are left in the hands of nature... not just off the grid, but separated from humans. &nb...
A 31 Year Old Was Sick Of Expensive Rent And High Costs. What He Did Took Guts… But Look Inside.
Most grown children have heard this question from their parents at some point in their lives: "If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?" It’s a question that pushes us to think for ourselves. That question doesn’t inspire me, but this man in California does. Alek Lisefski is...
A New Earthship Is Born In California!
Our Story March 6, 2014 ...Three years ago I was a surf bum/English teacher on the east coast of Taiwan. At some point I watched the documentary film Garbage Warrior and got the Earthship bug...Two years ago I moved to Taos, New Mexico for their second-ever Earthship Biotecture Academy session..On...
Abandoned Stable Becomes Luxurious Off Grid Family Dreamhome
After Losing Their Business And Bankruptcy, One Family Recovers Like Heroes
During 2008, Hari and Karl Berzins lost their home and restaurant business. The recession hit them hard, but they didn’t let their misfortunes stop them from moving forward. They learned their lesson and vowed never to use credit again. So when they rebuilt, they did so on a small scale. ...
Amazing Lego Style Action Apartment Maximizes Space And Keeps You In Shape
When Christian Schallert isn't cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 24 square meter (258 square feet) apartment looks like an empty cube. To use a piece of furniture, he has to set it up.   Hey Look!  There's a Kitchen In Here!  Each of many cupboards holds the tran...
Amazing Passive Home In Freezing Wisconsin Uses Less Energy Than A Hair Dryer!
Last year Wisconsin experienced one of its roughest winters in years, but Sonya Newenhouse and her family scarcely felt the affects in their German-certified passive house. While snow covered the ground and fierce winds whipped around the trees, this 970-square-foot home stayed warm using less energ...
Andrew And Shauna's Off Grid Dream House - An Inspiration For All Of Us
More pictures from Shauna and Andrew.  We have been following their journey for 3 or 4 months now, and these first pictures are a fresh update, followed by the history of what they have shared with us.  Here we see vision, hard work, anticipation, trials of the winter, more hard work, near...
Andrew and Shawna are $2400 In To Their Tiny House Build
This is My fiancé Shauna and Me, and this is our off the grid cabin we have been building for the past 4 months About a year ago we made the decision to move out into the country and attempt to build our own home and eventually homestead. we purchased a 1984 27' motorhome from craigslist for und...
At Auction, He Bought This Parcel Of Wooded Land. He Later Discovered A Little House In The Woods
Imagine you have just purchased a nice parcel of land. You got a decent loan from the bank, with wonderful interest rates and just decided you needed a few acres to yourself. You suddenly hear that there’s a tax auction going on, and you see that many of these parcels will be sellin...
At First His Friends Thought He Was Crazy For Buying a Dirty Garage To Live In…Then He Remodeled It
Much like an old speakeasy known only by word of mouth, the owner of this tiny house prefers it remain more or less hidden from scrutiny. That area with the teak floor and the folding chairs? That’s a parking space, not a patio – or at least that’s what Jéré...
August, 2014: No Way! Way! An excerpt from A-Frame In The Flood Plain: Homesteading In Unusual Circumstances
Posted on September 13, 2014 by James Thorpe It finally happened. No, we didn’t have a volcano in Oklahoma. We seem to have nearly every other kind of natural disaster here, but not those; at least, not yet. No, all the teachers haven’t walked out and demanded a living wage, ...
Barn Becomes Ultimate Man Cave
At the end of your work day, sometimes you just want to sit back with a cold beer and hang out with your friends. But that also means putting time and energy into traveling to the bar, figuring out who's going to be the designated driver, and staying out late. The whole process can be incredibly exh...
Beautiful Strawbale Home Cost Only 5000 Euros To Build!
The page this came from is not in English, but construction is a universal language, and I speak strawbale   :)   Here we see cool dude cutting board... Then we see what he's making... woah! And that roofing pattern is simply stunning! Soo... you think that loft will work? Lunc...
Brooklyn's Bodegas, Shops and Garages are being transformed into slick Breweries, Brunch Spots and Hotels in less than 5 years.
Photographer Kristy Chatelain started taking photographs of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when she moved there in 2006  By 2008, many of the crumbling buildings and bodegas had already transformed into slick delis and breweries Now, the area is one of many famed for hosting Lena Dunham's HBO show Girls...
Cabin living off the grid in frigid Alaska a labor of love
Leighton Nunez's Cabin in Ester Alaska Imagine you're sitting in a log cabin in the middle of Alaska. It's the middle of January, when temperatures routinely dip to 40 degrees below zero. It’s 5 p.m. and pitch black outside. You’re waiting for water to boil on your stove so that you can ...
Clark Howard Features Andrew Hickman's 'Modern' Earthship As A Frugal Decision 'Without Utility Bills'
If above video won't load, click here to view it:   Consumer advisor Clark Howard believes being able to live without paying utility bills is not far from reality for homeowners. Andrew Hickman and Rosemary Kimble are already living a utility free lifestyle. “The whole goal was ...
College Girl Ericka's Cozy Caboose Rent House
As a college student I have been forced to look for the lowest cost of living. One woman was kind enough to rent this to me. This caboose has electricity, gas heat, and running water. There really isn't much space but for one person it's pretty cozy.     As a college student I have been ...
Derrick built his first tiny house at 10 years old to hide out and play video games
Today he still builds tiny spaces for his enjoyment.  The homeless could benefit from one of these too, but anyone could use one to escape a crowded house or busy spaces and read, compute, and have some privacy....
Detox Your Home For Health, Abundant Energy & a Cleaner Planet
By Amanda Hearn The fine-print list of ingredients on personal care and household products can be daunting. How does a parent know which ingredients may be toxic? I decided to find out when my daughter, Harper, was two. She wasn’t hitting her developmental milestones, including language, coo...
Dune Shacks Of Cape Cod: What Happens When You Live In The Sand?
They are 19 worn-down and well-aged shacks that sit at the edge of the continent. They’re surrounded by sand- Thoreau described the area as barren and desolate-, but the dune shacks that spot Cape Cod’s Peaked Hill Historic District have inspired artists for nearly a century.  &nbs...
Earth Home Instructor Brings Her Vision To 'Completion'
Sasha Rabin is an amazing educator in natural building.  She has been doing it, and teaching the craft for a long time.  You can find her workshops in California at Quailsprings.org or at Earthenshelter.com.  Her cob workshops typically teach you to build with several m...
Eco-home Made From Old Tires Can Stay Because of New Planning Rules
An ‘eco-home’ which has been built from old tyres in a field in Devon without planning permission can remain because of controversial new planning rules. Matthew Lepley, 34, and Jules Smith, 54, moved from a London tower block to the countryside to live “at one with nature”. They...
Ending Homelessness One Tiny House At A Time - Occupy Madison Taking The Challenge
Occupy Madison in Wisconsin moved forward with a goal to provide a tiny house community to the homeless.  They worked hard at building a model for people to see, so that others might share in their vision.          They had people involved who were cre...
Findhorn; An Eco Community In Scotland
Lawrie Morgan Just saw your post about 'Using a barrel as a house' it reminded me of my visit to the Findhorn Foundation Community, based in Moray, Scotland. They established a eco/spiritual retreat back in the 70's (i think) and now have a great community with many different eco homes in one area. ...
Free Electricity For 20 Years.... Feels Like Off The Grid... What Happens When They Forget To Bill You??
Carol Kellar has ended up enjoying 20 years of free electricity worth an estimated £10,000 after somehow slipping through the system back in the 1990s when her house was incorrectly marked down as having been disconnected. It's a happy ending for the mother of one, whose partner had originall...
Freedom Cove Sustainable Home On The Water
So you hop on a boat, and take a ride from Vancouver Island BC Canada, and you forgot to ask where it was going... And it took you through breathtaking views of places where water meets land that were absolutely spectacular! And the background mountains like those dreams are made of And the...
He Found A Tiny House On Craigslist For $950.00 After This Man Really Learned To Simplify Life
  I was planning on building a tiny home on my own but yesterday I went on craigslist and found this beauty for $950!  That’s less than my friends in New York City pay for a months rent.  She’s almost exactly what I wanted.  At 5 feet x 10 feet she’s extra tiny...
How 2 Iowa college students built a home for $489
In recent years, disciples of the tiny home movement have preached that you can make the most of 400 square feet of space or less, showcased in TV shows such as HGTV's "Tiny House Hunters" and DIY Network's "Tiny House Builders." But network officials say no one has done it so frugally.  Enjoy ...
Innovative Computer Geek Builds An Amazing Computer Controlled Off-Grid Smart Home
Loren Amelang once helped code for Silicon Valley companies, but he'd always been sensitive to environment so when his employer installed fluorescent lighting and wouldn't let employees use their own lights, he decided to move to the country and craft his off-grid dream home. A nice looking place wi...
Japanese House Built by Off Grid Champion - Brian Schulz
Japanese Forest HouseBoatbuilders Creation (page 1 of 3)  A couple years ago I found a neat little brass sink at the local recycle center.   Enamored of shiny objects,  I coveted it's golden glow,  entirely aware of the fact that I had no use for such a thing.   I...
Jay Austin's Beautiful Illegal Tiny House.... And Some Things You May Not Know About Building Codes
In the United States, zoning regulations dictate what you may build and where. Here's one man's plight on the use of tiny houses in fast growing Washington DC, and then watch the video that gives perspective on zoning and makes the comparison to one American City that hasn't had zoning regulations s...
Johnsonville CT - A Ghost Town With A Story - Restoration Beckons
Welcome to Johnsonville, a town with 62 acres of pristine New England real estate and a population of zero. For weeks, the sale of the ghost town generated hype and fear about its future, and now the auction for the village of Johnsonville in Moodus, Connecticut, ended Thursday with a winning bid o...
Kristie's Dreamy Treehouse In Hawaii: Follow Along And See How She Built It!
Kirsten Dirksen is the goddess of video when it comes to flying all over the place to capture sustainable, tiny, off grid, and awesome little homes!  Kristie Wolfe, the one and only Miss Idaho Potato is a do it your-selfer like no other who managed to build not only a vacation resort...
Lapaz Farm, Construction and the Joys of Life - Negev Israel
North Negev, Israel - Lapaz farm These pictures tell a story about life, about hard work, about beauty, about family, about photography, about building, about home, about fun.  They stir the imagination and stir the soul.  The Cob home, the Earthen Tire Wall, The New Yurt going up...the ...
Margy and Wayne Are Floating On Their Off Grid Dream
Margy and Wayne Lutz were camping in Coastal British Columbia when they discovered their dream home: the float cabins of Powell Lake. They’re a special breed of floating homes; they're not houseboats, but “float cabins”, that is, they’re permanently anchored to shore. Float c...
Michael Reynolds Lands Another Self Sustaining Earthship In Argentina
By:  Ana Lisa Alperovich Garbage Warrior Michael Reynolds has built his famous Earthships in many different locations, and his latest landed right at the "end of the world." Located in Ushuaia, Argentina, "Tol-Haru, la Nave Tierra del Fin del Mundo” is a self-sufficient shelte...
Micro Tiny Homes As Freedom From Codes And Loans
Tiny places, tiny spaces, small huts, tiny houses, mini shacks, and rustic cabins wet our apetites for a life that is productive and plentiful so much so that we don't need to sit in our tiny space and watch tv, but instead, it is the space we sleep and cook.  We long for the world on the outsi...
Mountain Re-Shack: An Abandoned Outbuilding Becomes Home
Chad Everhart's Re-Shack “Brutal” is the word architect Chad Everhart uses to describe his first encounter with a home he now calls the Mountain Re-Shack. “There was a seven-foot-long black snake sitting on the front porch,” says Everhart, a professor at Appalachian State Uni...
Off Grid Log Cabin In The Wilderness With Tiny House Is Fantastic!
We have the most amazing off-grid paradise inQuebec Canada, about three and a half hours from the Vermont border.   With 6 million square feet (137 Acres) of land to enjoy, there is room enough for privacy, to build, to play, to enjoy, for family, for time away from hustle and bustle... &...
Okay So Solar Does Have The Occasional Downside...
Okay, so being in the roofing biz here in Oklahoma, here's a share I can appreciate: Leiza Morales shows us her pictures of rough weather.  "We live in the community of Paint Creek Texas. Tuesday night our house was hit with a storm with hail ranging in size from a quarter to softball. This is ...
One Couple Discovers That Building A Strawbale Home Together Has It's Rewards
Building a strwabale home has got to be one of the sexiest things a couple can do together!  If it's not too hot out during your build, and you happen to building in a place where there's not too many bugs, the experience can be fantastically enjoyable.   Men, women love it when they see ...
One Family Builds A Very Normal Home That Is Off Grid: The Sustainable
“The Sustainable” tells the story of how Tom and Roberta Stock built a home on the plot of land they fell in love with, which happened to be a mile away from the closest power pole. When they first looked into getting electricity out there before beginning construction, the power company...
One Log House
Hollowed out in 1946 from a single log, the Famous One-Log House was created from a redwood tree over 2100 years old! This section alone weighed 42 tons. It took two men eight months of hard labor to hollow out a room 7 feet high and 32 feet long. Enough chips came out of it to build a five-bedroom ...
One Man Builds A Floating Island Paradise With 150,000 Bottles And Loads Of Practice
Off the cost of Isla Mujeres Bay in Cancun, Mexico, environmentalist and architect Richart Sowa lives comfortably on his island made of over 150,000 recycled water bottles. Sowa first built his floating abode in 2005, but harsh weather destroyed the island. On his third attempt of rebuilding his hom...
One Man's Solar Powered Motorhome Is Something Like You've Never Seen
As I passed this by on the road side, I just had to stop and see what this was!  A house?  A fishing trip?  A motorhome?  Parade float?  I had no clue.  I watched him come and go on down the road. I took off and passed him by and realized this was an opportunity to t...
Paul Bought His First Log Cabin For $600 And Began To Take It Apart
Paul Cutting bought his first log cabin for $600 and with no background in construction, he began to meticulously take it apart, documenting where each piece was placed so some day he could put it back together in an authentic fashion. The video below will tell of old cabins, and the task of restori...
Realities of Solar Power - A Tiny House Story
Solar power. It's a great idea. I like the idea of being independent and free of the grid. I like that (once installed) it uses a free source of energy. I like that it's clean, quiet, and odor free. And I do not regret at all installing a solar system on my house.But it does have a few issues. And t...
Sage - And Other Ways To Keep The Bugs Away
by Gabrielle Taylor I'll be honest—I've never been a huge fan of camping. It's not that I have anything against nature, I'm just partial to showering and sleeping in my own bed. In fact, the only part of camping I've ever really enjoyed is sitting around a campfire. Image via&n...
Seven Remarkable Cave Dwellings
Forget setting up four walls and a roof; these homes use the stony walls of natural and human-made caves to shelter their inhabitants from the storm. Check out these incredible rocky homes, from ancient cave dwellings to modern house, to the buildings that may have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien's Hobbiton...
Simon Dale's Hobbit Home Is What Excited Me about Off The Grid
Following are pictures that captured my imagination a couple years ago that really sparked me with the idea that maybe there were other ways to build than traditional American wood, brick, and mortar construction.  I see things here I had not seen before.   It looks so warm and exciting, a...
Snowboarder’s tiny home is nestled on a mountain and off the grid
A professional snowboarder in California figured out a genius way to get closer to the slopes. Mike Basich built this tiny 225-square-foot home in the middle of his 40-acre property near Truckee, Calif. He told Laura Ling from “Going off the Grid” about how he built his new digs by hand...
Strawbalers Move Into Their Newly Constructed Tiny House (2)
<<<-------Back to the first page of this article Home sweet home for the time being while we complete our tiny house on a trailer Hmmm.. How we gonna vita mix.... ahhh... here's an idea First it was just a trailer That got a floor Then walls And so forth Sometimes in th...
Sunpower For My Smartphone And Apples For Me
Photos and captions in the life of Sunny Seecamp Daily Work Natures energy... sunpower for my smartphone and apples for me :-)))  In this time I began to live on my roof... continually cleaning my panels In front of my door: the house of my neighbours...Mr. And Mrs. woodpecker and their 8 c...
Suvivorman Full Length Documentary
Below is a terrific video documentary of going off the grid and the struggles it posed for one man-- Any time you build, it's important to plan for the unexpected!                                      ...
Tale Of Love: This Grandma Helped Her Kids, And Moved Out Into Her Shed
Not many people understood why Monica Smith began working on her 8×10 shed in the back yard… and then they laughed when they realized she was turning it into a tiny cabin. It seemed strange that she was putting so much effort into just a shed. But it wasn’t just a hobby. Her young...
Ted & Kathy Karns Off The Grid - Stone Camp In Pennsylvania
"Teddy and Kathy Carns are couple who live up in the Southwest Pennsylvania Mountains at an isolated off the grid dwelling named the Stone Camp. Without a connection to the national energy grid, most ""Off the Gridders"" live a level just above camping and definitely don't choose this way of life by...
Teenage Son's Build Floating Barge Home / Workshop
The time has gone when Fathers passed on their skills to their sons, or has it? Here's one Dad who teaches his boys to build, and build they do!  ...
The hOMe Cost Reveal For Andrew And Gabriella's Tiny
The hOMe Cost Reveal by Andrew on February 10, 2014 in Construction Details, Save Money, Tiny Living Many of you have asked us in recent days how much it cost to build hOMe. Before I go into the details, I want to be clear that prices vary from region to reg...
The Oasis House Adobe Abode In Morocco
The property is situated in a beautiful palm oasis in the south of Morocco, three hours south of Agadir and six hours from Marrakech. There are approximately 650 families still living and working here, a few B&Bs and some shops. It is a relaxing and very exotic place which not onl...
The Woodsman's Cottage - 6 Years Later
The Woodsman has been living this life now for some time.  Let's go back and see how they're making ends meet... Grand Designs - Woodsman Cottage (Ben Law) from Nebruks on Vimeo....
They Call This 1000 Islands, And After Seeing This, I Wanna Move There!
If you love island living and are looking to move, this is just the place for you that doesn’t include an overwhelming amount of sun exposure. (I just hope you have enough money to buy a castle.) Between the Canada-United States border, there is a beautiful place called Thousand Islands. You might...
This 200 Year Old Swiss Chalet Hides A Secret Inside...
Page 1:  Summer House in Linescio, Switzerland | Buchner Bründler Architekten This is A 200 year old existing stone house in Linescio, Switzerland that has been renovated on the inside by Buchner Bründler Architekten with a distinctive, minimalistic approach. The house has...
This Entire Town Was Abandoned More Than 30 Years Ago. A New Story Begins.
Here is the prior story that previously had no ending.... but now you know the truth going in... When you think of the perfect little town to live in, what comes to mind? I think of a picturesque small town surrounded by huge trees and mountains. It also has beautiful blue skies and n...
This Little Office Was Made To
Published on Jul 28, 2014 When brothers Tyler and Shaun Bratt began building a structure in their front yard they had plans for a sauna, but mid-build they decided they’d prefer something more practical.  Hundreds of hours later, they finished a hand-crafted portable office for their co...
Tiny container house is answer to homeless vet's prayers
A village is in the works that will offer shipping container homes to area homeless veterans at no charge.  A local organization has some big plans for some little houses. But those little houses could play a huge part in making one local veteran’s dreams come true. Ma...
Tiny House Build With Andrew And Gabriells Morrison
Strawbale.com's founders and educators Andrew and Gabriella Morrison are leading the U.S. in the implementation of strawbale home construcion.  They schedule workshops throughout the year where for each workshop, they assist the builder with their construction process, and for the final phase o...
Tiny House People
Here in North Carolina (http://thetinylife.com/) 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...
Tiny Spaces For Me
I love when people show the history of who and what influenced them, and then a gathering of ideas leads to a change of lifestyle that is against the grain of make more go bigger, and because of the internet and videos and pictures, we are able to watch a different kind of success... happy lives...&...
Tree Houses: Breathtaking Fairy Tale Castles In The Air From Around The World
Who doesn't long for a tree house to escape the trappings of daily life? If there's one thing kids and adults have in common, it's an innate appreciation for and fascination with well-designed lofty perches nestled into the branches of a majestic tree. Tashen's new book Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castl...
Uhoh! The Solar Panels Are Covered In Snow! Snow Removal Advice From A Pro
Solar Panel Snow Removal  by Tab 1/27/13 My name is Tab. I am an almost architect, attempting to live a modern life off the electricity grid, with my boyfriend, three dogs and various chickens in the mountains of Vermont.  It is 2℉ here, which is actually the warmest morning we have had ...
Urban Nomadism In Amsterdam: The Mobiation Project
Located in Amsterdam, Calanne and Geert are living in their self-built, foldable, and transportable off-grid home on a minimum living space bringing out the peak of livability. Courtesy of Inga Schnepel courtesy of www.nest-mag.com  It’s a bright and sunny Sunday when...
Who Wants A House You Can Skateboard Inside Of? I do!
etnies PAS House for Public Domaine La Gaite Lyrique from etnies on Vimeo. The PAS House was designed by skateboarder and designer Gil Lebon Delapointe and LA based architect Francois Perrin to be a continuous ribbon of skateable surfaces – essentially, a skate park turned into a home. In the...
Who Wouldn't Want One? Time To Transform Arctic Life!
Iglu-Dorf, a concept hotel that offers igloo villages in seven locations in Andorra, Switzerland and Austria. What’s different about these igloos is the fact that they are rebuilt every year, using 3,000 tons of snow from the Pyrenees and the Alps. The history of Iglu-Dorf began with one extreme s...
Woman Lives In A Beautiful Tiny Dream House Near Disney World
Elaine Walker, and Emily show you the tiny house (one Elaine once lived in) that resides in an RV park in Orlando, Florida- land of Mickey Mouse, The Magic Kingdom, and vacationing galore. This tiny house, a Tumbleweed Lusby, has trekked from California, to Washington D.C. and now to Florida over th...
Worlds Cheapest Housing
Every person deserves a place to call home. Global Village Housing's goal is to provide homes to impoverished people without the means to do so themselves through collaborations with charity organizations, government organizations and private donors and sponsors. Living conditions in Cambodia for...
Young couple quit jobs to build this glass house for $500
Plenty of natural sunlight isn't an unusual quality of a dream home. But what about a home built completely of glass so the light would never be hidden? For a pair of young artists, a beautiful sunset and a thoughtful conversation led to the construction of a breathtaking retreat in mountainous West...