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WhatsOrb & Tiny Houses, a nice fit

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by: Hans van der Broek
WhatsOrb & Tiny Houses, a nice fit

Dear all,

The WhatsOrb Global Sustainability Exchange is live now for almost 4 weeks and we received more 20.000 visitors on our platform. There is a visible trend of people who are interested in TinyHouses and related subjcts. In the next months we will focus on these subjects and start with interviewing people about their experience with living in a Tiny House, growing their own vegetables & herbs and using solar power to supply their homes with electricity.

Below an article from Marie Tetrel, 'a tiny house inspired by English Shepherd's huts'

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In Suffolk County, in the east of England, there are a lot of shepherds' huts, which are there to watch over the many sheep in the area. And these little buildings from another time inspired our craftsman. The shape of its first tiny house resembles the silhouette of the shepherds' houses: four walls, a pitched roof, all that is most basic in terms of structure. I have always been charmed by the appearance of dilapidated huts, the architecture of old barns that punctuate the landscape of my native campaign. A little of this charm of yesteryear is found in my tiny house.

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But it is especially in the choice of materials that Thomas Alabaster innovates: on the outside, galvanized steel sheet second hand comes to dress the structure. A rather surprising choice, when traditional shepherd huts are rather covered with wood.

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But we find the wood inside the micro-house, for dressing. Whitewashed, it is found from floor to ceiling, and seems to enlarge the space.

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There is certainly little furniture in this tiny house, but the essential is there: armchairs, a table, a bed, and a kitchenette.

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It's important to me that when you live in this building, you do not feel cramped like inside many micro-homes. This desire is reflected in particular by its desire to open its tiny house to the outside, and to make the most of natural. A large bay window has been installed at the entrance of the house, so that the living space bathes in the light.

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To remedy the lighting problem, the contractor chose to truncate the apical part of the roof, to create a long skylight and to prevent the summer sun from overheating during the summer, via the long glass wall, the English craftsman chose to affix slats of wood, acting as a solar shading. As opposed to the immaculate white of the entire building, is clad in rather dark zinc plates.The result gives a more contemporary, almost industrial look to the small room. Simple and clean lines, but with neat details, this tiny house makes you want to explore the region that inspired the creator, Suffolk County.

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World traveler, entrepreneur and environmental activist. Has countless ideas and set up several businesses in the Netherlands and abroad. Has an opinion about everything and unlimited thoughts about a better world. He likes hiking and climbed numerous 5.000 m.
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