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About: <h1>Tiny Houses: an&nbsp;architectural&nbsp;and&nbsp;social movement&nbsp;</h1> <p>Tiny houses started already in 1973 by one of the pioneers Lloyd Kahn (US). After the depression in 2008 it really got worldwide attention. People were choosing to downsize the space they lived in, simplify, and live with less. Sizes are between 8 and 93 m2.. Tiny houses can be rented or owned. Often, they are designed and build by the owner.&nbsp;<span lang="en" tabindex="0">Some are built on trailers, others are built on a foundation.</span></p> <p>Habitants are often motivated to live in a tiny house because of: a smaller environmental footprint by using solar-, wind energy and compostable toilets. Using sustainable building materials, having greater financial freedom and self-sufficiency.</p> <p>If there was an urge to come up with a sustainable way of living solutions and share these topics globally it&rsquo;s now! WhatsOrb Global Sustainability X-change Platform is for you, storytellers and influencers to write about tiny houses, your experiences and expectations for the future at home and globally.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Global Sustainability X-change, that&rsquo;s what you can do together with WhatsOrb.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.whatsorb.com/newsletter/your-shared-sustainable-ideas-make-our-earth-a-better-place">What's in for me?</a></p>
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Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands
It was designed entirely according to my wishes by Buro Walden and built by Tiny-House.nl (Netherlands). Since the end of May 2016 I live in my cottage in Alkmaar. So below, you can read my experiece with my tiny house! Tiny House With Off-grid Solar The Tiny House is bio-based and completely self-sufficient, it is not connected to utilities and sewer. The dimensions are 6.6 x 2.55 x 4 m, and 20 m2 of surface with the loft included.  Now that I have been living in my Tiny House for more than a year, it might be interesting to see how that went with my energy consumption. And if I can work with my PV installation as calculated in advance. Just sit back and enjoy it! In my blog 'Tiny House technique: solar installation' you can read which choices we have made with regard to the energy supply in my house, based on which devices I wanted to provide electricity. When I talk about 'we', I mean the team of Walden, Dimka Wentzel, Frans Hulsman of De Pittenspecialist and Johannes Boonstra of Victron Energy. I am, as you may have read, not technical at all, so oh how happy I was with those people! Tiny house, what does it mean? Definition. The term Tiny House means a lot of things to a lot of different people, there are many interpretations possible. ... Tiny Houses are primary, full-fledged dwelling units on a small scale. Building and living in a Tiny House is done from a conscious choice, as an answer to a desire to live a simple life. Tiny House Built In The Netherlands: Solar Power And Hydrophore It is of course impossible to predict how it will work in practice, but you have to start somewhere. I had not foreseen that I would need a rather large hydrophore to get the rainwater out of my water tank back into my house for example. But all in all, it has by no means turned out wrong. I was fine with the current until October. But, from November on, I occasionally came without power. Not totally unexpected, incidentally: I was warned that in the Netherlands in the winter months we had little sun and it would not be easy to get around with 3 x 300 w solar panels and 2 x 750 wh lithium batteries. That turned out to be true, it was too short. Recommended:  Solar Powered House Boats The Netherlands: +31Architects Especially in December, the darkest month of the year. Although I use less than 1 kWh of electricity per day, the panels sometimes could not handle it enough. With this battery capacity I could only bridge a really dark day. At that time I chose to purchase an emergency generator, a nice quiet petrol machine that I had to run for a couple of hours once or twice a week to recharge the batteries. Later I would look at extra PV panels or batteries. Tiny houses, what is the purpose? Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms. Recommended:  Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine: Energy Generator Without Blades A windmill is not an option for me. I have deepened and informed and came to the conclusion that such a mill is not profitable or practical compared to the expansion of the solar system. They are quite pricey, do not deliver much, need a high pile and a lot of open space, make noise .. Of course it is fine if someone else wants to try it out, I'm curious what the experiences will be! But I let this option pass me by. {youtube}                                                  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands                                    Marjolein Jonker: the first woman to legally live in a Tiny House in Holland Off Grid: Energy Use Of My Tiny House It is a pity that I did not keep track of how much energy I used in my old house to make a nice comparison. My old house was a terraced house with three bedrooms. I searched online for the energy consumption of an average household, which is of course very dependent on the type of house. According to the Energiesite.nl website, for a household of 1 person this is about 5 kwh per day, for two people 8 kwh per day. I estimate that I was somewhere in between with my terraced house, let's say 6.5 kwh. With my consumption of less than 1 kwh per day in my Tiny House, I reduced my ecological footprint considerably! Tiny House Movement The most recent tiny house movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses In my tiny house I have a wonderful Victron Energy installation, with which I can also monitor my consumption well. Via my smart phone I can upload data to an online portal and see exactly what happens. On the image below you can see clearly what my consumption was last year. As you can see December is the only month in the year in which the solar power really falls short. That is manageable! In May this year my batteries were exchanged by a few big boys, 2 x 2000 wh lithium from Victron Energy. With that I can bridge no less than 4 dark days! I think I will come a long way, maybe I do not need the generator anymore and that would be great of course. But we must first experience that again! Recommended:  Why Smart Phones Are Killing Our Planet Am I now going to live very differently as far as power consumption is concerned? Yes, I do, but I do not experience it as inconvenient or annoying. The devices that I really need or are really important to me, I can still use them. In my tiny house I have a fridge-freezer, my laptop is on all day, in the spring and autumn I can even use my infrared heat panel. I do not have a washing machine, that's the only thing  miss. But I would not want one in my house. I would like to share one with other Tiny House residents. Do tiny houses have to be on wheels? A Tiny House on wheels is usually legally designated an RV (recreatinonal vehicle). In some areas there are restrictions against living in an RV full-time. Tiny Houses on wheels are less likely to fully comply with existing building codes than are permanent Tiny Houses on foundations. What should I do with a washing machine for me alone? Do not need it anyway? I have to keep an eye on what I use in the winter, and adjust my consumption accordingly. I do not think that's a problem. It is actually quite good to be aware of what you consume in energy. For example, I had never known that an electric kettle uses so much electricity. Or that everything that heats consumes a lot of energy. From March to October it is almost impossible, the sun shines more than enough. Maybe I ever buy an electric bike, which I think I can charge on my installation in the summer! That has to wait until I have found or created a place where I live with several Tiny Houses and their residents and we have a shared shed where the bike can stand safely and dry. Ah, there is always something to wish for and that is a good thing too! Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Tiny houses. How do they get electricity? Tiny houses are often hooked like a normal house. When living off-grid, the most common ways tiny houses get water are through filtrating rain water. Electricity comes from power generators and/or solar power.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your society?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
It was designed entirely according to my wishes by Buro Walden and built by Tiny-House.nl (Netherlands). Since the end of May 2016 I live in my cottage in Alkmaar. So below, you can read my experiece with my tiny house! Tiny House With Off-grid Solar The Tiny House is bio-based and completely self-sufficient, it is not connected to utilities and sewer. The dimensions are 6.6 x 2.55 x 4 m, and 20 m2 of surface with the loft included.  Now that I have been living in my Tiny House for more than a year, it might be interesting to see how that went with my energy consumption. And if I can work with my PV installation as calculated in advance. Just sit back and enjoy it! In my blog 'Tiny House technique: solar installation' you can read which choices we have made with regard to the energy supply in my house, based on which devices I wanted to provide electricity. When I talk about 'we', I mean the team of Walden, Dimka Wentzel, Frans Hulsman of De Pittenspecialist and Johannes Boonstra of Victron Energy. I am, as you may have read, not technical at all, so oh how happy I was with those people! Tiny house, what does it mean? Definition. The term Tiny House means a lot of things to a lot of different people, there are many interpretations possible. ... Tiny Houses are primary, full-fledged dwelling units on a small scale. Building and living in a Tiny House is done from a conscious choice, as an answer to a desire to live a simple life. Tiny House Built In The Netherlands: Solar Power And Hydrophore It is of course impossible to predict how it will work in practice, but you have to start somewhere. I had not foreseen that I would need a rather large hydrophore to get the rainwater out of my water tank back into my house for example. But all in all, it has by no means turned out wrong. I was fine with the current until October. But, from November on, I occasionally came without power. Not totally unexpected, incidentally: I was warned that in the Netherlands in the winter months we had little sun and it would not be easy to get around with 3 x 300 w solar panels and 2 x 750 wh lithium batteries. That turned out to be true, it was too short. Recommended:  Solar Powered House Boats The Netherlands: +31Architects Especially in December, the darkest month of the year. Although I use less than 1 kWh of electricity per day, the panels sometimes could not handle it enough. With this battery capacity I could only bridge a really dark day. At that time I chose to purchase an emergency generator, a nice quiet petrol machine that I had to run for a couple of hours once or twice a week to recharge the batteries. Later I would look at extra PV panels or batteries. Tiny houses, what is the purpose? Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms. Recommended:  Vortex Bladeless Wind Turbine: Energy Generator Without Blades A windmill is not an option for me. I have deepened and informed and came to the conclusion that such a mill is not profitable or practical compared to the expansion of the solar system. They are quite pricey, do not deliver much, need a high pile and a lot of open space, make noise .. Of course it is fine if someone else wants to try it out, I'm curious what the experiences will be! But I let this option pass me by. {youtube}                                                  Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands                                    Marjolein Jonker: the first woman to legally live in a Tiny House in Holland Off Grid: Energy Use Of My Tiny House It is a pity that I did not keep track of how much energy I used in my old house to make a nice comparison. My old house was a terraced house with three bedrooms. I searched online for the energy consumption of an average household, which is of course very dependent on the type of house. According to the Energiesite.nl website, for a household of 1 person this is about 5 kwh per day, for two people 8 kwh per day. I estimate that I was somewhere in between with my terraced house, let's say 6.5 kwh. With my consumption of less than 1 kwh per day in my Tiny House, I reduced my ecological footprint considerably! Tiny House Movement The most recent tiny house movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses In my tiny house I have a wonderful Victron Energy installation, with which I can also monitor my consumption well. Via my smart phone I can upload data to an online portal and see exactly what happens. On the image below you can see clearly what my consumption was last year. As you can see December is the only month in the year in which the solar power really falls short. That is manageable! In May this year my batteries were exchanged by a few big boys, 2 x 2000 wh lithium from Victron Energy. With that I can bridge no less than 4 dark days! I think I will come a long way, maybe I do not need the generator anymore and that would be great of course. But we must first experience that again! Recommended:  Why Smart Phones Are Killing Our Planet Am I now going to live very differently as far as power consumption is concerned? Yes, I do, but I do not experience it as inconvenient or annoying. The devices that I really need or are really important to me, I can still use them. In my tiny house I have a fridge-freezer, my laptop is on all day, in the spring and autumn I can even use my infrared heat panel. I do not have a washing machine, that's the only thing  miss. But I would not want one in my house. I would like to share one with other Tiny House residents. Do tiny houses have to be on wheels? A Tiny House on wheels is usually legally designated an RV (recreatinonal vehicle). In some areas there are restrictions against living in an RV full-time. Tiny Houses on wheels are less likely to fully comply with existing building codes than are permanent Tiny Houses on foundations. What should I do with a washing machine for me alone? Do not need it anyway? I have to keep an eye on what I use in the winter, and adjust my consumption accordingly. I do not think that's a problem. It is actually quite good to be aware of what you consume in energy. For example, I had never known that an electric kettle uses so much electricity. Or that everything that heats consumes a lot of energy. From March to October it is almost impossible, the sun shines more than enough. Maybe I ever buy an electric bike, which I think I can charge on my installation in the summer! That has to wait until I have found or created a place where I live with several Tiny Houses and their residents and we have a shared shed where the bike can stand safely and dry. Ah, there is always something to wish for and that is a good thing too! Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Tiny houses. How do they get electricity? Tiny houses are often hooked like a normal house. When living off-grid, the most common ways tiny houses get water are through filtrating rain water. Electricity comes from power generators and/or solar power.   Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your society?  What you gain?  Extra: Global exposure, a valuable backlink! Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands
Tiny House With Solar Panels Is Off Grid: The Netherlands
Tiny house The Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands
Tiny house the Wikkelhouse & Fiction Factory. A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a tiny house that doesn’t need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more sustainable than a normal house. Tiny house the The Wikkelhouse, designed by Fiction Factory in Amsterdam, is built by snapping multiple 1.2 meter (4 feet) wide sections together.  Tiny house: Wikkelhouse, modular system Tiny houses. What is there purpose? Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms Tiny house the Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: Cutting-Edge Tiny House Each section is made by wrapping a basic house shape with curved edges in 24 layers of cardboard that are glued together. The sections are then finished with waterproof, breathable foil and covered with a layer of wood paneling for extra protection. {youtube}                                               The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands                                                                                     Fiction Factory Using cardboard as its main building material, tiny house the Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable tiny house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength, the website explains. With the flexible construction process, a house can range from the standard order of three sections to as many as desired. Recommended:  Tiny House: Off-Grid Shelter With Walls That Open On Pulleys Tiny house. What are the benefits of living in it? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life Each section of the tiny house the Wikkelhouse only weighs 500 kilos (1,100 pounds). It can be taken apart and moved easily when you want to relocate or remodel. You can place the house on the beach, in your backyard or even on top of a building, Fiction Factory boasts. Tiny house the Wikkelhouse interior Despite being lightweight, the Wikkelhouse is durable and has a minimum life span of 50 years. The wood outer layer is designed to protect the house from all types of weather elements and events. The cardboard layers also provide maximum insulation, cutting down on energy costs for the owner. The Wikkelhouse is designed to accommodate a kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, making it fully functional. Customers can pick the inside wall and floor design as well as glazed or opaque facades. Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Tiny house the Wikkelhouse, sleeping room Fiction Factory only produces 12 homes a year to maintain optimum quality control, each selling for 25.000,00 Euros or around $28.000,00. There is a waiting list for orders. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Tiny Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny house the Wikkelhouse & Fiction Factory. A Dutch design firm has redefined living by creating a tiny house that doesn’t need a foundation, can be built in one day and is three times more sustainable than a normal house. Tiny house the The Wikkelhouse, designed by Fiction Factory in Amsterdam, is built by snapping multiple 1.2 meter (4 feet) wide sections together.  Tiny house: Wikkelhouse, modular system Tiny houses. What is there purpose? Tiny houses are the focal point in a broader system to address issues, concerns, and problems of the current day. They offer a path to a smaller environmental footprint, greater financial freedom, and ultimately a self-sufficient life. The tiny home movement enables you to live a life on your own terms Tiny house the Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: Cutting-Edge Tiny House Each section is made by wrapping a basic house shape with curved edges in 24 layers of cardboard that are glued together. The sections are then finished with waterproof, breathable foil and covered with a layer of wood paneling for extra protection. {youtube}                                               The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands                                                                                     Fiction Factory Using cardboard as its main building material, tiny house the Wikkelhouse is a cutting-edge sustainable tiny house with a beautiful design and exceptional constructive strength, the website explains. With the flexible construction process, a house can range from the standard order of three sections to as many as desired. Recommended:  Tiny House: Off-Grid Shelter With Walls That Open On Pulleys Tiny house. What are the benefits of living in it? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life Each section of the tiny house the Wikkelhouse only weighs 500 kilos (1,100 pounds). It can be taken apart and moved easily when you want to relocate or remodel. You can place the house on the beach, in your backyard or even on top of a building, Fiction Factory boasts. Tiny house the Wikkelhouse interior Despite being lightweight, the Wikkelhouse is durable and has a minimum life span of 50 years. The wood outer layer is designed to protect the house from all types of weather elements and events. The cardboard layers also provide maximum insulation, cutting down on energy costs for the owner. The Wikkelhouse is designed to accommodate a kitchen, bathroom and bedrooms, making it fully functional. Customers can pick the inside wall and floor design as well as glazed or opaque facades. Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Tiny house the Wikkelhouse, sleeping room Fiction Factory only produces 12 homes a year to maintain optimum quality control, each selling for 25.000,00 Euros or around $28.000,00. There is a waiting list for orders. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Tiny Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny house The Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands
Tiny house The Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands
Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
A container for a home? That will not necessarily spark a lot of joy for most people. If they see these houses - made from shipping containers - that will all change. These shipping containers as tiny houses can be a solution to our housing problem. Another advantage: the plan is not only more sustainable but also allows you to build a house for half the price of a ‘normal’ home. New Ideas For Sustainable Building Rising house prices, scamming landlords, no space for new projects: the housing shortage is a real social problem. As the world’s (urban) population keeps on growing, we urgently need to look for solutions. Shipping containers as tiny houses can be an answer we are looking for: these metal boxes can be converted into fully functional homes. And the best part: the used shipping containers can be designed and turned into your dream house, even two-floored! By modifying used shipping containers, a group of designers, builders, and architects have found a way to repurpose these metal materials. The estimated amount of unexploited shipping containers is over 20 million globally, which gives a lot of opportunities for this alternative house building. Other advantages: the versatility and the resistance to various weather conditions of these containers, and, of course, the reasonable price. Recommended:  Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels Shipping Containers Base Cost To Build Per Container Millennials among us can probably confirm it is quite difficult to spend lots of money on something other than a huge mortgage - depending on where you live, of course. For this generation, a mortgage is almost impossible to dodge. These tiny houses made from sea containers are a solution for those that don´t want this kind of financial burden on their shoulders, as they are a lot more affordable than ´normal´ housing. Bottom line: you can have a simple house built for approximately $ 15,000 and pay around $ 250,000 for a more posh and luxurious home. A lot more affordable than ‘normal’ housing! What size has a shipping container? Shipping containers come in standard sizes, with surfaces of 15 m2 or 30 m2. The first will cost between $ 1000 and 2500 dollars: the second between 3150 dollars and $ 4000. Of course, the shipping container will need modifying to turn it into a home. Additional costs that you have to take into account are labor costs and costs for adaptations to build a container home, which will be around 13,000 dollars. If you compare the above prices with a matching but 'normal' house, you will pay a considerable cheaper price for a shipping container house.   {youtube}                                               Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?                                                        8 Unbelievable Shipping Container Structures Green And Black Shipping Containers House In need of some modular home inspiration? We will start off with this great house in France. CG Architectes designed this unique home, build with four metal shipping containers. The striking green container placed above the black one makes it look like this house defies the laws of physics. In this project, the aim was to build a low cost home with high focus on the environment. Nice! Recommended:  The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands Shipping Container House On Water In this time of house shortage, it is also a solution to look at water as a building space. In Rosneath Peninsula, Scotland, you can find this wonderful shipping container house, overlooking this beautiful Scottish lake. The space is used for residencies to support new art by national and international artists, and as a tourist, you can also stay the night in this place called Cove Park. Fun fact: there is also a rooftop garden on the six metal containers. Do shipping container homes rust? A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated with the Ceramic coating, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew, mold and is highly antiseptic. There will be no rust problems if you use an ISBUA Certified Member to build your home or advise you Small Shipping Container House Are you looking for a ‘tinier’ home? This small shipping container house covers 1500 square foot, but is nice and spacious, and most importantly: it is built with respect for the environment. This tiny house is not entirely made out of shipping containers, this house utilizes two, but is also build with other reused materials. Designers Studio H:T also included solar panels on the roof. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Low Cost Shipping Container House Only one word comes to mind when you see this architectural masterpiece: WOW! This futuristic design is a concept of London architect James Whitake. This super cool shipping container studio looks quite expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth: the total costs, including permitting, designing, and building, was around 100,000 dollars. This studio in Germany is made out of ten shipping containers that are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior. Do shipping container homes need a foundation? With shipping container homes, the concrete piers are generally laid at each corner of the container. Another great reason to use a pier foundation is that other foundations, such as pile foundations, require expensive specialized equipment which can obviously be difficult for DIY builders. Cross-Shaped Micro Home A shipping container home in the form of a cross? Yes - this cross-shaped home is designed to be a place to study for members of the church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Because of the placing of two shipping containers vertically and horizontally, this micro home looks like a huge cross. But architect Papuashvili told architecture and design magazine Deezen this layout is not for religious reasons, but practical ones. This cross-shaped micro home is set out to be entirely made out of waste materials and to be self-sufficient. Recommended:  The Micro Electric Car Microlino. Italian Charm German Made Two-Story Shipping Container House This great looking tiny house is made out of shipping containers, but the design masks the metal with pallets. It does not only give this container house a great look but makes it Eco-friendly as well. This can be your ideal beach house! Recommended: Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? Tiny Shipping Container House This bright yellow shipping container house seems small but is designed to accommodate parents with two kids. The idea behind this tiny house, property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its own energy. When can we move in? Big Metal Shipping Containers House Shipping container houses are also a great way to reduce construction time. This house in Costa Rica, Casa Incuba, was designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The construction of the containers made it possible to build faster in comparison to a ‘normal’ house. Also cool: this shipping container house was built around an existing tree and was painted with a particular type of paint to protect the building against Costa Rican rain showers. White Container House With Two Levels This beautiful white, two-leveled container house looks is designed to survive all kinds of weather: it can resist wind speeds up to 175 mph and is flood-proof. Shipped container homes are not only for the more dry and sunny geographic areas: this house – made out of seven shipping containers – is our proof. Single Shipping Container House Does the price of a shipping container home particularly speak to you? This little house in Spain is the perfect example. You will only need one shipping container and just the minimal costs to turn the container into a home. The tiny house, designed by Estudio Base, is meant for warm and sunny areas: the wood used for a natural look and the nice porch fit this idea perfectly.  Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Tiny Houses or Container Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
A container for a home? That will not necessarily spark a lot of joy for most people. If they see these houses - made from shipping containers - that will all change. These shipping containers as tiny houses can be a solution to our housing problem. Another advantage: the plan is not only more sustainable but also allows you to build a house for half the price of a ‘normal’ home. New Ideas For Sustainable Building Rising house prices, scamming landlords, no space for new projects: the housing shortage is a real social problem. As the world’s (urban) population keeps on growing, we urgently need to look for solutions. Shipping containers as tiny houses can be an answer we are looking for: these metal boxes can be converted into fully functional homes. And the best part: the used shipping containers can be designed and turned into your dream house, even two-floored! By modifying used shipping containers, a group of designers, builders, and architects have found a way to repurpose these metal materials. The estimated amount of unexploited shipping containers is over 20 million globally, which gives a lot of opportunities for this alternative house building. Other advantages: the versatility and the resistance to various weather conditions of these containers, and, of course, the reasonable price. Recommended:  Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels Shipping Containers Base Cost To Build Per Container Millennials among us can probably confirm it is quite difficult to spend lots of money on something other than a huge mortgage - depending on where you live, of course. For this generation, a mortgage is almost impossible to dodge. These tiny houses made from sea containers are a solution for those that don´t want this kind of financial burden on their shoulders, as they are a lot more affordable than ´normal´ housing. Bottom line: you can have a simple house built for approximately $ 15,000 and pay around $ 250,000 for a more posh and luxurious home. A lot more affordable than ‘normal’ housing! What size has a shipping container? Shipping containers come in standard sizes, with surfaces of 15 m2 or 30 m2. The first will cost between $ 1000 and 2500 dollars: the second between 3150 dollars and $ 4000. Of course, the shipping container will need modifying to turn it into a home. Additional costs that you have to take into account are labor costs and costs for adaptations to build a container home, which will be around 13,000 dollars. If you compare the above prices with a matching but 'normal' house, you will pay a considerable cheaper price for a shipping container house.   {youtube}                                               Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?                                                        8 Unbelievable Shipping Container Structures Green And Black Shipping Containers House In need of some modular home inspiration? We will start off with this great house in France. CG Architectes designed this unique home, build with four metal shipping containers. The striking green container placed above the black one makes it look like this house defies the laws of physics. In this project, the aim was to build a low cost home with high focus on the environment. Nice! Recommended:  The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands Shipping Container House On Water In this time of house shortage, it is also a solution to look at water as a building space. In Rosneath Peninsula, Scotland, you can find this wonderful shipping container house, overlooking this beautiful Scottish lake. The space is used for residencies to support new art by national and international artists, and as a tourist, you can also stay the night in this place called Cove Park. Fun fact: there is also a rooftop garden on the six metal containers. Do shipping container homes rust? A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated with the Ceramic coating, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew, mold and is highly antiseptic. There will be no rust problems if you use an ISBUA Certified Member to build your home or advise you Small Shipping Container House Are you looking for a ‘tinier’ home? This small shipping container house covers 1500 square foot, but is nice and spacious, and most importantly: it is built with respect for the environment. This tiny house is not entirely made out of shipping containers, this house utilizes two, but is also build with other reused materials. Designers Studio H:T also included solar panels on the roof. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Low Cost Shipping Container House Only one word comes to mind when you see this architectural masterpiece: WOW! This futuristic design is a concept of London architect James Whitake. This super cool shipping container studio looks quite expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth: the total costs, including permitting, designing, and building, was around 100,000 dollars. This studio in Germany is made out of ten shipping containers that are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior. Do shipping container homes need a foundation? With shipping container homes, the concrete piers are generally laid at each corner of the container. Another great reason to use a pier foundation is that other foundations, such as pile foundations, require expensive specialized equipment which can obviously be difficult for DIY builders. Cross-Shaped Micro Home A shipping container home in the form of a cross? Yes - this cross-shaped home is designed to be a place to study for members of the church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Because of the placing of two shipping containers vertically and horizontally, this micro home looks like a huge cross. But architect Papuashvili told architecture and design magazine Deezen this layout is not for religious reasons, but practical ones. This cross-shaped micro home is set out to be entirely made out of waste materials and to be self-sufficient. Recommended:  The Micro Electric Car Microlino. Italian Charm German Made Two-Story Shipping Container House This great looking tiny house is made out of shipping containers, but the design masks the metal with pallets. It does not only give this container house a great look but makes it Eco-friendly as well. This can be your ideal beach house! Recommended: Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? Tiny Shipping Container House This bright yellow shipping container house seems small but is designed to accommodate parents with two kids. The idea behind this tiny house, property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its own energy. When can we move in? Big Metal Shipping Containers House Shipping container houses are also a great way to reduce construction time. This house in Costa Rica, Casa Incuba, was designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The construction of the containers made it possible to build faster in comparison to a ‘normal’ house. Also cool: this shipping container house was built around an existing tree and was painted with a particular type of paint to protect the building against Costa Rican rain showers. White Container House With Two Levels This beautiful white, two-leveled container house looks is designed to survive all kinds of weather: it can resist wind speeds up to 175 mph and is flood-proof. Shipped container homes are not only for the more dry and sunny geographic areas: this house – made out of seven shipping containers – is our proof. Single Shipping Container House Does the price of a shipping container home particularly speak to you? This little house in Spain is the perfect example. You will only need one shipping container and just the minimal costs to turn the container into a home. The tiny house, designed by Estudio Base, is meant for warm and sunny areas: the wood used for a natural look and the nice porch fit this idea perfectly.  Before you go! 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Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
As the tiny house movement seems to be gaining quite a bit of ground in the United States, north of the border in Canada, things seem to be picking up as well. Besides its first tiny house festival a couple of years back, we're now seeing a number of high-quality tiny houses come out of Canada. Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Quebec tiny house builder 'Minimaliste' is one of these up-and-coming builders creating thoughtfully designed small spaces. We were thoroughly impressed with one of their previous builds, and now co-founder Phil Beaudoin gives a tour of the company's latest work, 'The Eucalyptus', with a characteristic tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. When did the tiny house movement start? The Movement The most recent movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses. The 9,2 meters long house was commissioned by a client living in California, but has been winter-proofed as a four-season type of home, as the client may someday move to the northeast US, or potentially sell it to someone living in a colder climate. Most notably, it is built with a large 2-kilowatt roof solar system to go go completely off-the-grid, but contains all the amenities: dishwasher, washer, refrigerator and so on. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Is All About Having A Smaller Footprint Globaly The Eucalyptus Tiny House Interior                                                                    Tiny house on wheels, The Eucalyptus                                                 Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Coming in, the space hosts the living room right in the middle of the home. Since the clients have a dog, the main door has a SureFlap pet door that uses an electronic collar worn by the pet to unlock it. To the right is the kitchen, and a stairway going up to the main sleeping space. What are the benefits of living in a tiny house? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life The stairs are beautifully done, with the storage drawers well-integrated enough so that they are not too apparent. The propane heater is also hidden within the stair itself. Safety is kept in mind with a custom-made industrial pipe railing on the outside of the stair. The U-shaped kitchen offers a lot of counter space; there's an 46 cm dishwasher as well as a full-sized stove and medium-sized refrigerator. Recommended:  The 'Build Tiny' Family From New Zealand. Best Tiny Houses Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’: The Noyer The Noyer was built in close collaboration with a client from California (US). This house is quite different from previous projects from Minimaliste on many levels, including the roof slope and the bedroom layout. This unit, just like all of our houses, is meant to perform as well in a Californian climate as in a northern climate such as Quebec (Canada). The Noyer is intended to be inhabited full-time by a couple or a single person. The interior of the Noyer really gives the impression of being in a small apartment. Indeed, the layout of the different areas creates a different feeling than in our previous models. Even without separations, the disposition of the elements creates the effect of distinct living areas, looking like a small open-plan dwelling. The general appearance is very warm, due to the different colors used for wood and other materials. As you can see in the pictures, the wood is clearly in the spotlight in this house!                                                                  Tiny house on wheels, The Noyer                                               Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada: The Exterior Of The Noyer What size is considered a tiny house? The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 by 20 ft (2.4 by 6.1 m), with livable space totaling 120 sq ft (11 m2) or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit (depending of the country you live). For this construction, we created a blend between a charcoal-colored steel siding and an brown dyed eastern cedar cladding. The different transitions between the two materials make it possible to make them stand out. This combination is a novelty; we worked along with the client to come up with this unique design that perfectly demonstrates how possible it is to give a unique look to a small home. The roof slope differs from our previous tiny homes, giving a dynamic and less linear exterior look, while allowing a better clearance above the head when the occupants are in the bedroom loft. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your tiny house experiences? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
As the tiny house movement seems to be gaining quite a bit of ground in the United States, north of the border in Canada, things seem to be picking up as well. Besides its first tiny house festival a couple of years back, we're now seeing a number of high-quality tiny houses come out of Canada. Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Quebec tiny house builder 'Minimaliste' is one of these up-and-coming builders creating thoughtfully designed small spaces. We were thoroughly impressed with one of their previous builds, and now co-founder Phil Beaudoin gives a tour of the company's latest work, 'The Eucalyptus', with a characteristic tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. When did the tiny house movement start? The Movement The most recent movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses. The 9,2 meters long house was commissioned by a client living in California, but has been winter-proofed as a four-season type of home, as the client may someday move to the northeast US, or potentially sell it to someone living in a colder climate. Most notably, it is built with a large 2-kilowatt roof solar system to go go completely off-the-grid, but contains all the amenities: dishwasher, washer, refrigerator and so on. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Is All About Having A Smaller Footprint Globaly The Eucalyptus Tiny House Interior                                                                    Tiny house on wheels, The Eucalyptus                                                 Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Coming in, the space hosts the living room right in the middle of the home. Since the clients have a dog, the main door has a SureFlap pet door that uses an electronic collar worn by the pet to unlock it. To the right is the kitchen, and a stairway going up to the main sleeping space. What are the benefits of living in a tiny house? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life The stairs are beautifully done, with the storage drawers well-integrated enough so that they are not too apparent. The propane heater is also hidden within the stair itself. Safety is kept in mind with a custom-made industrial pipe railing on the outside of the stair. The U-shaped kitchen offers a lot of counter space; there's an 46 cm dishwasher as well as a full-sized stove and medium-sized refrigerator. Recommended:  The 'Build Tiny' Family From New Zealand. Best Tiny Houses Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’: The Noyer The Noyer was built in close collaboration with a client from California (US). This house is quite different from previous projects from Minimaliste on many levels, including the roof slope and the bedroom layout. This unit, just like all of our houses, is meant to perform as well in a Californian climate as in a northern climate such as Quebec (Canada). The Noyer is intended to be inhabited full-time by a couple or a single person. The interior of the Noyer really gives the impression of being in a small apartment. Indeed, the layout of the different areas creates a different feeling than in our previous models. Even without separations, the disposition of the elements creates the effect of distinct living areas, looking like a small open-plan dwelling. The general appearance is very warm, due to the different colors used for wood and other materials. As you can see in the pictures, the wood is clearly in the spotlight in this house!                                                                  Tiny house on wheels, The Noyer                                               Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada: The Exterior Of The Noyer What size is considered a tiny house? The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 by 20 ft (2.4 by 6.1 m), with livable space totaling 120 sq ft (11 m2) or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit (depending of the country you live). For this construction, we created a blend between a charcoal-colored steel siding and an brown dyed eastern cedar cladding. The different transitions between the two materials make it possible to make them stand out. This combination is a novelty; we worked along with the client to come up with this unique design that perfectly demonstrates how possible it is to give a unique look to a small home. The roof slope differs from our previous tiny homes, giving a dynamic and less linear exterior look, while allowing a better clearance above the head when the occupants are in the bedroom loft. Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your tiny house experiences? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses?
There seems to be a shift happening all over the world. People want to save money, avoid unnecessary space, and have more time and budget for the important things in life. These tiny houses allow you to save a lot of money. In this post 2 tiny houses which look large inside while they are very tiny outside. Tiny House: Large Interiors Are Possible In Small Houses Mizuishi Architects Atelier, the 55 m2 house has made the most of the spot where the river meets the road. It looks extremely narrow and small from the outside, but it incorporates various techniques to create space on the inside.  Purchasing a tiny house requires a smaller mortgage or none at all. In addition, you save money on a mortgage advisor and insurance because you have less inventory than in a normal house. Your energy bill will be a lot lower, as wel! You probably do not expect this narrow, tiny house to have all the luxury and comfort you are used to, but wait until you see what it has in store for you. The architect, Kota Mizuishi, built a house on a triangular plot. The house seems small from all angles and unsuitable for an entire family to live in. To our surprise, however, the house is actually quite spacious. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience The lower level is open and full of large windows that let in a lot of natural light. To save space, much use is made of curtains instead of walls to separate the rooms. These can all be opened, making it appear to be much larger. The kitchen has high ceilings and is very spacious, containing everything a normal kitchen would have, including an oven, sink, stove, microwave, and more. {youtube}                                 A Small House in Horinouchi | MIZUISHI Architect Atelier | Small House Design                                                   Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? This is what the house looks from the outside, absorbed into the rest of the neighbourhood. Because this house is so small, it has left enough room for a garden on the plot. Another Of A Tiny House Of 23m2 Will Surprise You We are really crazy about the Tiny House trend! There are many reasons to consider this. Think of the practical and cheap of minimalist living or because they just look super nice! You save a lot of money with these small houses, leaving you with a nice budget to save well or to enjoy the nice things in life. Ideal for starters for example! You may not need a mortgage at all to purchase this property or the cost of the loan is very low. You no longer have to join an energy company and your insurance policies are a lot lower. This small house of 23 m2 feels much larger than it actually is. The interior is open, airy and receives a lot of sunlight. It is built on wheels so that you could travel around the world in your own house, how cool is that! Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Glass and windows have been used a lot, so the house is flooded with natural light. This thanks to a raised roof that consists partly of glass and partly of wood. The property has a luxurious and warm appearance and you will not be short of anything. The space has been cleverly used everywhere and you have plenty of storage spaces. The cottage has a comfortable living room and a bedroom large enough for a queen bed. The bathroom adds a sense of modernity and luxury to the home. The kitchen has a small hob but is fully equipped.  Curious about small but nice living? These houses offer more than you may have in mind. Would you be able to live in this tiny house Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny House WikiHouse With Solar Panels On Roof And Walls Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Tiny Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
There seems to be a shift happening all over the world. People want to save money, avoid unnecessary space, and have more time and budget for the important things in life. These tiny houses allow you to save a lot of money. In this post 2 tiny houses which look large inside while they are very tiny outside. Tiny House: Large Interiors Are Possible In Small Houses Mizuishi Architects Atelier, the 55 m2 house has made the most of the spot where the river meets the road. It looks extremely narrow and small from the outside, but it incorporates various techniques to create space on the inside.  Purchasing a tiny house requires a smaller mortgage or none at all. In addition, you save money on a mortgage advisor and insurance because you have less inventory than in a normal house. Your energy bill will be a lot lower, as wel! You probably do not expect this narrow, tiny house to have all the luxury and comfort you are used to, but wait until you see what it has in store for you. The architect, Kota Mizuishi, built a house on a triangular plot. The house seems small from all angles and unsuitable for an entire family to live in. To our surprise, however, the house is actually quite spacious. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience The lower level is open and full of large windows that let in a lot of natural light. To save space, much use is made of curtains instead of walls to separate the rooms. These can all be opened, making it appear to be much larger. The kitchen has high ceilings and is very spacious, containing everything a normal kitchen would have, including an oven, sink, stove, microwave, and more. {youtube}                                 A Small House in Horinouchi | MIZUISHI Architect Atelier | Small House Design                                                   Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? This is what the house looks from the outside, absorbed into the rest of the neighbourhood. Because this house is so small, it has left enough room for a garden on the plot. Another Of A Tiny House Of 23m2 Will Surprise You We are really crazy about the Tiny House trend! There are many reasons to consider this. Think of the practical and cheap of minimalist living or because they just look super nice! You save a lot of money with these small houses, leaving you with a nice budget to save well or to enjoy the nice things in life. Ideal for starters for example! You may not need a mortgage at all to purchase this property or the cost of the loan is very low. You no longer have to join an energy company and your insurance policies are a lot lower. This small house of 23 m2 feels much larger than it actually is. The interior is open, airy and receives a lot of sunlight. It is built on wheels so that you could travel around the world in your own house, how cool is that! Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Glass and windows have been used a lot, so the house is flooded with natural light. This thanks to a raised roof that consists partly of glass and partly of wood. The property has a luxurious and warm appearance and you will not be short of anything. The space has been cleverly used everywhere and you have plenty of storage spaces. The cottage has a comfortable living room and a bedroom large enough for a queen bed. The bathroom adds a sense of modernity and luxury to the home. The kitchen has a small hob but is fully equipped.  Curious about small but nice living? These houses offer more than you may have in mind. Would you be able to live in this tiny house Before you go! Recommended:  Tiny House WikiHouse With Solar Panels On Roof And Walls Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Tiny Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses?
Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses?
Tiny Houses

Tiny Houses: an architectural and social movement 

Tiny houses started already in 1973 by one of the pioneers Lloyd Kahn (US). After the depression in 2008 it really got worldwide attention. People were choosing to downsize the space they lived in, simplify, and live with less. Sizes are between 8 and 93 m2.. Tiny houses can be rented or owned. Often, they are designed and build by the owner. Some are built on trailers, others are built on a foundation.

Habitants are often motivated to live in a tiny house because of: a smaller environmental footprint by using solar-, wind energy and compostable toilets. Using sustainable building materials, having greater financial freedom and self-sufficiency.

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