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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 Houses: Brette’s Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up
How great would it be if houses would be assigned to people, not places?! A comfortable foldable house without any effort? A lot of people see the advantages of prefab houses, like Amazon, who invested 6 million dollars. But also, Mobile homes became a modern trend in construction. Tiny Houses: Brette’s Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up Sounds cool, right? But for the prefabs, you still need qualified workers, cranes, etc. Please wait for the idea we present to you now. Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up: Transformable architecture 101 Brette Haus came with an idea: think about a suitcase. You have to unfold a briefcase. Brette Haus took this perspective for prefabricating folding houses with the unique 100-cycle hinge system (you will have 149% more usable space). Imagine a cozy, comfortable home wherever you choose to live. {youtube}                 Unfolding tiny portable prefab cabin at the seashore. Building low-emission affordable housing. Tiny House: What Kind Of Materials? Brette Haus chose to use an extraordinary combination of materials: cross-laminated timber technology and a patented hinge system. Using orthogonal layers of wooden lamellas in special press conditions reduce the risk of house shrinkage. Not only that, but it also improves insulation, and therefore sustainability. Brette Hause: The Interior Everything in the house is very organized: you do not have to worry about something breaking when you're driving on the road. The cabins use 99% less water than standard site-built houses. Also, they produce 80% less waste. Brette Haus wants to build a home with a positive environmental impact, so they use only natural materials. Did you know that wooden houses do not require air conditioning? Air is coming through the microscopic pores, so the room is organically ventilated due to the constant circulation of air. Wood has electrostatic properties that guarantee that no static electricity will be generated inside the house. This is perfect for people who are suffering from allergies. Every home is equipped with all technical facilities: electric wiring, sewage, and plumbing. Each apartment is provided with lights, toilet, sink, shower, kitchen worktop, and mixer taps. Photo by Brette Haus. Interior of the Brette Haus Brette Foldable Hause: How Practical Are Folding Houses? Very practical. You do not need a permanent foundation. You can place the home on any leveled base. However, we recommend you using a screw pile foundation. You can remove it with minimal impact on the land. With the same foundation, you can relocate multiple times. Besides, it does not require much paperwork. You can compare folding homes to the mobile estate, so a lot of countries do not require a building permit. But how do you move? The options: you could rent a crane truck to fold, relocate, and unfold your tiny house. You will need two people to help to lift and unfolding the cabin. Brette Haus delivers your home to the place you want. This option guarantees you that it will only take three hours to unfold your house. Depending on your circumstances, the off-grid home offers different kinds of solutions: pre-wire the house with solar battery kit, a water filter pumping station. You can also choose an IKEA interior design college. Available in different price ranges. Tiny House: 'Brette Compact' The price of folding houses does not differ from the cost of modular competitors. Brette Haus provides their wooden cabins in Scandinavian Rustic, Urban flat roof, and under 4 meters Compact designs with 1000 Eur/sq.m. of any usable space. This allows for a low ceiling as a bonus. Tiny House: 'Brette Urban' Unlimited relocation: exceptional hinge system with 100 cycles Sustainable investment: guaranteed sustainability by CLT Durable: only natural, recyclable materials Fastest installation time: 3 hours including connections Be creative: flexible layouts for versatile purposes Best lead time: 8 weeks from the order to delivery Moving without stress: easy to transport with any truck The comfort of use: lay it on a flat surface. Advanced logistics: 100 m² on a single platform In harmony with nature: CO2-neutral 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 article about your tiny house experience?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
How great would it be if houses would be assigned to people, not places?! A comfortable foldable house without any effort? A lot of people see the advantages of prefab houses, like Amazon, who invested 6 million dollars. But also, Mobile homes became a modern trend in construction. Tiny Houses: Brette’s Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up Sounds cool, right? But for the prefabs, you still need qualified workers, cranes, etc. Please wait for the idea we present to you now. Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up: Transformable architecture 101 Brette Haus came with an idea: think about a suitcase. You have to unfold a briefcase. Brette Haus took this perspective for prefabricating folding houses with the unique 100-cycle hinge system (you will have 149% more usable space). Imagine a cozy, comfortable home wherever you choose to live. {youtube}                 Unfolding tiny portable prefab cabin at the seashore. Building low-emission affordable housing. Tiny House: What Kind Of Materials? Brette Haus chose to use an extraordinary combination of materials: cross-laminated timber technology and a patented hinge system. Using orthogonal layers of wooden lamellas in special press conditions reduce the risk of house shrinkage. Not only that, but it also improves insulation, and therefore sustainability. Brette Hause: The Interior Everything in the house is very organized: you do not have to worry about something breaking when you're driving on the road. The cabins use 99% less water than standard site-built houses. Also, they produce 80% less waste. Brette Haus wants to build a home with a positive environmental impact, so they use only natural materials. Did you know that wooden houses do not require air conditioning? Air is coming through the microscopic pores, so the room is organically ventilated due to the constant circulation of air. Wood has electrostatic properties that guarantee that no static electricity will be generated inside the house. This is perfect for people who are suffering from allergies. Every home is equipped with all technical facilities: electric wiring, sewage, and plumbing. Each apartment is provided with lights, toilet, sink, shower, kitchen worktop, and mixer taps. Photo by Brette Haus. Interior of the Brette Haus Brette Foldable Hause: How Practical Are Folding Houses? Very practical. You do not need a permanent foundation. You can place the home on any leveled base. However, we recommend you using a screw pile foundation. You can remove it with minimal impact on the land. With the same foundation, you can relocate multiple times. Besides, it does not require much paperwork. You can compare folding homes to the mobile estate, so a lot of countries do not require a building permit. But how do you move? The options: you could rent a crane truck to fold, relocate, and unfold your tiny house. You will need two people to help to lift and unfolding the cabin. Brette Haus delivers your home to the place you want. This option guarantees you that it will only take three hours to unfold your house. Depending on your circumstances, the off-grid home offers different kinds of solutions: pre-wire the house with solar battery kit, a water filter pumping station. You can also choose an IKEA interior design college. Available in different price ranges. Tiny House: 'Brette Compact' The price of folding houses does not differ from the cost of modular competitors. Brette Haus provides their wooden cabins in Scandinavian Rustic, Urban flat roof, and under 4 meters Compact designs with 1000 Eur/sq.m. of any usable space. This allows for a low ceiling as a bonus. Tiny House: 'Brette Urban' Unlimited relocation: exceptional hinge system with 100 cycles Sustainable investment: guaranteed sustainability by CLT Durable: only natural, recyclable materials Fastest installation time: 3 hours including connections Be creative: flexible layouts for versatile purposes Best lead time: 8 weeks from the order to delivery Moving without stress: easy to transport with any truck The comfort of use: lay it on a flat surface. Advanced logistics: 100 m² on a single platform In harmony with nature: CO2-neutral 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 article about your tiny house experience?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Tiny Houses: Brette’s Foldable Off-Grid Pop-Up
Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design
Imagine if Disney characters had their very own tiny homes? What would a tiny house look like for Woody, Elsa, Belle, or even Jack Skellington? What if our favourite Disney characters embraced the minimalist lifestyle and joined the tiny house movement. Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design Partly inspired by Lester Walker’s 1987 book ‘Tiny Houses’, this blossoming culture of homes no bigger than 300 square feet is aimed at saving money and reducing waste. Not exactly priorities in the worlds our Disney heroes inhabit, but hey, it’s 2020 and even real-life royalty are downsizing their palaces in search of simpler lives.   {youtube}                                                                          Storybook Cottage By The Sea The team re-watched their favourite Disney movies to get the most nuanced, accurate hints of what the Disney characters’ home style choices would be in terms of both architecture and interior design. Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonder: Elsa's Tiny Home (Frozen) Princess Elsa's home is a gorgeous A-frame cabin nestled in snowy woods. In contrast, the interior is light, spacious and decorated in pastel hues of blue and purple, and comes complete with a stunning bookshelf. Recommended:  Tiny House: Off-Grid Shelter With Walls That Open On Pulleys Tiny Houses: Woody's Tiny Home (Toy Story) Woody's home is a modern cabin at the foothills of a mountain. The interior is rustic with a touch of luxury and features a chandelier made from antlers. The perfect home for any cowboy (or cowgirl). Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design: Mulan's Tiny House Asian-inspired and beautifully zen, Mulan's gorgeous home comes with amazing views and has a fresh, modern interior. Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Wonders Of Design: Belle's Tiny Home (Beauty and the Beast) It's a humble abode with a rustic exterior, however the interior of Belle's tiny home is fit for a princess with floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant fittings and plenty of books as well as a decent-sized kitchen. Recommended:  Sustainable tiny house from Scandinavia: the world loves it Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonder Of Design: Merida (Brave) Just like Elsa, Merida has a rustic A-frame cabin for her tiny home, however that's where the similarities end. The interior is minimalist and heavy on wood, perfect for the no-muss, no-fuss, fearless archer. Tiny house: Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas) Jack's tiny log cabin house is suitably spooky both inside and out, replete with carved pumpkin lantern! 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 experience?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Imagine if Disney characters had their very own tiny homes? What would a tiny house look like for Woody, Elsa, Belle, or even Jack Skellington? What if our favourite Disney characters embraced the minimalist lifestyle and joined the tiny house movement. Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design Partly inspired by Lester Walker’s 1987 book ‘Tiny Houses’, this blossoming culture of homes no bigger than 300 square feet is aimed at saving money and reducing waste. Not exactly priorities in the worlds our Disney heroes inhabit, but hey, it’s 2020 and even real-life royalty are downsizing their palaces in search of simpler lives.   {youtube}                                                                          Storybook Cottage By The Sea The team re-watched their favourite Disney movies to get the most nuanced, accurate hints of what the Disney characters’ home style choices would be in terms of both architecture and interior design. Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonder: Elsa's Tiny Home (Frozen) Princess Elsa's home is a gorgeous A-frame cabin nestled in snowy woods. In contrast, the interior is light, spacious and decorated in pastel hues of blue and purple, and comes complete with a stunning bookshelf. Recommended:  Tiny House: Off-Grid Shelter With Walls That Open On Pulleys Tiny Houses: Woody's Tiny Home (Toy Story) Woody's home is a modern cabin at the foothills of a mountain. The interior is rustic with a touch of luxury and features a chandelier made from antlers. The perfect home for any cowboy (or cowgirl). Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design: Mulan's Tiny House Asian-inspired and beautifully zen, Mulan's gorgeous home comes with amazing views and has a fresh, modern interior. Recommended:  Sunbathing In Your Tiny House With A Sliding Roof: The Cécile Wonders Of Design: Belle's Tiny Home (Beauty and the Beast) It's a humble abode with a rustic exterior, however the interior of Belle's tiny home is fit for a princess with floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant fittings and plenty of books as well as a decent-sized kitchen. Recommended:  Sustainable tiny house from Scandinavia: the world loves it Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonder Of Design: Merida (Brave) Just like Elsa, Merida has a rustic A-frame cabin for her tiny home, however that's where the similarities end. The interior is minimalist and heavy on wood, perfect for the no-muss, no-fuss, fearless archer. Tiny house: Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas) Jack's tiny log cabin house is suitably spooky both inside and out, replete with carved pumpkin lantern! 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 experience?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny Houses: Disney-Themed Wonders Of Design
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 tiny house experience?  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 tiny house experience?  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
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 typical house. Tiny house The Wikkelhouse, designed by Fiction Factory in Amsterdam, is created by snapping multiple 1.2 meters (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 parts 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 primary 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 home 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 quickly 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 outer wood 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 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 typical house. Tiny house The Wikkelhouse, designed by Fiction Factory in Amsterdam, is created by snapping multiple 1.2 meters (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 parts 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 primary 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 home 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 quickly 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 outer wood 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 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
Tiny house The Wikkelhouse Built In A Day
Tiny Houses From Shipping Containers. A 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 considerable 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 elegant 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 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 a 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. 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 beautiful 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, the property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its 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 look 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 beautiful 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 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 considerable 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 elegant 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 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 a 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. 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 beautiful 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, the property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its 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 look 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 beautiful 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 article about Tiny Houses or Container Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
Tiny Houses From Shipping Containers. A Trend?
Tiny Houses From Shipping Containers. A Trend?
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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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