Category Archives: Construction Method

Earthship Villa Composed of Tiny House Sized Rooms

Architect Mike Reynolds is in Puerto Rico giving a tour of an Earthship Villa project currently under construction. It’s composed of multiple rooms that are each tiny house sized. Like all Earthships these homes make their own water, power, and are completely independent of the grid. The walls are made from used tires filled with […]

350 Square Foot Steel-Clad Cabin for The Zombie Apocalypse

“The overall design responds to the owner’s desire for a compact, low-maintenance, virtually indestructible building to house himself and his wife during fishing expeditions. Composed of two levels, the cabin’s entry, dining and kitchen areas are located on the lower floor while a sleeping loft with minimal shelving hovers above. A cantilevered steel deck extends […]

Homes Made From Shipping Containers

Here’s an introductory post discussing some of the basic concepts for using a shipping container for housing. “Many people are turning their attention toward shipping containers or cargo containers as they look for ways to create affordable housing.  Shipping container house plans or floor plans are readily available on the internet.” Continue reading about  Homes Made […]

Building A Green Roof

There’s a lot of construction work going on at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Ziggy reports on the progress: “Just like building our cob house, the living roof of our new straw bale house has had me thinking for hours, and quite honestly, it’s been the source of a lot of anxiety throughout the entire construction […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 10

Cody (Wranglerstar) continues working on his timber frame cabin. You can also now follow along on Facebook. “Episode 10 of the DIY Survival Cabin For Economic Collapse will cover fitting all four corner joints of the sill plate timbers.” via Wranglerstar on YouTube.

Timber Framed Cottage from David and Jeanie Stiles

Timber framing seems to be making a comeback – and I can see why. “Shown is one way of finishing our 8 1/2′ x 11′ timber-framed mini-barn.  We are selling a kit for the frame of this mini-barn as well as plans for 2×4 construction  of the same size cottage  For more information, people can […]

20-Square-Meter Home Made of Corn Cobs

We have disclosure! We now know why extraterrestrials make all those crop circles! Flying saucer are made from corn cobs! Just kidding 🙂 “StAndré-Lang Architectes was inspired by the corn dryers of Alsace to create this unusual housing prototype clad in a cage of corn cobs.” via Tourner Autour du Ried is a 20-Square-Meter Home […]

Safmarine Container Sports Center by Tsai Design Studio

Here’s a single container building used as a sports center that could easily be a small home. I really like the second metal roof. Shipping containers are water tight but a second roof like this can keep it cooler on hots days and help lengthen the building’s life. ‘safmarine container sports center’ is a recycled […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 6

In this episode of his 12×16 timber frame cabin video series, Cody (Wranglerstar), shows us more about selectively harvesting trees for lumber. “Are you doing it right? This video will cover the tools needed to fall timber and the best chainsaw chain for your Saw. I cut this White Fir tree down with a Stihl […]

DIY Timber Frame Cabin – Part 5

Cody (Wranglerstar) continues to describe how to work with the raw material in this timber frame 12×16 cabin project. In this video he talks about how to work with a pitch pocket in a log, shares some basic circular saw tips, prepares to fine-tune the fit between timber frame members, and you’ll also see more Alaskan […]