Category Archives: Sustainability

Boneyard Studios Update – Tiny House Community

A tiny house community is emerging in Washington DC. Here’s the mid-August report. “Lots of exciting progress. The biggest news is that Jay’s tiny house is in full swing, with flooring and insulation in place.  Check out the very cool time lapse video he’s making.  Lee and Tony are working away on her house, extending the […]

I planted a cherry tree!

Read how Ryo plans to keep this tree alive in these inhospitable conditions. “On a recent trip to Serenity Valley, I planted a cherry tree. Now, planting a fruit tree in the high desert, where there is no rain nor running water for half the year, may seem foolish. And maybe it is. But I […]

Designing and Installing a Rain Water Catchment System

Learn more about catching rain water for large, small, and tiny house living. “Many people go with below ground tanks but that requires different tanks, and the added cost of digging not to mention the disruption to the landscape, and the added factor of pumping the water back up to the point of use.” via Alt. Build […]

Ode to the Outhouse

Could an outhouse be in your future? I realize for most folks this isn’t a pleasant thought but with the right design & finish it might be a good option in some circumstances. Alternatives to outhouses are composting toilets and loveable loos. At the very least knowing what to do with the poo when the […]

This Summer’s Blockbuster: Tiny – The Movie

TINY: A Story About Living Small (Teaser Trailer) from TINY on Vimeo. The movie, Tiny – A Story About Living Small, is getting some good press and it hasn’t even been released yet. “The best cinema taps into our secret dreams, and TINY taps in specifically to our secret dreams about running away to Colorado […]

Tiny Houses Aren’t the Fad – McMansions Are the Fad

This is an older video but a good one. Stephen Marshall explains some of the tiny house loopholes and how to work with & around zoning rules. In the video Stephan quotes me (at 4:40) from a radio talk interview we did together where I said something to the effect that Tiny houses aren’t the fad – […]

Nyc Launches Program to Test Tiny 300sf Apartments

It sounds like New York is moving to establish some new standards for tiny spaces. I wonder if these efforts will help pave the way for other cities/counties/towns to follow suit and adopt/allow smaller homes. “New York City renters have long made a habit of sacrificing square footage to save money. Now, the government wants […]

Earthen House Built by Hand

The folks at Peak Moment TV interview a fellow that’s built an earthen home in western Washington. “Greg Crawford shows the magical wattle-and-cob house he built with hand tools using local materials: alder trees in the surrounding forest, and clay from what later became the house floor.” Learn more about this Earthen House Built by Hand […]

Japanese Ad Company Designs 100% Off-Grid House – The Good Human

MIRAI NIHON Project from mirainihon project on Vimeo. Accepting that our infrastructure is fragile and that the uninterrupted supply of energy is no guarantee, this ad agency asked the hard question, can we live without a connection to the grid? I really like projects like this because it brings the truth that diversified small scale solutions are […]

Tumbleweed House Arrives at Boneyard Studios

Steady progress at Boneyard Studios in DC. “Part of the mission of Boneyard Studios is to support changes to DC zoning and building codes to allow higher density, affordable housing in the District.” more > “Tumbleweed was kind enough to lend us their Fencl model to do a tiny house showcase event a few months […]

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