Diana & Michael’s Innermost House

Innermost house is 12 by 12 foot square; from floor to ridge beam it’s 12 feet high. Diana & Michael Lorence lived at Innermost House for seven years.

The  home has no electricity and hot water and heat come only from a fire in the fireplace. Lighting at night came from beeswax candles. There is however running water in the kitchen. A gravity-fed line runs from a cistern on the hill above the house.

In many ways Diana & Michael lived the way people did before people had harnessed electricity. They cooked in a dutch oven over a fire. They ate the freshest and most fragile food first and used food preservation methods to help food last the best. They took sponge bathes instead of showers or filling large tubs with hot water.

The firewood they cut and collected by hand came from a nearby orchard from trees marked for removal. So instead of being lost in the farmer’s burn pile in a single burn, they used the wood slowly over the course of months.

Michael designed the home and with the help of a handyman built the home themselves. In the photos the home looks nothing like what you’d expect a tiny 12 by 12 foot cabin with 18th century tech to look like – or maybe you would like Michael.

I think the big takeaway for all of us is that happiness and comfort don’t have to be found through electric lighting, hot water on demand, and flush toilets. I suspect the gizmos we surround ourself with these days may in fact may be more distractions to really living, but it might be tough to know for sure unless one tried to live so simply for some time.

Can you imagine living this way? To learn more about this home, the people who lived there, and the reasons why visit the Innermost House website. Below is a video interview with Diana from faircompanies.

190 Square Foot Grain Silo Tiny Home

Amazing grain silo home makes living simply look like living the high life.

Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior—only the Eames dining chairs were not made by Kaiser—that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife.” – Dwell

Source: You Won’t Believe the Cozy Home Inside This Converted Grain Silo | Dwell

Nick’s Off-Grid Mallorca House – Now Available for Vacations

This house changed my life. A Boho Walkers’ paradise inspired me to write a book, make a film, start a web site. Now you can experience it too. 3 separate buildings, outdoor kitchen, 2 toilets, hot shower – 700m up in mountain. Great Views to sea.” – Nick Rosen

Learn more about renting this Off-Grid House in walkers’ paradise in Sóller. Nick Rosen is the author of the book, Off the Grid. You can find his very popular off-grid website at Off-Grid.net. If you want to learn more about living off-the-grid check out Nick’s Off-Grid YouTube Channel for stories told by off-gridders themselves. If you’re on Facebook you can fine Off-Grid People there too.

 

Above: Outdoor kitchen. Below: The view.

 

Above: Inside the second home on the property. The house measures 12’x24′. Below: The exterior of that home.

 

Above: This is the shepherds hut that Alex transformed into the main house. Below: What the hut looks like now.