Man Turns a Truck into an Off-Grid House On Wheels

When people talk about ‘life on the road’ it is most often about an adventurous trip or two that took them to a few exotic places before they found their way back home. But when 50 year old Joseph Tayyar tells you about the same, he literally means every single word. This resourceful and creative animator by profession has turned a truck into a mobile house that is as stylish and convenient as any modern home.” – decoist.com

Read and see more of this Truck Home…

House Of Straw

Perhaps the first Little Pig was right all along. In a demonstration about how to build a simple structure made entirely of recyclable or reusable materials, a small Parisian architecture firm called Studio 1984 chose straw as the main building material, designing a cozy, 15-square-meter “nest” that even the Big Bad Wolf would have to admire.” – Randy Woods

Read and see more of this House Of Straw…

Ryan asks…Should Tiny Houses Have Bathrooms?

One area of my tiny house that I have come to think about a lot is the bathroom.  Now of course you need a bathroom, a place to use the restroom, a place to shower, etc.  It can range from in your tiny house flush toilet or composting, to an “outhouse” style with a properly designed system or even a flush toilet;  But I am beginning to wonder if a bathroom should be outside the tiny home.” – Ryan

Continue reading and post your thoughts at The Tiny Life

Waterfront Cabanas in Portugal

Named Cabanas no Rio, which translates as cabins on the river, the two rustic structures offer a rural retreat for a pair of inhabitants.

One hut contains a living area, with a simple counter that can be used for preparing food, while the other accommodates a bedroom with a small toilet and sheltered outdoor shower.

Architects Aires Mateus used recycled wooden panels to build the walls, floors, roof and fittings of the two structures, leaving the material exposed both inside and out.” – Dezeen

Photography is by Nelson Garrido.

An Old-Time Garden Shed

The shed’s rectangular footprint measures 8 ft. 6 in. by 12 ft. 6 in.; a 4-ft.- 6-in.-deep porch faces the yard. Stick-framed with 2x4s, the shed is sheathed with 1×10 pine boards applied diagonally and exposed on the inside as finished walls. All 12 windows are made from recycled sash. An extrawide pull-down stair leads to a loft, which has dormers front and back. We built a bed into each dormer, with storage underneath.”

Design by Architect David Edrington. Read more about An Old-Time Garden Shed at Fine Homebuilding.

Casa Transportable ÁPH80 by Ábaton

Spanish architecture studio Ábaton has developed a micro home that can be transported on the back of a lorry and placed almost anywhere (+ slideshow).

Ábaton chose dimensions of nine by three metres to provide just enough space for two people and also allow the transportable house to be hoisted onto the back of a truck.

“The proportions are the result of a thorough study by our architects’ team so that the different spaces are recognisable and the feeling indoors is one of fullness,” said Ábaton.

Le Nuage by Zébra3/Buy-­Sellf

“French designers Zébra3/Buy-­Sellf have designed a prefabricated holiday home in the shape of a cloud that sits next to a lake in south-west France (+ slideshow).

Le Nuage (The Cloud) cabin by Zébra3/Buy-Sellf was designed for the Urban Community of Bordeaux (CUB)…”

1910 Dietz “Dollhouse” A Micro-Victorian House

Great find by Don, a reader of Relaxshacks.com.  It’s a historic playhouse but I suspect this may inspire some people to doll-up their tiny homes.

“The Dietz Doll House is one of the Seguin Conservation Society’s most charming properties and like the others, comes with an intriguing history. It was built in 1910 by Louis Dietz for little Alice O’Brien, 5 years old, who had come to Seguin as an orphan train child.”

Read more at Relaxshacks.com: The 1910 Dietz “Dollhouse”….Tiny House Eye Candy- A Micro-Victorian House.

Could Garden Offices Solve the UK Housing Problem?

It appears the answer is yes… habitable sheds are popping up in the UK.

“A fascinating business proposition in Oxford is moving the shedworking/tiny houses story forward.

As reported by the BBC Oxford businessman Robin Swailes is marketing £25,000 shedlike pods (3m x 2.5m) with electricity, kitchen, bed, toilet, shower, underfloor heating and running water as small homes for those struggling to get onto the property ladder in the city.”

via Shedworking: Could garden offices solve the UK housing problem?

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 go to our website:  www.stilesdesigns.com

via Relaxshacks.com: A NEW timber-framed cottage/cabin/tiny house from David and Jeanie Stiles.