Off the Grid Living in London in a Boat Made from Scrap

Here’s a peek into what it’s like to live off-grid in London. With sweat equity and resourceful scavenging this narrow boat owner has carved out a low cost way of living in one of the most expensive cities in the world. This video was brought to you by the folks at Off-Grid.net, where you can learn how to free yourself.

90-inch Wide Narrow House

At over 700 square feet this small London home is not tiny, but could be inspiring to city dwellers looking for ways of squeezing into a tiny urban space. It also features some nice design ideas that make the most of the narrow width tiny house owner-designers might find useful.

The dimensions of their new home were far from impressive: 7ft 7in across and with just 721 square feet of space spread over three floors.” – Homes & Property

Read and see more of Clapham’s 90 inch-wide narrow house

Dominique Brown’s Narrowboat

Currently moored in East London on the Grand Union Canal, the narrowboat living space is a teeny 36 feet in length and 6 foot 2 width. Having first been constructed in the 1970’s, the boat has been lovingly stripped back to it’s original shell and restored from scratch.

With the layout being as open plan as possible to maximise light from the unusually large windows, and the rubber floor having been especially chosen for its heat storing properties and functional finish…” –  Dominique Brown

Continue reading and see more of this narrowboat…

Beetle’s House

This tiny house designed by Japanese architect Terunobu Fujimori and is now on display at the V&A Museum in London.

It’s part of an exhibit called 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces. Nineteen architects were invited to submit proposals and seven were selected to be built at full-scale.

Beetle’s house is designed to host an English variation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The entry is through the floor via a ladder. Read more about Beetle’s House at Design Boom.

Thanks again for passing this onto me Dav!

Photo credit Pasi Aalto.

Shed Plays Role in Saving Lives

Here’s a great story about a shed serving as an intermediate care unit for homeless in Clapham, London. It was setup by nurse practitioner Samantha Dorney-Smith. The services they are providing are already saving lives and reducing emergency calls and hospitalizations.

Shed Saves Lives