Air, Water, Waste, Food, Energy – Designers Imagining Self-Contained Living Systems

It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location. Water uses gravity to generate pressure. Energy is harvested from solar and wind apparatuses. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall and everything is recycled when possible.” – Yanko Design

See more of Future Living Housing Project

Tiny Cabin on 5 acre hops farm

Beautiful one room cabin with small loft on five acres half hardwoods with power and water, not hooked up yet, no septic but there is an out house, jotul f3 wood stove, steel roof, hemlock siding, there is no interior needs to be finished, deeded easement access, the property also has a 1.5 acre hops yard that is 4 years established with 13 varaties of hops fully trellised and drip irrigation and power, we were planning on selling hops to the brewing boom for Michigan but have lost the ability to continue to make the drive to maintain the property as we would like.

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 planted it anyway. I think of it as an act of commitment; I’ve planted a tree, now I have to keep it alive.”

Read more about how I planted a cherry tree! « Laptop and a Rifle.

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 Blog: Designing And Installing A Rain Water Catchment System.

15 Days No Water

It’s easy to take things for granted that rarely fail us, like running water. I recently ran across a post that served as a good reminder. It listed 10 lessons learned while living without water for 15 days.

15 Days No Water