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The Alpha Tiny Home | 95k | So So Sweet | Video + Ideas

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

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Very simple design and you would think with the big space in the middle being empty there would be a small kitchen and a small bathroom.  With the price tag close to 100k… the owner pulled out all the stops with a very interesting design.  I noticed this on the Tiny House Design Blog and wanted to share the pictures and talk about the wonderful things that I’ve noticed.

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Clean design and a folding deck.  I also like the overhang that is created.  Part of me thinks it would be neat to have some sort of folding deck that could cover sliding patio doors that could walk out on it and could fold up and be pinned to the outer wall when moving.

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Sweet.  Open wall + ice bucket 😉

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The double garage door is so attractive and lets in so much light when closed or open to fresh air.

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Large sink that is super sweet with avery open and wide concept.

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Super large windows across from the open wall leading to the deck. Washroom under the bed.  I’m in love.

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Raised floor with a great sized kitchen for prep and cooking.  Under the kitchen floor pulls out some magic…

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Windows, full sized fridge, cooktop and a great little kitchen.

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And now the magic below…

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ps… i want his arms.

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Boom.

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When you watch the video below you will notice some great ideas and features that make you want to revisit your design and make note of some of the little details.  This model is made and designed by New Frontier Homes and David Latimer.

WanderWith.Me | Roadtrip Across The World | Wow + Incredible

Thursday, May 8th, 2014
An overland odyssey, of dust, snow, and distant shorelines, capturing moments of life and landscapes, cameras, prime lenses, weathered journals and rain soaked musings, inspirations, lyrics and poetry. Head and heart given to the road, the mysterious and ever unfolding unknown.” WanderWith.Me”

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What were your reason/s for getting an ‘adventuremobile’?

The adventuremobile idea was an answer to questions about how to reach remote areas in the Americas and Africa, then stay awhile to experience and photograph them.

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Why the Toyota, as opposed to any other off road campers and vehicles?

I’m a bit biased, but Toyota’s were well loved and depended on growing up in Bend, Oregon and you still see many 50 & 60 series cruisers around town there today. I researched other rigs, but the list of possibles shortened when looking at reliability, spare parts and roadside repairs. The rest seemed pure serendipity, as I got a heads up on a rare Troopy for sale on the side of country road in Vermont. The photos are still up online here, amazingly! I fell in love at first sight and purchased on the spot and over the phone, then spent three wonderful days with the owner and her family on their gorgeous woodsy property in Stowe, Vermont. I took two weeks to drive and camp in the truck while moving across Canada and the States, that after changing the fluids and tires out in Montreal.
It seems like you’ve done some work to the ‘Green Beast’. What customizations have you made? Any small luxuries added?

I had some years traveling abroad and living along the West Coast in an RV so had come to appreciate needing less and keeping life simple. This was Alita’s experience in her travels abroad as well as it allows more time for the creative work we both love. The first decision on the Troopy was to build only below the window line to keep a light filled open space inside the truck. The rest of the work was about self sufficiency with an idea to live comfortably a couple weeks at a time. Here are some of the customizations…

· AutoHome graciously sponsored us with an incredibly comfortable and rugged roof top tent

· Cabinetry to contain our food, refrigerator, tools, clothes, and misc. storage needs while also allowing room for sleeping indoors.

· Fabrication work to better secure the rooftop area which keeps spare parts, recovery gear, and extra diesel.

· Solar powered energy system for charging cameras, computers and the refrigerator (140W solar panel, inverter, sun charger, 3 optima batteries)

· 15 Gal water system with sink allowing us to filter water from hoses and rivers, reducing bottled water use. Also, a very handy outdoor solar shower.

· Our getting unstuck gear includes Toyo MT tires with 2 spares and repair kit, Winch with Nylon cable, MaxTrax, Tow Rope, Shackles, Hi-Lift & bottle Jack, Shovel and wood cutting gear

· Surfboard rack, maybe the most important item!

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We can’t have helped but sensed a bias to travel in Mexico. Why Mexico? What other terrain do you guys conquer?

We’re driving down to Argentina so Baja and mainland Mexico were some part of that but Mexico is also Alitas home country. As Alita has travelled here extensively, its been an incredible start to the journey in terms of getting to know people and places more deeply. It’s also been a great way to further reduce the things we found weren’t so needed, especially living in a smaller space.

 

Any good stories? Future travel plans?

Yes, and so many seem to start early in the morning! In Nayarit, Mexico, we awoke to a motorcycle outside the tent while camping miles down an extremely isolated beach. We climbed down to see a man hunched over, furiously digging in the sand. He then pulled a large leather satchel off his motor bike and started filling it with dozens of turtle eggs, to move them safely to an incubator. The sight of him – goggles on and motoring off down the beach on an antique motorcycle with a satchel full of eggs and his little dog hanging off the back was a movie-like sequence, but we weren’t quick enough with the cameras!

 

As for future travel, we’re looking to reach Panama by late Summer then fly back to Mexico and Oregon to spend time with family. We’ll return to the truck and the adventure in South America later this Winter.

♥ Colby & Alita

They have a great website with a Tumblr Template so follow them on Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.  Links on the their website.  So follow their blog and amazingly photographed story here: WanderWith.Me

Couple Builds Own Tiny House on Wheels in 4 Months for $22,744.06 | Full Tour | Could You Live Tiny?

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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This is the 3rd option of what I like.  I’m impressed with the large kitchen.  It’s better to keep looking and find the type that I like.  This one has stairs.  Watch the video.  It’s pretty clever in the design.  While you watch it… what do you think?  They have a great blog with the link below.

http://tinyhousebuild.com/ presents the “hOMe” tour. Our 221 SF (+128SF in lofts) was self designed and built tiny house on a 28′ trailer. Built for $22k ($33k including all cabinets and appliances), our tiny house feels spacious, roomy and totally livable. BEST house we’ve ever lived in! 🙂 During this video we take you through the entire tiny house, showing each nook and cranny and design features that are working so well. Unlike most cottagey tiny houses, hOMe has a clean, modern feel.

Video | Tiny House | Inside The ProtoHaus + Mobile Office Build

Friday, March 7th, 2014

I think I want to “paint out” my Tiny House to an “off-white” colour from finding a picture on Tumblr of a Tiny House that was painted out. I’ve discovered the two people who live in that house in the States and have some other pictures to share of inside their home.

Even though my Tiny House will be about 578 sq feet… this little one is about 125 sq ft on the main floor (not including the loft).

Ann Holley wanted to create an off-grid, transportable tiny house that would be technically an RV, but with an aesthetic that wouldn’t feel like living in an RV. What she created with her partner Darren Macca is a 125-square-foot “stick built” home with a cedar exterior and a refreshing and expanding all-white interior.

The ProtoHaus has proven to be a truly portable home, making several cross country journeys. The couple originally built the home during a summer on her parents’ property in Colorado. They then drove it 1,500 miles to Alfred, New York where they lived in it for a year while Holley was in grad school. Then they drove it back to Colorado where they parked it on a traditional lot in Longmont, Colorado.

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Could you live in a Tiny House? Could you try and live with less and try and have a bigger life?

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Below is a little video taken before all of the finishing touches were added. The cost for this house was $25,000

Video below of inside the ProtoHaus. I find it neat to watch the videos to get a better understanding of what it will be like living in one.  I’m going to use Goodlife Fitness for the “Three S’s”… but there are so many options to consider.

 

For their next project they wanted to create a tiny “flexible space”, something that could function as a guest house or a mobile office. The ProtoStoga just 40 square feet and it’s design is “a hybrid between a Gypsy Vardo, Airstream-esque Trailer, Conestoga Wagon and a Shepherd Hut”. At under 1,500 pounds (the Protohaus is 9,500), Macca can tow it with his 4 cylinder car and often uses it to cut his commute. He leaves it in a park across from his work and instead of commuting home, he camps out in it.

ProtoHaus: http://www.protohaus.moonfruit.com/

Foster Huntington | His Toyota Camper | Van Life

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

 

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A year ago, I started fantasizing about campers other than my VW Syncro. It felt adulterous. I had been living in it for a year and half at this point and the cost of maintenance was catching up to me. Syncro’s are pretty amazing vans. Mine had an Audi engine, front and rear locking differentials and could go any where I wanted it. The problem was reliability. Only 300o were ever imported to the US, and very few people know how to work on them. Many times a minor break down such as a fuel pump or a starter turned into a week long search for a mechanic that was willing to work on it let a lone had access to the right parts. My van was made in 1987 and had 292 miles on it when I bought it. With the right maintenance, It will keep working forever, but my regiment of 40k miles per year were wearing on the car. From afar, VW van’s are very romantic. Living in one is a totally different story.

Unfortunately, there aren’t that many good alternatives to a Syncro in terms of capability, size and efficiently. Sportsmobile’s weigh twice as much and cost between $50-100k. Depending on the, year there are problems with the Diesel engines and the MPG are hard to swallow. Eurovans are plagued with electronic issues and never come in 4wd. A full size truck and camper is way to big. I wanted something, I could parallel park in a city and make my way around narrow forest service roads. Eventually, I settled on a Toyota Tacoma and a poptop camper.

Go to a remote area for an activity like surfing, snowboarding or climbing and you’ll likely see a Toyota truck with a pop top camper. Unlike a rare German 4×4, the parts are ubiquitous and any garage in the world can work on them. Sure they aren’t as “c00l” as a VW, but one break down in the Mojave desert cured me with my fixation of how cool my Syncro was.

After doing a bunch of research on forums like Wander the West and The Expedition Portal, I focused my attention on a Four Wheel PopTop camper. All though not the fanciest, they have been making campers for 40 years and have a cult following of people that use theirs in harsh situations. To maximize usable space, I decided to remove the stock bed and put an aluminum flatbed on the truck. This would allow for the side entry I loved about my van, as well as a lower center of gravity and increased storage around the wheel wells. On a tip from a friend, I got in touch with AT Overland in Prescott, Arizona and they helped design, source parts and work with Four Wheel to build the camper. The whole process from conception of the idea to delivery of the finished product in Prescott took eight months.

The ruberized canvas walls have an insulative layer that helps with condensation and keeps the camper warm in cold temperatures.

The camper is based off of a 2013 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab. The truck has a V6, six speed manual and the off road package. I upgraded the truck with a 2-inch lift from Old Man Emu, an ARB Bumper, Warn Winch, Airflow Snorkel, Firestone airbags in the back and a custom rear leaf set up from Deaver in Orange County.

Parked in Baja on the campers maiden voyage last summer.

When popped, the bed slides out to roughly the size of a Kingsize.

Extra fuel storage and some badges of honor from the road. Between the fuel cans are two Max Trax for putting under the tires in sticky situations.

AT Overland fabricated 4 Lockable aluminum boxes under the flatbed for extra storage room.

A 20,000 BTU furnace keeps me the camper warm during cold nights. This opened up a ton of possibilities for me.

Compared, to my Syncro, the Four Wheel Camper feels like a Four Seasons. It has an electric fridge (powered by two marine batteries and 160w panel) a two burner stove (two 10 pound cylinders) a furnace (runs off the propane and 20 gallons of freshwater and an outdoor shower.

This month marks the two and half year mark for living out of my vehicle. It’s flown by. My initial plan to spend a year on the road has morphed into a way of life. I love living out of a small space. It forces me to limit my possessions and conscious of the mess I make. Instead of buying something when I’m bored, I travel to a new place. My new camper gives me piece of mind to continue my travels . I’m hoping to have it for twenty years.

Here are some more links,

Gone Tomorrow (Ian Durkin),

AT Overland,

Four Wheel Campers.

Own Less, Live More: 700 Sq. Ft. Small House of Freedom | Tiny Living

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

KLand sent me this article. Just wanted to share. The link to the full article is at the bottom.

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When it comes to small houses planning and design really counts.

This couple began creating ideas for their future “perfect” home early in their marriage.

They wanted a home that was big enough for just the two of them (and their dogs).

This way they’d have more time and money for their personal interests.

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See more of Lily Copenagle and Jamie Kennel’s small house below. They’re the couple behind this 700 sq. ft. house of freedom.

 

And the home is environmentally friendly, too. They use a rainwater system to reuse water and hydrate their plants. They also have a 550-gallon rain barrel on the property.

Cleaning is a breeze since you can plug the vacuum in at one spot and reach the entire house from there.

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It’s a one room design with a curtain for privacy to enclose the bedroom when desired. The home was completed in 2012 with costs of about $135,000 to build (including labor and materials).

A Rais wood stove that swivels is what keeps the place warm.

They were also able to include an office area for the both of them.

Along with book shelves throughout to store their collection of literature.

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Another one of their smart design moves was putting the washer and dryer in their clothes closet so that doing laundry is quick, easy and painless.

Genius, I say.

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If you head out back on the property you’ll also notice two storage sheds with living roofs.

One of the sheds is like a workshop with tools, bench and garden supplies while the other holds their recreational stuff like their kayak and other outdoor gear.

And yes, they actually have the spare time to use this stuff thanks to their less demanding home.

“There’s so much personal freedom in going smaller,” says Mr. Kennel in the article at the NY Times.

Read the original article here.

See more by taking a complete photo tour of their 700 sq. ft. home here (click on View Slide Show when you get there).

 

16 Year Old Builds Tiny Home To Be Mortage Free After School

Friday, January 10th, 2014

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Austin Hay is still in high school, but he’s building his own house. It’s only 130 square feet, but it makes him a homeowner without a mortgage at just 16 years old. Right now, it’s parked in his parents’ backyard, but he’s built it on wheels so he plans to take it to college and then wherever he goes after he graduates.

He’s been sleeping in his tiny home for a few months now and he’s already decided not to return to big (his parents’ home is 1800 square feet). “Living small means less bills, living big means more bills,” he explained from the tiny stoop of his new home. “I don’t want to pay big bills”.

Hay’s 130-square-foot home may make him the youngest member of the growing Small House Movement.

Hay expects to spend about $12,000 building his home (the used trailer cost him $2000) and he’s paying for it working two summer jobs (at a camp and at a park snack bar). He’s cut his costs in half (the home’s estimated DIY price is $23,000) because Hay has scavenged everything from doors, windows and flooring to the kitchen sink (the hardwood floors were $25 at a salvage yard and so was the stainless steel sink).

Follow-up video of the finished trailer with his open house for his family and friends (click here)

Inspiring | Lego Apartments + Storage Container Houses

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Above: This is the first video that inspired me. It would be incredible to have a small space like this along a beautiful lake. 24 square meters inside the apartment above.

Below is some other inspiring videos and I just find it interesting to see how people change the way the look at things and the space we think we need and all the items we fill our lives with.

I find these videos inspiring and makes me wonder what it would be like to think different and live different.