Category Archives: Building

Water (re) use on the Earthship

Hello, hello!  Happy Monday friends!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Hope it was a good one for you.  Today, I’m going to talk about water at the Earthship.  This is a hot topic since the Mothership of the Earthship is in a high desert climate where water is at a premium (Taos, New Mexico).  One of the things our tour guide repeated multiple times – and it was shown as displays in the visitor center – was how each Earthship re-uses and recycles all the water.

Each Earthship has a sloping roof towards the built up “underground” side of the house as shown here:

Roof (our tour guide showing us the water catchment)

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Earthship!

Happy Friday!  Welcome back!  Can you believe it’s already June?  Where did May go???

Anyways, today’s topic is on the Earthship!!!  Have you heard of it?  If not, it’s a way of building a living structure that is completely off grid using recycled and natural products only.  You can read more here: http://earthship.com/

Earthship (from afar)

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Remember when…

TGIF!  Remember when I shared with you all photos of tiny houses in Portland, Oregon awhile back???  In case you forgot you can read it here  =)

Well, what do you know BUT there was an article on those houses in Portland Monthly. They are, in fact, built for the homeless!

Read the article here: Portland Monthly

(ps.  I finally figured out how to put text over the links and am all over it!)

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the article and have a fabulous weekend!!!  If your snowed in, stay warm (and know that I’m slightly jealous of you).

NPR & Tiny Homes!

Hello and happy Wednesday!  Depending on when you read this (morning or night) you could be starting the hump or almost over it. =) Either way, I’m glad your here!

Today’s post is kind of random and will be rather short BUT on my way into the gym this morning I heard a story on NPR about the Tiny Houses that were built for the West Virginia flood victims.

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Another tiny house community!

Hello friends!  How’s this Wednesday treating you?  Are you back into your normal routine?  Some exciting news today that I want to share about the tiny house movement.  When you think of the tiny house movement you probably think people live in them in more progressive states such as California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, etc.  However, I came across an article today about a tiny house village in OKLAHOMA!  What?  A very conservative state is building a planned tiny house community in Bartlesville, OK.  Yup, I had to look that up too. =)

Bartlesville, OK

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Big Hearts give Tiny Homes

Hello and welcome back!  Today’s topic is one that I would like to shine a little light on in that tiny homes can be a good thing.  This past summer, a huge flood hit parts of West Virginia and destroyed many many homes leaving families with nothing but a mess to clean up.  This is close to my heart as this occurred very close to where I called home for about 10 years.  You can find out more info about the flood here: http://wvflood.com/Pages/default.aspx

The Department of Education and West Virginia got together to create the Big Hearts Give Tiny Homes project in which the career and technical schools within the state built 15 tiny houses for the flood victims….in about 30 days!

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Forever?

Hello!  Happy Hump Day!  I’ve kind of fallen off the everyday blogging thing.  Guess the holiday’s have caught up with me and it’s just slipped my mind. =)  However, I’m back at it again today and wanted to share an interesting article I found on facebook.  Ok, maybe I didn’t find it but someone in the Tiny House Community facebook page posted it.

It talked about how their tiny home wasn’t their forever home…and how that’s ok.

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Happy Monday of Christmas week!

Hello and welcome back!  Did you have a fabulous weekend?  Mine was good.  I have some photos to share with you all from a trip to Portland, Oregon.  Portland is a great city in that not only does it have great artwork and fun crazy things going on but also good food and drinks. It’s also a fairly progressive city with it’s zoning codes.  One of the downsides of this really super cool city is that there is a large homeless population in which some initiatives are in place to help with.

My last trip to Portland included a walk around the Pearl District.  This part of town is known for it’s artsy hip vibe with great mom & pop restaurants and breweries.  This also happens to be where the Portland Art Institute is located, which might have nothing to do with this post but I should note it because I *think* the students there designed and/or built some micro housing which was on display (not sure if that was intended as we couldn’t walk inside and no one was around) in a big lot beside their school.  There were probably about 10 tiny houses located in this lot. As there was no signage, and it was 7 am on a Saturday morning, we didn’t know why or what they were for, hence they may be from the Art Institute or they may have nothing to do with it.

Portland tiny houses

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TGIF

Happy Friday to you all!  Hope your staying nice and warm with this cold front that’s hitting the US right now.   I’m nice and toasty with the heaters as well as the fireplace on. =)

I was reading another blog this morning that suggests using a heated blanked around your propane tank to keep it from freezing – I think.

propane blanket

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