Friday, 29 January 2016

Thoreau Stone Cabin replica... Tiny house 150 sq ft

A replica of Henri David Thoreau’s cabin with some nice stonework & slate roof – 10′x15′ Windows are recycled from Yale demolition. Timberframe and insulated, sealed shell crafted by Bensonwood

A 150 square feet Henry David Thoreau replica in New Hampshire. Shared by Dick Struthers. Work by Bensonwood.

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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Solar Bundle Kit - 100 Watt 12 Volt $169.99

  • Renogy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels UL 1703 Certified (Grade A high Efficiency solar panel)
  • Withstand strong wind (2400Pa)/heavy snow (5400Pa), Excellent performance in low light environments
  • 30Amp Charge Controller which allows system expandable up to 400W(12volts) and 800W(24volts)
  • One 9In MC4 connector Adaptor Kit (Two cables, one female and one male)
  • Grade A Quality, Premium Solar Cells, TPT Back sheet to Ensure the durability

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

A is for Affordable, Quick and Easy A-Frame for $1,000

A-Frame : AFFORDABLE, EASY and QUICK to build .... could be altered for different uses, or added to, rather effortlessly.The total cost for a cabin like this, soup to nuts, is right around $1200- and that's using city lumber pricing, meaning, elsewhere, it'd cost less to build.

Add in some salvaged, free, or recycled materials, and you could EASILY build this under $1000. 

Offgrid A Frame Affordble

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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Tiny Houses for the Homeless: An Affordable Solution Catches On

A growing number of towns and cities have found a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages—and housing officials are taking notice. More ...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Off-grid galvanized Shower Tub

Looking for an inexpensive shower/bath tub we stumbled upon these wonderful images with 35 gallon galvanized steel tubs.

We found one on Amazon with Free Shipping: Behrens 35-Gallon Round Steel Tub by Behrens for $48.97

There are some other sizes and shapes out there ....

Friday, 13 November 2015

Affordable Housing in Vancouver and the Olympic Village Model.

We have all read the News about the difficult Housing situation in places like Vancouver. 

As prices climb,  more and more people are unable to afford to buy a house, condo or anything else in and around Vancouver.  

Obviously something needs to be done.  An affordable and sustainable housing strategy needs to be developed: an Architecture  that can house low income families and young people entering the housing Market.

Something like a new Low cost, Affordable housing Village ..... Similar to the Olympic Village but "Affordable". Is it possible to build a large scale village where 2 and 3  bedroom apartments can be purchased for less than $100,000 ?   If done with low cost, recycled, and re-used materials the answer is YES !

The Tiny House and Offgrid Community are experts at creating spaces from almost nothing. Working with recycled, reused and repurposed materials, it is possible to build  low cost housing on a massive scale. Unfinished ceilings, floors, walls, small spaces, multi-function rooms and furniture. This is the Sustainable Architecture we have been waiting for.

Located in Southeast False Creek, the Olympic Village was built for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to house athletes and Olympic officials coming from across the world.
After the Olympics, the Olympic accommodation became residential housing. The development aligns with the City's goals, addressing environmental, economic, and social issues.

The Olympic Village, developed by the Millennium Development Group, is one of the greenest communities in the world, making Vancouver a leader in sustainable development.
In keeping with Vancouver's Greenest City targets, the Olympic Village uses innovative energy efficiency and sustainability systems like solar heating and green roofs.
The Olympic Village is a mixed-use community, with approximately 1,100 residential units, area parks, and a growing number of retail and service outlets.
The Village, which is North America’s first LEED Platinum community, was designed, developed and constructed by the Millennium Development Group led by Peter and Sharam Malek. The project was achieved in a record 30 months from commencement of construction to the opening of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Situated on a former industrial site, it has been a catalyst for the revitalization of the surrounding neighbourhood and has recently been awarded the 2013 Urban Land Institute award for urban open spaces.

International builders soak up the Vancouver model: