Pro-snowboarder, Mike Basich, tours his self-built 225 square foot home in the middle of his 40 acre snow-covered property near Truckee, CA – and shows how being close to nature drives his most creative decisions.
This one is close to my heart. Not so much on the natural side, but as a snowboard instructor for 5 years, the dream of having a small cabin in 40 acres of backcountry terrain is the dream. I love the golden ratio design with strong passive solar.
Backyard cottages, granny flats, mother in law units, accessory dwelling units and the hilarious combination, mother in law flats (MILFs) are all names for putting another dwelling in your back garden. Continue reading →
How much stuff does a person really need? This is a question Dee Williams has been challenging for years, and after a pivotal trip to Guatemala seven years ago, her conclusion was: not much. Dee sold her home, got rid of most of her belongings, and began limiting herself to about 300 possessions — that was everything from heels and a toothbrush, to a couple of dinner plates and a two-ton jack. She then built a tiny house on wheels, parked it in a friend’s backyard, and commenced re-defining her understanding of the basics: community well-being, gratitude, happiness and the compost toilet.
Dee has been featured in the media including, Yes! Magazine, the NBC Evening News, NPR, Good Morning America and TIME Magazine. Her tiny company, Boxcar Woodcraft, won the Washington Governor’s Award for Sustainable Practices in 2008 and in 2010, her company, Portland Alternative Dwellings, started rolling out customer-designed little houses and offering workshops for would-be builders.
You can learn more at www.portlandalternativedwellings.com, and you can see a video of Dee’s house at www.nau.com/collective/stories/.
John Labovitz lives in a custom-built tiny home on the back of an Isuzu truck in northeast Portland. He makes the most of his 119 square feet with a single cooking burner that runs on denatured alcohol, a tiny wood stove, a desk that doubles as a seating area, and space-saving designs he borrowed from boat-builders. Continue reading →