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Cabin in Forest Cost $12 to Build



This cosy forest-den certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but this house which was constructed almost entirely from reclaimed materials and cost only 12 dollars to build has served as a comfortable home for David Gell for over 5 years now. Originally, the home was designed and built by an architecture student, who was studying tent design and wanted to experiment with creating super-affordable housing using reclaimed materials…

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Tiny Lifestyle Meets Challenges in Vermont

WALDMAN-24Chrissy Bellmyer is one of many Vermont tiny home owners forced to live “under the radar.”

Bellmyer built her Chittenden County home in the summer of 2015 and moved in the following January. Her home is near Essex, she said, but declined to say where exactly because she’s worried about zoning and building code complaints.

Tiny houses, which are often considered to be 400 square feet or less, are rapidly growing in popularity around the country as an alternative to traditional housing. The average American home is 2,600 square feet, according to the Census Bureau…

Ethan Waldman, like Bellmyer, joined the movement for the financial freedom the tiny house lifestyle presents. Waldman, 31, began building his Morrisville home with the help of a carpenter in the summer of 2012. The 220-square-foot house was complete by the fall of 2013…

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Pairoducks Meets SunRay Kelley

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…SunRay returned my online inquiry with a brief email and a phone number, so after a short chat we made plans for a visit. When I arrived he gave a brief introduction and skeptical inquiry of my east coast upbringing, then informed me he had to do a dump run and pick up firewood. I tied down piles of garbage to the rack of his Toyota and off we went, only to return with an equally disproportionate load of firewood, Fir and Madrone. We walked around the homestead and delivered tractor bucket-loads of wood to hungry wood stoves and fireplaces. It’s constant work to keep the buildings warm during the downpours and gusty blows of Northwest winters. The guy burns a lot of wood…

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Greenfield, MA Tiny Home Movement



A new ordinance will bring the national tiny house movement to Greenfield.

Tiny homes provide residents with a green alternative within a 400-square-foot space.

Greenfield will first have to approve a fairly complicated accessory dwelling unit ordinance this summer in order for construction to begin on the tiny home communities. If the city does not approve the ordinance, people can opt to section off a portion of their current homes or create a tiny home that is completely detached.

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Beautiful Small Home in Australia

A small home that made the most of its small block was part of the design brief for this beautiful and ecologically sustainable Maylands property.

Designed by Mountford Architects, the steel- and timber-framed home is a much-admired part of its streetscape, with its striking modern form, mixture of cladding and Colorbond, and landscaping featuring old railroad sleepers.

Mountford Architects’ Ben Mountford said the home, which won an award for small project architecture at the 2015 Australian Institute of Architects WA Architecture Awards, was designed specifically for its single semi-retiree owner, who wanted a small two-bedroom home that made the most of the light and space on her narrow 2700 sq. ft. block…

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