Off-Grid Scandinavian-Inspired Tiny Home

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Vivid colors and a light-filled interior beckon tiny house aficionados to NestHouse, designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland. Avery’s goal was to create a super-sustainable, super-efficient tiny home, and he succeeded with the gorgeous NestHouse. Blending retro and Scandinavian aesthetics, the tiny home boasts an off-grid option, creative storage, and even a wee bathtub.

Like many tiny home designs, NestHouse takes every opportunity to maximize space, but frequently does so in creative, unique ways. For example, the sleeping-loft ladder twists around a woodstove, saving space, and pull-out storage beneath the winding staircase ensures dwellers can make the most of the tiny house…

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Build Your Own Teardrop Trailer

Teardrops have always been available as build-your-own projects. You can find ads for kits and plans in old magazines from the 1930’s and 40’s. Some of these are pretty sophisticated, but most are clumsily built, and look and feel cheap.

“What if we take the same boatbuilding materials and techniques we’ve been refining for 25 years at Chesapeake Light Craft and build a teardrop trailer? And the same sculptural approach that we bring to boat design?” Harris asks…

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Godfrey Stephens' Toomany Pocketts Sailing Vessel

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Godfrey Stephens’ latest sailboat is this little 12′ San Francisco Bay Pelican, a model designed in 1959 by Bill Short.

It’s a much beloved boat among sailors. Godfrey worked on and off customizing it. A leeboard on the side provides lateral resistance; this way he doesn’t need a centerboard, and can go up on the beach…

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Mike Basich's Custom Snowchaser

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Photo by Evan Kahn

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Photo by Mike Basich

He bought a 1999 Dodge Ram and started by cutting out the back cab and fitting a massive custom roll bar made out of 2″ square tubing where the end of the cab used to be. He then built a custom camper to fit the truck bed, with a liftable top. This way, after the snowmobile is secured, the roof could raise to allow for a more comfortable living space…

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Bill Heick's Northern California Home

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Photo by Lloyd Kahn

Bill’s piece of land is at the end of a two-mile dirt road. His 1900 sq. ft. house has a pentagonal floor plan with an 800-year-old salvaged old-growth redwood log as the center post. There are 21 Douglas fir rafters that Bill peeled and then sanded with an auto-body grinder. There are structural posts under eleven of the rafters. In between the posts are 2″×6″ studs with traditional plaster walls.

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