Lulu is a single mom who’d gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.
With no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater).
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
“It’s really mostly built like a shed. It’s a nice looking shed, but it’s really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it.”
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about ,000 (trailer included).
Original story here: http://www.faircompanies.com/videos/view/california-shipping-container-tiny-home-cargo-trailer-room/
Music credit: “I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie (http://chriszabriskie.com/)
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When a 26-year-old Matthew Hofman launched his own architecture firm, he bought a 1978 Airstream trailer and redesigned it to live in. He received so much attention for his own tiny home on wheels (160 square feet) that he began renovating Airstreams for clients.
Less than 5 years later he’s recrafted more than 60 Airstreams, but he finds each one a design challenge given their aircraft-style shell.
“Airstreams are like an egg. They’re what’s called semi-monocoque construction which is like, it’s an airplane so that creates the integrity as a whole so everything moves together. So there are no walls, there are no roofs, there are no diaphragms that create load, but it’s all one unit. It needs to be whole. And then once you start to do things like cutting out panels, then it really starts to become a design challenge.”
The first riveted aluminum trailer, the “Road Chief”, was designed in 1934 by aircraft designer Hawley Bowlus who had worked on the Spirit of St. Louis. Two years later, Wally Byam, who had helped sell the “Road Chief”, launched his own company called Airstream. The original “Clippers” cost 00, expensive for the time, but Byam couldn’t fill orders fast enough.
Like the “Road Chief”, Airstreams were designed more like aircraft than traditional travel trailers. It’s a style which has earned them a loyal following.
When we visited HofArc’s 20,000-square-foot yard in Santa Barbara, CA, the team were working on “Wanda” for an Australian family of 5 to tour the Outback and a Spartan (Airstream competitor) mobile home for clients to use as a vacation pod in Hawaii. Hofman sees the tiny homes that pass through as providing his clients with freedom.
“We’re all after a sense of freedom, it’s really the driver on the great American road trip.”
Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/airstream-vintage-aircraft-shell-as-luxury-house-on-wheels/
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Slides for this presentation are available here: http://extremecomputingtraining.anl.gov/atpesc/sessions/next-generation-energy-storage-beyond-lithium-ion/
Presented at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, Summer 2015.
For more information on the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing, visit: http://extremecomputingtraining.anl.gov/
Wild grains are a must grow when looking at growing plants to reduce
their dependancy on outside sources. It is important fod animal feed,
as well as food for human consumption. In this episode I outline one of
my favorite wild grains and ancient grains that everyone should try
Grain seeds you can purchase
Amaranth – http://amzn.to/2cp4obC
Sorghum – http://amzn.to/2byvuNq
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