Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

Spectacular 40ft Small Shipping Container Home

This 40ft Shipping Container home is packed with clever space-saving features. It’s solar powered, collects rain-water and can even sleep up to 7 people! Read More: http://www.livingbiginatinyhouse.com/40ft-shipping-container-home/

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Shipping Container Tiny Home and a Cargo Trailer Bedroom

Shipping Container Tiny Home and a Cargo Trailer Bedroom

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).

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Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

Family of 7 Living Completely Off-Grid in Northern Canada!

In this video, we meet Jeff, Rose, and their 5 girls who are living completely off grid on a 40-acre piece of land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. They built their own off-grid house for less than ,000 with cedar posts sunk into the ground like a pole barn, log rafters, plywood, foam insulation, and a living roof. The house was so affordable to build because they didn’t have to excavate or pour a concrete foundation, dig a well, or install a septic system.

They have 2 solar power systems to power everything they need. The first solar system is just one solar panel that generates 12-Volt power for their lights, cell phones, and music player. The larger system is a 2.5 Kilowatt solar power system installed on their shop roof with a lithium ion battery bank that powers their full-sized fridge, a chest freezer, washing machine, as well as a mixer, blender and a toaster. They have a backup generator but they only have to use it for about 40 hours per year during prolonged cloudy or snowy periods.

All of the water the family uses is rainwater collected from their shop roof and stored in a tank under the shop floor to keep it cool. They carry buckets of water into the house for cooking, dishes and showers. To produce clean drinking water, they filter their rainwater in a passive water filter called a Burkey (check them out here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com).

The grey water from their kitchen sink and shower drains into a shallow grey water field in the backyard.

They have 2 composting bucket toilets and they sprinkle sawdust into the buckets after each use to absorb moisture and prevent smells.

For heat, they cut their own firewood for their Blaze King catalytic wood stove, and for their antique cookstove in the kitchen that they use for cooking and baking.

Jeff and Rose homeschool their 5 girls for a few hours each day and also ensure that their kids are learning diverse life skills like growing their own food, caring for horses, raising bees, and more.

We’re very impressed with the clever solutions this family has come up with to make off-grid living seem so easy.

If you want to learn more about this inspiring family and follow their journey, check out their Gridlessness project — they have a blog and a YouTube channel.

Gridlessness Blog:
http://gridlessness.com

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle

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Tiny House With Amazing Rooftop Balcony

Tiny House With Amazing Rooftop Balcony

Situated amongst the vast beauty of the Mojave Desert, the Peacock tiny house looks right at home. Built by Rob Millar, the house is filled with unique design features including an impressive roof-top balcony!

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Nomadic Couple Create Incredible Small Homestead

Nomadic Couple Create Incredible Small Homestead

Molly and Al lived an incredible life together on the road in their House Truck before finding their own idillic piece of land to set up a small homestead in the South Island of New Zealand. Their story shows an evolution from living in a house truck, to finding a more permanent solution for their retirement, that still allows them the freedom to hit the road when they desire.

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This Tiny Modular Home Adapts to Your Moods

This Tiny Modular Home Adapts to Your Moods

This tiny modular home adapts to your moods

To have a truly smart home, the tech needs to be integrated from the inside out. In the second episode of Home of the Future, The Verge and Curbed take you inside Kasita, a tiny modular home that you can program to fit your every mood. Subscribe: http://goo.gl/G5RXGs

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