Tiny house designs come in all forms. Some people buy already built tiny houses that are on the market, while others may commission the use of a skilled contractor to build the tiny home of their dreams. One of the other options, and something that makes a tiny home so desirable, is the possibility of designing and building your tiny house yourself. Tiny houses are great for people with a DIY spirit. When houses are built small enough or are built on wheels, it makes them not require permits or inspections. This situation give do-it-yourself enthusiasts the change to build a tiny home however they see fit. Continue reading “Tiny House Designs For DIY”
The popularity of alternative building methods is growing in the United States. The Earthship Homes in New Mexico are a perfect example of people tossing out traditional building methods to use methods that use less waste and are more efficient in the long run. The increasing interest of alternative building methods has made information in form of instructional books more readily available. Continue reading “Alternative Building Methods For Greener Building”
I want to apologize for the lack of posts over the past week or so. We had a small fire at our house and have been dealing with that. Nobody was hurt and the fire was contained to our garage, but the smoke damage has been an eye opening experience.
There are so many easy ways to increase the environmental friendliness of your home, many being cheap or even free, that going green has become pretty simple. Changing bulbs as they burn out to more efficient, longer lasting LED bulbs. Lowering your thermostat by 3 degrees in the winter. Lowering the temperature of your hot water heater by a few degrees. Swapping out your shower head for one that uses less gallons per minute. If you incorporate one of these things a week for an entire year, you will save money and your home will be so much greener. Continue reading “A Greener Way To Remodel”
Downsizing your home is a great way to cut down on heating and cooling costs, effectively lowering your carbon footprint. I’ve discussed the benefits of downsizing on my previous blog entry, More Space Equals More Waste. As easy as it sounds in theory, it really is a lot of work to pare down your belongings and find a way to fit your whole life into a smaller space. Especially if you are thinking about switching to a “tiny house“.
The good news is that most average homes have a massive amount of wasted space. The items you have now could be multiplied by ten and still fit in your home, if your home was set up to utilize its space more efficiently.
The increased popularity of the Tiny House Movement has brought us television shows like Tiny House Nation and a new show called Tiny House Hunters. As I watch these shows, I notice a trend among these new tiny house adopters: a lot of them aren’t ready for a tiny house. Continue reading “Downsizing Doesn’t Have To Mean Tiny House”