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    Tiny House Decorated with Recycled 'Junk'
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    Published on Jan 10, 2017
    Linden House at The Lord's Land in Mendocino is a beautiful little home that was rejuvenated by an interior decorator...and she did it from the 'junk pile' where all furniture and decorations were planning to be burned. Amazing, right? To stay in Linden House or any other cute little cabin at the Lord's Land go to http://www.ywammendocino.org
     
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    A Tiny Stone Cottage
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    Published on Jan 10, 2017
    This house was created from an old stone and brick hunting cabin.
    With only 18 m2 (194 ft2) on the ground floor of the old cottage, the 13 m2 (140 ft2) addition provides the needed space for a full kitchen. That left the original cottage to be used for a combined living and dining room.
    Access to the upstairs bedroom is via the outside stairs going up to one of the upper decks. There is no inside stair, but there is a ladder and trapdoor in case of bad weather.
     
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    Incredible Container Home
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    Published on Jan 10, 2017
    The home is made from a 40 ft long shipping container and features a functional, but stylish, design. Inside the home's 320 sq ft interior is a living room, full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom.
     
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    Small Dining Rooms That Save Up On Space
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    Published on Jan 11, 2017
    Small dining rooms and areas are inherently a lot more difficult to design than compact bedrooms and tiny living spaces. We often complain about the lack of available space in our own homes to find an excuse for pretty much every design conundrum. But for the imaginative, space is definitely not a constraint.
    The many beautiful dining spaces, nooks and exclusive yet compact dining rooms on showcase today will tell you that all you need is a bit of planning and some ingenuity to overcome this common and perpetual problem.
    Fashioning a small and stylish dining space is also about having plenty of patience. When you walk into a furniture store or shop online, you often come across scores of large dining room tables and expansive chairs that look great in the showroom setting. Bring them home and you soon realize the mistake you have made. But the gorgeous inspirations that we have put together will show you how to overcome this hindrance.
     
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    Incredible House With Hidden Sliding Panels
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    Published on Jan 11, 2017
    This House is village externally and a home internally. The house defies logic as the exterior appears to be a series of small structures, while internally the spaces and functions are large and connected. Within the original house, have hidden sliding panels which allow the large shared rooms to be divided into small.
     
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    Tiny House School Bus Conversion: Take a tour!
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    Published on Jan 8, 2017
    Over the course of a year, my wife and I transformed a school bus into a tiny home for our family. Today our school bus conversion serves as a cozy sanctuary for our family of five.

    Thanks for watching!

    Subscribe if you enjoyed this, and check out my channel for related videos!

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    Off Grid House On The Island
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    Published on Jan 13, 2017
    This small home features a shed roof and is wrapped in a distinctive blue-grey corrugated skin. Power is provided by solar panels and removes the need for supplying fuel and the noise of a generator.
     
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    Modern Laneway House
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    Published on Jan 13, 2017
    The house was designed to be very energy-efficient with a superinsulated shell. Triple-glazed windows are set in 13″-thick walls built from structural insulated panels. With some passive solar gain, very little additional heating is required.
     
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    Our Alaskan Winter, 1949
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    Published on Feb 4, 2016
    "Our Alaskan Winter" is a silent film by Harmon “Bud” Helmericks and Constance Helmericks, circa 1949. The film details the Helmericks' lives as homesteaders in the Brooks Mountain Range of Alaska, and as explorers of northern Alaska and Canada.

    Bud Helmericks and his first wife Constance (Connie) Helmericks spent more than a decade living in and exploring northern Alaska during the 1940s and 1950s. Constance was the best-selling author of eight non-fiction books, five detailing their lives and adventures in the far north. Films that the couple shot on 16mm color film were the subject of national lecture tours. Shot with great care and artfulness under extreme living conditions, these films depict the unique lives of the Helmericks family, as well as the rapidly-changing lives of Iñupiat peoples during the era of pre-Statehood and pre-pipeline Alaska.

    Detailed summary information for "We Live in the Arctic" was provided by the filmmakers. According to these notes, the film includes scenes of the “Arctic Tern” (Cessna 170 airplane) on skis; Six different airplanes, all named the “Arctic Tern” and all painted with a bird symbol, were used in the production of the three Helmericks films over seven years; Upon return to Brooks Range cabin in Alaska after many months away, Bud takes down hanging empty gas cans left to scare bears away; Bud shows how the arctic dweller uses an ice chisel — it takes about one hour to cut through the four-foot ice of Takahula Lake; Lifting out net and fish catch; Icy lake water is hauled to the house; Tramping down an airfield for the plane with snowshoes; It is necessary to push a small piece of stove-wood under each ski of the airplane when parked to keep it from freezing down; Oliktok Point on the Arctic Ocean; Friends run out of their door waving joyously; Bud and George work with shovels and flags to make a more safe airplane field; Oolak returns hours later with a load of small driftwood sticks for fuel; Sled with a big sail approaches out of the frozen ocean; Carrie with her boy Maugulauk and husband Jacob; When Carrie becomes ill, Bud flies her to Point Barrow Hospital during wind storm; Back at Oliktok Point camp, Connie directs the airplane to safety; Dog buried in snow in a spring blizzard during month of May; Another dogsled visitor arrives, and all shake hands with Colliak, who has come from 100 miles inland; Caribou butchered; Sawing out new sled from driftwood as Lydia plays about; Apiak, older son, builds sled flooring — it is necessary to make an entirely new sled almost every season; Flight out over the polar ice fifty miles; Landing fifty miles offshore where Apiak had designated a hunting camp in his earlier explorations by sled; Pitch tent; Rifle close at hand in case of polar bears; Travel via dogsled and hunting for seals; Polar bear tracks; Connie comes up to her dead polar bear — shot from the tent at 1 a.m. in late May — feasting (not shown) followed immediately after butchering; Seal meat goes into modern pressure cooker; Apiak serves dogs their meal; Starving seal has lost its diving hole and can’t find the ocean — carried in a sack on the sled to the nearest seal hole and it finally dove down into the ocean; On shore after two months at sea; Summer tent; Lydia, Nannie and George; Saying goodbye; Home to cabin at Takahula Lake; Unloading cargo from Hughes, the trading post (100 miles away), at the new dock at Takahula Lake; Bud cuts moose hide into strips and makes chairs; Connie casting for pike at tent camp at nearby Iniakuk Lake; Broken airplane tail — Bud fixes it by taking off part of the tail and then fortunately it flew OK; Connie catches a grayling; Geese migrating; Grizzly and moose and other animals; Roasting caribou ribs; Connie uses the little yellow kayak on Takahula Lake before winter; Ice pans float down the adjacent Alatna River; Arrigetch Peaks rising above the house; Bud and Connie, in full winter dress, are prepared for winter again; Connie reads contentedly by the blazing hearth. (Color/Silent/16mm film).

    This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-16009 and AAF-16010 from the Constance Helmericks Film collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives. For more information about this film, other Helmericks films, and related holdings from the Jean Aspen Papers, please contact the Alaska Film Archives.
     
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    From Gotham to isolated, code & debt-free West Texas estate
    Kirsten Dirksen



    Published on Nov 17, 2014
    Seven years ago John Wells sold his heavily-mortgaged home in upstate New York and bought 40 acres in West Texas for $8000. The area (Brewster County) is so isolated there are no codes or zoning restrictions so Wells built his own tiny home (in 9 days with $1600) relying on his set-building experience.

    Not wanting to rely on outside labor, Wells has continued to build his own services: a solar shower, a basic composting toilet, a bike-powered washing machine, an Airstream guest house, and a huge greenhouse which also houses 4 shipping containers he hopes to convert to housing/office space.

    Wells named his homestead (now 40 acres, he bought a second 20 acres for $500) the Field Lab (short for “Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory”) and he likes to experiment with off-grid solutions: one of his latest is a more-powerful solar oven.

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    Idaho modern oldtimer builds underground & solar $50 houses
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    Published on Aug 3, 2015
    Mike Oehler lived for over 30 years in an underground home that he built for $50 (and expanded for $500) on his land in Northern Idaho near the Canadian border. Now in his seventies his arthritis keeps him from hiking up to his home, but he continues to “write and proselytize”

    In 1968 like thousands of other San Franciscans hoping to go “back to the land”, Oehler bought property and began to build a homestead. After spending a winter freezing in a small cabin, he designed a home that would use the earth as insulation. With his first attempt he fell into the easy errors of what he calls a “first thought house”: a hole cut into a hillside with south-facing windows.

    Gradually he began to innovate with subterranean design, creating better ways for letting light in: among them “the Hollywood Wing”, “the Royer foyer”, gables and most-importantly the “uphill patio” (which also provides space for an earth-sheltered greenhouse). He also created an inexpensive, low-tech approach to basic design with what he calls PSP or Post/shoring/polyethlene.

    Mike Oehler's "$50 & Up Underground House Book": http://www.undergroundhousing.com/
     
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    Lloyd Kahn on his NorCal self-reliant half-acre homestead
    Kirsten Dirksen



    Published on May 18, 2015
    At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn is an icon of alternative housing. In the seventies he was a poster child of the geodesic dome (he published Domebook One and Two and he and his dome home were featured in Life magazine).

    He got his start in publishing when Stewart Brand made him the shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. The book that put him on the map as a publisher was “Shelter”, an international survey of alternative housing that he continues to sell over 4 decades later.

    Kahn’s enthusiasm for shelter extends to “building every place I’ve ever lived”, including his current home which started as a dome and is now a more traditional shelter capped by a 30-foot-tall hexagonal tower (the only remnant of the dome).

    His home is only a small part of his half-acre homestead where he and his wife Lesley Creed believe in doing things for yourself, when possible. Besides tending the organic gardens (and dozens of free-range chickens), Creed is a natural dyer, quilter, sourdough bread-maker and believer in the “value of actually working, not just trying to figure out how not to work”.

    On our visit to the homestead, Kahn showed us his wild-caught pigeons, his seaweed harvest, well-fermented sauerkraut, home-cured olives, oatmeal grinder and workshop (where he still keeps his father’s “nuts and bolts box”). We caught Creed baking her sourdough bread (from her kitchen-harvested starter) and drying “bread seed” poppies.

    Years ago the couple were pushing the boundaries of self-sufficiency to include goats and harvests of wheat, but Kahn found his limits. “With self-sufficiency you never get there, you never become self-sufficient. I mean we tried back in the seventies. We had goats and chickens and bees and I was trying to raise grain. Pretty soon I realized that if I want to raise enough wheat for the bread for a year here, it’s better left to a specialist, like I can’t be my own dentist. So you do, it’s a direction self-sufficiency. You do what you can do as much of it as you can.”

    Shelter Publications: http://www.shelterpub.com/

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    Amazing Wooden Brick House
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    Published on Jan 17, 2017
    Here is an amazing wooden brick house.
    The small house has 69.2 m2 (745 ft2)
     
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    Gorgeous House In The Forest
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    Published on Jan 16, 2017
    Contrasting with the dark, reserved exterior, the interior is bright and open. The house sized 62 m2 (667 ft2).
     
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    Stunning Rustic Log Cabin
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    Published on Jan 15, 2017
    Every time, there are tiny houses for every style, for every mood, but the rustic log cabin has its own style. Maybe it is because that style of architecture immediately puts us in mind of a cozy retreat in the woods or the mountains somewhere, far from civilization
     
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    Amazing Farmhouse Like You've Never Seen It Before
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    Published on Jan 19, 2017
    The 1895 farmhouse update with classic country charm.
     
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    Amazing Floating Tiny House
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    Published on Jan 19, 2017
    This a floating tiny house that was hand-built to provide mobile and affordable accommodation. The interior of the small-scale houseboat features all of the comforts of home and is insulated to survive four seasons.
     

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