Last week Violet and I saw that someone had put together a tiny house sleeping cabin / music practice studio. It is located just below Violet’s Kindergarten where the 2011 March Tsunami washed everything away. I felt happy seeing this little house equipped with such amenities as a single burner camp stove, keyboard, a font porch with pansies in bloom, all scrap or reclaimed materials including Japanese cedar lap-siding & external window boxes with sliding plexiglass widows. There was even a makeshift solar array out front too.
Michael Douglas just finished his second tiny house.
His first build was created from a pop-up camper which he used to travel North America this past year. His new tiny house, is larger than the pop-up camper/tiny house hybrid & reminds me of a miniature version of the Leaf tiny house. Follow his adventures: @northtothefuture on Instagram.
The Futuro House was designed in 1968 by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen. It was commissioned as a “holiday house” or vacation home. Because it would be used in a mountainside setting, the structure needed to be easy to transport to the site, low maintenance and shed snow easily. The final design of the Futuro House met all those criteria. It’s just over 26 feet in diameter and came completely equipped with custom furnishings…
Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.
Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.
While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.
Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.
They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires.