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A well-designed smaller home plan orchestrates the flow of the spaces, making sense of all areas, no matter how compact.
Some of the materials used in construction include recycled blue jeans, low VOC paints, locally harvested lumber and recycled products such as steel. Customization options include solar panels and solar hot water heaters, allowing the homes to be taken entirely off the grid. Here are some of the specs...
•176 sq. ft. on main level
•24′ – 26′ long
•Approx Weight 13,000 lbs
•32 x 32 Shower Stall
•Pedestal sink in bath
•Nature’s Head Composting toilet
•Drop down deck
•Sunken Living room
•loft above bath
•Entry door – Double 2′ 6″ x 6′ 8″
It is a design that feels larger than its square footage, with storage space to help eliminate clutter and outdoor living spaces to expand the home to the outside. It’s also a home that, most importantly, lives in harmony with your lifestyle and is earth friendly by creating a small sustainable footprint.
10 Reasons to live in a Tiny House
Less initial cost
Less energy consumption
Less cost for repairs
Less interest paid
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.
Lester R. Brown, a prominent environmentalist and founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute, describes sustainable living in the twenty-first century as "shifting to a renewable energy–based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system." In addition to this philosophy, practical eco-village builders like Living Villages maintain that the shift to renewable technologies will only be successful if the resultant built environment is attractive to a local culture and can be maintained and adapted as necessary over the generations.
The State of California is encouraging solar and wind power generation that is connected to the electrical grid to avoid the use of toxic lead acid batteries for night time storage. Grid-tie systems are generally less expensive than off-grid systems due to the lack of additional equipment like charge controllers and the batteries. However, some systems may mitigate this difference by using old car batteries that can no longer supply enough current to start a car.
It is often done to residential buildings only occasionally occupied, such as vacation cabins, to avoid high initial costs of traditional utility connections. Other persons choose to live in houses where the cost of outside utilities is prohibitive, or such a distance away as to be impractical. In his book How to live off-grid Nick Rosen lists seven reasons for going off-grid. The top two are saving money, and reducing the carbon footprint. Others include survivalists, preparing for the collapse of the oil economy and bringing life back to the countryside.
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