Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Shipping Container Size & Dimensions

45HC USED High Cube Shipping Container Cargo Worthy Steel

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Price: $1,720.50


Shipping Container Architecture

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This is a webpage devoted to listing as many examples of people using shipping containers as architectural elements as I can find, in an effort to embolden people to use containers in building projects, when and where doing so is feasible and appropriate. Be aware that containers are not a perfect building material, since they tend to corrode, but they have been used effectively in some cases, especially in areas near saltwater. This is mainly a links page, and I cannot guarantee anything at all about the sites that I am offering links to, but I try to periodically search for and add links that are fresh and offer something useful and interesting, and I remove bad links and projects where information is incomplete. If you have a site worth adding, or experiences to relate in using containers for building, please contact me.

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There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure.

The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books.

Selected projects utilizing shipping containers.

Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho.

Shipping Container Hostel / School


Shipping Container Hostel
Client Simonstown High School
(Principle: Mr Jan de Vaal)
Consulting Engineers VKE (021) 469-9400
Architect Paul Cooper (021) 469-9499
Main Contractor Wayne's Custom Creations
Sub Contractor Leon Roman Building

The Simon's Town High School Hostel was completed in mid 1998 and was officially opened on the 30th November 1998 by Professor Kader Asmal, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry.

This building is unique as the bulk of the building was constructed using recycled shipping containers. It is believed that this structure is the largest building in the world constructed primarily from containers. The project began with Safmarine's donation of 40 used shipping containers to the Simon's Town High School. VKE Engineers were called in as project facilitators with Paul Cooper as architectural consultant.

After consultation with the school, it was agreed to initiate the project in a spirit of openness and transparency. An advertisement in the local newspaper invited the submission of design proposals. The main criteria were that the school must accommodate 120 boarders and the budget was set at 1.3 million. Also to be included in the design was a 2 bedroom flat for the hostel manager and 2 flatlets for staff. All alternative forms of construction could be used.

A site meeting was held with 5 interested building contractors where everyone was briefed on the project.

At the opening of tender only VKE's proposal was submitted. The tender at this stage was three hundred thousand Rands less than the budget.


The design evolved around the use of the 40 shipping containers with the realisation that in order to accommodate 120 students further containers would be required or alternatively extra buildings could be built using conventional building methods. The concept evolved around a central core built using traditional brick and mortar as the wet services area housing the ablutions with the wings constructed out of containers to house the sleeping accommodation.

The design took advantage of the fantastic panoramic views from the site overlooking False Bay with covered balconies serving the dual function of circulation and outdoor living areas. Architectural expression borrowed from the surrounding Victorian architectures with large overhangs and hipped roofs. The style proved very successful in disguising the containers, as the roof structure became the dominant visual element of the building.


The awarding of the building contract posed a problem in that a builder was required who not only had traditional building skills but also skills in container conversions. Only one suitable contractor was found with experience in container conversion, but with limited building experience. The practical solution lay in the contract being awarded to the container converter with a subcontractor building the central core.

The building process started with the casting of concrete bases for each container. Due to limited access to site the containers were first converted prior to placement. This involved cutting out some intermediate walls and openings for windows and doors. Containers were then placed in position using portable cranes. No fixing was made to the concrete bases due to the extreme expansive properties of metal containers. The containers were then bolted together to function as one unit prior to derusting and treatment with a special anti-rust paint. A timber floor and timber windows and doors were fitted. Walls were clad internally in 12mm melamine board. Eaves were left open to facilitate ventilation.

Initial reaction from the surrounding property owners was one of horror on hearing that a container squatter camp was apparently being built on their doorstep. The result was a six month delay while it was debated whether the municipality has the legal right to approve an unorthodox building method without the consent of the community. This concern was possibly amplified at the construction stage when all containers were stacked three high prior to final painting. At this stage the building site had the appearance of a container depot!

The end product is a building that has proved aesthetically and functionally successful. The initial construction cost increased from 1 to R1,3 million due to changes and upgrading of the building finishes. Construction costs to the school worked out at one thousand one hundred Rand per m\2 , a substantial saving over a similar building built using conventional methods.

At the completion of the project the question must be asked - " Are containers a solution to low cost buildings?" I can only answer yes, provided the design is 2 storeys or higher as the major savings in such a building result mainly from savings in shuttering and speed of erection. This building will undergo a post-occupancy evalution over the next 5 years to evaluate the general performance of the construction method.


Each Sauna Box is site specific and custom built. 054. Simonstown High School Shipping Container Hostel. Paul Cooper. South Africa. Built in 1998 ...

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

12 Shipping Container House

Adam Kalkin 12 shipping container house
Casa del 12 contenedor del kalkin de Adam Kalkin / Web Urbanist

Adam Kalkin is part artist, part architect. His 12 Container Home design shows off both parts flawlessly. Built from – surprise – 12 recycled shipping containers, the ultra-modern open-air home somehow manages to feel cozy. The unique T-shaped design leaves a completely open center living area with floor-to-ceiling windows. ...

Translate: En español

Adán Kalkin es artista de la parte, arquitecto de la parte. Su diseño casero de 12 envases demuestra apagado ambas piezas sin defectos. Construido - sorpresa - de 12 contenedores reciclados, el hogar al aire libre ultramoderno maneja de alguna manera sentir acogedor. El diseño T-shaped único deja un área viva de centro totalmente abierta con las ventanas del piso-a-techo. ...

Container Architecture, from Web Urbanist:

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Great site for Shipping Container Architecture:

This is a webpage devoted to listing as many examples of people using shipping containers as architectural elements as I can find, in an effort to embolden people to use containers in building projects, when and where doing so is feasible and appropriate. Be aware that containers are not a perfect building material, since they tend to corrode, but they have been used effectively in some cases, especially in areas near saltwater. This is mainly a links page, and I cannot guarantee anything at all about the sites that I am offering links to, but I try to periodically search for and add links that are fresh and offer something useful and interesting, and I remove bad links and projects where information is incomplete. If you have a site worth adding, or experiences to relate in using containers for building, please contact me.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Shipping Container Homes and Offices

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10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices

By Urbanist in Architecture & Design, Environment & Nature, Featured Articles, Urban Everything, Urban Images, Various

(Check out our complete collection of 70 Works of Recycled Art and Design.)

With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are turning to cargo container homes for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become someone’s home or office. Design, buy or build your shipping container home today!

Shipping Container Architecture
There are plenty of benefits of to the so-called shipping container architecture model. A few of these advantages include: they are plentiful, they are easily transported, they’re stackable, relatively inexpensive (as little as $900 for a used container), they can be prefabricated, and they’re extremely durable. Residential applications are also becoming a popular topic of conversation among green supporters. The first official 2-story shipping container home in the US was designed by Southern California architect Peter DeMaria in 2006. The only big obstacle that he encountered during construction of his shipping container pad was making sure that the house passed all of the strict guidelines of the Uniform Building Code (UBC).

Shipping Container House
In other parts of the world, places like Odessa, Ukraine already have the the biggest shopping mall in all of Europe which uses stacked shipping containers to form alleys throughout the 170 acre site. In Asia, the Dordoy Bazaar in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan is almost entirely composed of empty shipping containers stacked two high and chock-full of inexpensive trinkets and toys. So, in other words, shipping container architecture is nothing new, but it is new when it comes to residential and office applications.

This great example of shipping container architecture was created by architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT). They live and work in these shipping containers which are stacked four high. The entire space is 2.4 meters wide by 5.5 meters deep by 12 meters high. The bottom floor is used for work, dining room is located on the second floor, relaxation room on the third, and spectacular rooftop views from the fourth – including a relaxing spa.

This award-winning office design by Clive Wilkinson is made out of stacked shipping containers is the home office of Palotta TeamWorks, a US charity event company. The 47,000 square foot warehouse is filled with shipping containers that have been transformed into modern office spaces. This design layout saved the company a ton of money on construction costs, and it allowed the entire space to be more open and airy.

The world’s first hotel built from recycled shipping containers has popped-up in Uxbridge, West London. Each prefabricated container comes fully-equipped with fixtures, furniture, and windows from a factory in China. The company, called Travelodge, says that constructing a hotel this way is 25% faster and 10% cheaper than the more traditional construction methods. Also, construction is much quicker, because all that has to be done is to fit each container together like it was a giant Lego set. Rooms at this London hotel start at about ï¿¡19 per night. The London area may see more these ‘portable hotels’ pop-up around the city as the 2012 Olympics approaches.

Opened in 1998, the Simon’s Town High School Hostel is constructed almost entirely of used shipping containers. This amazing place is constructed out of 40 large shipping containers to be exact, and it’s big enough to accommodate up to 120 boarders. The hostel manager gets his own 2 bedroom flat, while the other staff share 2 separate flatlets. Area residents were concerned that the project would prove to be an eyesore to the community since it was made from grungy old shipping containers, but the final result proved otherwise with a modern-looking structure that is incredibly durable and aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

This shipping container home from the so-called Zigloo Domestique project in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a residential home created by Keith Dewey. The home is built out of old shipping containers, and the owner chose to paint them with an industrial strength minty-green enamel, commonly found on shipping containers today, in order to maintain the container’s roots in the shipping business. While the exterior of the home may look a little rugged, due to the protruding containers, the 2,000 square foot interior of the house is quite comfortable and modern. The project cost about $150 per square foot, compared to a similar quality traditional construction project that can cost about $250 per square foot.

This stunning home is almost like a piece of art that you can live in. Constructed using 12 recycled shipping containers, the 12 container home home has all of the modern conveniences of a traditionally built home but with a unique element of style as well. A modern kitchen, huge wide-open floor plan, and gigantic windows that bring in tons of natural lighting are just a few of the great features of this home – plus, construction costs were relatively inexpensive when compared to traditional construction.

This 2,000 square foot home, built in 2001, is actually built around a smaller cottage-style house that has stood in that location for decades. The cottage house almost looks like a gigantic version of a dollhouse inside of the huge storage shed that forms the exterior of this innovative house. The 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home is also made from 5 large shipping containers – 3 on the bottom, and 2 stacked on top of those. This place also contains all of the modern features of a ‘normal’ home, but it’s supposedly built to last much longer. The creator of this innovative home is Adam Kalkin, and he’s actually selling these homes for as little as $76,000, or less than $100 per square foot – not a bad deal considering traditional construction of a new home averages about double that amount.

This 3,000 square foot L.A. home features multiple storage containers in its design – each with its own purpose. There’s a storage container for the entertainment area, library, dining room/office space, master bedroom, and bathroom/laundry room. This place has plenty of large windows which provide plenty of natural lighting as well as awesome views of the garden and koi pond outside. Aside from using recycled storage containers, this home also uses recycled steel scraps in its construction which further adds to the green vibe that this home resonates – not to mention saved a ton of money on construction costs.
Next: More Awesome Shipping Container Homes
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Straw Bale Building, Dyssekilde Eco-Village

joannahruby > albums > the Dyssekilde Eco-Village, Hundest...

an international community of people building and living in houses using permaculture, sustainable energies, recycled materials and environmentally-friendly methods"

Slide show at

the Dyssekilde Eco-Village, Hundested, Denmark, June 2005

With many interesting straw bale building photos at:

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunset Magazine Modern Cottage, June 11, 2009
The Sunset Magazine Modern Cottage
by Danielle Rago

Known for showcasing the latest innovations in architecture, construction, design, and green-building practices on the West Coast, Sunset magazine’s Idea House program recently debuted its latest project, the Modern Cottage, this past weekend at the magazine’s annual Celebration Weekend. Created and designed by Norwegian architect Casper Mork-Ulnes, Co-Founder and Director of Design of the San Francisco-based pre-fab building company Modern Cabana and Co-Founder and Director of Building, Nick Damner, the house incorporates green design with affordable living spaces.

Offering a creative and sustainable solution for extending living spaces, the Modern Cottage allows people to “do more with less,” says Ed Deleski of Modern Cabana. Composed of two small spaces, a 10-foot-by-12-foot and 12-foot-by-25-foot model, adjoined by a TimberTech deck, the house maximizes space by using both outdoor and indoor areas to their fullest.

Designed and constructed for sustainability, individual homes are assembled on-site using locally sourced FSC-certified clear inland cedar siding panels from Natural Forest Distribution with recycled denim insulation. According to Deleski, “all of our models use standard sized pieces of lumber which virtually eliminates waste.” Inspired by architect Mies van der Rohe, metal details were added to the exterior of the building to provide visual contrast to the cedar siding as well as promote energy efficiency. The angled metal roof is waterproofed with recycled tire rubber and is available with an integrated solar laminate to power the unit. Metal embellishments trickle down the facade to create corrugated partitions and even an outdoor shower.

Once inside, the space is decorated with a simple palette, clean lines and eco-friendly finishes and materials including Benjamin Moore’s no-VOC Natura paint and engineered bamboo flooring from Armstrong. While the interior boasts a kitchen, bathroom and all-purpose room, don’t forget the exterior spaces, designed by Peter Whiteley of Sunset magazine, which feature a multipurpose deck, cool outdoor room, and lounge area complete with sculptural plantings and a vertical green wall designed by Flora Grubb Gardens that is comprised of low-water succulents of varying shapes, textures, and colors.

The models on display at Sunset are upgrades that price at $16,375 and $72,500 (including appliances), respectively. The Modern Cottage is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 12 through July 19 at Sunset Headquarters, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, California.


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Legos & the Taj Mahal

From Web Urbanist
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Artistic Architecture
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We have Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter from Billund, Denmark, to thank for creating the first Lego block in 1932. If it were not for Christiansen’s skill and imagination, the world would have missed out on enjoying the fabulous Lego creations we see today. Legos were wooden until 1940, when the company began also producing them in plastic. The love of Legos has endured the test of time and these toys have fans of all ages around the world. These popular and versatile toys have also become an artistic medium. Aside from creating amazing original works of art, artists have also recreated famous artwork using Lego blocks. ...

The Taj Mahal is an amazing work of art in itself. A replica of this grand and universally admired structure was recreated in Legos and was a masterpiece. Models of other famous buildings and structures have also been built from Legos, such as Washington D.C. landmarks and the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. ...

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Monday, June 8, 2009

15 Amazing Monasteries, Sanctuaries and Abbies

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Regardless of your religion, temples, cathedrals and churches express mankind’s eternal desire to create heavenly castles on earth. The 15 examples described here showcase the best of the best, and if these immaculate constructions instill a sense of wonder and amazement it is perhaps because they were built by people with a vision of something above and beyond this mortal world.

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St. Andrews Cathedral, Scotland
(image via: Undiscovered Scotland)

Though the United Kingdom boasts many beautiful cathedrals, it is the ruined ones that captivate one with a sense of poignant charm and echoes of turbulent times past. St. Andrews Cathedral hasn’t held a mass since 1559 when the howling winds of the Reformation did what centuries of winter gales could not: bring down Scotland’s largest cathedral. The ruins of the main cathedral (consecrated in 1318) and associated outbuildings evoke a sense of eerie majesty and are, besides golf, one of the biggest tourist draws to this part of Scotland. ...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Clayton 'i-house'

AP – In this Oct. 28, 2008 image released by Clayton Homes Inc., the new 'i-house' is shown. The solar-powered, …

Clayton 'i-house' is giant leap from trailer park

By DUNCAN MANSFIELD, Associated Press Writer Duncan Mansfield, Associated Press Writer – Wed May 6, 2:47 pm ET

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – From its bamboo floors to its rooftop deck, Clayton Homes' new industrial-chic "i-house" is about as far removed from a mobile home as an iPod from a record player.

Architects at the country's largest manufactured home company embraced the basic rectangular form of what began as housing on wheels and gave it a postmodern turn with a distinctive v-shaped roofline, energy efficiency and luxury appointments.

... The "i-house's" metal v-shaped roof — inspired by a gas-station awning — combines design with function. The roof provides a rain water catchment system for recycling, supports flush-mounted solar panels and vaults interior ceilings at each end to 10 1/2 feet for an added feeling of openness.

..... The Energy Star-rated design features heavy insulation, six-inch thick exterior walls, cement board and corrugated metal siding, energy efficient appliances, a tankless water heater, dual-flush toilets and lots of "low-e" glazed windows.

The company said the prototype at roughly 52,000 pounds may be the heaviest home it's ever built.

The final product will come in different exterior colors and will allow buyers to design online, adding another bedroom to the core house, a second bedroom to the flex room or rearranging the footprint to resemble an "L" instead of an "I."

"We thought of this a little like a kit of parts, where you have all these parts that can go together in different ways," said Andy Hutsell, one of the architects.

Susan Connolly, a 60-year-old accountant who works from her conventional Knoxville home, hopes to be one of the first buyers. She's seen the prototype and has been talking to the company. ... (more)

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51. RE: Clayton's I-House: Prefab Green Homes Get Affordable

When I was a kid, we lived in a Quonset hut. Cheap living but not energy efficient. I would consider dropping the services from the ceiling powered by 12 volt boat motors. The interior could be a blank box that could be customized by moving modules around. Think of a toilet module, a sink module and a shower module, each hooked to the ceiling service. Waste and water travel in one inch pipes via boat pumps. The layout could change depending on family status. A single person might have a different layout than an older couple or a younger couple with a child. A home office worker might develop a space with office modules. When I was designing some small spaces and involved in kitchen design, I was intrigued by the European concept of taking your kitchen with you when you moved. Each cabinet was stand alone. Couple that concept with boat layouts of 12 volts and small diameter pipes. ...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Canadian War Memorial in Green Park

Virtual Tourist: Parks and Gardens: Green Park Canadian War Memorial I

This striking monument, dedicated to the 1 million Canadians who served in WWI and II and the 110,000 who lost their lives is situated by Canada Gate and close to Buckingham Palace in Green Park. The gently sloping, dark granite and bronze monument, which forms an arrow pointing from Halifax to London, is washed with a constant flow of water under which hundreds of green maple leaves are inlaid. The monument was created by Pierre Granche in 1992.

Address: Green Park
Directions: Green Park Tube Station

Detail of Canadian War Memorial in Green Park
Photographer: scispaz, London-Edinburgh Trip,
"I like the leaf design mixed with the real fallen leaves", life_imitates_art

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Children use the monument as a water slide at times.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Spiral Shell House - "Nautilus" 2006

Like something found 20,000 leagues under the sea or set in the center of the planet, this dazzling house design by Senosiain Arquitectos was patterned after a shell - as if you could not tell. Imagine for a moment being one of the two children being raised in this structure, a fairy tale wonderland of architectural and interior design delights. (more)


Creative, Colorful & Curved Spiral Shell House Design


Like something found 20,000 leagues under the sea or set in the center of the planet, this dazzling house design by Senosiain Arquitectos was patterned after a shell - as if you could not tell. Imagine for a moment being one of the two children being raised in this structure, a fairy tale wonderland of architectural and interior design delights.


Constructed from a durable combination of steel wire and special super-thick concrete, this home is as strong as it is strange - able to withstand and earthquake and incredibly low-maintenance structurally.


Inside the home, the odd forms of the exterior continue to wrap through and connect each space. The interior feels much like it could be outside, filled with plant life, organic pattens and winding stone paths.



The only real question is whether or not this is a livable space. It is certainly fascinating, absolutely cozy, brilliantly creative and highly original but only time will tell if it can be a home as well as an amazing house.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

BIG Dreams for Small Living

From my email friend Pamela:

"Dream BIG for small living... I am so ready to downsize and BE."

I will start collecting plans and ideas here for BIG Dreams for Small Living." Yes!

To just BE.


Source: LIVING magazine


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Creative Plans by Home Planners

Creative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures

Here's one of my most favorite books for building pool and play houses, and I just realized that I can build one of my own to live in! Won't cost hardly anything... this book has plans you can still order for very little; I can't wait to get started. Copies of this book are available for only 1¢ on Amazon!

Creative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures: 42 Easy-To-Build Designs for Gazebos, Sheds, Pool Houses, Playsets, Bridges and More! (Paperback) by Connie Brown (Author), Matt Debacker (Author), Inc Home Planners. Available at
Plans available from Home Planners, Inc., 800-521-6797, Tucson AZ.

Just remember, it only takes "one more step" to dive from the high dive into the pool. That's the hardest part. The rest is EASY.

Just start planning your little dream house and your dream life; with the internet it is so easy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mark Terrano (MarkoPolo) > Tiny Houses

Mark Terrano (MarkoPolo) > Tiny Houses
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Sink & Water Heater : A few people have asked about the model of tankless water heater and the corner sink that I have in my house. Here are the product details. I didn't climb under the counter and get the specific model number but you can find one that is properly sized for your number of faucets and whatnot. I love the heater - the only negative is a fairly noticable 'Thunk' when you turn on the hot water heater (heavy relay engaging I guess) In a noisier house it wouldn't even be noticable. But it gives endless hot water and consumes 0 when it isn't in use so there is a lot to like.

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2008-December - More snow, more pictures : There was such a strange beautiful blue light just after sunset - the sky was a seamless gray and the snow was practially glowing blue. My camera couldn't quite figure out what color to make things - so there is a variety - the light was changing from minute to minute. The front porch light was burned out (or went out because of the shock of cold) so the first few pictures are just with the interior lights. Hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, good things to eat, and no cares. -m

2008-December - More snow, more pictures

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2008-12-18 Tiny house snowstorm : First a fresh dusting of confectioner's sugar, overnight 3" of fluffy powder. The tiny house is so snug and warm inside under its silent blanket of snow.

2008-12-18 Tiny house snowstorm

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2008-10-10, Big trees, Tiny House : The tiny house is underneath a large tree next to a wooded valley - it usually isn't apparent from the pictures that I take at street level - but I thought tiny house fans might enjoy a different view. The beautiful red Japanese maple and stone bench are from a couple miles away in Kirkland at Marina Park. I'd like to plant a Japanese maple near the house - maybe to the right of the porch near the road.

2008-10-10, Big trees, Tiny House

The tiny house is underneath a large tree next to a wooded valley - it ...

Updated: Nov 15, 2008 1:49am PST
2008-11-01, Falling Leaves : The leaves were so beautiful falling around the house I made a short video so you could enjoy that. I'll try to take more pictures through the windows so you can experience the seasons. Where I live there are a lot of evergreens, maples, and hemlocks - really beautiful fall yellows, oranges, and reds. -Mark

2008-11-01, Falling Leaves

The leaves were so beautiful falling around the house I made a short v ...

Updated: Nov 02, 2008 1:36pm PST
2008-07-15, Loft Update :

2008-07-15, Loft Update

Updated: Jul 16, 2008 10:19am PST
2007-07-13, Loft Ladder : I found this great old oak utility rolling ladder on Seattle Craigslist - it is a beautiful oak ladder, lots of interesting wear and very very solidly built. I'll have to make a custom attachment for it - it is meant to go sideways actually - I just have it leaning there for now. I got the information - maybe i can find out when it was made and how it was used. I think this will be a great centerpiece of functional furniture for tiny house.

2007-07-13, Loft Ladder

I found this great old oak utility rolling ladder on Seattle Craigslis ...

Updated: Jul 13, 2007 4:20pm PST
2007-06-23, Tiny house COO : Got the certificate of occupancy from the city of redmond not long ago, this was my son's first chance to see it.

2007-06-23, Tiny house COO

Got the certificate of occupancy from the city of redmond not long ago ...

Updated: Jun 30, 2007 8:44pm PST
2007-05-13, Tiny House Update : The Ikea cabinets are in (still missing 2 handles, I miscounted)

2007-05-13, Tiny House Update

The Ikea cabinets are in (still missing 2 handles, I miscounted)

Updated: May 14, 2007 7:03pm PST
Tiny House Cabinet Ideas : These are the cabinet choices I'm considering, tell me what you think, or if you have a favorite tiny kitchen. Assume stylish glass-front wall cabinets, and white or off-white for base cabinets. They could also be footed instead of kick-plate (plinth) style but I didn't show that. The box with the * on it is the apartment sized fridge that I've already purchased. Door to the left is to outdoors (opens in), door to right is to bathroom (opens toward bathroom). Which kitchen layout would you like best ? - or feel free to make suggestions.

Tiny House Cabinet Ideas

These are the cabinet choices I'm considering, tell me what you think, ...

Updated: Nov 30, 2006 2:55pm PST
2006-11-08, Tiny House :

2006-11-08, Tiny House

Updated: Nov 16, 2006 7:02pm PST
2006-11-12, Tiny House Front Light Choices : Lamps from Old California Lighting Company ( ) thanks Danielle for reminding me to identify them. No need for anyone to vote now, I've had the light up for some time, you can see it on one of the more recent libraries. -m

2006-11-12, Tiny House Front Light Choices

Lamps from Old California Lighting Company ( https://www.oldcaliforni ...

Updated: Nov 16, 2006 10:34am PST
2006-10-10, Tiny House Update (Digging) : Update - digging the trenches for power, water, and sewer. The big hole (#4) is for the 500gal septic holding tank that the city mandated.

2006-10-10, Tiny House Update (Digging)

Update - digging the trenches for power, water, and sewer. The big ho ...

Updated: Oct 18, 2006 5:25am PST
2006-09-24, Tiny House :

2006-09-24, Tiny House

Updated: Sep 27, 2006 5:15pm PST
Tiny House Color Ideas : What do you think? (NOTE: House has been painted for awhile, don't bother to vote now - just go to a later gallery and see how it came out - m)

Tiny House Color Ideas

What do you think? (NOTE: House has been painted for awhile, don't bo ...

Updated: Aug 27, 2006 9:45pm PST
2006-Summer Tiny House : Tiny house foundation and walls

2006-Summer Tiny House

Tiny house foundation and walls

Updated: Aug 26, 2006 5:35pm PST
2006-02-11, Building Tiny House : The building permit continues it peristaltic journey through the city and county offices, so we decided to just go ahead and start with prefab - this will make the final assembly go faster.

2006-02-11, Building Tiny House

The building permit continues it peristaltic journey through the city ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2006 10:35am PST
2005-10-17, Building Tiny House : The Tiny House is my project to build my mom a house on my lot - she was wiped out living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. I heard from a friend about Tumbleweed Tiny Houses ( ) - I ordered plans [Mulfinger plan - might not be offered any longer] and am having that built - I'll be adding more pictures here as the house develops. Unfortunately bureaucracy does not scale per square foot so we're still stuck in permit land. The general contractor is Corey-Dean Homes.

2005-10-17, Building Tiny House

The Tiny House is my project to build my mom a house on my lot - she w ...

Updated: Jan 23, 2006 12:36pm PST
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Water Bottle Privacy Screen

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Room Dividers: 15 Spectacular Spatial Separators
Written by Steph on March 31st, 2009 - Topics: Furniture

Crafts made from recycled water bottles aren’t generally the prettiest things ever, but this installation of water bottles as room dividers is certainly an exception. Fittingly, this transparent room screen was created by Klein Dytham Architecture for the Danone company, which manufactures Evian and Volvic bottled water. (more ideas)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Patio

Who did this, and where?


Reply from Sue:

FAV'S...Re: Mosaics [Re: Catherine!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Patio. adobe, cob?
Sunday March 24, 2009 4:35 AM (4 hours ago)

Here's the website and story of that patio, she used to have a mosaic studio, (its in New Zealand) sold the business end, and put in a cafe!

here's a couple pics of it...

couple more...

Couple more good ones...

It could be made from cob but it may not last a long as cement, but think if the cob was covered with a layer of cement before the mosaic and had a cement or rock base to keep water from creeping up from the bottom it would last quite awhile...Could definitely do more with cob, cost wise.. I flipped when I found this patio, best I've seen yet. I do have some other inspiration I am attaching... I see you were able to bring up (open) that last word doc I sent, so am sending this in the word format also..

Catherine wrote to Sue: "Here's a mosaic website with a bunch of interesting links... and I like your mosaics better!""

Hey there was a few in here I hadn't seen, thank you!! Believe me I have spent many many weeks and hours researching lots of Mosaics, I especially love the large dimensional ones! I have probably over half the Megabits of my computer eaten up with tons of files of mosaic pictures. I'm talking tons of pics... I have them categorized by stuff like fish, birds, cats, dogs, chickens, murals, furniture, benches, cool ideas, lizards & snakes, cowboy, beach scenes, animals, flowers, garden art, guitars, etc ...48 folders so far and still trying to get them organized. all filled, some up to 16 MB each!! I get so excited and want to do so many of them! ha ha

Hope I can stay for at least a month when I come down, it will be this year, don't know if it will be with Trek Study or just coming down when Astrid is going down in Dec. So be sure to start a BIG collection of pottery/dishes/cups and tiles. Try to sit them on some wood or someway -so they won't get buried in the dirt/sand during the rainy season. Rocks too...separate colors of everything the best you can... We'll do SOMETHING! Cob takes more than a month (several depending on the weather) to dry before you can put cement on it, so we'll have to figure out something unless you can get some kids/friends/hire someone to get a bench or something started so it will be dry...

Later! [Sue Pearson]

Monday, March 23, 2009 ~,_Inc.,_Tucson,_Arizona,_USA

I don't think this is the same Home Planners, Inc. that have the book with great architectural plans for sale. Find them at

This is a Wiki page for that bears looking into, at least from the Wiki design standpoint.

Finish this entry...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lois Lewis, 72, Built Her Own Cob Home

"I was flying by the seat of my pants...."

How Lois Lewis, 72, Built Her Own Home

Interview by Becky Bee

Becky Bee: What inspired you to build a house?
Lois Lewis: I needed to do something I'd never done, and I needed a real change from what I was doing, which was taking care of my father. I saw your newspaper ad about workshops on building mud houses, or as you call them, "cob" houses. I was free for a week, so I went to the workshop, never dreaming what it would lead to!

We worked hands-on in the mornings and attended class in the afternoons. I took copious notes, and made up my mind to build one. I was 68 years old. I knew that if I was going to do it, I had to do it now, because who knows how much time I had, or how long my health would hold.
I started looking immediately. It took a while to find my land. I bought it in the spring, and didn't wait for the year around to see what was going to happen on the land. I felt an urgency to just get going. My daughter and I bought the land together. She has three children and needed a three-bedroom house. The piece we bought had a whole acre, plenty of room for me to put my house on it, too. (more)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Recycled plastic for houses & furniture (finish)

(Finish... add photos)

Muros Perimetrales

madera hecha de plástico reciclado duradera, ecológica y económica







Muros Perimetrales

madera hecha de plástico reciclado duradera, ecológica y económica
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La madera plástica tiene muchas ventajas sobre el barro, la madera y el concreto. Por su flexibilidad y resistencia, no se quiebra ni se parte como sí lo hace la madera, las tejas y las estructuras de concreto prefabricado. El material es ideal para la construcción de pequeñas casas.

Además, resiste el sol y la humedad, por lo que no hay mejor opción que la madera plástica para ranchos y casas pequeñas.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tomb of Abélard et Héloïse, Père Lachaise Cemetery


I'd like to have an outdoor bathing pavilion with hot volcanic water just like this one. This can be a place of restoration as well; you can bury me under it later. Will I be able to build this at Lake Atitlan? I will ask my architect Amilcar to draw it up and figure out the best way to create the Medieval arches, since I can't afford a stone carver in Panajachel. A thing of beauty is a thing that lasts.


Tomb of Abélard et Héloïse, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France ...
Pierre Abélard (1079 – April 21, 1142) was a French scholastic philosopher, theologian, and logician. The story of his affair with his student, Héloïse, ...

Tomb of Abélard et Héloïse, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France ...
The letters of Heloïse (1101–1162) and Pierre Abélard are among the best known records of early romantic love. There seems to be some question as to ...

Père Lachaise Cemetery...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

15 Amazing Monasteries, Sanctuaries and Abbies



15 Amazing Monasteries, Sanctuaries and Abbies
(for photos and more!)

Posted: 04 Mar 2009 01:12 PM PST

Monastic architecture is often spectacular, an attribute seemingly at odds with the ascetic lifestyle of its adherents. Time is a harsh mistress and after centuries of war, religious strife and natural disasters, only the strongest - and strangest - have survived. For that at least, we may be thankful.
Meteora and The Stone Forest

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Meteora means “suspended in air” in Greek, and that’s an apt description for these centuries-old monasteries. Perched atop 1200-ft tall crags of Thessaly’s “Stone Forest”, as many as 24 separate monasteries thrived during the area’s heyday in the 14th century. Today only a half-dozen are still active. Today tourists - not rampaging Ottoman warriors - are the main visitors to this stunning setting in northern Greece.
Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest”

monasteries_2(image via: Vytautas Bukauskas Travel)

The Taktsang monastery in mountainous Bhutan is one of Buddhism’s holiest - and most beautiful - places. Said to have been constructed in the 8th century by a holy man who flew to the site on the back of a flaming tigress. Taktsang is known as the Tiger’s Nest. Looking at the complex, perched upon a sheer cliff nearly 2,000 feet above the Paro river valley, one begins to believe the ancient legend just may be true! Taktsang can be considered a work in progress as new buildings continue to be added to the complex, the most recent in 1982.
Pechersk Lavra Monastery, Kiev

monasteries_15(images via: Lights2008 and UA Zone)

Kiev Pechersk Lavra, or the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, is a huge complex of spectacular buildings in the heart of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Originally established in the year 1051, the monastery was destroyed by the Mongols twice: in 1240 and again in 1480. In the centuries following, the complex grew both in size and in wealth, gaining its brilliant golden domes that are its trademark.
Mont Saint-Michel, a Mountain in the Sea

monasteries_3(images via: Telegraph UK and National Geographic)

Mont Saint-Michel is a “fortified abbey”, and it sure does look the part! Construction on the site began in the year 966, when the abbey’s location was a rocky island protected from land-based marauders by Europe’s highest tides. Marsh drainage and construction of a causeway in the 19th century disrupted the natural flow of water, allowing silt to gradually surround Mont Saint-Michel on three sides, but a reclamation project now underway should restore the abbey’s isolation by the year 2015.
The Monastery at Petra

monasteries_14(images via: VRA Web and Libyan Soup)

This 150ft tall building in the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan, was laboriously carved out from the red sandstone canyons over 2,000 years ago. It resembles it’s more famous neighbor, the so-called “Treasury” so prominently featured in the 1984 film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Curiously, both the Treasury and the Monastery are nothing of the kind - their true purposes are still unknown.
Rumtek Monastery, a Riot of Color

monasteries_4(images via: India Times and Indiashots)

Nestled in the lush, monsoon-drenched foothills of the mighty Himalayas in northern India lies the Rumtek Monastery. Home to monks of all ages, even boys such as the one pictured above, Rumtek revels in bright colors set off with the glint of gold. The glorious mandala above graces the ceiling of a porch leading to Rumtek’s main temple.
Nilov Monastery on Stolbnyi Island

monasteries_5(images via: Tushar and Stah)

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii took the above (upper) color photo of the Nilov Monastery in Tver, Russia, in 1910 - before there WAS such a thing as commercial color photography. The process used by Prokudin-Gorskii to create magnificent images like this one was so complex, Czar Nicholas II gave him a fully equipped railroad car with which to travel through Russia and document its most iconic sights.
Xuan Kong Si “Hanging” Temple, near Datong, China

monasteries_6(image via: Weirdomatic)

Xuan Kong Sì was built into a cliff face near Mount Heng in Shanxi province, China, about 1,400 years ago. HOW it was built, is anyone’s guess. Although it may look rather fragile, the Hanging Temple has hung in there through dozens of severe seismic events including the deadliest earthquake in recorded history: a 1556 temblor in which up to 830,000 lost their lives.
Sumela Monastery: Another Cliffhanger

monasteries_13(image via: Dark Roasted Blend)

Another cliff-hanging sanctuary, Sumela Monastery in the Turkish province of Trabzon (Trebizond to the ancient Greeks and Byzantines) dates from the year 386. As the story goes, a pair of priests journeying eastward from Athens thought the steep cliff overlooking the Alt?ndere valley would be a good place to set up a monastery. One can only imagine what they thought a BAD place would be. Nonetheless, their choice ensured that Sumela Monastery would be a tough nut for invaders to crack - much more likely they’d be cracking their skulls on the rocks below.
Monastery of St. Catherine, near Mount Sinai

monasteries_10(images via: Tour Egypt and Igougo)

One of the oldest Christian monasteries in Egypt, if not the world, the Monastery of St. Catherine near Mount Sinai dates from the earliest years of the faith. The roots of monasticism itself can be said to have sprung from the stony soil of the Sinai. The monastery was sponsored through the ages by kings and emperors from distant lands who saw it as a foothold of faith worth protecting. Today its still formidable walls, built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in the 6th century, are in remarkably good condition.
Skellig Michael, Ireland

monasteries_11(images via: Skelligs Trips and O’Shea Image Gallery)

Skellig Michael, an inhospitable rocky island 10 miles off the coast of County Kerry, Ireland, is one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous monasteries. The long-suffering monks, rarely more than a dozen or so, lived in cold & gloomy “beehive” huts made of stone from the year 588 to sometime in the 12th century when they moved to the Irish mainland.
Khor Virap monastery and Mt. Ararat

monasteries_12(image via: Sacred Sites)

One wonders whether the Khor Virap monastery in western Armenia has ever been used as a movie location setting. The ancient walled monastery sits alone in an otherworldly setting dominated by the massive bulk of snow-capped Mount Ararat, said to be the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. Khor Virap also houses the dungeon used to imprison Saint Gregory, considered the founding saint of Christian Armenia which dates from the year 301.
Palkhor Monastery, Tibet

monasteries_9(images via: Tibet Travel and Corbis)

One of the most distinctive of the many Tibetan monasteries, Palkhor was built in the late 14th century near Gyantse, Tibet. The pagoda-style main building is 9 levels (about 100 ft) high and contains over 77 individual chapels and shrines.
The Legend of Glastonbury Abbey

monasteries_7(images via: and The Isle of Avalon)

Glastonbury Abbey was already more than 350 years old when William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings and by 1186 was the richest abbey in the realm. King Arthur and Queen Guinevere were said to be buried in a place of honor before the church altar.

monasteries_7b(images via: and The Isle of Avalon)

In the 1530s when King Henry VIII solidified his position as head of the new Anglican Church, Glastonbury Abbey was looted and destroyed - the greatest and final act in what is now referred to as the Great Dissolution of the Monasteries. Though little remains of Glastonbury Abbey and its associated buildings today, enough still stands to hint strongly at its former glory.
Sanctuary of Truth, a Wooden Wonder

monasteries_8(images via: Sanctuary of Truth and Visit Thai Sea)

The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand, is made entirely of wood and is styled to resemble ancient Buddhist temples such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Though it may look old, it isn’t - the sanctuary was begun in 1981 and the entire complex is expected to be complete by the year 2025. What kind of person decides to build a 315ft tall religious sanctuary? Lek Viriyaphant, for one, a Thai millionaire said to be somewhat eccentric.

As for the future, who can say? As long as humanity seeks answers that his own science, logic and common sense cannot provide, there will be a need for monasteries, abbeys and sanctuaries where such things may be contemplated in peace, quiet and inspirational surroundings.

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Catherine S. Todd Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:09 PM
To: Andrea Netscher
"... The Taktsang monastery in mountainous Bhutan is one of Buddhism’s holiest - and most beautiful - places. Said to have been constructed in the 8th century by a holy man who flew to the site on the back of a flaming tigress. Taktsang is known as the Tiger’s Nest..." (more below)
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Catherine Todd
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Guatemala cell (dial 011 from the U.S.):
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For 2009:

"The winds of grace blow all the time. All we need do is set our sails."
~ Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ~ Gospel of Ramakrishna
Catherine S. Todd Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:10 PM
To: "Gabriela Jiménez P."
I want to go HERE. There. Visit ALL of them! CT

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Catherine S. Todd Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:13 PM
To: Eddy Amilcar
See "This 150ft tall building in the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan, was laboriously carved out from the red sandstone canyons over 2,000 years ago."
I will be back April 1. See you soon! Catherine Todd

Véase más adelante "Este 150ft edificio alto nabateo en la antigua ciudad de Petra, Jordania, fue laboriosamente tallado de la piedra arenisca roja cañones hace más de 2000 años."

Volveré 1 de abril. Hasta pronto! Catherine Todd

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To: "Catherine S. Todd"
amazing & beautiful !!!!!

Thank you for sharing this.......
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Catherine S. Todd Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 8:03 PM
To: Eddy Amilcar

I want you to design and help me build one of these beautiful monasteries! A small one for me ... I come back April 1. See you soon! Catherine Todd

Quiero que me ayude diseño y construcción de uno de estos hermosos monasterios! Un pequeño para mí ... Vuelvo abril 1. Hasta pronto! Catherine Todd

Friday, February 27, 2009

Sustainable Building Solutions ~ building green

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Soy Seal - insulation

Soy Seal:

Spray polyurethane foam insulation is an incredible breakthrough in insulation for our homes, but one of the downsides is the requirement for a certified dealer and installer.
However, BioBased Insulation has recently introduced a soy based natural sealer that is based on the same technology - in a can.

Soy Seal bio-based insulating foam sealant is spray applied and expands to:
· Seal leaks
· Save energy
· Stop moisture
· Increase comfort
· Decrease carbon emissions
· Reduce heating & cooling costs-naturally

Soy Seal for Gaps & Cracks can be used to seal around pipe penetrations, floor vents and more. Soy Seal for Windows & Doors is specially formulated to repel water, and it won't bow windows or doors.
Made from renewable, natural oils, Soy Seal exceeds the USDA bio- based standards and meets the stringent indoor air quality certification, GREENGUARD for Children and Schools.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

House Kits > wall panels

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

ELECTROPANEL for wall construction in Guatemala

Area, arquitectura

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Design Forward: Building Modular Homes

Design Forward Newsletter January 2009, vol. 70

Building Modular Homes

Brief synopsis taken from Seminar from Dr. Nabil Taha, structural engineer:

Many believe that lower cost is the main reason to build modular, but surprisingly, lower cost is only a secondary consideration.

1. Superior Quality is the main reason
2. followed by Quicker Building Time,
3. then Fixed Costs.

Five good reasons to build a modular home:

* Modular homes are built from the best quality lumber and are protected in a factory controlled environment. (in contract, on-site houses are typically built from average quality lumber and are open to rain and/or snow during construction, which can cause wood to warp or swell leading to a lifetime of structural and mold problems.)
* Factories offer skilled craftsmen steady employment and benefits, resulting in a consistent skilled labor force. You will have no worries about delays relating to inexperienced or tardy laborers
* With additional insulation and precision craftsmanship, modular homes can be significantly more energy efficient. Your utility bills can be far cheaper than your neighbors and save you more money in years to come.
* Factory inspections cover every construction detail of a modular home, which are built to the strictest codes (IBC and IRC).
* Faster use. You can choose a brand new inventory home that is already built and move in on your land in a matter of weeks.

Additional benefits from building modular:

* Faster Loan approvals
* Less costly design and engineering
* Guaranteed price
* Potentially better return on investment

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