Tiny Homes on Rails

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Small House on Tracks is the name of a unique new tiny home project, which was envisioned by Tomasz Zablotny and Paweł Maszota, two architecture students from Poland. They designed a number of tiny homes, which are also expandable, and which can be moved around on the rail tracks at the Gdańsk Shipyard.

The tiny houses will be built from laminated wood and steel, and each would measure only 6.85 x 4.92 x 7.97 feet (209 x 150 x 243 cm) when unoccupied or being transported. Once in use, it will be possible to pull the homes outwards and increase their length by 3.2 feet (1 m). The interior of each tiny house features a kitchenette, a pull-out table which also serves as a countertop, and a sofa, which can be turned into a bed. There is also a skylight, which offers plenty of natural light during the day. The homes also feature a solar power array, which provides a portion of their power needs.

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The Small House on Tracks is still in the concept stage, and is part of a call for ideas on how to reinvigorate Gdańsk Shipyard, which has been in decline. The Small House on Rails community is meant to provide housing for artists of all media, who could use them as studio space.

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Since the homes are envisioned to sit on rails, they could also be pushed around, which would give the community added flexibility. Though, the same could also be achieved by simply fitting them with wheels, and make them independent of the rail system. The proposal doesn’t mention details on plumbing or exactly how much power is needed to run the homes. The details on how precisely they can be joined together or expanded is also not explained. Overall, however, it is a pretty unique concept, which does take into account the existing rail infrastructure and upcycles it into something useful again.

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SIP Pricing Tiny House Prairie Rose

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Tiny Homes for the Homeless Made of Salvaged and Recycled Materials

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Artist Gregory Kloehn has been quietly addressing the problem of homelessness in Oakland by building a number of unique, tiny homes for the homeless using repurposed and salvaged materials. This initiative is called the Homeless Homes Project and through it, Gregory has already provided several homes for the area’s homeless. To build the homes, he uses primarily illegally dumped garbage and industrial waste solving several problems at once.
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To build these tiny homes, Gregory uses anything that can somehow become part of a home, including a discarded washing machine front, which is used as a window, as well as bed frames, sofa frames, and even refrigerator shelves. The main building blocks he uses to build these homes are pallets, plywood, OSB, packing crates and more. The pellets are normally used to build the basic frame and base, though he also uses more creative building blocks such as car consoles. When searching for building materials, Gregory looks for anything that consists of real wood, tempered glass and sturdy frames. He then buys the nails, screws, glue, paint brushes and saw blades needed to turn the refuse into homes. When a home is completed, he pushes it into the street, takes a few photos and then gives it away.

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All of the homes are also fitted with wheels so the owners can move them around if they need to. The homes also come equipped with locks for security and privacy. These homes are usually only big enough to fit a bed and some storage space, and take about three days to construct. The houses are also painted with bright colors and given fun names, such as R2D2, Romanian Farm House, Uni-bomber Shack and The Chuck Wagon, which Gregory believes helps give the new owners added hope for the future.

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He started the project on his own, but since then several local community groups and volunteers have expressed an interest in helping him. They are currently planning to move all activities into a larger space that can accommodate workshops and allow for larger builds.

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Relax Shacks Builds a Micro Reading Pod for NYU Professor

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is in the process of completing a micro home for an NYU professor to use as a reading and study pod. The pod is built mostly from recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. It’s also on wheels for easy transportation, though the owner plans to primarily use it on a lake front plot of land where it will serve as a quiet escape from daily life.

The micro house measures 7 feet by 5 feet, and is about 6 feet high. It is also wide enough for two people to sleep in, though its main purpose is to serve as a quiet office space or relaxation pod. The whole front of this tiny pod is covered in Tuftex scrap from www.ondura.com, as is one of the sides of this pod, which serves as the main entrance. The front also opens upwards, and serves as a roof for the exterior in case the owners want to let in some fresh air in nice weather.

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The Tuftex is slightly smoky, which does block some of the light getting in. To compensate for this, Derek also installed a double pane window on one of the shorter sides of the pod, which he found at the side of the road. The entire interior back wall of the pod is made from scraps and bits of wood left over from constructing other houses, arranged together in a mosaic style. On the back, the exterior is clad with repurposed plywood. The pod is covered by recycled metal roofing, also from www.ondura.com, which is very durable and can withstand wind speeds of 220 mph if nailed on properly.

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The interior is basically just a single space, with flooring made of polyurethane board, which Derek repurposed from a demolition site of a house that had been torn down. He will also fill the seams between the boards with polyurethane foam to make it easier to care for and keep clean. The siding is lumber, obtained from Goodridge Lumber of Vermont.

You can check out the full video tour of this micro home at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LBRQd2mrI&list=UUoYe2YOpqspuGAOB1Epe7GA.

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Features Kinetic Walls to Maximize Space Efficiency

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Previously covered on Jetson Green, the E.D.G.E. (Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment) House was a 360-foot modular concept home that was designed by Revelations Architecture and won the AIA Small Projects Award in 2011.

Taking inspiration from E.D.G.E., architect Dan Yudchitz collaborated with his father, Bill Yudchitz who is principal architect for Revelations, on his Essential House.

The two-story, cube-shaped Essential House is a prototype that was designed for use in urban infill spaces in the United States. It measures 1,000 square feet, with enough space for a sleeping loft, utility room, and sleeping loft and was constructed for $73 per square foot.

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Located in the Rondo Neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, where winter temperatures frequently drop below freezing, the site utilizes a passive solar orientation and maximizes solar gain from the south due to a lack of coatings on windows. The concrete floor is insulated with four inches of foam with hydronic tubing to serve as a thermal mass. Measuring eight inches on the south side, the slab tapers to four inches on the north side. Exterior walls are eleven inches thick and comprised of two sets of non-conducting framed walls with cellulose insulation filling the cavity.

Three-quarter-inch kinetic walls made from Baltic Birch plywood can be reconfigured to create new spaces by moving the walls along aluminum tracks. Tempered glass was used for stair railings to open up the space and reduce obstructions. The exterior of the Essential House is clad with steel panels that are covered with a fifty-year finish and a cedar rain screen provides privacy for the courtyard. A 2 KW solar photovoltaic system provides most of the home’s electrical requirements.

Designing a “system of details,” Dan integrated simple and affordable construction techniques into the plans for the Essential House, hoping that aspiring homeowners would adapt it for their specific sites.

In 2012, the Essential House won an AIA Honor Award. Next on the drawing board for the team at Revelations Architecture is the Sensible House, which will take the E.D.G.E. and Essential House prototypes to the next level.

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