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Tiny home built with recycled materials

“Music teacher Ben Hurst has no regrets about paring down his life to the bare necessities and moving into a less-than-200-square-foot house he built in the woods of Covington (Louisiana).…


Pare things down to the essentials: ‘When you’re trying to declutter your life, approach it like spring cleaning,’ Hurst said. ‘Make a Goodwill pile, a throw-away pile, a give-to-a-friend pile. And then wait a little while and then do it again and then again.’

Use multipurpose furniture and built-in fixtures: Hurst designed a pair of ottomans that can be pushed together to become a twin-sized bed and built an office nook out of an overhanging ledge off his sleeping loft.

Take a hard look at what you consider essential: ‘When you go home every night, you eat in the same spot, watch TV in the same spot, sleep in the same spot. Once you have all those things covered, what else do you need?'”…

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Tiny Homes of Recycled Materials in Maryland

These look really nice to me; they remind me of Tiny Texas Houses, featured in Tiny Homes. Look at the curve in the little roof over door — nice!

 “In an age when homes include four car garages, media rooms and man caves, one Maryland company is bucking the trend.

   Hobbitat, a construction company not affiliated with “The Lord of the Rings,” specializes in tiny houses made of reclaimed and reused materials. Each of their houses—called hobs—are around 250 square feet and can sleep up to four people. Each hob takes between six and eight weeks to build and can be moved to its new site in a single day.

   The only design rule: the structure must be able to fit out the door of their shop.

‘It takes a special kind of person to live in a tiny house,’ said Sue Thomas, co- founder of Hobbitat.…”

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Useful Objects Made From Recycled Materials in Amsterdam

“Foundation, a concept by Rikkert Paauw and Jet van Zwieten is about collecting waste material and old furniture from the neighborhood, moving it to a waste container, reusing it to turn it into a small house (with the container as the foundation), to become a temporary meeting place for neighbours and passers-by.

   During the project, graphic designer Jet van Zwieten will give shape to a public journal or another communication tool that shows the progress and tells the story of the found material and its contributors. This site-specific and investigative approach to design and public space leaves room for unexpected local input and cooperation.…”

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