Tiny Homes on the Move Book (130)

Photos of French Carpenters' West Coast Trip

We are running photos of our French carpenter friends Menthe and Yogan documenting the trip they took this summer along the Northern Pacific Coast, exchanging their carpentry skills for room and board.

This is a tiny home they built in 10 days on an old Dodge flatbed truck in Humboldt County, California.

We are posting one of their projects each day for a week here: https://www.theshelterblog.com/

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Innovative Airstream Trailer Design

The vintage Airstream is making a hip comeback everywhere across the U.S., and it’s no surprise why. The adorable, quintessentially-American mobile trailer that’s been “selling like gangbusters” has become much more than just a shiny head-turning symbol for the open road. These days the adorable silver camper is being revamped into food trucks, hair salons, and even retro-chic hotels by enterprising folks who love its durable and iconic silhouette. We’ve rounded up seven of our favorite Airstream renovations that might just get you dreaming of a polished aluminum camper for yourself.…”

Article by Lucy Wang

(No photo credit on Inhabitat)

https://inhabitat.com/7-amazing-airstream-renovations-with-stunning-retro-chic-flair/

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Two Young English Artists Leave the City and Explore the World in a Van

Check out this great adventure! With great photos!

                                        -LK

www.makingitupaswegoalong.com

Dear The Shelter Blog 🙂
We are two artists from the UK who in July last year left the busy London life behind us to live in and to explore Europe and beyond. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts with degrees in Fine Art in 2013, we moved out of our flat in London and traded the flat keys for a set of van keys, which we converted into our new home.
Our aim is to volunteer with projects around Europe, in order to gain experience in natural building and ecological living. We’re trying to discover ways of living that aren’t dominated by money and capitalism, where value is put upon gift and exchange to deepen inter-personal connection and equality. We spend 90% of our time doing work-exchange projects, having fabulously rich experiences in different cultures, communities, natural building and self-sufficient living, exchanging our help for food and living space. We create objects from recycled materials and waste plastic from the beach that we sell on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Holly is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching classes where she can (also pay-what-you-can-afford). We try to live simply, to explore, experience and to gain a greater connection with communities and the natural world.
Using the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from our journeys, we hope to build a hand-built space, using natural and recycled materials, for yoga and creativity, with particular emphasis on providing for those with learning difficulties or disabilities and/or past trauma.
We collate photography and short stories/descriptive writing online on our website: 
Right now we’re getting together our documentation of some of the methods of living a more sustainable life adopted by the families/eco-communities we’ve worked with throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
We’re eager to share our journey, in the hope that it might inspire others to consider alternative ways of living, and to get connected with others interested in doing similar… So we’re wondering whether you would consider featuring us on your (very inspiring) Shelter blog?
Best wishes and hope to hear from you 🙂
Holly & Angus

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Breakfast This Morning With Louie, Titsch, and Kyle

I took off early Wednesday morning with Yogan, my carpenter friend from France. This is Friday morning, so I’m not posting chronologically, but this is hot off the press: at breakfast this morning with Louie and Titsch*, this little boy walked up holding one of our Tiny Homes mini books, showing it to me. “Where’d you get that,” I asked.

“You gave it to me last year.”

Earlier this morning, I’d given a Tiny Homes On the Move mini book to a 3-year-old girl sitting at our able and she started going through it page by page and then said, “This is really cool.”

Made my day, to say the least.  Kids are with us.

Here’s Kyle Radic, driving south to San Francisco with his mom and she said he’d brought along his favorite book:

Photo by Titsch Jones
*Titsch and I were born on the same day (not the same year), and my mother’s maiden name was Jones, so I consider him my brother. He’s from Wales.
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Robert McKinney's Cozy Motorhome

I really like the curved roof (a la gypsy wagons) for small spaces. More restful, less claustrophobic than the steep gable roofs of so many tiny homes.


“Hi Lloyd,

Thanks for all the awesome publications. I think I have them all, except your latest.…I used to live in an old Cortez motorhome for years and drove all over the west to help build straw bale buildings, a couple there in Marin.

 I’ve lived in my latest motorhome for 5 years now. The wall are insulated with straw and reeds, which will soon be earth plastered. It will also have a solar heated radiant floor. It’s has a completely shielded and isolated electrical system to eliminate EMFs.

I’m also in the process of completely reconstructing a single wide trailer using my new straw wall system that I’m hoping will be easy for anyone to reproduce. It will be extremely fire resistant, inexpensive to build and have a higher R value than most “tiny homes”.

Here’s a few photos of my current home. It’s a Ford CF 7000 with a 20 ft alum. box I’ve altered a bit.

-Robert McKinney”

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