Twoandahalf years ago i decided to move out of the city and build myself a shipping container cabin. I drew it up on the computer first and then once I saw this site it just came together really quickly. The cabin is made of three standard 20foot shipping containers. I’ve done some modifications to them so you can walk through all three containers. This is my washroom. I had a roughed in toilet that I never used. I used the outhouse instead.
This was my bedroom. living room, kitchen, and then i guess. second living room. this is where i primarily spent all my time. Either in front of the fire during winter or most likely outside enjoying the sun in the summertime. All of these doors are standard issue shipping container doors. They’re actually sealed when they’re locked and I initially designed the cabin around containers on the premise that once the doors are sealed and locked you can walk away for several.
Weeks at a time. if you go traveling you can close up your house and you don’t have to worry about it. This is my utility room basically it was a a propane fired hot water tank that fed the infloor radiant heat system and also provided hot domestic water. There’s 17.4 million containers in the world and threequarters of them are sitting empty and so they’re readily available and they’re relatively inexpensive and also they provide a great deal of structural.
Properties. the largest challenge was to insulate the cabin I was hoping to stay here for four seasons. I came up with insulating the interior walls with spray foam and then the openings where the steel doors are insulated with bats. I was able to get an Rvalue about R22 for all the walls which makes surviving the winter more.I guess more enjoyable. Water sources were an issue. My neighbors were kind enough to let me fill up my water tote so I.
Would either drive my tractor over and pick up the water or make arrangements and travel into the closest town and fill up my water so I trucked all my water in. For the energy side I designed a two kilowatt solar system. I use the outhouse as my primary washroom. After watching many people before me make tiny houses I I really liked the idea of downsizing and simplifying your life. By moving to a smaller space it forced me to select what mattered in my life. I grew up.
Around offgrid systems.my grandfather built his first hydro site in the 40s to power his house and his business and my father did the same and I wanted to do something similar so I guess it’s been in my family for three generations so it just felt natural. I enjoy simple wellthoughtout things and this incorporates a lot of my interests into just a smaller spot. I feel that being responsible and.
Sustainable goes handinhand with welldesigned systems. my passion is design and having a holistic lifestyle is also passion of mine and they just they marry very well. I just graduated from school so I am starting my own business in the solar renewable energy field trying to, I guess, empower people to to do similar things that I’ve been doing. I lived in the house for twoandahalf years.
Fulltime. the cabin is 355 square feet and most people would consider that small or tiny. To be honest I didn’t spend that much time inside the cabin. It’s where I prepared and ate food, and slept, and then read most evenings but when I was home I’d be outside where I prefer to be, in nature. Living here by myself for twoandahalf years with just me and my dog.
Incredible Mini Earthship Style Cabin Tiny Off Grid House with Solar Power
Hey everyone! It’s Danielle from Exploring Alternatives. In this tutorial, we’re checking out a tiny earthship at the Terra Perma ecoresort in Harrington, Quebec, Canada. Music Playing So it’s basically a form of passive solar home.
That allows you to heat your home and keep it cool just by controlling the energy from the sun. There’s one main wall in this earthship and it’s built in a Ushape using recycled tires that are filled with earth and then they piled on a bunch of earth on top of that wall at the back so that the wall and that huge mound that they created.
Form a thermal mass that can absorb energy from the sun and what that’s meant to do is create an indoor temperature that’s stable all year round. So they’ve got these huge south facing windows that let the sun in during the winter and then an overhanging roof to block the sun during the summer. This tiny earth ship has a lot of really interesting sustainable features and it’s a beautiful structure.
So let’s go take a look inside. Music Playing When you first come into the earthship, there’s a really generous sized entryway with a huge storage closet and a beautiful recycled bottle wall that must have taken hundreds of hours to create. Then you can come into the main room of the earthship.
And it’s absolutely stunning in here. You’ve got the back side of the bottle wall here, they did some beautiful sculptures using cob on all of the walls, and then they painted it with a natural lime paint. You’ve got a nice big log bed frame here.
Right in the center of the house. A cozy sitting area with a futon that stretches out so you can actually sleep 4 in here. Huge windows inside give you a really amazing view so you really feel like you’re part of nature. There’s a wood stove for supplemental heat in the winter.
And there’s a small kitchen over here with a sink that’s not plumbed so you have this water jug. There’s a small propane cook top here that’s hooked up to a small propane tank outside. A little bit of space for storage and then they’ve got compost, garbage and recycling which I always like to see. A small kind of working and/or dining room area.
And they’ve got a couple of plugs here that are attached to their solar system outside so that you can plug in a fan or a computer or whatever you want. And then just a small book shelf. So overall it’s a really beautiful space and you really do have everything you need in here except a shower and a toilet.