Skool and the Gang are Quentin, Xana, Alex, and Alix are two globe-trotting couples from the UK and Europe who decided to apply for working holiday visas in Canada so they could build, live, and travel in a school bus for two years.
They bought this school bus for just $5000 CAD and have converted it using mostly free, donated, and reclaimed materials including a lot of pallet wood.
These are the plans to the 570 sq. ft. British Columbia small foundation home. It’s designed by Robinson Residential, and if you are looking for something to put on land, this home might be it!
The British Columbia-570 small home plan pays tribute to Frank Lloyd Wright’s contribution to residential architecture. His idea that one should “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature….” is echoed by this beautiful province. His Usonian homes were designed to be affordable and comfortable using simple materials and construction featuring walls of doors and windows, built-in furnishings and cabinets. The large stone fireplace is the heart of this small home which features:
Large living room and dining room with bands of horizontal windows, wood beams and vaulted ceilings Exterior doors from the kitchen, dining room and bedroom 1 bedroom, 1 bath
The Manitoba-636 small home plan is inspired by a province that has embraced architecture and technology. Many local industries manufacture and build numerous building systems including modular homes. It’s this creative mindset that inspired us to design a contemporary home for Manitoba, one that could be built in two pods, as a modular project. This plan features: Main floor foyer, bath and bedroom; 2nd floor kitchen and living room with an abundance of windows and deck; Carport offers a protected front entry and a storage shed
I’m a big fan of their tiny houses (remember the double decker V House?) so I’m excited that Seth is going to be showing us how they design/build tiny homes!
Enjoy the promo video below and we’ll let you know when the videos are released but you can also head over to NelsonTinyHouses.com and enter in your information and Seth will email you with more info as it becomes available.
Coming Soon! Learn how to Build a Tiny House with Seth Reidy
The Alberta cottage is an ‘A’ frame in the “Times New Roman Style”. A frames were very popular in the 60’s and 70’s as they were a pretty simple structure that went up fast and did not take a lot of framing skills or materials. The look of an A frame became what many thought of as a cottage at that time.
One of the biggest hurdles designing them was finding a way to incorporate the stairs between the levels, as headroom was decreased on the top floor. In this plan, I have made the cottage a back to front split so that the stairs are essentially a hallway connecting the spaces. The kitchen is at the lowest level and has a large eating island. The bathroom and laundry are also on this floor. Storage would be built into the sloped exterior walls. Up a few feet is a living room with a very high ceiling and lots of rear facing windows. Above the kitchen we have the bedroom which has it’s own private exterior balcony.
While not tiny, this is a small cottage that should offer lots of storage, abundant windows and the cabin atmosphere that only an A frame can provide.
Designer John Robinson just got in touch with us to tell us about a new design series of his: 13 small homes inspired by one of the ten provinces and 3 territories of Canada to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary!
Canada has a very diverse terrain and culture and I want to highlight those unique aspects with these homes. These designs are between 250 and 700 square feet, and provide unique living spaces for people, who want to live in something that is not ordinary and experience architecture of other locales.
These homes will likely not be as affordable as many people will request, but by building them themselves and re-using existing materials, there are potential cost savings. We will offer very detailed construction drawings for these homes so that self builds are possible and practical. The plans follow most building codes but zoning issues may remain in some areas for homes of this size.
We are launching these plans every Friday and will continue doing so for the next 10 weeks…We can modify these plans to suit particular situations as well.
So come Tiny House Talk each week to see the latest from Robinson Designs, starting with the Nova Scotia and Alberta A frame plans that have already been released.
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