This off-grid treehouse has a hanging rope bridge that connects it to a magical treetop deck. It was built by Dior and Sylvain from Les Toits du Monde (“Roofs of the World” in English), which is an eco-resort in Nominingue, Québec, Canada — less than 3 hours from Montreal and Ottawa.
The treehouse has a solar panel for the lights, a propane cooktop in the kitchen, a portable solar shower and 5-gallon bucket toilet with sawdust, a wood stove for heat, and they deliver drinking water in jugs that are filled from their well at the main house.
Zola Molotov, a fire dancer, converted this 24 foot school bus into a functional mobile home on wheels that runs on free waste vegetable oil collected from restaurant deep fryers.
Following a freegan philosophy, she attempted to reuse and scavenge many materials for the skoolie conversion, including the sink and propane stove that were given to her in exchange for demolishing an old trailer.
Zola and a diesel mechanic installed a waste vegetable oil system that allows the bus to run on diesel, or on waste vegetable oil.
Woman Converts Bus into Mobile Home that Runs on Free Vegetable Oil
Ma Maison Logique‘s second tiny house design, the Novio, is a 210 square foot minimalist stunner with an open concept floor plan and massive picture windows. Their first tiny house is here.
The Novio has clever space-saving features like a composting toilet in a drawer, a shower in a closet, and a ladder tucked away in the wall; in addition to thoughtful touches, like the skylight in the loft for stargazing.
Some people may not enjoy the idea of a toilet hidden in their clothes closet, in which case the closet could easily be repurposed as a bathroom storage space for toilet paper, cleaning products, etc.
This tiny home was designed as a guest house for their clients, who have access to electricity year round. It is heated with 2 small electric baseboard heaters and has high performing insulation and a heat recovery air exchange ventilator (HRV) to help manage heat and humidity in the small space.
Marcin and Anissa are an inspiring couple who are designing beautiful, natural, and minimalist yurts for Yurta in Ontario, Canada.
They started their career designing lamps and emergency relief tents but transitioned to designing modern yurts when a man from the local Gatineau Park asked them to try their hand at building a lightweight and portable yurt.
They use natural materials including 100% wool felt, ash and cedar wood, and polyester cotton fabric. Their yurts fit into a 4×8″ trailer making them incredibly easy to move from place to place.
The interior of this stunning 360 sq. ft. tiny house was built using reclaimed wood from a home that was torn down nearby. It has a vaulted ceiling, retractable staircase, full-sized bathroom, and a loft bedroom with Japanese-inspired in-floor storage. The exterior has beautiful hemlock siding and bright red accents on the roof and around the windows.
The owner, Pierre, says he bought the tiny house because he didn’t have the means to purchase a conventional house and was happy to have found a place where tiny houses are legal so that he could live in a community and not be alone in the country. His home is located at the “Les Hameaux de la Source” tiny house community in Lantier, Quebec, Canada.
Gabriel Parent-Leblanc from Habitations MicroÉvolution built his gorgeous tiny house on wheels to show it was possible to live in a tiny house, year round, in a northern climate. He’s now spending his third winter in his tiny house near Montreal, Quebec and not only is he surviving and staying warm, he’s also saving a ton of money by heating the house with a solar air heater (EcoSolaris is working on a new model of the panel, coming soon!).
During the day, his heat comes almost exclusively from the panel he installed on the side of his house that cycles indoor air through the solar heated panel and back into the house. On cloudy days and at night he uses an electric heater. By tracking the energy consumption of his electric heater with an energy meter, he was able to calculate that his heating bill for one whole winter was only $100!
He’s also got 750 Watts of solar power on his roof that power a full-sized fridge, as well as his computer, lights, water pump and other small electronics.
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Living in a Tiny House Heated with Solar Power – Tour & Interview
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