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This is a one-of-a-kind off-grid tiny house by Elevate Structure.

From the outside you’ll notice is resembles a treehouse, doesn’t it? Even more interesting, it’s literally a living house because of the live plant siding.

The base is just 40 sq. ft. which minimizes the impact this micro home has on the earth is sits on. This area can be used for rainwater storage or even as a drive through in a commercial setting. Pretty interesting, right?

The upper level is highly customizable and can range anywhere between 256 sq. ft. and 800 sq. ft. depending on what you need. Currently the company offers six different designs.

Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

Elevated Off-Grid Tiny House with Live Plant Siding

Elevated Off-Grid Tiny House with Live Plant Siding

Images © Elevate Structure

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A desert paradise near Joshua Tree, California with two dome homes and a swimming pool. Experience peace and quiet at the Dragonfly Desert Retreat.

Here you can stay in either one of these dome homes. Both are completely off grid and solar powered.

The first dome is 20 ft around and is decorated with a unique artistry flare. Inside is a queen bed, full sofa bed, small kitchenette, table with 4 chairs, and plenty of windows.

The adjacent dome is 22 ft. with huge windows however it’s unfinished and has uninsulated walls. It still has 4 comfortable full size sofa beds with huge windows overlooking the views. This dome can be very cold in the winter since it’s not insulated.

The owner, Magdalen Boyd-Wilson says, “Dragonfly is an alternative solar powered, off-the-grid, artistic, architectural and sculptural project that has been and will evolve over the next few years to its completion. As an artist and a designer, with a passion for alternative architecture, Dragonfly Desert Retreat represents a vision perhaps ¾ finished. In 2006, I began designing, building and living here for 4 years full time, with much fewer conveniences than it now has. While I am still working to complete the vision and make it more and more comfortable, the setting allows one to experience the pioneering spirit, and feel a deep connection to the exquisite natural surroundings.” 

Please enjoy this desert dome retreat below.

Off-Grid Desert Dome Retreat


Images © Airbnb

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Woman's 107 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Shipping Container Home

Brenda Kelly’s off grid shipping container tiny house is truly a dream come true for her since she has been dreaming of a home like this since she was a 13 year old girl.

She kept part of the container as a covered outdoor porch area to keep the structure at 107 sq. ft. (10 square meters) so she can abide with her local zoning regulations in Auckland, New Zealand.

When you look inside I think you’ll be impressed with her interior design and layout choices. Brenda has managed to create a work at home office space, kitchen, living room area, a bedroom with a wardrobe, and a spacious bathroom.

This container home sits on concrete blocks for a foundation, it’s powered by two solar panels, and is even set up with a rainwater collection system.

Woman’s 107 Sq. Ft. Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny House


Images © Living Big in a Tiny House

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1977 Off Grid 4x4 School Bus Cabin

I’m excited to share this 1977 solar/wind powered 4×4 school bus conversion that I found over at Skoolie.net with you right now.

Inside you’ll find most of the comforts typically found in a tiny house on wheels like a fully functional kitchen with plenty of storage.

This off-grid ready 4×4 bus also has an area for sleeping, lots of overhead storage throughout, wood stove for heat, and more. The only thing I’m unsure of is if there’s a shower and toilet. Either way, I thought you’d also love to take a look. Enjoy!

Related: Young Man Converts School Bus into Mortgage-free Tiny Home

Man Converts School Bus into Off Grid Mobile Cabin


Images © Steve/Skoolie.net

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Woman Living Simply in Off Grid Tiny Home

I’m excited to show you an updated tour (and new video tour and interview) with Vina and her tiny home on wheels (of Sol Haus Design) thanks to the amazing Joshua and Natsuko of Chibi Moku. They’re a husband and wife couple who live and travel in their RV throughout the United States (and beyond?).

Right now I’d like to share with you their video and photo tour of Vina’s amazing tiny house on a trailer that she lives simply in full time. And it truly begs the question, would you rather stay put and live simply in a tiny house on wheels or live and travel full time in an RV like Joshua and Natsuko? A tough question for you, I might imagine, as it is for me. Enjoy the tour (and video) below and let me know your preferred way of living simply in the comments at the bottom. Thanks!

Vina’s Tiny Home on Wheels… Or RV/Travel Full Time?


Images © Chibi Moku

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This tiny cabin in the woods story is a guest post by Joe Slade

I am in the process of building this tiny cabin in the woods in Attala County, Mississippi.

It sits in the middle of 22 acres of hardwoods with no roads on the property.

All building supplies are carried in by hand. I just finished painting it to protect it for years to come.

My 160 Sq. Ft. Tiny Cabin Project


Images © Joe Slade

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© Eight Milimetres

I just found out about this new tiny housing documentary called Microtopia thanks to Derek Markham at Treehugger and wanted to tell you about.

It’s a documentary with a different style than we’re used to in the tiny house world in my opinion but it focuses on the fact that most of us live in homes that are too big.

In return this often creates financial problems as well as potential environmental and waste issues. So the documentary gives us inspiring stories and micro homes that might be part of the solution.

Microtopia Tiny House Documentary

I encourage you to enjoy the free preview/trailer of this micro housing documentary below:

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© Thomas Thornquest via cabinp

I had to show you this DIY hand built off grid tiny cabin in Cable, Wisconsin.

There’s something so cool about small cabins like this. And this one has a little bit of a modern touch to it because of the big windows and metal roof.

I also really like the surrounding deck and covered front porch for comfortable outdoor living. That’s a must in a small space. If you’re expecting interior photos unfortunately we’re not invited inside today. But I’ll let you know if we are in the future. :)

Update: Interior tour now available thanks to Desiderio Ruiz and UpNorthRealty.com. Please enjoy and share below.

DIY Hand Built Off Grid Tiny Cabin in Wisconsin

© Thomas Thornquest via cabinp

© Thomas Thornquest via cabinp

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the photo tour of this awesome little cabin below:

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© Faircompanies

If like me you’ve been wanting to see more tiny house communities come to life you’ll probably really enjoy this post (and the videos below).

Because projects like this can serve as a model for any of us to follow or at least learn from to create more tiny living micro communities around the world.

I like the idea of independent ‘micro’ communities created by relatively small groups of people who exchange labor with each other to keep building costs low.

But if you wanted (or the group wanted) the land could also eventually serve as a learning center, farm, sustainable living learning center, etc.

DIY Micro Tiny House Community in France

I encourage you to learn how a group of friends and fellow carpenters built this micro community using very little money and their own labor in a fairy tale forest setting in France:

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