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Cob House Sustainable Building – Exploring Alternatives 1

Incredible Cob House Tour: 2-Story Cob Cottage Originally Built in 1999!

The Cob Cottage is one of the most famous (and beautiful!) cob buildings in the world. It’s located on Mayne Island in British Columbia, Canada and it is the 4th most wish-listed property on Airbnb! Don’t miss other awesome stories like this – join our FREE Tiny House Newsletter for more! Tiny Two-Story Cob Cottage Image © Exploring [...]

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Tiny hobbit house cabin - Exploring Alternatives 2

Budget Micro Cabin Built with Recycled Materials and Green Roof

Wintergreen Studios built this eclectic micro cabin (less than 100 square feet) with cordwood walls from old cedar fence rails found on the land, ceiling rafters from a local woodlot, recycled glass and mirrors in the walls, reclaimed windows, door and wood stove, and slate floor tiles from an architectural salvage depot in Vermont. We love the [...]

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Couple Building 600 SF Hobbit House in Texas

Couple Building 600 Sq. Ft. Hobbit-Inspired House in Texas!

Hello! My husband and I (in our late 50’s and 60’s)  are building a Hobbit House in the Hill Country of Texas. You can follow our progress at:   www.texashobbithouse.com     We also have a FB group with the same name. While this almost-600sf HH may not qualify for a “tiny house”, it will [...]

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PEI Earthship – Exploring Alternatives 3

Earthship Home – Young Man’s Inspiring Building and Living Experience

This is an earthship home built by Jordan. Jordan from Earthship PEI (Prince Edward Island, Canada) shares great tips and advice on how to build a stunning earthship-style home using recycled tires and earthen plaster made from clay, sand, and straw. He built this beautiful green building with a ton of help from his girlfriend [...]

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Straw Bale House Exploring Alternatives 1

Tiny Straw Bale Cabin with Passive Solar Green Roof – VIDEO

This tiny cob and straw bale cabin was built by local artisans as a vacation rental at the Terra Perma eco-resort and village in Harrington, Quebec, Canada. The thick walls are insulated with straw bales and covered with cob (a mixture of clay, sand, straw, and water) and a natural limestone plaster. Please don’t miss other [...]

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Hobbit House at Toits du Monde - Exploring Alternatives

Hobbit House with Amazing Green Roof – VIDEO

Mat and Danielle from Exploring Alternatives went to check out this Hobbit House at the Toits du Monde eco-resort in Nominingue, Quebec after seeing photos of the cabin online. The green roof has a really unique design that extends all the way down to the ground with leg-like extensions that provide shade in the summer and retain heat [...]

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Off-Grid Hobbit-like Cave Home Built into a Hillside

This is a tiny and cozy off-grid home that is perfectly reminiscent of a Hobbit-like cave. Outside, you’ll see a curved roof line over two double doors that open wide to make the inside and outside living space one. From the front of the house you have views of a lily-pad-filled pond that includes a [...]

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