The exterior walls are made up of tomato sauce cans from a local pizza parlor. These make the houses fire retardant, which apparently makes the local insurance companies very happy!
The window flower boxes outside are made of recycled upside-down range hoods; the porch swing is an old converted Dairy Queen plastic chair. Inside, many features are from recycled materials, too.
Mother and Son Living in 364 Sq. Ft. Tiny Home
Paper bags from Trader Joe’s (with the handles still attached) cover much of the walls, with discarded bean sacks and painters’ drop paper covering others. All “wallpaper” is coated with linseed oil, which makes it water-resistant and easy to just wipe clean.
Phoenix Vo-Dinh and her 24 year-old son, Christopher, went from a 3500 square foot home to one of these 364 square foot tiny homes. Fortunately, Christopher is pretty comfortable sitting while he draws and paints his comic book art in the loft because he cannot fully stand in it. Phoenix even makes room for her yoga studio on a bench in the backyard. They manage cooking with only a microwave, which also bakes and toasts. The refrigerator is much smaller than what Americans think of as normal, but they shop daily for fresh food, so the small storage areas are sufficient.
From folding chairs, ironing boards and tables, to under-bed clothes storage, Phoenix and Christopher have made the space work for them. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re looking to pare down, and be “green” at the same time, this may peak your interest.
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