The Eco Caravan You Can Self-Build

Whilst browsing for some FSC certified furniture (harder to find than you would think) I stumbled across this interesting little mobile space

The Leaf House is the creation of Laird Herbert from Whitehorse, Canada, this portable home takes up a small amount of space, is big enough to live in comfortably, and reportedly accommodates a family of four.

Designed to withstand the cold Canadian climate, Leaf House Version.2 (there were earlier attempts) is a custom built, fully self-contained portable home, it has been constructed using Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) timber, recycled materials, natural finishes and eco-friendly building products.

The home is built on top of a trailer base, it features a living area with sofa bed, raised sleeping quarters, fully functional kitchen, bathroom with a compact bathtub and an open dining area. Furthermore, the home features many self-sustaining elements including a composting toilet, propane tankless hot water system, propane GE cooker and a half fridge  The lighting is LED and the water is held in a 35-gallon (132-liter) storage unit.

Incorporating a tin roof, the home’s design elements are simple enough to blend in with its surroundings. Pack some portable deck chairs and outdoor furnishings, and you can create an extended exterior living area!

Leaf House Version.2 is currently on the market for CAD$44,500 (£28,500), which is a steal if you take into consideration that it cost Herbert CAD$40,000 to build. If you are reading this from the other side of the world shipping this shed may not be practical.  Thankfully for you self-builders out there the plans are available to buy here

What do you think? I love the cute Kitchen!

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HOME – THE DEATH OF ONE TINY HOUSE AND THE BIRTH OF ANOTHER

This is what you call make do and mend! Mind you with bale construction and a wood burner I bet it was warmer than our place!

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There are plenty of advantages to living in small spaces: fewer possessions, reduced impact on the earth, and lower living expenses are just a few of them. More people are choosing to live more simply, and for some that means using the bare minimum of living space. writes Jane Roarski in a recent post on the tinyhouseblog.com

This is the story of the tiny house we used to live in while we were renovating the cottage and it’s eventual demise, happening now as I write.

Then we realised that this was going to be far too small even as a temporary measure, not to mention the cold. We estimated that we’d be in it for approximately 2 years. The photo above was taken in 2002  and we finally moved out in 2011…do the math (s), as they say.

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Some of the sheeps wool insulation we used in the house. Maybe…

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Not sure this is Europes first: http://www.groundhouse.com/ but it looks cool, nice to seem more daring types trying this type of thing!

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EarthShip home – superbly designed house with an eco-twist 

 

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Now here is a site if ever you saw one –

“Europe’s First Official Earthship Home, with a large permaculture garden containing newly planted fruit trees, in a peaceful location close to the attractive Normandy town of Mortain. Perrine is a fully sustainable off-grid earthship. The property reflects the standard Earthship package in design and has been adapted to suit the European climate.”

One of my agents, Jacqueline Lowe, asked me to join her as we needed “to valuate and list a kind of eco – built house” (and then followed a grin…).

So one sunny thursday she took me through the rolling normandy countryside (to be more precise : South in the department of the Manche, near the Mont Saint Michel) to the village of Ger and she drove up an alley. Imagine me stepping out of the car, asking…

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