Solar Ivy?

I saw this link about the SMIT Solar Ivy project over on the Jetson Green site, and I thought it was quite clever.  Little solar 'petals' rather than one big panel.   I was thinking that while I don't have huge walls to cover with something like this, I do want to add a sun ...

Another thought on shutters

I'm spending an awful lot of time thinking these things through, but I would really like to get to a design that, once in place, works nearly right the first time (I'm still somewhat of a realist), and hopefully is replicable by others that want to do the same sort of thing!  I mentioned previously ...

How about shutters “inside” the building?

My current shutter design requires: 1) Cut out the shutter interior material (~4" less than the final opening) out of the wall itself 2) Cut out the actual shutter space (this will create a 2" wide "O" cutout from the wall, with the shutters already removed from the interior) 3) Weld 1" wide by 2" deep steel tube ...

Welding with no power?

MIG welding head

When building a house on a metal frame, eventually you are going to have to deal with the need to weld something.  No, really.  It's the most logical solution. And unless you are building your container house out where you have a nice power supply (a 6+KVA generator would help), you're going to have to ...

Forums are live!

Hopefully this will simplify the process of learning about containers.  Have a question? Post it. Have an answer? Please respond! Check them out here: http://20foothouse.com/forums/ Also, I have a newsletter set up now, so if you want to get an updates via e-mail, sign-up! I am only planning on sending out a newsletter once a month ...

Steel Studs rather than Wood?

I'm hopeful that the ground will dry out enough over the next week (given that it looks like we'll have good weather at least through this coming Sunday) that we can actually move the containers to their final destination.  Even if not, we'll have them close enough that I hope to be able to drag ...

Welcome Tiny House Blog readers

I just wanted to welcome the folks from the Tiny House Blog, we're glad to have you stop by, and hope that you find it interesting enough to stick around or at least come back and visit on occasion!

A model for the kitchen?

I was perusing the make blog, and saw this article on a kitchen for one's bar-b-que adventures: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/01/moveable_kitchen.html I like the grey-water capture concept, and the simple water input model.  The embedded burner isn't a bad touch either. I beleive we'll end up witha slightly more "classic" model for the kitchen, with a bathroom and kitchen sink sharing ...

Flatbed delivery for Containers

If you want to know how a container will most likely be delivered unless you rent a crane or get someone to heli-lift your container into place (I'm looking into this BTW). BTW, this works great, but you really need dry, or at least solid ground to do this on.  We're renting a forklift this coming ...

There might be a little problem here – Mud

We're up at the property, trying to get ready to receive the containers (they're on their way, delivery expected bright and early Monday morning), and we may have run into a bit of a snag. While I knew the neighbor had an issue with the dirt track that we are both using as a driveway ...