Alternative Small Houses

This blog covers, Tents, Tree-houses, Houseboats,Tiny Homes, Mobile Homes, Prefab housing, Apartment plans, Cottages, Vintage small houses & Garages with living above.
Bahama Shutters
When considering passive solar It is best to first look at how problems were solved in the past.  Before the turn of the last century everyone was off grid, since there was no grid. Natural ventilation, wide overhangs & shutters were standard for windows for hundreds of years.

Bahama Shutters

When considering passive solar It is best to first look at how problems were solved in the past.  Before the turn of the last century everyone was off grid, since there was no grid. Natural ventilation, wide overhangs & shutters were standard for windows for hundreds of years.

Fun and delight are two words not used to describe Architect’s designs.

With its quirky angles and mismatched windows, it’s been likened to a place from a Tim Burton movie, or from Dr. Seuss. No two windows match, each are at a different height. It’s approximately 120 sq. feet on the main floor, 80 on the upper floor.

Fun and delight are two words not used to describe Architect’s designs.

With its quirky angles and mismatched windows, it’s been likened to a place from a Tim Burton movie, or from Dr. Seuss. No two windows match, each are at a different height. It’s approximately 120 sq. feet on the main floor, 80 on the upper floor.

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There is something about a vaulted ceiling /roof that makes so much sense for a tiny house.

Lloyd Kahn finds little homes fascinating. The builder and former editor of Whole Earth Catalog published Shelter, a visual feast of eco-conscious human habitats from around the globe. Kahn says, the book appealed to people looking to dodge the rent/landlord approach to housing or avoid a hefty bank mortgage that would loom for years.

There is something about a vaulted ceiling /roof that makes so much sense for a tiny house.

Lloyd Kahn finds little homes fascinating. The builder and former editor of Whole Earth Catalog published Shelter, a visual feast of eco-conscious human habitats from around the globe. Kahn says, the book appealed to people looking to dodge the rent/landlord approach to housing or avoid a hefty bank mortgage that would loom for years.

(Source: thetyee.ca, via morelikecaptainoblivious)

sixbucks:

sisterofthewolves:

The wolf army:

It is well known that donkeys make very effective guards for livestock such as cattle and sheep against canine predators such as the wolf and the jackal.
The rule is to always have at least two donkeys in case of guarding against wolves and a ratio of one donkey to twenty head of cattle.
It is recommended that mammoth donkeys be used against wolf predation as they are stronger and wolves will rather avoid the cattle in the presence of such a donkey.Donkeys have a natural instinct to attack canine predators with a vicious assault of biting and kicking. They have no fear of wolves.
Donkeys are already being used in this way by various cattle ranchers and sheep farmers all over the world.Join our campaign in making this known to ranchers and sheep farmers. 
There is more to a donkey than meets the eye: They need no training. They eat of the land like the stock they are guarding. They are generally friendly toward humans.

Same goes for lamas!  ”Guard lamas” have been used to protect sheep herds in the US since the 70’s with great success! They crave no training and get easily attatched to the herd of sheep they are introduced to, which it will naturally guard against canids such as wolves.
Lamas approach predators with alarming sounds as a warning, and if that doesn’t work it will spit (yes, spit!) and kick at the predator. 

This graph shows loss of sheep to predators before (left) and after (right) lamas were introduced.

Let’s start Donkey Wednesday with some knowledge.
(Insert “the more you know”)

sixbucks:

sisterofthewolves:

The wolf army:

It is well known that donkeys make very effective guards for livestock such as cattle and sheep against canine predators such as the wolf and the jackal.

The rule is to always have at least two donkeys in case of guarding against wolves and a ratio of one donkey to twenty head of cattle.

It is recommended that mammoth donkeys be used against wolf predation as they are stronger and wolves will rather avoid the cattle in the presence of such a donkey.
Donkeys have a natural instinct to attack canine predators with a vicious assault of biting and kicking. They have no fear of wolves.

Donkeys are already being used in this way by various cattle ranchers and sheep farmers all over the world.
Join our campaign in making this known to ranchers and sheep farmers.

There is more to a donkey than meets the eye: They need no training. They eat of the land like the stock they are guarding. They are generally friendly toward humans.

Same goes for lamas!  ”Guard lamas” have been used to protect sheep herds in the US since the 70’s with great success! They crave no training and get easily attatched to the herd of sheep they are introduced to, which it will naturally guard against canids such as wolves.

Lamas approach predators with alarming sounds as a warning, and if that doesn’t work it will spit (yes, spit!) and kick at the predator. 

This graph shows loss of sheep to predators before (left) and after (right) lamas were introduced.

Let’s start Donkey Wednesday with some knowledge.

(Insert “the more you know”)

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MicroHouse

First Microhouse build shows seamless integration of OSE’s open source Tractor, Brick Press, and Soil Pulverizer.

Open Source Ecology

The Open Source Ecology experiment was formulated in 2003. The practical experiment began on a 5 acre parcel on the outskirts of Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Networking with early collaborators, the project found its new home on a 20 acre parcel in Osborn, Missouri. In 2006, the project moved to its permanent location in Maysville, Missouri – to Factor e Farm – birthplace of the Global Village Construction Set.

We’re developing open source machines that can be made for a fraction of commercial costs, and sharing our designs on the Internet for free. If you want to build or look at out designs, please visit opensourceecology.org for more information.

External Links

  • OSE website - Our official website.
  • OSE wiki - Our wiki page, where you can read, add to, and become more involved in what we do.

Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D.

Founder, Executive Director

Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, an open collaborative of engineers, producers, and builders developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The GVCS is a set of 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist – everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. Marcin is producing open source blueprints – so that anyone can build and maintain machines at a fraction of what it costs today. His goal is to create a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools – that can decentralizew production – to build modern prosperity in local economies. He imagines the raw power this gives to people – to tap autonomy, mastery, and purpose – towards rebuilding their communities and solving wicked problems. Marcin believes that true freedom – the most essential type of freedom – starts with peoples’ individual ability to use natural resources to free themselves from material constraints – to unleash human potential.

He founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. The mission of Open Source Ecology is to create a collaborative economic platform that optimizes development, production, and distribution – via open source collaboration – to accelerate innovation to unprecedented levels. These ideas are being tested at the Factor e Farm (e as in the mathematical constant) in rural Missouri.

Marcin has been called an Innovation Stuntman, a Disruptive Hero, was recognized on the Enrich List, and gained the distinctions of a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a 2013 White House Champion of Change. The Global Village Construction Set was recognized in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012.

He came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton University and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin. After receiving formal education, he found himself useless in solving wicked problems, and started a farm in rural Missouri – which was to become the birthplace of the GVCS.

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. We’re developing open source industrial machines that can be made at a fraction of commercial costs, and sharing our designs online for free.

via: http://opensourceecology.org/

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