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Dean and Marie’s Bluebird Bus

"…Dean and his girlfriend, Marie, had since moved into their bus in South East Portland. They wanted more space for a garden and animals and asked my Mom if they could park their bus on some property she owns in the Columbia River Gorge.  Six months ago, they moved out of a driveway in Southeast and into the Columbia River Gorge. They are setting up a greenhouse, extensive garden,  rabbits, pigs, outdoor shower and 400watt solar set up.   This summer, Marie’s honey CSA will be up and running and selling honey from bee’s that live in the area. It’s called the Bluebird Apiary.…"
Photo: Foster Huntington here

Ice Shanties in New England by Foster Huntington

"Ice shanties captured throughout New England, mostly Maine."
Photo: Foster Huntington
From Cabin Porn here.

Note: Foster's Toyota Tacoma with camper shell is featured in our Tiny Homes on the Move.

Small NorCal Beachfront Cabin For Sale/No Reasonable Offer Refused

As featured in Dwell magazine

Magical Log House in Bosnian Woods

"A magical cabin converted from a watermill by a Serbian painter whose father owned and operated minimills along this Bosnian river.”
Photo by Brice Portolano
From Cabin Porn here.

How I Got Into Building


I just ran across this on my Amazon author bio page (here). It answers some questions I've gotten lately about how I got started building.
I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I'd been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with.
   I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails, framing—delineating space. The smell in lumber yards. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It's a thrill when you first step on the floor you've just created.
   Ideally I'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner -- rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.
   Through the years I've personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction -- I'm interested in them all. For five years, the late '60s to early '70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971.
   I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake Shelter in 1973. We've published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter in 2004, The Barefoot Architect in 2008, Builders of the Pacific Coast in 2008, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter in 2012 and now Tiny Homes On the Move: Wheels & Water.
  I often ask architects if they know the definition of architecture: the art and science of building.
   Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I've never had a mortgage) and -- if you follow it through -- you can get what you want in a home.
Pic is when I was building a big timber house at Rancho Rico in Big Sur in 1966. Today's my birthday,  48 years later. Gad!

A Hotel Hooks up to The Tiny Houses Trend, Campfire Included.

" While some hotels trumpet the ample square footage of their guest rooms, others rely on quirky coziness to attract customers. Yotel, for example, offers ship-cabin-inspired rooms at several European airports and operates a full-sized hotel filled with snug (170-square foot), extremely efficiently-designed rooms near Times Square in New York City. The chain plans to open another Yotel hotel on upscale Orchard Street in Singapore..."
Click here.