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Industrial designer. Outdoorsman. Imagineer.

9News Did a Quick Story On The Tiny…

Had some fun yesterday chatting with 9News and Victoria Sanchez about tiny homes and zoning codes.

http://www.9news.com/media/cinematic/video/76078412/

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Early Adopter and BEYOND!

Just because we’re challenged to find a buyer for our recently revealed super cool TinyGiantHose doesn’t mean we’re stopping with our deep dive down the rabbit hole of AMAZING tiny house integrations and design!

Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion
Photo Courtesy of: The Endesa Pavilion

Turns out, as I had designed TinyGiant for myself with my very specific and crazy lifestyle of rock-climbing, aquaponic ecosystem-toting, client inspired-wallpaper, I realized how much of an early-adopter I am to most everything. It’s hard to sell something so specific and ‘outlying’. I do find it ironic, however that the tiny house movement in and of itself is by it’s very nature an outlier-esque movement. 🙂

That said, I am happy to announce that we are working up designs for a TinyTOO! Specific goals for this one will be,

To go even more off-grid with 2X the FUN!

We are packing this new tiny with even more badass-ness! Believe it or not, if you think TinyGiant blew your hair back, we’re happy to be bringing you yet another, Modern&TINY house that will continue to showcase our true love for design, innovation and keen sense of outright funcitonal-cool!

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.doobybrain.com/2012/05/23/the-california-roll-a-pre-fab-house-that-adapts-to-its-desert-surroundings/

Of course! – I won’t let you go before I offer you but a sample of features coming in, TinyTOO:

solar shading + passive solar heating
green roof
expandable roof over bed to sitting area on roof
fungus insualtion
electric opacity changing windows
root cellar
Solar PV
Solar HotWater
vertical wall garden
Climbing wall outside
Tensegrity structuring
rainwater collection
Opaque walls for cross-lighting
…will it float?!
…AND BEYOOOooooooonnnnnnnnddddddd!! 🙂
If you’re interested in the TinyGiant, or have a wild hair to do something original, please feel free to reach out.
Onward!
Rob

Micro-Living. Who’s Coming With?

Victor Papanek stated, “We have learned to think of large cars as gas-guzzlers; similarly we must learn to see our homes as the space guzzlers they are,” in his book, “Design for the Real World.”

While space has become an issue as populations increase in a non-linear fashion, other driving factors such as increased mobility, ownership without the mortgage, semi-permanent camping and tourism, and last but not least, the displacement of ‘the material’ for the benefit of simplicity, savings, and a reconnection with others and environment.XO.2.2 2014-09-04 16255400000

“We are designing these homes to empower the owner and offer abundance through a more sustainable lifestyle,” says President and Principal Designer at Modern&TINY, Rob Irwin. “Foresight plays a huge factor in designing for the people, for the future. As the older demographics find themselves at the psychological cliff of retirement and the connotations that come with it, they find themselves in a position of choice and most of the time they want solace, simplicity and the opportunity to maintain a high quality of living without the overhead of a mortgage, or the maintenance that comes with owning a large home.”

In addition to the allure of micro-homes with the aging population, younger professionals are too finding themselves in a position to maintain a high quality of life, be near their place of employment while being near the progressive bustle that a city brings without the high costs of renting.

These ‘coming of age’ professionals also have a very distinct outlook on life and their place in it. No longer is the world seen as an immense sphere of endless resource offerings, clean air and crystal clear water. To many, living in a micro-home is a statement about who they are and a physical externalization of their beliefs about wanting to live in a clean, safe and sustainable way.XO.2.2 2014-09-07 18322700000

Modern&TINY understands the implication of continuing to spread into nature with our meandering communities of cul-de-sacs and pavement and believe that micro-living could just well be another tool in the toolbox of progress and a chapter in the book of shifting paradigms.

TinyGiantHouse #1 Up FOR SALE

Featured on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living and one of the most viewed homes at the recent Tiny House Jamboree, TinyGiant House is a 200 sq ft masterpiece perfectly suited for full time living or a recreational retreat. This home is a dream come true for a creative outdoor soul with an interior rock wall, functioning skylight, attached chicken coop, and a fish tank that feeds the self contained aquaponics system. All without compromising on modern comforts like a combined washer dryer unit, full size shower, and furniture that works double duty as storage. Fully equipped with solar power and a SunMar composting toilet, this house can be taken off grid or connected to municipal utilities. TinyGiant House is open and spacious while remaining within legal road restrictions, no special license is required to move it. You really need to see it to believe. Make an appointment today.

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This house is an amazing piece of property…and super fun and functional to live in! It is perfect for the crafts-person, college student, adventure-seeking nomad, or outdoor-lover!

Here’s the run down…(contact info at bottom)

TinyGiantHouse
For Sale ($55,000)
24’ trailer + 2’ cantilevered nook & Master Loft
312SF (192SF first floor + 120SF combined loft space)

This house has been featured on HGTV on their Tiny House, Big Living show and was the bell of the ball at the recent Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs. Own this gem and have fun wherever you are with it’s innumerable features!

FEATURES INCLUDE…
Butterfly roof for rainwater collection
900W Solar Array (Approximately 30A*12hrs) GO OFF-GRID!
Aquaponics System
Chicken Coop
Avanti 9.2cuft Refrigerator
Whirlpool full size Washer/Dryer Combo unit
Full size shower
SunMar Excel Compost Toilet
Climbing Wall
LG 12,000BTU 17SEER Ductless Mini Split AC/Heat
LED Lighting
45 Gallon Water storage tank
High albedo metal roofing
Spray foam insulated
125A Main Breaker
60A Secondary Distribution Panel with 12 Branch DC
Reclaimed White Oak TnG flooring

Specs
Trailer Length 24’
Total Length 30’
Gross Weight 13,800lbs
Dual 7K Axles
House Width 8’5”
House Height 13’3”
House Length 26’

For more information or a viewing contact: Rob Irwin

email: ririwn@philogic.co

Cheers!

RI

Life Emulates Tiny (A Biomimetic Approach to Living Tiny)

An emerging approach for sustainable solutions to human challenges is to emulate nature’s time-tested phenomena, patterns and principles. This process, often referred to as biomimicry, seeks out and incorporates lessons learned over nature’s 3.8 billion years of innovation.

This methodology can be a great source for inspiration when designing tiny. Applications in rain water harvesting, heat-dissipating surfaces, energy creation, and even collective resource generation through intentional pocket-neighborhood master planning and more all have their place. Simply put, nature has already figured out how to live synergistically with it’s environment, we only need to get out of our own way to see this.

Like nature, we need resilient, zero-energy, zero-waste, regenerative environments that are aware, responsive and can learn to adapt to their occupants and surroundings. Why can’t tiny homes be a part of this too!

I posit that biomimicry in the built environment is a wellspring for the tiny home movement. It’s just going to take the voice and guidance of nature to be heard, moreover the skills of listening from the people to see this perspective an usher it into fruition.

A few examples to get the gears turning…

Wastewater Mitigation and Reuse – John Todd Ecological Design = wastewater treatment through purposeful treatment solutions using plants (Pocket Neighborhood Integration)

Energy-Sharing Micro-Grids – Based on the collective energy sharing of most all ecosystem types this method of collaborative consumption creates resilient self-sufficient communities. (www.philogic.co)

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 Super-Superior Materials – (the mollusk shell!) Could be used on anything from roofing shingles, windows, and trailer structures.

It’s as strong as steel and tough as a bulletproof vest, capable of withstanding the same amount of pressure it takes to turn carbon into a diamond. Scientists have discovered nature’s newest strongest material, and it comes from … a sea snail.

The list goes on and on! If you’re inspired to research this more feel free to reach out to Phi Logic, and take a look at www.asknature.org for quite an extensive list of animal niches.

Cheers, Rob

OUCH! This Tiny Home Isn’t Working!

I’m sure many have reveled in the tiny home movement. It has such an energy behind it and I can say with confidence the people involved and interested are amazing souls. On the flip side, the reality of living in a tiny home can be downright laughable to most who haven’t experienced it. The inescapable tiny little bathrooms, or overhead lofts…with no overhead are all part of the mix…or are they?

As an industrial designer and tiny home liaison, it’s quite often that ergonomics and human factors come up. Human factors is a field of study within the design world that entails design criteria for human form, movement, and use. It is also the study of form, placement, and arrangements.

We’ve all experienced poorly conceived products and environments. You could experiencing this when you bump your head or hip on a low overhang, or tight turn in a home, or maybe some product just doesn’t seem to fit well in your hand…or you find using the ‘thing’ to be too cumbersome and awkward. This is the design failure of human factors and ergonomics and why the application of human factors in the world of tiny homes are all the more important.
bang-headBeing constrained to tight spaces can be stressful! When designing a tiny home, moving freely and being able to navigate your environment is a must! For those versed in the habitation of tiny homes, I’m sure you concur.

For first-timers in a tiny home this can be a HUGE adjustment.  Living in a tiny home can be a boon for personal progress, it can also be the bane of your existence if all you do is bonk your mellon on the bathroom lights and trip on your steps every time you want to climb into bed.

Wait, there is hope! All of this can be mitigated, but only if considered from the beginning! Moving walls and shifting layouts in a tiny can be more than challenging, if not unfeasible. Appliances are also something to consider. I may post a continued blog from this regarding additional solutions, however, speaking with your designer/architect about your particular habits, ‘stuff needs’, and general lifestyle can go a long way to creating an environment that’s right for you in every way, shape and form. 😉

Note: If you have questions or are looking for a consultation, feel free to message us on FB at: Modern and TINY

Thanks, Rob