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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. ūüôā

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!! ūüôā
If you’re interested in the TinyGiant, or have a wild hair to do something original, please feel free to reach out.
Onward!
Rob

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 РBased on the collective energy sharing of most all ecosystem types this method of collaborative consumption creates resilient self-sufficient communities. (www.philogic.co)

energy-sharing-Pocketneighborhood

 Super-Superior Materials Р(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. ūüėČ

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

Thanks, Rob

Tiny House Jamboree Shots!

Had such an amazing time at the Tiny House Jamboree! Almost 40,000 people in attendance over the weekend and amazing vibes all around.

#tinyhousejamboree #modernandtiny #tinygianthouse

Come See Us!

Be sure to catch us at the Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, August, 7-9th, 2015. Looking forward to meeting everyone! This is going to be a HUGE event. The first of it’s kind with spectators, designers, suppliers, and builders from all 50 states and 5 countries!

Check out the event here on their page: https://www.tinyhousejamboree.com

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Quick ‘Take Away’ on tiny home systems…

So, I’ve just been told that when choosing mini-split AC/heater units AND propane instant hot water heaters and you live in colorado, or higher altitudes you need to source ‘high altitude’ models! something about pressure regulation and whatnot.¬†That is all.

Mini Split

DESIGN CONDITIONS (Factors that effect system capacity)

  1. Climate of building or home
  2. Altitude of building or home
  3. System configuration
  4. Number of connected indoor fan coils
  5. Length of line-sets (a.k.a. refrigerant lines) and number of 90 degree bends in each line set between the indoor and outdoor units.
  6. Design and orientation of building or home
  7. Location of outdoor unit (can be installed on the interior or exterior of building or home with proper ventilation)
  8. Square Footage of Dwelling
  9. etc…

TinyGiant’s Perspective Interior Views

When thinking about my tinygiant’s¬†floor plan and flow, there were a few specific things I needed to address – Christopher Alexander smacked in detail of¬†this process in his book, A Pattern Language. Among those were, my lifestyle, personality, hobbies, career, and geographic consideration.

I’ve run through countless arrangements and floor plans for tinygiant based on the above mentioned criteria: Here is where I’m at now… (I will address the in detail my considerations and reasoning in a following article)

1st Floor Perspective Plan View Perspective Loft View…by the way, I’ve chosen to go with a 24′ trailer in case any of you were wondering.

 

“Tiny Nest” Couple Talks 3D Modeling & Construction

Just came across this couple in progress of making their tiny home. They’re out of Canada and if you check out their 2nd episode they touch briefly on their experience with importation¬†of the trailer.

In this video they talk in detail about the design-build process as they walk thru the SketchUp model. This is a nicely detailed video and very informative to all of you wondering about the process of construction and things needing to be thought of prior to the first swing of the hammer.