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5 Things I Learned Visiting Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

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5 Things I Learned Visiting Tumbleweed Tiny House Company

On a trip to the San Francisco Bay area last month I had the opportunity to head up to wine country and visit the epicenter of the tiny homes movement, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company in Sonoma, California. I spent a couple of hours with Debby Richman, who patiently answered all of my detailed ...

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Geodesic Domes: An Interview with Dennis Johnson

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Categories: Builder Interviews, Geodesic Domes

Geodesic Domes: An Interview with Dennis Johnson

Developed in the 1960′s by Buckminister “Bucky” Fuller, geodesic domes leveraged inherently stable triangular geometry to create unique spaces that used minimal material, yet had superior structural strength. After decades of development, the domes have matured both aesthetically and functionally.

I recently sat down with Dennis Johnson, founder of Natural Spaces Domes, who has ...

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Comic: Somewhere in Texas…

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Categories: Comics, Landscapes & Gardens

Comic: Somewhere in Texas…

The world is full of traditions. Some of them make a place culturally rich, and others should be questioned. Lawns, a U.S. tradition derived from the gardens of rainy old England, often find themselves in the driest of places. Sometimes even on the edge of the desert. What can happen when we unflinchingly ...

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The Hermit Crab Comic

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Categories: Comics, Lifestyle

The Hermit Crab Comic

AHT’s first comic, using the metaphor of hermit crabs to make fun of how we humans often buy as much house as we can handle at the time, which we then have to carry around metaphorically like a hermit crab does. Would McMansions be as popular if we had to carry them on ...

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Story of a Tiny House: An Interview with Brittany Yunker

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Story of a Tiny House: An Interview with Brittany Yunker

Hey, Ross here. Back in July I got the chance to rent out Brittany Yunker’s tiny house on Puget Sound in Olympia, Washington. It was an awesome experience and created even more questions in my mind about tiny house living. Luckily I was able to sit down with Brittany last month for an ...

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Beyond the Home: Bike Commuting 101

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Categories: Bike Commuting, Cost Cutting Strategies

Beyond the Home: Bike Commuting 101

On this site, we often talk about better home design, but that conversation wouldn’t be complete without looking at better ways to get to and from those homes. After reading a fairly convincing and entertaining article on bike commuting a few months back, I decided I had to give it a ...

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Low-Cost DIY Herb Planter

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Categories: DIY Projects, Landscapes & Gardens

Low-Cost DIY Herb Planter

This past weekend, as the seedlings I planted for my fall garden started looking ready to be transplanted, I began thinking about low-cost planters I could make for them. Destiny struck on a visit to my parents’ house when I noticed they had thrown a large Folgers canister into their recycling bin. With ...

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“Lawnternatives” of the Pacific Northwest

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Categories: Landscapes & Gardens

“Lawnternatives” of the Pacific Northwest

On a recent weekday in Olympia, Washington, I drove around in my economy rental photographing front yards and catching wayward glances from suspicious homeowners. Was I from the Homeowner’s Association, documenting grass that breached the 2.5″ height requirement? Perhaps I was gearing up to crack down on some renegade front yard tomatoes. As ...

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Living Large in 165 Square Feet: A Tiny House Photo Tour

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Categories: DIY Projects, Lifestyle, Minimalism, Tiny Houses

Living Large in 165 Square Feet: A Tiny House Photo Tour

This week I’d like to take you on a photo tour of Brittany Yunker’s 165 s.f. tiny house in Olympia, Washington. If you enjoyed the video I did of the interior, this post should give you a better idea of what it’s like to move ...

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Video: Breakfast in a Tiny House

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Video: Breakfast in a Tiny House

This week I’m writing from the road in Olympia, Washington where I’ve rented out my first tiny house. During breakfast yesterday I shot a video of the house from where I was sitting. Be warned: this video is very raw. I don’t even introduce myself (ridiculous right?) But if you’ve never seen how ...

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