“For years now, Paul Elkins has been traveling the country in his ‘stealth camper’. Unlike many small homes you see, this one is attached to the back of a bicycle and it only cost $150 to make! You won’t believe what the inside looks like.
“It does show the possibilities of a new way to get around and travel or to live. You don’t have car insurance, you don’t have home insurance payments. What do you got? Food.” Paul says.”
Going Viral Posts
I’m going to run tiny house related blog posts all week in order to keep plugging the Tiny House Summit. There are some amazing things coming from this community (tiny house codes, tiny house villages, small space living ideas…), and I hope to see more collaboration between them and natural builders in the future. Click on the Tiny House Summit icon on the right hand side of the page for free videos every day. They’re only free one day and then they’re replaced with new ones. If you miss some videos you can buy the entire set.
“The first day of the 2017 Tiny House Summit is now live, with presentations by Macy Miller, Valerie Cook & Tim Boffe, Becky Elder, Darren Hughes, David & Jeanie Stiles, Jewel Pearson, Laura M. LaVoie, and Jenn Baxter. These videos will be available to watch for free for 24 hours (ending at 12:00 pm US Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, February 21st), at which time they will be replaced by eight more!
“Do you desire to build your own home one day? Here is your opportunity to get started in an action-packed 1 day primer on what to consider to create and DESIGN your dream home, naturally – offered by Eco-Architect, Ingrid Cryns, of Soma Earth.”
I’ve been doing a series of articles recently on the best places to live in North America that have few or no building codes. I’m asking readers to send us their recommendations. Today’s article is the fifth installment of the series. I suggest moving to an area with minimal building codes to greatly reduce the cost of construction as well as escape many of the problems in urban areas such as high taxes and crime. For more on this topic, see Counties with Few or No Building Codes
Thanks to Steve for this tip. He’s part of Mt. Joy Ecovillage, a sustainable eco community in Lewis County, TN where there are no building codes.
Steve writes, “Lewis County, TN is a conditional recommendation, depending on what a person’s priorities are but the lack of zoning, codes and permits are a definite benefit. The area has a comparatively mild climate, reasonable access to amenities and a more liberal population than most of the south. It is lumber country and land is plentiful, ranging from around $2,000-$4,000/acre.”
Steve’s opinion about Lewis County being a “conditional recommendation” raises an important point. There are no perfect places that will satisfy everybody’s needs. Some people prefer warmer climates, some colder climates. Some people like remote locations, some want to be closer to a city, and on and on. It all depends on what’s important to you. So that means you have to examine each option carefully, and then visit the most promising places to see which place is right for you.
Lewis County is located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,161. Its county seat is Hohenwald. It’s area is 730.4 km².
I have been looking back into some of the great projects on Build It Solar. One of my goals this year is to make a solar oven. Living in the semi-desert Okanagan area of British Columbia means that we get a lot of sun in the summer-time. It makes sense to take advantage of it and save energy at the same time.
If you have built your own Solar Oven / Solar Cooker, let us know how it worked out and share your plans / project with us.
This particular oven was built by Bill Becker, back in 2007. He has shared a lot of his ideas and posted several photos, to make it quite easy to understand.