Architecture has a huge influence on our lives. We can be affected by it not only when we're inside of a building, but also whenever we are near one.
When most people think of architecture, it's the huge, million-dollar structures that come to mind. In reality, architecture can be anything from a cob hut to a cathedral. Architecture is merely what we use to keep us safe from the elements and to define our space.
My lifelong focus on a low-impact lifestyle has caused me to focus primarily on architecture that works WITH the forces of nature so as to get a free ride from the elements rather then using fuel or electricity to resist them.
Vernacular architecture is a way of building which responds to the needs of the local environment. Before the invention of artificial heating and cooling, houses needed to be designed to let nature do the work and this led to dramatically different styles depending on the local climate. So the far north sprouted igloos and long-houses while desert areas developed thick-walled adobe dwellings. Here I will share with you some of the many secrets that local cultures used to keep houses comfortable.
In this section we will explore together, the numerous ways that a person can enjoy a comfortable shelter with the least amount of energy, resources, and waste. We're not talking here about solar panels and triple-glazed windows. This is about providing basic shelter without breaking the bank. So whether you want to make your house more energy-efficient or whether you want to create a basic shelter for yourself, this section will give you helpful tools.
Tiny House - Step by Step
Over a couple of years, I designed and built a 13 sq. meter (140sq. foot) tiny house.
Throughout the process I took careful pictures and notes so that you can learn all of the techniques that I used to create a super-energy efficient living space. I include also the lessons learned, so that you can learn from all of the (many) mistakes that I made along the way.