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The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...step closer to reality. Nice Architects just unveiled the first photos of their incredible egg-shaped Ecocapsule home - and the tiny solar and wind-powered dwelling will be available for sale later this year. Nice Architects has already completed a prototype, and they plan to ship the first units as soon as Spring 2016...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...house gases, and the average home foundation wall uses between 75 and 100 tons. It will also account for between 10 to 15 percent of the total building costs, which does not include finishing the inside basement walls, or building a floor on top of it. And if you remember the 'One-Tonne Challenge ' that asked Canadia...

Keyhole Garden
Landscaping

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

...steps. 1.) Site: Once you have chosen an area large enough to house an 8 - 10 foot diameter circle that has sufficient sun exposure for the plants you intend on growing, you're ready to begin. Given the raised-bed nature of the keyhole garden, the area need not have good soil, or even any soil at all. 2.) Collect: ...

Trinity portable wind turbine for charging devices
Wind power

The Trinity portable wind turbine will charge your gadgets on the go.

...house for a day, which simply is not the case. However, with homes that are designed with the goal of reducing energy consumption , small devices like the portable wind turbine or pedal-powered washing machine , pedal-powered bike generators at least keep the discussion on track, even if they do little but offer a chan...