8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

(Above) NestHouse. All photos via Inhabitat

Despite their growing appeal, tiny houses deter many prospective owners because of their lack of elbow room.

The website Inhabitat recently spotlighted eight tiny homes that smaller structure aren’t delicate in nature, but actually just as resilient as any traditional home twice their size.

NestHouse offers charm and energy efficiency

Designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland, the NestHouse is a sustainable and energy-efficient tiny home. Hidden behind its endearing Scandinavian aesthetics, the home boasts impressive off-grid options like passive ventilation and solar.

Payette Urban tiny home runs on solar power

TruForm Tiny has made a name for itself by crafting made-to-order tiny homes. The tiny home is as big on design and comfort as it is on energy efficiency. The house can use solar or wind power, offering residents energy flexibility.





Father and son buildtinyoff-grid cabin in Wisconsin

Bill Yudchitz and his son, Daniel, created a contemporary 325-square-foot home designed with minimal impact on the landscape. The home has been installed with various sustainable technologies, such as solar lanterns and a rainwater harvesting system.




$33K hOMe offers off-grid luxury on wheels

This tiny home is considered luxurious. hOMe is a 221-square foot tiny house built to go off the grid with solar connections and a composting toilet. The structure can be mounted on a flat-deck trailer, allowing homeowners to tow and set up their homes virtually anywhere.





Tiny flat-packed homes provide affordable housing

This flat-pack off-grid home was developed as a solution to expensive city housing. Built with low environmental impact materials, Big World Homes are powered by solar energy and include rainwater harvesting systems. The homes can also increase in size with additional modules.





World’s most active volcano harbors tiny off-grid home

Located at the base of Mauna Loa volcano next to Kilauea, the tiny 450-square-foot Phoenix House is an Airbnb rental with some incredible eco-friendly features, such as solar power and a rainwater harvesting system. Built with recycled materials, the home is part of a local regenerative, off-grid community compound.




Zero-energyretreat has a near-invisible footprint 

Disappear Retreat stands out for its ability to disappear from sight – and the grid. Built to Passive House standards, the 83-square-foot mirrored home boasts a near-invisible footprint. According to the architects, the prefabricated retreat was strategically designed for “triple-zero living”: zero energy, zero waste and zero water.




Old-fashioned caravan home is 100 percent self-sustaining

This hand-built caravan tiny home proves that sometimes state-of-the-art technology isn’t needed to get completely off the grid. The Old Time Caravan is crafted from reclaimed wood and relies on natural light to illuminate the interior.


Topics: Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Solar Power, Sustainability Trends & Statistics, Sustainable Communities, Water Saving Devices

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