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Tiny Mobile House Made From Upcycled Materials Lets You Live Off-Grid and Mortgage-Free

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GreemoxieA Canadian lifestyle magazine that explores green living has built their very first tiny home, sparing no effort to create an inviting space in a small space. The cozy 340-square foot cabin-like structure is made from upcycled materials, and has renewable energy systems to make it 100% off-grid. Wanting to build more than a fancy trailer, Greenmoxie enlisted designer David Shephard and builder Ian Fotheringham to unleash their creativity for an innovative, sustainable living space.

The exterior is clad in cedar siding treated with the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique that entails charring wood to preserve it. A house can be moved with ease using an electric drawbridge. It also unfolds to create a deck where you can grill or have a drink outside. Hardwood oak floors are found throughout the interior, which also features reclaimed wood ceilings and pine furniture. Storage units are integrated under the staircase leading to the lofted room. Multifunctional furniture maximizes storage. The tiny house is also wired with a 4-speaker integrated sound system. The bathroom has a stand-up shower, sink and composting toilet. No messy wiring.

Large windows allow natural light to flow into the living area, creating a cheery interior that contains a moveable table, built-in shelving, and a kitchen with a 24-inch range and propane refrigerator/freezer. All this is powered by solar panels on the roof with 11kW of stored energy capacity, while water is collected using a 200-liter rain barrel. The water is conserved and used via a combination of tools including a water recovery system, home drinking purifier, and grey-water holding tank. The space was spray-foam-insulated and can be heated in winter using a wood burning stove and propane heater.

Greenmoxie builds tiny houses for two people in Ontario, Canada. Prices begin at $65,000 USD. We hope they will soon make this off-grid, mortgage-free lodge available to a larger audience.

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