My quaint passive solar tiny house: Wisteria Lodge Pt 2

In this video I take you on a tour of the interior of this tiny house and explain a little bit more about its background and the design.  Wisteria has a passive solar design, and incorporates natural and reclaimed material.  It’s a quaint little rental at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.

My Other Tiny House: Wisteria Lodge Pt 1

When I first moved to Dancing Rabbit I lived in a different tiny house, an even tinier house.  Wisteria Lodge is only 240 sq ft, but it’s a nice little two story space and its passive solar design makes it easier to heat.  Keeping with its name it does feature a wisteria vine growing on a trellis halfway up the south side. Check out this video to find out more interesting tidbits about the house and to hear the story of how it ended up at Dancing Rabbit.

 

How does my house perform in a polar vortex?

 

It’s a good thing I have plans to get out of the cold if being swooped down on by the polar vortex is going to become a regular thing thanks to climate change. I’m getting the mudroom finished up and preparing to leave Dancing Rabbit for the winter, so maybe I don’t have to worry about how my house performs.  But even so, it’s nice to know it does pretty well on a sunny day when it’s 5 degrees F.  The problem is that we don’t get very many sunny days in winter, so I think I’m better living somewhere during wintertime where I don’t have to heat my house.

Turning Pallets Into Walls: Mudroom Pt 6

I make a lot more progress on the mudroom in this video.  It’s amazing how much of a difference giving form to walls can have on the impact of a structure.  This video goes into more detail on how I turn reclaimed pallet wood into decorative siding.

Using Pallet Wood to Build My Walls: Mudroom Pt 4

At Dancing Rabbit we try to build our houses out of reclaimed and natural materials as much as we possibly can, so I’m siding my new mudroom with reclaimed pallet wood. We’re fortunate enough to have a guy nearby who reclaims good boards from deconstructed shipping pallets.  I was able to get some of the better boards for doing the exterior siding on my new addition.

Mudroom Addition Pt 3: Lime Plaster Pigment

Now that I’ve got the scratch coat of repair lime plaster on the addition, I’m returning the earth pigmenting to its former glory. This is a fun process and not as hard as you might think considering how good it looks.  Fresco is a method of applying earth pigments to still wet lime plaster.  It gives a deeper color than pigmented limewash, and is a natural way to color your lime plastered house.  In this video, I walk you through the process.