Another project by David and Heather!
My Canadian house-loving friends in Nova Scotia have been busy little bees over the past few years. I’ve featured their work before here on House Crazy with their converted school house and beautiful seaside home that is now for sale. Another little side project they have been working on is the ominously named X-Permit Cabin.
The X-Permit Cabin (pictured above) is located somewhere in eastern Canada with a view of the ocean.
I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I have no idea. That is classified information.
I can tell you that the code word for the location of the X-Permit Cabin is “Pirate Harbour”.
So why all the precautions for this fun tiny home?
Here’s the backstory….
The X-Permit Cabin was built on a salvaged trailer frame. It is self-sustainable, off grid, and built without permits because technically it is a “travel trailer”.
The point of all this, as David tells us, “is to circumvent onerous permits and inspections that come with ‘permanent’ structures”. He adds that the X-Permit Cabin is “an exercise in civics, construction and innovation”.
This week is the American Thanksgiving holiday. As we sit in our nice warm homes, stuffing ourselves with fat birds and planning our Black Friday mode of attack… well, you know, there are those less fortunate who are huddling under cardboard boxes not too far from where we live. (Sometimes I can even see them in the back alley.)
That said, this unorthodox planned village in East Austin, Texas gives me great hope and optimism about the human race.
Community First! Village [don't forget the !] is a 27 acre community that is being built to provide affordable housing in a supportive environment for the disabled and homeless in central Texas. The village is meant to be a sustainable project complete with a community garden, wood-working shop, medical/mental health center and even a movie theatre.
The idea is to give men and women living on the streets not only a permanent roof over their heads, but also a built-in community. Remarkably, it is being funded entirely by private money.
The village resembles a funky RV campground – there are a couple of Airstreams and even a tee-pee!
This place will put chills down your spine.
Located on Ross Island by McMurdo Sound in Antarctica, the “Discovery Hut” was built in 1902 and has been literally frozen in time for over 100 years now.
Today, McMurdo Base is a bustling research station. On the outskirts of the settlement you can see that Scott’s 1902 expedition hut still stands.
Discovery Hut was designed off-site by “Professor Gregory”, (the scientific staff leader of the expedition) and prefabricated in Sydney, Australia by James Moore before being transported south to Antarctica by ship.
The square structure has covered verandas on three sides and a pyramidal roof supported by a central post. The inner walls were lined with felt for insulation but this proved to be extremely ineffective. In fact, expedition members are said to have preferred to sleep in tents outside because tents were easier to keep warm that the actual hut.
Have you heard of this amazing company out of Luling, Texas called Tiny Texas Houses?
Their slogan is: “Building The Future With The Past”
And true to their word, they use 99% vintage salvaged materials to build the cutest, tiniest, eco-friendly homes you ever did see!
Each pint-sized home is hand-crafted using recycled materials from demolition of old Texas houses/buildings and is sculpted into “Livable House Art.”
At first glance, one might say of this cabin: ”look at that ramshackle, patched-together half-baked ponderosa.” (Well, I probably would say that.)
But the truth of the matter is that this cabin in the Flathead Valley of Montana is a stylish, eco-friendly family home made of reclaimed and recycled materials.
So have a look while I eat my humble pie.
This mountain cabin was designed by a company out of Montana called Mindful Designs, Inc.
Their design philosophy is known as “healthy sustainability” – a conscious approach to building which values quality over quantity and focuses on renewable resources and energy efficiency. I like that.