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Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter is the motto. Living simply is the inspiration. This Tiny Floating Homestead is a marriage of both house boats and the tiny house movement and is a new housing alternative you might just be interested in.

Lloyd Kahn, former Shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog, is the founding editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications. He is also an author, photographer and pioneer of the green architecture movement. Green architecture, also known is sustainable architecture, seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy and development space. Sustainable architecture uses a conscious approach to energy and ecological conservation in the design of the build environment. The idea is to ensure that our actions and decisions today do not inhibit the opportunities of future generations. Coupled with this is the architectural and social movement of the tiny house movement which advocates living simply in small homes.

In 1973 Kahn published Shelter, which was a visual feast of eco-conscious human habitats and included five different small homes. Back then, this book appealed to people who were looking to dodge the rent/landlord approach to housing or avoid a hefty bank mortgage that would loom over them for decades. Today, the need for housing alternatives is still very real (perhaps more-so with the rising costs of living). Kahns latest book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter offers a glimpse of what some of the alternatives could be (all of which are paired down to the bare necessities). This book displays dwellings occupied by people living with less in everything from tree houses to covered wagons. The tiny floating homestead is just one of those alternatives.

Little homes often inspire delight, like grown-up dollhouses. Theyre cozy and quaint and charming. The only demand tiny homes really have, is the need for simple living. Tiny homes often emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture as well as incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. As a result, many tiny homes are often placed off-the-grid (OTG) which is a term that refers to autonomous living; OTG means that you do not rely on municipal water supply, sewer, natural gas, electrical power grid or similar utility services. A true OTG home is able to operate completely independently of all traditional utility services.

In his latest book, Kahn depicts Henrik Lindstroms tiny floating homestead, which is placed in the Fraser River in Canadas beautiful British Columbia. These tiny homes lease the water space and are completely self-sufficient in all other ways. They represent an alternative to housing and present as much more affordable housing. Not only are these tiny homes eco-friendly by way of making virtually no footprint on land, they also arent consuming or straining any of the municipal utility services. With nothing but water surrounding them, there is no shortage of water to be purified and utilized and with a chemical toilet system, there would be very little waste. In the pictures you see stacked wood for heat, lots of windows for light, and tiny, simple structures. This tiny floating homestead is the epitome of simple living at its finest.

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