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Simple Solar Homesteading is a Not-For-Profit social and cultural service organization dedicated to producing affordable off-grid housing designs and projects so that everyone everywhere can have a safe and sustainable home.

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Winterizing Your Homesteads!

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Winterizing Your Homesteads!


Well the temperature at my cabin has dropped to below freezing at night but the days are still sunny and around 45 degrees so I have been busy the last few weeks getting my cabin winterized.


I am at about 4800 elevation and we can get snow 3 foot deep and -20 winters here so I have to be prepared ...

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5 Watt Solar LED Lights and Phone Charger

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I needed a couple of LED lights for my cabin and I came across this unit on Amazon that has two LED p...

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Simple Solar Homesteading Amazon Store

Posted on July 31, 2015 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (3)

Hi folks, I have been busy working on some new projects and vids and helping with an online course for MIT on sustainable living. Just wanted to let you know I now have an Amazon store on the website with all the products I use and recommend for off-grid living and homesteading so take a minute and have a look.


http://www.simplesolarhomesteading.com/sshstore.htm

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400 Watt Ground Mount Solar

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (6)

After many years of shinnying out my window to push the snow off my solar panels I decided to put them on a ground mount to make things easier and safer. Now I can keep the snow off and clean the panels and do maintenance if necessary.

The mount is using my old horse hitching post and some recycled cinder blocks. I ran a 2x4 through the blocks for support and the panles are attached to the hitching post and the 2x4 support with high tensile...

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Pushcart Survival Shelter

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (8)

Pushcart Shelter Design

 

We have all seen the pics of homeless people with all their worldly possessions in a shopping cart and sleeping in a cardboard box and it got me to thinking that these people need a better cart if that is how they want to live (some do choose that lifestyle).

 

So I designed this Shelter pushcart that is not much bigger than a shopping cart and rolls on caste...

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Robert Merchel House For Cooks and Artists

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (2)

This tiny house on wheels is designed for a couple who likes to cook and do art. The first floor has a Japanese style bath and an open floor plan. The kitchen area is located near the front door with a vaulted ceiling because activities there primarily require standing. A loft is accessed by a ladder and provide a secondary space. It uses a passive solar design with low windows on the south side and skylights and high windows on the north to passively cool the home with breeze...

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Ryerson University "-haus" Micro-House

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (2)

μ-haus: μ from the Greek “mu” meaning “micro” and haus from the German “house” or “shell” as in a turtle, where home is a livable extension of one’s self.


As the world’s populations shift towards cities, the issue of urban density comes into focus. Laneway housing, tiny homes, off-grid and NetZero dwellings all address a facet of an unknown future regarding...

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Theodore Ash 10x12 Barn Style Convertable

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (2)

I have designed this 10 by 12 foot barn style house to fit the restrictions found in some rural areas which allow for one or two buildings no larger than 120 square feet, or sometimes specifically no larger than 10 feet by 12 feet, to be constructed without a building permit. If a solar assisted, self-contained constructed wetland were used for black water recovery and gray water were reused whenever possible, you could safely avoid the need for standard septic as long as your...

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Robyn McKinney Mobile House Design

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

My design is made to start with a 16 ft by 8 ft utility trailer designed to hold the weight of a mobile house. It would need to be specially reinforced for this purpose and with proper axel strength for the additional weight of the whole house.

Next I designed it so that the weight would be balanced and not too heavy on the back end such that it would tend to lift th...

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Jim Triplett Aluminum Cargo Container House

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (5)

Please note that the 8x30 in not to be viewed as a house on wheels, I only showed them for transport and I would consider it a permanent structure.It is for category 1 or 2. The 8x20, I do want to enter in the house on wheels category (3), as it is designed to be moved at will. Utilizing well water and propane as well as solar for the 8x30, and an on-board water cistern in the utility room.



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