2014 Tiny Off-Grid House Design Contest Results
Jordan Spuck Grand Prize Winner with new Renogy 100 watt Panel Prize!
The purpose of this skills contest was to give people an opportunity to explore the ways that off-grid alternative power, water, septic, and grey water systems could be incorporated into tiny house designs.
The categories for the contest were houses under 200 sqft, houses 201-400 sqft and alternative houses such as houses on wheels, houseboats, etc.
We received 31 entries that were accepted and from those we selected the designs that best captured the full intent of the contest.
All of the designs entered show a lot of imagination and skill in creating these small off-grid structures and there are no bad designs in this group and we appreciate all of the hard work that went into creating these designs.
Grand Prize Winner: Jordan Spuck 2532 House
Under 200 sqft Winner: Jonathan Marcoux Squared Eco House
201-400 sqft Winner: Misty Robinson's 16x25 Off-Grid House
House-On-Wheels Winner: Bomun Bock-Chung Tiny Solar Tiny House
Alternative Style Winner: Christopher O'Baugh Arch Roofed Tiny House
Best use of alternative off-grid power, water and heat: Ryerson University "μ-haus" Micro-House
Most creative use of materials and design: Joshua Dolan Micro-Max Tire wall House
Best use of recycled, repurposed or found materials: Dennis Ringler Tiny Cob House
Most "frilly" and/or silly design: Misty Robinson's Gypsy Wagon Houseboat
CONTEST ENTRANTS PLEASE CONTACT email@example.com by December 1, 2014 FOR PRIZE AND EBOOK INFO. Prizes will not be awarded if not contacted by that date.
PLEASE SUPPORT THESE CONTESTS AND OUR MISSION TO DESIGN AFFORDABLE OFF-GRID HOUSING DESIGNS BY PURCHASING A 116 PAGE EBOOK THAT CONTAINS ALL THE DESIGNS SUBMITTED TO THIS CONTEST.
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House Designs in order they were submitted:
Hi folks and welcome to our first Simple Solar Homesteading Tiny Off-Grid House Design Contest 2014.
Enter your tiny house design and qualify to win some great prizes and get your design in the Tiny House Designs 2014 Ebook to be published in 2014.
GRAND PRIZE: $500 US cash, Front page media exposure, free Tiny House Designs 2014 Ebook plus a Renogy 100 watt 12 volt Solar Panel valued at $239.09
BEST IN CATEGORY: $50 US cash (no multiple prizes), Special page media exposure, free Tiny House Designs 2014 Ebook
Only one Grand Prize will be awarded and One Best in Category prize for each of 4 categories.
ALL ENTRIES: included in ebook and will receive a free copy of Tiny House Designs 2014 Ebook
100 watt Renogy (or similar) solar panel Grand Prize (1 prize)
Tiny House Talk Alex Pino: ebook "The Power of Simple Living" for all category winners (5)
1- Houses up to 200sqft foot print: must include common house features of living area, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Sidewalls 8 feet or 10 feet single story. May include a loft. Bump outs must show supports. Must be designed for and show off-grid elements for power, water, heating etc.
2- Houses 201-400sqft foot print: must include common house features of living area, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. Sidewalls 8 feet or 10 feet single story. May include a loft. Bump outs must show supports. Must be designed for and show off-grid elements for power, water, heating etc.
3- Houses on wheels: must show trailer on wheels. Must be road legal dimensions. Maximum house length 20 feet. Maximum house width 8 feet. Ground to roof peak 13 feet 6 inches maximum. Must include common house features of living area, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping area. May include a loft. Must be designed for and show off-grid elements for power, water, heating etc.
4- House boats, tree houses, caravans, cargo trailers, yurts, tipi, van conversions, campers etc.: These will be accepted if approved by LaMar and we look forward to seeing all interesting designs that would be considered a tiny house. Must be designed for and show off-grid elements for power, water, heating etc.
NOTE: These must be drafted design pictures NOT photos of a completed project or structure built. You can use any program to design the house such as Google Sketchup and then capture a picture of the views. All submissions must be original, previously unpublished and your own work copyrighted to you. Do not submit anything you did not create your self. ONLY ONE entry per category per person will be accepted so send only your very best designs please!
NOTE: Houses can be made of any construction materials including wood, straw bale, cobb, Rastra, SIPS, cordwood, bamboo etc. The house can not be on a basement but can be earth bermed or in a tree etc. and include landscaping to show suggested uses if desired. You may show one view with a porch or deck and steps and landscaping. Let your creative juices flow!
NOTE: Hand drawn or drafted views of the house design are acceptable as long as you scan and digitize the pictures so they can be included on the website and in the ebook.
HOW TO ENTER:
CLICK HERE FOR SUBMISSION FORM: CONTEST SUBMISSION FORM
Send by email to LaMar at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may attach these as JPG files to the email
CLICK HERE TO SEE REQUIRED VIEWS: REQUIRED VIEWS
Views: Front, rear, both sides, interior views, loft view with dimensions if used, and floor plan with dimensions. A 3D isometric perspective showing the house from a front corner. Views may be color or BW and each view should be a minimum 6x6 and no bigger than 8x8 inches. Include as many views as you think will help people understand how your house functions and include any special features.
Description: Tell us what category you are submitting for. Include a description with your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE. Description should tell us about your design, what makes it special, and you can include an estimate to build. Personal info other than name and website will not be viewable to the public.
Professional Designers: If you are a professional designer please include your business name and website which will be included with your design in the ebook so people can find you.
NOTE: any and all materials sent will not be returned and you agree to give LaMar Alexander and www.simplesolarhomesteading.com royalty free and imperpetuity permission to use and broadcast your house design pictures and written description on this website and in any future publications (see complete rules before submitting).
GENERAL CONTEST RULES:
This contest is open to all US and Canada Residents. No Purchase necessary.
1- You agree to and have read all rules and category rules and understand this is a contest and only those winners selected will receive a prize. Judging will be done by a panel of Small House Design Professionals including LaMar Alexander.
2- This contest is a skill design contest and is void where prohibited by law. This contest is only for US and Canadian citizens. If you are from a country outside of the US or Canada you may submit a design and will receive a free ebook and will be included in the honorable mention section but will not be considered in the contest or receive any of the cash prizes or other prizes. Digital award ribbons will be used for honorable mention designs.
3- You agree to abide by the category rules for this house design contest (see above) and you understand that any breach of these contest rules will disqualify your submission from being considered for the contest.
4- You agree to hold LaMar Alexander and SimpleSolarHomesteading.com and heirs legally and financially harmless and indemnify same from any legal action that may arise as a result of your voluntary participation in this contest. You agree your participation is voluntary and this is a skill contest void where prohibited. This contest is established under US state laws of Utah.
5-You agree to give LaMar Alexander and simplesolarhomesteading.com and heirs royalty free and imperpetuity permission to use and broadcast your house design pictures and written description on this website and in any future publications.
6- You agree to allow your name, website link, and likeness to be included with your submission to the contest and to be published on this website if your design is selected as a winner of the contest.
7- You agree that LaMar Alexander has permission to disqualify any contest entry for any reason and submitted materials will not be returned. The decision of the judge(s) is final. Minor rule changes or modifications may be announced if necessary and will effect all submissions. Prizes will be awarded only to the person that submitted and has qualified. Prizes will be awarded by December 31, 2014. No substitution of prizes will be allowed. Cash prizes will be sent by email through Paypal. Winners will be notified by email.
8- Contest is closed to Sponsors, Judges and immediate family members. If you are a professional designer please include your business name and website link in any submission. Professional designers will be held to a higher standard and will not receive cash or prizes but will receive a free copy of the ebook and get your work recognized. We welcome professional submissions.
9- You must be 18 years or older to enter this contest or have parent or guardian signed permission. You will be sent a permission with the contest rules that must be signed after you submit your designs or contact LaMar at email@example.com for a copy of the rules and permission form.
JUDGING CRITERIA: We will be looking for originality in the house design, floor plan and use of space and also how you integrate alternative and off-grid systems into the house such as solar power, wind power, rain water harvesting, gray water system, alternative heating, propane and pasive solar features and insulation. Think off the grid!
Contest starts January 6, 2014 and ends June 30, 2014 at 12:00 Midnight Mountain West Time
SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE CREATION TOOLS:
I use Google Sketchup for my designs and the free version is great but does take a little time to learn. They have a huge library of materials, doors, and appliances etc.
Google Sketchup Free Download: DOWNLOAD
Free Tiny House Design Sketchup vidoes:
Best use of alternative off-grid power, water and heat wins a free ebook "Ultimate Off-Grid Guide"
Most creative use of materials and design wins a free ebook "Ultimate Off-Grid Guide"
Best use of recycled, repurposed or found materials wins a free ebook "Ultimate Off-Grid Guide"
Most "frilly" and/or silly design wins a free ebook "Ultimate Off-Grid Guide"
SPONSORS TO BE ANNOUNCED
If you would like to sponsor a prize for this contest please contact me. You will be included in the ebook as a sponsor and on this web page with a link to your website. Help us promote Tiny Houses!
100 watt Renogy (or similar) solar panel
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