This is a pretty neat loft style apartment where the owner asked his designer to build him the ultimate “bachelor pad” in a small loft space. There is a ton of reclaimed lumber and other materials that was integrated into the space for charm. The loft took advantage of the tall ceilings and you’ll notice on the upper levels they used a lot of glass to not close off anything. While it isn’t tiny, it is a small apartment for sure. Here is what came of it.
Some of you know I’m a little bit of a permaculture fanatic, so I like to interject some of these concepts where I can. Today I wanted to share a neat project going on over at permies.com’s forum. It’s called a Wofati house and essentially it is an wooden structure that uses post and beam techniques that is then mostly buried under dirt to provide thermal mass. The big concept here is that the house is optimized for solar gain and uses a large thermal mass to keep things cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The design was inspired by Mike Oehler’s design and is touted to be pretty inexpensive.
Photos by Kristie Wheaton from Permise.com
So last week I had a crazy tiny house adventure. It involved a potato, a few tiny houses, building codes and a lot of meeting tiny house folks.
I started off staying with Laura and Matt, two tiny housers in Asheville, Laura blogs at 120squarefeet.com (she also has a new book out – click here). I have gotten to know them pretty well and always enjoy hanging out with them. Not only do we talk about tiny houses, but we get to nerd-out too.
From there I met up with my brother and went to my favorite breakfast spot, Sunny Pointe. After an amazing locally sourced organic breakfast we headed out. From there we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway to see the fall colors. I love driving the parkway, its winding roads and amazing views, it’s pretty hard to beat. I dropped down from the parkway down into Brevard, saw looking glass falls and grabbed some lunch.
The next day I was off to Dan’s workshop where we talked about tiny houses. I gave a talk on building codes and zoning. After lunch Matt and Laura talked about their tiny house and living in it. There were a lot of great questions for both presentations and the workshop allowed for us to chat with a lot of the folks.
I have always been interested in table ideas that I can pull out for a dinner party, but have tucked away when it is just me. I usually will eat my meals watching a TV show (the only time I watch TV) if I’m alone, go out with friends, or go to my families house for dinner. I like having people over for meals, but in the end it may happen one-two times a month. Though that is the life of a bachelor I guess.
so this table breaks down to a smaller size. While its a coffee table I like the concept and it could be done on a larger scale.