Micro Housing is a movement that embraces living in small homes. No matter how passive solar, how many solar panels on the roof or the type of construction there is one overwhelming factor in the sustainability of a dwelling.....It is the floor area. The floor area of a dwelling directly drives the energy and materials required for construction, lifetime maintenance, heating, cooling and final disposal.
Micro Housing delivers housing that is;
- the most sustainable
- the least expensive and most accessible
- cosy living
- cosy living
- has no room for the acumulation of endless needless nick nacks.
Enthused by the concept, I spent months doodling designs for my dream micro home and then finally bit the bullet and created "Brandybuck Cabin". It was a fun process that resulted in a 3 x 3m cabin with a galley, wood heater, sleeping platform in the loft and a lounge area. I managed to get about 50% of the materials from the local tip shops and on reflection believe that if I was to do it again I would go for 100% salvaged material, inspired by the Tiny Texas House Company. Power comes from two 130W solar panels on the roof that keep up with a computer, LED lighting and tunes. In addition the solar panels deliver a warm smug feeling when I read of power price hikes.
|Snow at BrandyBuck Cabin|
|The Danish Morso Squirell heater uses timber salvaged from close by, reducing the bushfire hazard.|
|The galley started life as a vanity unit and launched its new career for $40 at the tip shop.|