Sunday, November 30, 2014

Historical Aerial Photos

This weekend we tracked down some aerial photos from USGS Earth Explorer. Here's a snapshot of how the land looked 50 years ago, 30 years ago and today. The property edges are clearly visible because of the mature tree plantings. Dense evergreen growth marks the creek.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

About Us

Adam and Karen's cabin in Equinunk, PA. 280 square feet, off-grid and solar-powered. The tiny home uses less than 1,800 kilowatt hours of electricity per year (over 80% less than the 12,000 kWh used by the average home in the northeastern U.S.)

Karen is an elementary school art teacher. Adam co-founded a sustainability consultancy that helps companies run more responsibly through green business strategies. We do not consider ourselves to be part of the tiny house "movement" where the goal is often small for the sake of small.

For us, building tiny is an adventure in long-term sustainability that includes comfort, affordability and style. Our design prioritizes off-grid living with a strong connection to the land.

In 2014 we decided to design and build our 280 square foot home on 12 acres of enchanting undeveloped property in scenic Wayne County, PA. Located between the Catskill and Pocono Mountain ranges, our home is perched on a mountainside a few miles from the Delaware River. The area is surrounded by farms, summer camps and recreation.

We are building much of this house with our own hands and with no prior construction experience. Every step of the way we are learning new skills. Online "DIY" resources have been key. This blog documents the four main steps of our ongoing building adventure.  

From the conceptual design through finishes (is it ever really finished?) we hope you enjoy our pictures and detailed descriptions of this journey.