IcoPod This campground business was willing to test drive some new design type structures called "icoPods". Some very good information located here for those of you interested in this type of structure.
►In 1959 R. B. Fuller was granted a patent for a "Paperboard Dome". The Pod™, based on a patent-pending design, is inventor and Icosa Village founder Sanford Ponder's improvement to Mr. Fuller's original paperboard dome concept. It replaces Fuller's single-walled folded dome with a much more rigid double-walled structure. The Pod™ is constructed by folding many identical sheets of precision die-cut material together to form an icosahedron-shaped structure. By using a simple icosahedron (a shape being comprised of all equilateral triangles) as the basic structural shape, the Icosa Village Pod™ is much simpler to produce and assemble than a traditional rounded dome shelters. In 2001, while viewing a program about the homeless living in cardboard boxes, Sanford Ponder had an epiphany. In what he called "a moment of indignation" he reflected, "If we must live in a world in which people are forced to live in cardboard boxes, then someone should at least invent a better box." Sanford set out to do just that. Inspired by the pioneering work of R. Buckminster Fuller, Sanford developed the basic and completely unique design for the Pod shelters whose first model is shown here. He spent the next two years perfecting the design for practical use.◄
THE OCTAGON Made of heavy-duty cardboard this emergency cabin has been around for quite awhile. Made and sold in Japan which experiences many earthquakes and has a need for alternative housing.
►This camp, "Octagon" is also available by using a full outdoor special processing cardboard, and a variety of applications are expected during the disaster. The population of the evacuation in the gym and sometimes blood clots that can lead to death in one position too long. "Economy class syndrome" triggers. Do not enter into private hands evacuation Octagon! State of post-disaster shelter is what like? Life is not kept until now, you often have to endure. Immediately after the disaster evacuees extreme stress all rushed to shelter refugees in become unstable even better ill healthy adults. During the earthquake many people sleeping in cars,economy class syndrome was. Experts are at least three days per train and are dangerous. Shelters will be provided absolutely uniform. I can not help it. Therefore, it is difficult to shelter sensitive response to the current situation, I thought you can not secure their private lives. Is ready to ensure their privacy. That cardboard tent that can be used indoors and outdoors, Octagon is. Six months or more durable for outdoor use that Octagon, the assembly is easy. And a touch like that Ikimasen Kyanputento, number four in the assembly, assembly time is 2 hours. Su Anything special tools are needed technologies. Assembly procedure is easy! Corrugated paper, fold, according, only Haruna tape it. Can be constructed from so more than primary school. Assembly 2 hours! I know, how difficult. That looks terrible. I think some people feel. However, space is ready in two hours six months of durability, I can say is worth considering in the assembly of subsequent long-term shelter. The fine people without worrying about missing assembly! Assembly personnel will gather in encouraging mutual support during disasters. Please try your request to the headquarters staff was set up disaster volunteer. Please try to lend a hand views from the links or local assembly. Are united because everyone is suffering. And then help you, please consider that you can reverse. If in order to ensure privacy, is easy to assembly!◄
LIVE IN A GREENHOUSE In my opinion, in many circumstances it is very good to set-up a tent in a larger shelter such as under a tarp or inside some other shelter. This idea presented here utilizes this principle of 'Double Housing' for extra protection from the changing weather conditions.
►Need a temporary, affordable, all-season, and comfortable dwelling? Try building a greenhouse with a tent inside. The idea stemmed from my love of modern backpacking tents. They use a "floor-to-ceiling" rainfly that covers the tent. The tents themselves are made primarily of screen to keep insects out and stay well ventilated. My rain flies are a greenhouse cover in the winter season, and an opaque, heavy-duty tarp (used billboard) in the summer months. Like most inventions, this was born out of necessity. I needed a dwelling that was temporary, but solid enough to withstand the harsh climate of northern Minnesota. I was saving to purchase my own piece of land, so the idea was to build something that could be disassembled and moved easily (being that I was squatting on family property). The project started as a canvas tent on a wooden platform, but quickly transformed into something completely unforeseen. I took inspiration from seeing hoop houses used as storage sheds, and the availability of a used billboard supplier in Minneapolis (Cedar Ave & E. 28th ST), not to mention the crazy, backwoods ideas of some good friends.◄
WINKELMAN ARCHITECTURE Picture on the right is of one of their projects from their portfolio called: 'Short Bus Retro'. A comprehensive restoration of a 1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus. Designed to safely travel 12 passengers and driver on the road, it converts to guest quarters for two as two single beds or joined in the center as a queen. Complete with plumbing (toilet and sink) and power (120v and 12v).
►We are Maine based architects specializing exclusively in residential design. Our practice covers much of New England from the coast of Maine and it's islands to inland lakes and mountains, cities and towns, as well as Canada. Many clients are long-distance and project sites remote, requiring a versatile skill set and an appetite for challenges. The office is small to ensure a high degree of personal service. Our work is distinguished by a highly collaborative, craft driven and open-minded approach. Our personal attributes of patience, respect, attentiveness and care make us well suited for the unique demands of residential work. We find great joy in creating unique places for living, working and playing - as well as crafting many of the 'things' that make those places special. The body of our work speaks for itself: Please visit our updated portfolio page to explore.◄
CABOT'S PUEBLO MUSEUM This place is very familiar to me because for two years i lived close by and previous to that i visited this home/pueblo creation by Cabot Yerxa. The reason i am including this listing here is because it really is a "Irregular Shelter" and does not conform to modern building methods or ideas. Desert Hot Springs does get pretty hot in the summertime and this Pueblo was built by it's owner to provide a "cool" (cool, meaning temperature wise) place to live and sleep, kind of an oasis in the desert. This building proves to me that a person can live in the hot dry areas of the world without air conditioning by building using lots of native material such as sand, dirt with some cement thrown in to help solidify the mixture. Cabot started the project as far as i can remember by digging a hole in the ground about 8ft deep and maybe 10 to 12 foot wide square as the initial living and sleeping quarters, in fact i have seen his bed area which was carved out of the side of the wall in the form of a shelf where you can lay a bed mattress and sleep.
►A top attraction in the Palm Springs area, Cabot's Pueblo Museum is a Hopi inspired Pueblo that is a unique treasure to the Coachella Valley, located in the heart of Desert Hot Springs. The Museum is nearby to Joshua Tree, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert and Palm Springs. This Southern California landmark is within 10 minutes of the Palm Drive exit from the 10 Freeway. Built by Cabot Yerxa (b. 1883) on property he homesteaded in 1913, he worked on the property until his death in 1965. Cabot journeyed through the desert; gathering reclaimed materials from as far east as the Salton Sea, north to Morongo Valley, south to Palm Springs and west to White Water. The structure is hand-made, created from reclaimed and found objects. The Pueblo is four-stories, 5,000 square feet and includes 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors. Visitors will notice many unique features: including windows and doors collected and reassembled from abandoned homesteads, old telephone poles, buck board wagon parts and many other materials used creatively. On the guided tour, visitors journey through the life of Cabot Yerxa and his family including artifacts collected from their adventures dating back over 100 years. Hear his story from the Dakota Territory to Mexico, Cuba, Alaska, France, throughout California and the Southwest, including the founding of Desert Hot Springs, California. The museum is open year-round for single tours, and scheduled group tours and hosts special events.◄
ICOSA PROJECT Here is a very good example of a project using Starplates plus some conventional building methods to create this very low cost cabin suitable for a single person or a couple. Lots of great pictures showing the step by step building process.
►First time post here, so hopefully the photos will work. I have really enjoyed this site and thought i would share what i am tinkering on. I am building a small cabin in 2 parts. The first part is the icosa dome room and then will be attached to a more typical structure. The icosa is being built beside my house and then i will move it to the site. The second part of the cabin is still being designed. OK, some photos of the basic frame. I am using starplate connectors with preset angles.◄
TORSTENThis studio based in the country of Sweden is owned by a man named "Torsten" and pictured on the right is one of his more popular creations. He seems to specialize in "Irregular Shaped" shelter systems and has some other examples or projects on his website.
►A house in the countryside with the character of a living creature that is adapted to its surroundings. An animal evolutionarily adapted to house people. What about the shape of the animal has evolved in the landscape. Ambition to build organically with the personality of the building.◄
TIRE BALE HOUSE
There are a number of websites specializing in this new way of building a home. I will list this one as a start. This is a great way to use up those old tires that just seem to get in the way.
►If you're looking for an alternative building technique to the rammed earth tire (earthship) home or to the traditional stick built, tied to the utility grid home, the tire bale house may be for you.
Our names are Steve and Kathy King and we have developed this web site in response to the many questions about the feasibility of building with tire bales. We are building our home in western Colorado similar to the "earthship" concept created by Michael Reynolds but with several changes, many which use conventional building techniques. We really liked the idea of using tires, cans, and bottles to build with and using solar for electricity and warmth, but physically pounding dirt into 1000 plus tires - ouch! Instead of pounding dirt into all those individual tires, a good friend and architectural designer of earthship houses, Michael Shealy, suggested we use TIRE BALES for the outside walls. The finished block weighs approximately 1 ton and measures 30in x 50in x 60in and contains 100 whole passenger and light truck tires. The tire bales are fastened together with five 9 gauge Square-Lok galvanized or stainless steel baling wires. This is now the industry standard for tirebales in civil engineering. The tire bales inability to hold water eliminates the public health threat from mosquitoes. The decreased surface area, density of the bale, and lack of air greatly reduces the risk of fire. Volume reduction of 5 to 1 is another advantage of baling for increased storage space and efficient transportation benefits.◄
This is the shelter section of their website.
FIRETAK Manufacturing is a wholly owned Canadian company. Since 1990 FIRETAK Manufacturing has supplied collapsible liquid containers to emergency response teams, fire departments, forestry, industrial and military officials worldwide.
►Firetak Quick Erect Shelters are specifically designed for quick setup and deployment. These buildings are very cost effective, durable and lightweight. Set-up takes only 20 - 30 minutes with no tools or air supply required. Frame is made of 14 gauge galvanized steel tubing with slip fit ends. Cover is made of high quality waterproof fire resistant materials, which are ultra violet and mildew resistant.◄
►Inflatable World™ is committed to designing innovative, inexpensive, and easy to manufacture products. The materials we use are over 90% recyclable, safe, smaller, faster. Also, because our product line is an assemblage of already manufactured products, our company operations are clean and economical. Imagine, our main active ingredient is air: What could possibly be greener than air? The Life Cube™ is a uniquely innovative, rapidly deployed, disaster shelter which dramatically increases the critical first 72 hour survival rate for victims in a disaster. The cube is easily transported as it can be fork lifted, trucked (the average bed holds four cubes), skided, wheeled, dragged, and air-dropped. Inside the self-contained cube, survivors shall find: Enough food and water to support six people for at least a week, a class-four first aid kit, a heating and cooking stove, four inflatable beds complete with sleeping bags, an ice box, a 12V cordless tool kit, interior lighting, and CB/AM/FM radio.◄
TECHNITOP ROOFTOP TENT This is a really neat tent and quite unique too! This tent is designed to be used on top of a vehicle. The link i have here goes to a distributor in South Africa. Technitop tents were originally made and sold from Technitop in New Zealand but they sold the Technitop division to the African Outback company.
"This tent is state of the art technology in rooftop accommodation. Technitop tents provide a comfortable nights sleep to the weary traveler. Careful choice of materials and excellent design ensure a tent that's cool in the heat of the day and well insulated and warm on a cold night. The tent folds and packs away easily into a dustproof, waterproof and durable polyethylene case. Technitop tents are available with Shower/Change cubicles which attach to the overhanging tent base, as well as easy to erect Shade Awnings which attach to the tent or vehicle roofrack."
I do not know if this is something you can actually use or whether it is a method being developed by the inventor or what. But it is an option i suppose for camping off the ground.
This site is the personal website of Dr. Wapenaar and he develops some very nice tent designs.
CANVAS-ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN and SCULPTURE
"Studio Drew Wapenaar works at the interface of architecture, design and sculpture. Sculpture is the base. Working with sculptures, presented in a three-dimensional context, is dealing with people turning around the work and being confronted with it. In working with tents and pavilions this movement is enlarged towards people turning and twisting around each other as well. It can be seen as a result of the quest to find out how groups of people and individuals relate. Tents, with the universal language they speak, are an excellent means to understand at least something of the chemistry between people."
FIBERGLASS STORM SHELTER
I have a similar business listed on the irregular shaped page. They are probably related someway.
►The Fiberglass Storm Shelter is structurally strong and self supporting. For this reason you do not need support poles inside your Storm Shelter. This makes for more usable area for sleeping and storage. But unlike other Storm Shelters, you can use your Fiberglass Storm Shelter just about anywhere. Have you ever seen a Storm Shelter on a sandy beach? Well, now you could. Your Storm Shelter could be set up and used anywhere. It can even be buried to create an Emergency Underground Tornado Shelter. Fiberglass can be drilled, threaded, bonded to or have cut outs to mount external equipment, such as an air conditioner. You might even add straight wall sections to achieve an oblong shaped Storm Shelter. With all of the design flexibility, you may create an unlimited number of different housing configurations, even buried underground. Create the ultimate hunting, fishing, or camping retreat. Imagine having a camp site all ready set up and waiting your arrival. No tents to mess with.◄
KIFARU They sell high quality shelters to include backpack tipis made from synthetic fabric. Their tipis are made for regular outdoor use not for mountain man rendezvous type or Indian type tipis. Check out also their poncho liner they make and sell. I like sleeping under a military poncho liner - very comfortable.
►Kifaru Tipis are the largest and lightest four season shelters we know of, and accommodate up to 16 people, and a mountain of gear. You have full stand-up headroom, space enough to sprawl in comfort and plenty of camaraderie!
These Tipis are ideal base camps for any big adventure! Ultralight Kifaru Tipi Fabric: This stellar fabric provides classic function and utility at about one pound per person. It has proven to be extremely lightweight and puncture proof, with a high thread count, and is coated on both sides for UV resistance and has proven to be extremely waterproof. Perfect for those who need square footage, but minimal weight. Without a doubt, the largest, lightest shelters available! A Conical Design: The conical shape has no big flat sides to catch wind (or snow), so it swirls around it, and not against it. These Tipis have held up great (when all other tents have been flattened) under gale force winds and have been in places like the Antarctic and Mt. Everest where the winds are legendary. As a result, you have an OVAL footprint and not round. Sizes: The number specified denotes the number of people that it can sleep based on mountaineering standards - you may wish to accommodate fewer folks for actual "living" room.◄
This picture on the right is if the Maggiolina Roof Top Tent. There are a number of different brands available nowadays. This has really been developed into quite an industry. I like this idea - you can sleep way up off the ground.
"When considering the purchase of an AutoHome roof top tent, people often ask us what model is the right choice for them. We have to answer, "It depends". Here we offer some guidelines and suggestions for choosing a roof top tent, based on our own experience, and on what our AutoHome users have shared with us. Please note that all AutoHome roof top tents, regardless of model, are supplied complete—ready to use right out of the box, you just add bedding. Any of these tents will serve you well in any climate—from the tropics to the arctic."
SUPER TRAMPOLINE TENT
If you would like to be way up off the ground- this might be for you. The use of a small portable ladder would be helpful for entry and exit.
►14ft Round (Frame size) Trampoline Tent Details: You are looking at a 14ft Trampoline Tent ONLY! (Trampoline and other items NOT included). Our sturdy, weather-resistant trampoline tent folds down to one side for easy use. The tent fits over the entire trampoline. Carrying bag included. Easy to set up and take down, designed with four windows, two doors, fiberglass shock corded poles. This product is NOT intended to be used as a bounce house. We will ship you the trampoline tent within 2 days when we receive your payment and you can rest assured that we will treat you as a valued friend and customer. Compatibility: Fits most 14ft trampolines. Size: (Diam) 14ft round. Material: Weather-Resistant Tent Material. Features: Fits Most 14' round trampolines. Great for summer camp-outs. Sturdy, and Weather-Resistant. Easy Assembly. Four windows, and Two doors!◄
"The Global Village Shelter is an alternative to current solutions for disaster relief housing. The present disaster relief field relies heavily on tent and tarp structures; these structures offer little protection from outdoor elements and no sense of personal space. The GVS is a rigid structure that can be assembled in the field by two people in approximately 15 to 20 minutes. The instructions are simple graphics with limited text. The user simply unpacks the base and the roof modules and assembles the GVS on site. The design is a simple structure that would give the affected person/family stability (durability) and safety during a disaster or refugee situation. To accomplish durability, the shelter has a concentric 'ring' structure; the units have withstood winds up to 80 mph.
The shelter is built out of a very strong 13mm Polypropylene profile sheet (thick UV resistant white plastic, often used in outdoor applications). The material is biologically inert, does not off gas, and can be reground (recycled) throughout the world. All edges are reinforced with polypropylene extrusions to prevent wear in this high traffic area, also adding strength to the door area and other stress points. All shelter components are prefabricated and installed prior to shipping and packing. Material samples are can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There are no comparable shelters actively on the market. The cost and ease of set up are both significant benefits for GVS as disaster relief housing. GVS allows any person to set up their own housing without much guidance or strength- no tools are required. GVS also offers several comfort factors: A removable acrylic window with a screen, dual locking door system, and optional fire safe stove pipe aperture in the wall. There are several options that can also be added to the GVS, such as various flooring solutions (including, but not limited to tarps, plywood/foam, elevated flooring). The cross ventilation creates a temperature equilibrium with the outdoor temps in warm climates - it will not get warmer than the outside temperature. The shelter will last 18 months or more. It is possible to extend this time period by using the walls as a footprint on which to build either with brick, mud, hay-bale materials, wood, corrugated tin, et al and providing a more substantial floor (not a tarp); basic maintenance like this can greatly extend its life. We recommend putting shelter units on raised platforms, creating a stable (you can screw the unit onto the platform) and level floor." Click here for some more info from inhabitat.com.
SANDBAG TUBES Here's another great Instructables video showing you how to build this simple tube apparatus used to fill sand bags quickly and efficiently. Might be something useful for those of you wanting to build using the sandbag method.
►Filling Sandbags the Easy way, with Sandbag Tubes. Sandbags are still the best way to put up a quick dike in times of need. They are useful for many things, but the main focus of this is for those fighting floods. It's easy to get a lot of sand delivered quickly, sandbags themselves are cheap, and with a little labor, anyone can protect their home. Filling the sandbags is the bulk of the work; holding the bags while someone shovels is time consuming, back breaking and tedious. There are many inventions that can help with the process, but most of the ones that work well are expensive. The Sandbag Tubes are a cheap, simple to make, tool that will reduce the amount of effort required to fill bags and speed up the process. Anyone can use them and they can be used over and over. Because they are so cheap and easy, many sets can be made and used simultaneously. Advantages include: No one stuck bent over holding bags - All participants can shovel - Does not require lifting the shovel any higher than necessary - All bags filled correctly and consistently (no heavy/light bags) - Faster than many machines.◄
HEXAYURT PROJECT This is the home of the Hexayurt Project. In my opinion it is one of the coolest and most ingenious projects pertaining to very simple small building methods.
"The Hexayurt is a new kind of sheltering solution. To make the simplest hexayurt, make a wall by putting six sheets of plywood on their sides in a hexagon.
Cut six more sheets in half diagonally, and screw them together into a shallow cone. Lift the roof on to the wall with a large group of people, then fasten it down with more screws. Seal and paint it for durability. Your basic hexayurt is complete. This shelter will last for years in most climates and costs less than $100. This basic design can be improved with proper windows, doors, room partitions, stove fittings and other architectural features. More durable materials could give it a very long life. Here are the key points. Hexayurts can be built in plywood/OSB for less than $100 for a 166 square foot (15 sq meter) building. See the Plywood hexayurt how-to video. Hexayurts can be made in a variety of sizes using simple tools from industry standard 4'x8' (1.2x2.4m) sheets with zero waste and can be made successfully from many different materials, like plywood, OSB, Coroplast, composites, hexacomb cardboard or other honeycombs and polyiso insulation boards. Hexayurts are public domain with no copyright or patent, meaning anybody can build as many as they like for free. Depending on your choice of materials, a Hexayurt can last for years or even decades. In some long stay applications this could cut the cost of providing shelter to 10% of the cost of using standard relief tents. The hexayurt enables regional shelter self sufficiency, where in a crisis, pre-trained local builders or military personnel can work with first responders to rapidly create shelter from materials in the local supply chain, typically plywood or OSB."
SHELLHOUSE Featuring Collapsible Cardboard Shelters. I think this website is based in Japan. At first when i saw this website i didn't think it would last very long due to a possible lack of public interest. But amazingly it has stood the test of time and they feature workshops around the world and the website itself has expanded - kind of interesting.
►Using Radio Devices for Homeless Persons. Having an address is how we exist on society, how we become citizens, where we can be located, where we receive our mail, where our family and friends can contact us. A house is where we validate this existence in the physical space. A shelter that gives us protection, our intimate space. Inhabitable collapsible structure made of cardboard becomes a shelter able to provide an address to a defined group of unsheltered homeless persons, by means of radio devices, proposing a way to integrate them to society. How to make visible this layer of the population by using technology? By using existing social networks is possible to DIY for someone else. Each shelter contains a radio and a battery, which transmits radio frequencies to a central circuit that translates them into visual signs that can be seen on a screen or any other interface such as a cell phone, google maps, etc. The system could be implemented on supermarkets to get food, or hospitals to get medical attention.◄
KAMP-RITE TENT COT I am including this item on this website because it is very efficient housing especially if you happen to be a homeless person. I purchased one of these a long time ago and here is my experience with it. The first time i used it was in Lucerne Valley California and on a cold night. I closed the flaps for a good nights sleep. But the reality was that it soon became a rain forest inside and also the sleeping surface was very uncomfortable. It was a terrible experience and i did not sleep well. Here is how to make it work.
First, you have to have plenty of ventilation on cooler nights or days or moisture from your body will condense heavily on the ceiling and walls of the inside and will start to drip on you or if you even touch the sides or ceiling water will rain down on you. You have to keep the flaps up on cool or cold nights. You absolutely need to use an air mattress or foam pad or foam mattress to provide a decent surface to sleep on. In warmer weather the condensation problem is not as bad but you need lower humidity to help dissipate the moisture from your body. In place of the rain fly they sell you i would try a plastic tarp instead. You need to control the ventilation and draping a loose fitting e.g. 10ft x 8ft or bigger brown or green plastic tarp over the entire tent cot and then open all flaps might be a good thing to try. I love the idea of the tent cot but the ventilation problem is big in my opinion and if it is not solved you will be miserable. Solving the bedding problem is a simple matter but the inside of the tent cot collects condensation like a sponge if you do not ventilate properly. Update: This is a very progressive company and they like to improve and change their products to suit the consumer market. Very good company.
►Along the way, we added several new products to the Kamp-Rite Tent Cot Family, including "The Oversize", "The Double" and the "Kid's Fun Cot". And, as we continue to fine-tune each product on the valued recommendations of consumers & retailers alike, we also strive to expand the uniqueness of our product line, doing our best to deliver a new experience in camping comfort to the world over! Kamp-Rite Tent Cots can now be found on every continent, being used in every conceivable way. And though sometimes copied, the Kamp-Rite Tent Cot has never been bettered! So remember, if it doesn't say "The Original", it probably isn't!◄
HOMELESS CHÂTEAU 2008
I like the idea. Kind of a simple neat box which serves to keep you off the floor and gives you a little privacy.
►Homeless Château 2008 model, is a prefab one person living module, measuring approximately 4X8X4 feet and made from FSC certified and recycled materials. It is designed to be used inside another building, such as a warehouse, and is fully self-contained, including a bed and cooking and toilet facilities. There are hooks for clothing and towels, and a built-in shelf unit, made from a pallet, for storage of food, books and other items. A rubber flap over the entrance provides privacy, and one end of the structure is made from translucent polyurethane to let in natural light. Homeless Château is fabricated from standard 4X8 and 4X4-foot sheets of plywood, OSB and construction signs, and can be knocked down, transported flat, and erected quickly and easily with just a screwdriver. Once assembled, the structure can be moved around the host space on its casters and then set in place with a temporary foundation—two bricks under the front. Homeless Châteaux can be easily reconfigured and combined to make dual-occupancy and eight-foot-tall structures.◄
CABELAS Cabelas Deluxe Tent Cot. Not the same as Kamp-Rite Tent Cot. Different style, features and price.
►The convenience of a cot and tent in one easy-to-set-up package. Available in a single-person or a double version ideal for couples. The tent body is 70-denier, 190T nylon taffeta with a 600-denier polyester floor supported by a heavy-duty, powder-coated steel frame. Both models include a full-coverage fly made of 75-denier, 190T polyester taffeta with a 1,500mm waterproof-rated coating, meaning you stay dry regardless of conditions. A patent-pending rain-gutter system on the fly channels water off and away from zippers, and seams are fully taped for maximum protection. Zippered door on the fly converts to an awning using included poles and guy ropes. The double model has two doors that create two awnings. There's one end door, one side door and two windows on the single model, and the double has one end door, two side doors and one window. Windows and dual-track doors have No-See-Um mesh. The heavy-duty zippers have reflective pulls. A crack-resistant roof window lets you fall asleep under the stars. Inside, you'll find the convenience of cup holders, and there is an organizer panel to keep essential items close at hand. Both models fold up and include a zippered storage bag.◄
THE CABIN-COT This is a new find - something similar to the tent-cot principle but different in that you provide your own cot to use with this unique system. This company is based in Hawaii, USA.
►Ventura Camp Systems' Cabin Cots go anywhere, and keep rain, bugs, and lumpy ground from disturbing your night's sleep!
Tired of leaky tents and uncomfortable sleeping terrain and bugs?
Go and camp where no man has camped before. For outdoor enthusiasts worldwide comes the most advanced camping system for fold-out cots yet - Cabin Cots! High on the slopes of Mount Haleakala on the island of Maui, the Cabin Cot Tent was born. The inventor, Scott Ventura, was involved in a motor vehicle accident about seven years ago, which left him with 2 disc problems in his neck and back. His injuries kept him from doing what he loved most, camping. He had always used tents in the past because a cot could not provide him the shelter that tents provide. At this point, his injuries prohibited him from sleeping on the ground, even on an air mattress or foam padding in a tent. This is when the Cabin Cot Tent idea came about. His vision was to provide the ultimate warmth and comfort for people while camping in the great outdoors. He then began to design and build what became the first of many Cabin Cot Tent designs to come. The ultimate goal was to provide any user — young or old, big or small, rich or poor — the most comfortable night's rest imaginable outdoors. The initial goal of his company, Ventura Camp Systems, was to provide outdoor enthusiasts with advantages that have never been available when camping. The first is the ability to camp in and on just about any terrain (i.e. jagged rocky terrain, mud, snow, 6 to 10 inches of standing water, etc.). The second advantage is that by providing a 100% bug proof environment off the ground, campers are kept protected from the insect and bug population. When the Cabin Cot is closed properly it will keep out mosquitoes, centipedes, scorpions, spiders, roaches and ants as well as snakes, mice and rats.◄
CAMP-UP I bet this tent platform helps to make you a lot more comfortable while tent camping. It provides a sturdy portable floor or deck under your tent keeping you elevated off the ground and probably drier and cleaner. Also available is a hitch basket for easy transport of the framework.
►Now, you can camp in comfort and enjoy sleeping outdoors without the problems and discomfort of pointed rocks - hard wood surfaces - gravel or dirt surfaces - cold or wet surfaces and more. Now, your entire tent floor can be cushioned, keeping you from worrying about slipping off the under sleeping bag foam or air mattress. Camp-Up is bringing to you the benefits of new age materials that can keep your entire tent floor warm, Raise your tent above rough, cold or wet surfaces. Camp-Up, offers a comfortable camping option for an individual or a campground owner and a temporary living solution for disaster victims.◄
This company sells different lines of rooftop sleeping units or tents.
"AutoHomeUSA is the exclusive United States distributor for AutoHome products, which are manufactured by the Zifer company of Montavo, Italy, and sold through distributors worldwide. Our company was founded with the importation and distribution of these products as its primary business. The principals have been using and selling these tents in North America for more than six years, and have assisted many hundreds of outdoor professionals and enthusiasts to enjoy the benefits of AutoHome roof top tents. We also have relationships with manufacturers whose products meet the quality standards and needs of our customers. We sell these products as accessories and adjuncts to our roof top tent business. AutoHomeUSA is located in Carson City, Nevada, and has distribution centers in Sparks, Nevada, and Newark, New Jersey."
BUILDING WITH PALLETS There are not a lot of websites dealing with this method of building sheds or small outbuildings. It might be a low cost way of providing some kind of shelter out in some rural or wilderness area. this webpage is very good in my opinion - lots of great construction pictures.
►Last fall I had the need for a new shed to store my garden tractor in. Since I had a large number of used wooden pallets on hand I decided to put them to a good use. The following pictures show the end results. The project was started in Early December 2002. As soon as the shed was started the snow began to fall. I think I waited too long to get at it. That slowed the construction down a bit. A total of twenty five pallets, which might have been from a factory with a new robotic palletizer and steel pallets. That is twenty five pallets that didn't go to the local landfill. The total cost was $75.00.◄
THE FUTURO HOME This flying saucer shaped structure was actually a portable home designed by a man named "Matti Suuronen" from the country of Finland. It appears to me that there is kind of a "Cult Following" of the Futuro home. There are at least several websites devoted to this spacecraft looking home. Picture on the right is of the actual prototype of the Futuro Home now kept in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen located in Rotterdam / Netherlands (Holland).
►The Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed and built a series of ovaloid, flying-saucer-like houses out of fiberglass in the late 1960s. He called them "Futuro". Suuronen's houses were comfortably large, but light enough to be carried to remote sites by helicopter. The Futuro is approximately 11 feet high and 26 feet wide. A hatch door in its lower half opened down to reveal steps, like the door of a small airplane, and led into a room outfitted with six plastic bed-chair combinations and a central fireplace slab, as well as a kitchenette, a bathroom and one small bedroom. Many say the demise of the Futuro was due to the high prices oil reached in the early 1970s', which sent the price of plastic skyrocketing, along with changing fashions. I personally think it was the lack of closet space which really turned off most women. And of course the men could not convince them that this was a wise purchase. There are about 96 Futuros out there somewhere and hopefully they can all be accounted for one way or another. If anyone has any information on the Futuro I would love to hear from you!!◄
WOODLAND HOME I suspect most visitors to this website have already seen this very popular structure built in the English (UK) countryside somewhere. It has been featured on many blogs, the Huffington Post, and other websites. I include it here for everyone's future reference, not as new material. This home is truly an "Irregular Shelter". It is my understanding that the owners went through a lot of trouble to get this home legal or maybe i should say accepted by the authorities. But, i guess they are home free and can now live in it full time due to much public support.
►You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cozy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/Square Meter excluding labor). The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry. Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings.◄
OK. This is a very unique hotel situated in Germany. They have successfully used precast large concrete drain pipe as sleeping rooms for rent. Check out their very interesting policy as described below. Click on picture for inside view.