Holy Rollers

In his essay on peak oil, Future Scenarios, David Holmgren describes the American highway as, “the classic symbol of automobile dependence in the USA where personal mobility in private automotives consumes about 60% of total oil production and imports.” Knowing this, I realize that my plan to do a “green” renovation of a trailer must take into account the fact that it’s typically pulled by a vehicle that consumes

Continue reading

Less Is More (Part 2 of 3)

[cont’d…] November, 2011. Prior to the Less is More class at Yestermorrow, we were asked to read some books from a recommended list, and to share some inspiring visual images related to living in a small or tiny home. This was one that my mom had sent me that caught my eye: These are the design takeaways from the video that I feel might apply to this project: Use

Continue reading

Less is More (…a Present Day Report on Modest Living)

As you can imagine, quite a bit has happened since I took the Less is More class last November (including purchasing the Airstream! …which I’ll tell you all about later). But over the past couple of months worth of weekends, I’m finding it’s been tough to gain traction on the Airstream project in a hands-on kind of way. This is mainly because, in my personal life, I’m in the

Continue reading

Less is More (Part 1 of 3)

November, 2011. Having taken a few introductory classes at Yestermorrow (Basic Carpentry, Foundations 101, and The Healthy Home), I’d been slowly familiarizing myself with the culture of the school. So far, I was finding Yestermorrow to be a supportive environment. I was happy with the small class sizes and the healthy meals, and I really liked the people. Between the hands-on courses and classroom theory, in a short time

Continue reading