I can’t remember how I came across the news items about a British man named Kevin McCloud and his Man-Made Shed and later, his Man-Made House. His building fits right in with the Tiny Home movement and it was very inspiring to read about what he did and how he did it.
I gather these projects were the subject of a couple of tv series in England. The shed was built to be moveable, so he didn’t need planning permission. The next year, it was moved to a caravan (trailer) park, where he added a large deck and other things. As a caravan, it still didn’t require planning permission. This has been giving me ideas . . . 😉
Here are the links, if you are interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_McCloud’s_Man_Made_Home (has links to the various episodes from the beginning)
A related site: LeanPub, where the plans for the original man-made-home-shed may be purchased for whatever price you can afford (from $7.81 and up): The one I liked was: SHËD by Dominic Jones. I think this design could be adapted to fit a great many different purposes, including tiny homes, tool or garden sheds, chicken coops or goat sheds, art studios, music studios, etc.
So, on to alternate sources of heat and power:
I was quite stunned to read about a scientist discovering that salt water can be set ablaze and generate power. Check these out:
In case this was a hoax, I checked it out: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/salt-water-fuel.shtml
It seems there is more work to be done, but this is a definite possibility for the future. Any young scientific types out there? It’s a fascinating concept . . .