See what splurging on a tiny house on wheels gets you in the beautiful ESCAPE Vintage

September 22, 2016 by  
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Presumably targeted towards retirees eager to travel, the new ESCAPE Vintage prioritizes comfort with a traditional Americana design that, despite its 315-square-foot size, features a first-floor queen-size bedroom, kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, dining area, living area, full-size bath, and upstairs loft/bedroom. The tiny portable home needn’t be used for travel, however. The adaptable ESCAPE Vintage can also serve as a guesthouse, Airbnb rental, writer’s retreat , or backyard office for any age. Craftsmanship and minimal power usage are at the heart of this tiny home on wheels . The 10,000-pound base unit sleeps up to four and measures 25 feet in length (29 feet including the hitch), 8.5 feet in width, and 13-and-a-half feet in height. The cottage-like exterior is clad in cedar lap siding and cedar trim with Corten-style metal accents and protective panels. A 36-inch glazed entry door, as well as a dozen operable low-E and thermopane windows, fills the home with natural light and views of the outdoors. The vaulted interior is lined with sealed three-quarter-inch pine walls, ceiling, and trim complemented by laminate flooring. Closed cell foam made from recycled products, a high-efficiency split system A/C, and an LP furnace with a thermostat maintains comfortable interior temperatures. Warm LEDs are installed throughout the home. Related: Portable ESCAPE Traveler XL home lets you hit the open road in freedom and luxury The first-floor bedroom with a queen-sized bed offers a variety of storage options and is divided from the open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living space by a sliding door. A large butcher-block table folds down for dining and the compact kitchen includes a full sink, cooktop, and full-size refrigerator. The spacious bathroom, located on the far end of the home features a vanity with single-bowl sink, a 30-inch-by-60-inch fiberglass tub and shower, Toto toilet, low-soho exhaust fan, and storage. A loft area accessible via ladder can be used as an extra bedroom or as storage. Water, power, and utility hook-ups are fast and easy. “This is our most classic design yet,” says ESCAPE Homes founder, Dan Dobrowolski. “The vintage oak floors, butcher block kitchen table and counters, and built-in bookshelves conjure up images of that family cabin that generations have enjoyed.” Introductory pricing starts at $59,800 and each handcrafted unit can be delivered within 90 days. The ESCAPE Vintage also offers many additional options available such as dry wall, washer and dryer, and off-grid programs. + ESCAPE Vintage Images via ESCAPE Vintage

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Guerilla cycling: San Francisco activists create their own bike lanes with traffic cones

September 22, 2016 by  
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A group of concerned San Franciscans is erecting sections of protected bike lanes all across the city. Doing what they believe the city is not, SF Transformation (SFMTrA) has been leaving orange traffic cones  along bicycle and pedestrian lanes in an effort to bring attention to recent traffic fatalities and the lackluster reaction of public transportation officials. The organization, whose name is a play on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ( SFMTA ), has set up traffic cones and signs in the city’s Mission District that direct bicycle and Uber traffic in the name of public safety. This action follows the deaths of two cyclists, struck down in different locations, earlier this year on June 22. Residents say more must be done to protect car-less commuters. Related: Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights “Even with some improvements from the SFMTA and other advocacy groups lobbying the city for safe streets, we felt there was more that could be done to increase street safety and attention to these issues by taking direct action on our public streets,” the group told CityLab . They predict no decline in the interest of cycling, especially as the globe starts to turn its back on fossil fuels and embrace greener modes of transportation. So far, SF Transformation has engaged in seven demonstrations, with several more planned. “With a growing group of members we expect to increase the amount of safety improvements we can make and this will encourage the city to do more as well,” they explain. “We are just getting started.” Via CityLab Images via Twitter

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Portable ESCAPE Traveler XL home lets you hit the open road in freedom and luxury

November 11, 2015 by  
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