Couple converts old Cougar Camper into contemporary light-filled home

June 26, 2018 by  
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When Lauren Jones and her husband purchased a beat-up 2010 Keystone Cougar Camper, it was almost beyond repair. But the ambitious couple put on their DIY hats and painstakingly renovated the old beast into the Cougar Den – a gorgeous, light-filled tiny home on wheels with a shockingly sophisticated interior design. The 300-square-foot tiny home is a perfect example of how it is possible to carry out a DIY camper renovation without breaking the bank. Doing most of the work by themselves, the couple spent approximately $6,000 on the entire project. They are now selling the Cougar Den for $35,000 . Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer The interior design of the Cougar Den is bright and airy. Natural light floods the tiny house’s interior space, which was painted a calming white. The budding designers created a few accent walls using cedar shiplap and wallpaper. The light-hued hardwood flooring also enhances the tiny home’s clean look. One of the biggest renovation projects was the kitchen. The original kitchenette was old and outdated, so the couple removed almost all of the cabinetry and installed open shelving instead. A new green color, along with a white hexagon-tiled backsplash and gold accents, creates a contemporary yet welcoming design. A running theme throughout the renovation was to use every inch of space efficiently. When it came to the camper’s bedroom, the couple redid the space entirely to make room for a queen-sized bed and plenty of closet space. They then replaced a slide-out entertainment center with bunk beds for guests. They also added storage underneath the base of the beds. However, without a doubt, the heart of this tiny  camper home is the living area. A leather love seat is book-ended by a seating nook and dining area, creating a comfortable seating area where the tiny home’s occupants can relax, socialize, or simply curl up with a good book. + The Arrow Anglers Via Dwell Images via The Arrow Anglers

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Tiny seahorse trapped in fishing line gets a second chance

June 15, 2018 by  
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A tiny seahorse named Frito received a second chance at life after being trapped in fishing line. Florida resident Dawn McCartney said she and her two daughters were snorkeling when they found a rope and plastic trash in the water. Among the debris, the family saw a small seahorse with fishing line wrapped around her neck multiple times. McCartney called the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), who came to the seahorse’s rescue . Frito, a female lined seahorse, was rescued last weekend, on June 10. McCartney carefully untangled the seahorse and put her in a water bottle filled with ocean water until the CMA rescue team could come pick up Frito. CMA, an animal rescue center, rehabilitated the seahorse, whom they described as their smallest rescue yet , and were able to return her to a seagrass bed in the wild on June 14. Related: Floridians rescue manatees stranded on shores drained by Irma “Our mission of rescue, rehabilitation and release applies to all marine life, big and small,” CMA CEO David Yates said in a statement . “The level of care our team gave to tiny Frito is inspiring. It is so rewarding to get her back home.” (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); Release of Frito, the Tiny Seahorse Frito, the tiny seahorse is going home! Join us in welcoming home our smallest rescue patient as she is released into the wild! #CMAinspires Posted by Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Thursday, June 14, 2018 CMA said Frito’s rescue story is similar to that of other animals they’ve rescued — the creatures were tangled in fishing line. Monofilament fishing line drifting in ocean waves could endanger many species of marine life such as sea turtles , birds , stingrays, dolphins … and tiny seahorses. CMA said people can lower the chances of animal entanglement simply by cleaning up fishing line and disposing of it back at a dock. In a 2017 blog post , CMA offered other suggestions for fishers who want to help keep marine life safe, such as using barbless circle hooks or recycling monofilament fishing line. While non-monofilament line and hooks can’t be placed in the recycling bins for monofilament lines, fishers can cut the sharp point off hooks and cut non-monofilament line into pieces 12 inches or smaller before putting those in covered trash cans to help protect marine animals. + Frito the Seahorse + Clearwater Marine Aquarium Images courtesy of Clearwater Marine Aquarium

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Toxic chemicals found in small, furry animals decades after mine closure

June 15, 2018 by  
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The environmental impact of large-scale industrial activity can be felt long after the activity stops. A new study published in the journal ScienceDirect found that decades after the closure of the Giant Mine — located on the outskirts of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories province of Canada  — small animals still carried significant amounts of toxic chemicals, such as arsenic, in their fur. While high levels of arsenic had been documented in the soil, plants and fish near the Giant Mine, scientists had not previously documented the impact on small  mammals . Understanding the potential toxicity of these animals is important, as these creatures are still hunted for their furs and food, through which humans could also absorb the dangerous chemicals. The Giant Mine near Yellowknife contributed to the arsenic contamination of the surrounding area through its 55 years as an active gold mine. To extract gold from ore, it must be heated at extremely high temperatures. This process creates a toxic compound called arsenic trioxide, about 237,000 tons of which is buried underground near the mine site. Arsenic is naturally found within the Earth, often in gold-holding rocks. While arsenic usually seeps slowly into the environment through steady erosion of the rock, gold mining accelerates that process. Related: This moss can naturally eliminate arsenic from water Small mammals like the snowshoe hare often serve as early warning signs of an environment’s contamination . Because of the animal’s limited habitat range and diet of ground plants, the contaminant levels are often higher than other organisms. When snowshoe hares who lived near Giant Mine were tested for levels of arsenic, researchers found that their arsenic levels were 20 to 50 times higher than hares who lived elsewhere. Arsenic-contaminated wildlife often suffer from osteoporosis, neurological damage, reproductive issues and chronic metabolic disease. Scientists are most concerned that the arsenic contamination will find its way up the food chain, harming larger mammals, including humans. + ScienceDirect Via EcoWatch Images via Denali National Park and Preserve (1, 2)

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This amazing ‘Swiss Army’ tiny house has furniture folded inside its walls

January 24, 2018 by  
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Making tiny spaces livable is a complex process, but innovative space-saving features can yield amazing results. Italian architect Leonardo Di Chiara converted a 96-square-foot structure on wheels into the aVoid House – a small-space wonder with collapsible furniture that folds into its walls when not in use. The aVoid House is a collaboration between the architect and Tinyhouse University. With just 96 square feet, the tiny space houses all the basics of a home, but it’s geared to those wanting to reduce their clutter. All of the home’s furnishings are concealed behind the walls when not in use. The home’s bed, dining table, chairs, kitchenette, storage, a ladder to access the roof deck can all be put away to open up more room when needed. Related: Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife “The tiny house is like a short instruction manual to reductionism,” said Di Chiara. “By itself, it teaches and pushes you to deprive yourself of unnecessary things, to consume less water and less energy, to put back your clothes in their place and to wash the dishes immediately after eating. The void, which is obtained by closing again all the wall-mounted furniture, is the refuge of my creativity.” Di Chiara believes that this new style of compact, transportable homes can help cities deal with urban housing issues . Although the entrance is a transparent doorway, the aVOID tiny home doesn’t have any side windows. This is because it is essentially a row home designed to be placed alongside other houses. The architect believes that small, minimalist homes can offer a strategic housing option for urban areas – and he also envisions “migratory neighborhoods” where people can live in different houses. + Leonardo Di Chiara Images via Leonardo Di Chiara

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Test-Drive Tiny Living in This Tiny Home Village

December 27, 2017 by  
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In case you haven’t heard, downsizing is the new black … The post Test-Drive Tiny Living in This Tiny Home Village appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Ingenious Repurposing Project Provides Homes For Homeless

October 27, 2015 by  
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Most of the people who participate in the tiny house movement do so by choice – these are the people who have the means to take up more space, but the foresight or good sense not to. Sometimes this desire springs from environmentalism, a wish to…

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INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space

April 21, 2015 by  
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Tired of struggling to find space for your stuff? This infographic from Solent Plastics has 24 great storage solutions for every home, big and small, old and new, to get you organized and make the most of your space. Do your clothes tumble out of your tiny closet every day? Is your tiny kitchen preventing you from hosting that family dinner? Click on to find the perfect solution for all your storage challenges. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographics , organizing tips , reader submission , small spaces , storage , storage for small homes , storage hacks , storage hacks infographic , storage solutions , tiny living

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10 Free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

April 21, 2015 by  
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  Are you thinking of keeping some chickens in your backyard, but don’t know how you’re going to house them? The Poultry Guide has put together this fab little collection of 10 free coop designs  to help you sort out your hens’ housing with as little stress as possible. Whether you’re planning to have 2 chickens or 20 of them, you’ll certain to find the right size and shape for your individual needs, ranging from a tiny portable coop on wheels to a small barn with an attached enclosure. If you happen to make any of these, please feel free to comment below with a link and pictures! + 10 Free Coop Designs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard chicken coop , backyard chickens , chicken coop , chicken coop plans , chicken coops , DIY chicken coop plans , free chicken coop plans , free plans for chicken coops , hen house , hen house plans , The Poultry Guide

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The Roof of this Tiny Mobile Retreat Opens So You Can Pluck Apples From the Sky

August 4, 2014 by  
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Sleepbox: Weary Travelers Can Take Power Naps Almost Anywhere in This Tiny Receptacle

September 13, 2011 by  
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