23 Jul '11, 5pm

Texas Hobbit House: A Small, Handmade Treasure:

Texas Hobbit House: A Small, Handmade Treasure:

Of all the houses I visited during my tenure as Natural Home editor-in-chief, the first one holds a special place in my heart. I visited Gary Zuker’s hand-built cob cottage—built for $40,000—in 1999. Natural Home named it our “house of the decade” in 2009, and the house continues to capture the imagination of everyone who sees it. Gary, a University of Texas computer engineer, had no carpentry experience when he set out to build a small, inexpensive weekend getaway and eventual retirement home on 2 acres of wooded land, just up the hill from Lake Travis outside of Austin, Texas. Austin’s resident sustainable-building guru Pliny Fisk, co-director of the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, helped him build a home out of modified cob known as Leichtlehmbau, a lightweight mixture of straw and clay. “Anybody can do this,” Gary realized. “It’s simple.” After poring ov...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/texas-hobbit-house-a-sma...

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10 Small Dogs with Big Personalities

10 Small Dogs with Big Personalities

care2.com 25 Jul '11, 1am

By Joy H. Montgomery, Animal Planet When you think of small dogs, does an image of Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, s...

Project: How to Make an Axe, an excerpt from A ...

chelseagreen.com 23 Jul '11, 4pm

The following project on how to make a quality broad axe is from A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity by William Coper...

13 More Modern, Mobile & Modular Tiny House Designs | WebEcoist

13 More Modern, Mobile & Modular Tiny House Des...

webecoist.com 22 Jul '11, 5pm

Far from a shed-like tiny house, this imaginative home that was designed to ‘act like a tree’ won the Solar Decathlon Euro...

75 Percent of Texas Special Ed Students Suspended or Expelled | Care2 Causes

75 Percent of Texas Special Ed Students Suspend...

care2.com 22 Jul '11, 3pm

The majority of special education students in Texas, which has the second-largest public school system in the US, have bee...

Popomo is a Simple Modern Tiny House

Popomo is a Simple Modern Tiny House

jetsongreen.com 22 Jul '11, 6am

, a purveyor of tiny homes, workshops, books, and plans, is promoting the Popomo design pictured this month. This is one o...

Social Responsibility is Green: Socially responsible products and consumer awareness can change the world.

Social Responsibility is Green: Socially respon...

care2.com 28 Jul '11, 3pm

When I was little, my sister taught me that when all the numbers on the digital clock were the same (1:11, 2:22, 3:33, you...

Your Daily Chill Out: Chillout: Old habits are ...

care2.com 23 Jul '11, 1pm

Chillout: Old habits are like glue – they stick to you even when they no longer benefit you. Time to let go of the old and...

30 Things in Your House That Could Explode:

30 Things in Your House That Could Explode:

care2.com 22 Jul '11, 1am

Surely there’s nothing funny about an explosion in a home, but in a kid-science sort of way it’s fun to think about all th...

Today: How To Start Your Own Small, Self-Sufficient Farm At Home

Today: How To Start Your Own Small, Self-Suffic...

thegoodhuman.com 25 Jul '11, 1pm

I just finished reading an article over at Mother Earth News titled “Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead” which made...

Texas Drought Disaster [image] #NASA

Texas Drought Disaster [image] #NASA

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 25 Jul '11, 9pm

By mid-July 2011, Texas and New Mexico had completed the driest six-month period on record. Average rain between January a...

Rachel Maddow Likens House GOP to Drunk Kids Bu...

care2.com 23 Jul '11, 11am

Thursday July 21, 2011, 2:42 pm "I’m starting to get emails from concerned friends who live overseas, asking me what’s goi...

GrowSmartBusiness: How Do Employee Benefits Help Small Businesses? #li

GrowSmartBusiness: How Do Employee Benefits Hel...

networksolutions.com 26 Jul '11, 10am

If you offer benefits to employees at your small business, you should be pretty proud of yourself. Benefits aren’t cheap, ...

Narrow-minded architecture: The Keret House

Narrow-minded architecture: The Keret House

mnn.com 29 Jul '11, 3am

’s narrow-minded resident, the 156-square foot, tri-level "hermitage" (about the same size as the aforementioned tiny apar...