ELEVATE Puts A Solar Powered, Green Walled, Rainwater Collecting Tiny House On A Pedestal

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Economy, Tiny Homes & Frugal Living with 4 Comments

By Lloyd Alter TreeHugger.com

We have a lot of problems to solve in this world. The Toothman Foundation in Hawaii lists some of them:

  • Insufficient water availability, poor air and water quality, and high energy consumption are exacerbated by the increasing population density and demands of urban environments.
  • Metropolises all over the world face the challenge of continual growth. The most pressing problems facing cities in the world are: scarcity of space for new development and environmental degradation

So the foundation has a mission:

Our mission is to bring to the world the most innovative, practical spaces, that address global environmental concerns, while helping ELEVATE people’s lives.

And the Foundation offers a solution:


A tiny house on a stick.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s a very nice tiny house on a stick, with a lot of nice features. There are a lot of advantages to being built on stilts like this: the air up there is cooler and there are fewer crawly things; It frees the ground plane for storage of cars and provides shade; it’s useful in floods.

There is a lot to be said for the lovely green living walls too; they keep the place cool and help purify the air. They eat CO2. They can be watered by captured rainwater from the roof. It looks terrific.

But there are also problems when you put a box on a stick, that founders Nathan and Tiffany Toothman, both Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering can probably explain better than an architect like me. When you put a 400 square foot box on a 40 square foot stick, you have to design the foundation really well to keep it from falling over, particularly in the wind. It has to go deeper and have a lot more material. It also takes a lot more structure to cantilever the box out over the stick than a conventional building would need.


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    I want a tiny house, mine is waaayyy to big

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