Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Microdwelling Pt. 2: Where Do I Put the Bikes?

I want a microdwelling! Great, hope you like your pizza oven steam shovel.

This is part two of the serendipitous Sunday ride which looped up to West World on the new-to-me path connecting the Scottsdale green belt with the paths up by Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, then back to the Shemer Art Center for hotdogs and microdwellings.

There were a bunch of bicycles there, which I unaccountably neglected to photograph. They were lined up along the fence, and locked up where they could be. Not only was the weather perfect for an art ride to the Shemer, but also there were many more cars there then I expected, parked in the street out front, and filling the auxiliary lot out back. The Shemer is in a neighborhood of macrodwellings of grand proportion, which I suppose provide interesting contrast to these tiny structures.

The people here this afternoon seemed incredibly convivial / friendly. The hydrogen shack guy seemed willing to try to answer just about any question I threw at him about the solar-powered hydrogen generating shed: How many therms does it make in a day? How does the fuel cell work? Did you build that Stirling engine yourself? How many neutrons does a hydrogen atom have, anyway?

Many photos follow. I enjoyed perusing the tiny buildings immensely. As I finished though, and just as I was thinking I might want one, I realized that the lifestyle changes entailed in a switch to microdwelling, include some major divesting of stuff and cruft, while laudable in general, would mean reducing or eliminating most of the bicycle fleet. Unless alternative arrangements could be devised, which seems at least possible, since these structures seemed all about innovation and imagination.

The Beadle Box!

Shipping container, coated in reflective ceramic intended to reflect solar heat

Much glass

Nice space

Repurposed cotton wagon

Within the cotton wagon: the bedroom

Stryo-futuristic pod action

Really micro

Steam shovel pizza plans

Igby brat close-up, non-micro



  1. They're very attractive. I would like a microdwelling in addition to my regular dwelling...you know, to put extra stuff in, maybe as a studio. Then I could have a less is more dwelling along with my cluttered, more is more dwelling.

    1. I could say that getting one to put extra stuff in appears to run counter to the minimalist ethic expressed in their very designs and bones...except I felt the same way. One with a small patio, an overhang for shade, solar power and even hydrogen generation and storage, all appealed to me.

  2. It looks to me that any of those micro dwellings had room for AT LEAST one bike inside and more in rooftop pods.

    1. Plenty of room for a stable of Bike Fridays and Bromptons, folded up and tucked away.

  3. I hung my bikes up in my tiny house.

  4. I been thinking about this.
    Besides all my uh, stuff, I occupy and use a space about six feet wide by ten feet long about 95% of the time. Them folks might be on to something.
    Where's the bathroom?

  5. A search for tiny house bathroom yields both humor and innovation. And fortunately for the visual learners among us, there's a Pinterest for tiny bathroom design, too. I lived with a small "wet bathroom" for a while, with tile everywhere, rather small, drain in the floor, and found it quite nice.


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