Monthly Archives: October 2012

Build Small was BIG!

The first ever Build Small, Live Large Summit was a big success! Approximately 300 people attended the conference on Friday, October 26th at Portland State University, which was hosted by Cascadia Green Building Council. As Jordan Palmeri introduced the summit he described the … Continue reading

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A Month in the Yurt

This weekend marks one month of yurt living. I’ve figured out my systems and routines for this little place, but even more, I’ve decorated and started to meet some neighbors, so now it’s feeling like home. The skylight is still … Continue reading

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Build Small, Live Large Summit

A couple years ago Jordan Palmeri of the Department of Environmental Quality conducted research exploring the effectiveness of various green building strategies. The research was discussed in an Ecotrope article featuring My Summer Garden Cottage as a case study. It … Continue reading

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Crockpot Does Double-Duty: Hot Meal, Hot House

Just after lunch, when I was getting ready to head to campus for an afternoon class, I dumped a bunch of veggies, lentils, water, and curry into my crockpot so that I could have a nice warm curried lentil soup … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Rain Again

Portland has been experiencing an unusually long, warm, and dry autumn, but on Friday, after nearly two months of rain-free days, the dry spell was broken. For the first rainstorm of the season it was pretty impressive. All day long … Continue reading

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Building an UrbaNest

Through coordinating the Pedalpalooza Accessory Dwelling Tour I met Derin and Andra who built an ADU in their basement. We’ve kept in touch about small spaces and I was excited to learn that Derin and Andra have recently decided to … Continue reading

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My Kitchen Cupboard

Drawing inspiration from several all-in-one kitchens I’ve seen on the tiny house blogs, I decided that I wanted a kitchen cupboard in the yurt that would contain everything I need to prepare, cook, and serve meals. So I found a … Continue reading

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Home, Sweet Yurt

Just before I ran off for my interview with Portlandia’s The Real Portland, a few of my friends from school helped me move my 198 things into the yurt. (Check out My 200 Things Challenge). I’m not yet settled, but … Continue reading

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