Space Containment and Housing


Space Containment and Housing

Space Containment and Housing is a group for collecting, sharing, and brainstorming emergency, temporary, portable, and permanent housing using alternative and low-tech methods and materials.

Thanks to Michael Treehouse for the appropriate name of this group and the diagram in our heading (see

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The time is coming when simple, easy-to-build shelter will be an important need to be filled.

There are many of us now who need reliable, easily transported shelter, and there are some of us who have a strong understanding and background in these things.

Whyt Mountain bear has recently started a discussion about one such type of structure and Michael Treehouse has contributed greatly to that thread.

There is more detail that needs to be ironed out, so I've created this group to accommodate those discussions, and any others pertaining to our need for safe reliable structures.

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Comment by Morgan on October 26, 2011 at 7:51pm

This document (a 100 year-old book) has 100's of building ideas for everything from shelter to log cabins with fire places thrown in for good measure, plus lots of tool tips to go with them.

It's a 100-page word document. It's 2.2 Mbytes. Burn it on a DVD, put it on a thumb drive. Save it for posterity.


Comment by Morgan on October 24, 2011 at 9:39pm
Larger variations on the HexaYurt

Comment by Morgan on October 24, 2011 at 9:23pm


Live-in HexaYurt

Comment by Morgan on October 22, 2011 at 2:12pm

Thanks, Smith. Good stuff there- like this stove:

cheap and effective wood-burning stove

And I Love this one!

(I call it "What to do with your biogas")

Cogen: Power to the people

Comment by Morgan on October 21, 2011 at 2:54pm

Oops! Here's his website:


Comment by Morgan on October 21, 2011 at 2:51pm

Check this one out:

"Coroplast can be ordered with UV inhibitors and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, even camouflage for discrete homeless shelters, or bright colors for Emergency victims. Coroplast can also be screen printed. This is the same material used for outdoor campaign signs."


This guy's a creative genius- yes, we have some of our own, but he's another one.

Comment by Michael treehouse on October 20, 2011 at 11:00pm
Didja get the simple shed picture?
Comment by Gr33nM1nd on October 20, 2011 at 8:53pm

Wow! you guys have been busy, Thank you for your input, suggestions and most of all your Love. I really like the 5 pole t-pee. One could easily attach  2nd floor supports using the spanish windlass.


I really liked the bulb in a bottle concept too. I saw that a few days ago and when I followed the link the vid was down.


As for the Hexa yurt hub I thought it might be easy to use a 6 bolt rim and steel pipe, bolting the pipe to the rim at the correct angle. If you were slick  you would even use the bolt to hold the pole in place in the 'socket' . Utilizing a pipe you could make a 4 way socket that would fit two verticals and one diagonal roof support and be centered on the wall pole. I will work on doing a sketch up of that this weekend.


I also have a concept for a dual material hub that could be worked up easily in a jig. It would allow you to use either poles or sheet material.


I know that there has been discussion about housing here at Heartsong, but I want to let everyone know that it is fine. We are new and building. There is a lot to be done yet and this knowledge is most helpful, inspiring and timely. Thank you all for your contributions.

Comment by Michael treehouse on October 19, 2011 at 10:56pm
A  piece of plywood under the rim would tie it all together until the faces were stiffened.
Comment by Morgan on October 19, 2011 at 8:06pm
Michael, it occurs to me that this tipi could be covered with half of a 40x40 tarp, and you'd have a small triangular gap 8 3/8 inches high at the door flaps. this could be patched with scrap cut from the corners. Make sense? Do you see a problem with that?

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