Peter-post framing at the Gyreum EconoSpaceMaking Workshop

Peter-post framing at the Gyreum EconoSpaceMaking Workshop

Erecting EconoSpace frame

Erecting EconoSpace frame

BREAKING NEWS

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

Since the EconoSpaceMaking Course DVD was launched in 2009 many of these innovative structures have been constructed in all parts of the world.

Now, 10 years on, an octagonal version of the EconoSpace is being developed to partner the 10sqm, the 10sqmPlus and the 25sqm versions of this versatile, low-impact, low-cost building.

It is planned to sequence the construction of several Octagonal EconoSpaces in the Irish northwest beginning in the spring of 2020. A series of weekend workshops is to be organised in which participants can gain hands-on experience of the framing-up procedure as well as the erection of the frame itself. Those interested in the follow-on work of cladding, insulating, installing services and so on, of these frames can do so as volunteers by arrangement with the individual Octagonal EconoSpace owners. No previous experience of design or construction is needed to benefit from participating in these positive and lively events.

If you are interested in hosting or participating in one of these hands-on Octagonal EconoSpace Workshops Contact Peter at the LAC putting ‘OctoEcono’ in the subject line.

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

MINI-ECONOSPACE

Then there is this little gem … The MiniEconoSpace … probably as small a shelter that is practical to construct and utilise.

Mini-EconoSpace, preliminary drawings

Mini-EconoSpace, preliminary drawings

The Mini-EconoSpace caters for the need for an absolutely minimal shelter. Measuring just 2.44m/8ft square externally, the internal space provides for a bed; a table; seating; a stove; cooker and storage space. A large roof overhang allows for inclusion of an external compost toilet facility and a protected work area as well as providing storage for fuel, tools and bicycles. It is passive solar and rainwater harvesting capable also. With the addition of solar panel/s and battery storage, the Mini-EconoSpace can be powered with 12v electricity for lights and computer/phone/radio use as well as charging these items.

ECONOSPACEMAKING

‘EconoSpace’ is an abbreviation of the words ‘economical space’.

Model of a 10sqm+ EconoSpace featuring built-in kitchen; bench; clothes+food storage; prorch and sleeping alcove

Model of a 10sqm+ EconoSpace featuring built-in kitchen; bench; clothes+food storage; porch and sleeping alcove. The ‘footprint’ of this is no larger that of a small garden shed!

EconoSpaceMaking describes the process of learning how to design and construct affordable eco-buildings suited to sustainable living – Tiny Houses, really. This process is based on the notion of a ‘living’ architecture – the idea that buildings are a reflection of our selves.

When we bring this realisation to the design+construction process it facilitates us getting in touch with what might best be described as ‘the dream of our life’ – in other words, who we are, where we are going and how we plan on getting there! This potential of architecture to help us realise the dream of our life is generally overlooked because ‘property’ has become so serious, being the cornerstone of the prevailing economic system.

This is how easy and fun EconoSpace wall raising can be!

This is how easy and fun EconoSpace wall raising can be!

Based on a simple and proven timber framing system utilising the unique ‘peter-post’ EconoSpaceMaking is something even the most construction-shy person can confidently tackle into.

A 10sqm EconoSpace constructed for less than $5000/3500

A 10sqm EconoSpace constructed for less than $5000/€3500 utilising the peter-post system with an infill of lightearth

The EconoSpaceMaking Course teaches you how to design and build a small, green, low-impact sustainable shelter, configured to suit your particular wants and needs, on a shoestring budget in the average backyard without planning permission or a building permit – empowering you to explore the exciting world of who you are and what your life is all about!

This is the easiest and most fun way of engaging with what are, in fact, the mysteries of life. How so? Because buildings are mostly made of space which is the stuff of the Universe! When we hive off a portion of this space (or properly-speaking this ‘spacetime’) it allows us to manage our connection to what in reality is a ‘scaled down’ Universe.

When we explore our connection to the Universe we discover that who we are emerges from this! Designing an ‘enclosure’ to protect you as you engage with this Universal SpaceTime is the essence of living architecture.

And to think that you can do this in your own back garden!

Want an EconoSpace but are not up to making the frame yourself? Contact Peter at the LAC and see what might be done about that!

ART STUDIO WEB16

 

What’s on the EconoSpacemaking Course DVD

EconoSpace Art Studio - lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace Art Studio – lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace Art Studio with lightearth walling under construction

EconoSpace Art Studio with lightearth walling under construction

Mary Kennedy from Nationwide visits EconoSpace Art Studio

Mary Kennedy from Nationwide visits EconoSpace Art Studio

EconoSpace Art Studio Lightearth with clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace Art Studio – lightearth with clay plaster and ochre paint

Peter Cowman 'feels' the lightearth!

Peter Cowman ‘feels’ the lightearth!

Mixing lightearth for installation into EconoSpace frame

Mixing lightearth for installation into EconoSpace frame

Mixing clay to make lightearth for filling into EconoSpace frame

Mixing clay to make lightearth for filling into EconoSpace frame

Peter Cowman gets hands-on with lightearth

Peter Cowman gets hands-on with lightearth

EconoSpace Art Studio Lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace Art Studio – lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace with timber cladding

EconoSpace with timber cladding

Erecting EconoSpace frame

Erecting EconoSpace frame

Why do we need to relearn sheltermaking skills? Have a look at some of these videos …

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring 1

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring 2

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring 3

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring 4

Sheltermaker reveals the mysteries of architecture Sheltermaker Tour 2013

Sheltermaker reveals the mysteries of architecture
Sheltermaker Tour 2013

EconoSpaceMaking Course information is provided on a data DVD with full written instructions, including video tutorials.

WHAT’S ON THE ECONOSPACEMAKING COURSE DVD

 

A 63 page A4 fully illustrated Manual detailing how to design and construct your unique, low-cost EconoSpace.

Over 2 hours of Video Instruction offering invaluable insights into the design and construction processes:

  • Basic techniques.mov
  • Configuring Your EconSpace.mov
  • EconoSpaceMaking – Introduction.mov
  • EconoSpaceMaking Anomation.mov
  • Groundworks.mov
  • Making Peter-Posts.mov
  • Measurement, Drawing & Modelmaking.mov
  • Peter-Post Jig.mov
  • Railway Sleepers, Floor Beams & Foundation Trusses.mov
  • Setting Out.mov
  • The Bench.mov
  • The Peter-Post.mov
  • The Roof Structure.mov
  • Wall Framing.mov

 

Model Templates, allowing you to design and assemble your EconoSpace in miniature before constructing it full size Working drawings for 10sqm and 25sqm EconoSpaces – all the information you need to create your unique building:

  • 10sqm EconoSpace Drawings.pdf
  • 25sqm EconoSpace Drawings.pdf
  • EconoSpace 1-50 Models.pdf
  • Furniture & Equipment.pdf
  • WD10.pdf
  • WD25.pdf

 

Supplementary Texts

  • Drawing Worksheet.pdf
  • Drawings & Models .pdf
  • EconoSpace Worksheets.pdf
  • Exempted Development.pdf
  • Planning.pdf
  • Schedule 2- Planning Reg 2001.pdf
  • Sharo’s Studio.pdf
  • Site Selection & Analysis.pdf
  • Surveying.pdf
  • Timberfile.pdf

EconoSpaceMakers can also participate in a dedicated online Forum where they can exchange ideas and information and help each other make their EconoSpaces happen.

 

ECONOSPACEMAKING DVD

 

£80 postage paid to any UK address


 

€90 postage paid to any European & Rest of the World address


 

AUD$120 postage paid to any Australian address


 

USD$120 postage paid to any US address