Hey, I'm Rob Greenfield.
Welcome to my tiny housein Orlando Florida.
This tiny house is a hundred square feet, I built it for under $1500 all using about 99% repurposed and secondhand materials.
While creating just about30 pounds of trash.
So today, I'm gonna give you a tourof my simple sustainable life, and show you my homestead.
[Music playing] So, as you can seea hundred square feet is pretty small.
It's just ten by ten.
And some of you might be thinking, “Isn't this just a shed?” Well, I designed itto look like a shed basically.
So that it would be within basic building codes.
The most important thing is the bed.
A lot of my life is outdoors, and this is really just abouthaving a comfortable place.
Underneath the bedis storage for my basic stuff.
A big part of this place really is food.
It's for storing food andprocessing food and such.
Over here, this is a bounty of pumpkinsfrom my garden.
Here is the fermentation station, making Jun, which is like kombucha.
Apple cider vinegar, fire cider, honey wine and such.
Here I have my bookshelf.
A lot of books abouthow to grow food and live sustainably.
and then if we come over here, a lot more food.
My project thatI'm focusing on right now is one year of growing and foraginga hundred percent of my food.
and so, that's really the centerpieceof everything that I'm doing while I'm here in Orlandofor about two years.
So, fruits and veggiesthat I've harvested from my garden and from foraging.
Up here, honey from my bees.
I harvested about 75 pounds of honey, somewhere around there this fall.
I don't have a whole lot of possessions, I aim to live pretty simply.
This is all my clotheson this shelf and then, some of my basic items.
So the desk I built out of leftover materialsfrom the build and pallet wood.
99% of this house is built with secondhand materialsand repurposed materials.
The floors, for example were from a house that flooded and this was stuff they weregetting rid of, throwing away.
The bed is leftover woodand also flooring.
The burlap that I'm usingfor the walls is from a leftover craft project.
One thing I should mentionis the house isn't 100% done.
So a bit of a work in process still but good enoughto be able to show you the place.
Really important thingis my deep chest freezer.
This year I'm growing and foraging a hundred percent of my food.
So this is a really important thing for being able to store a lot of food.
And, that brings me to.
My original plan herewas to live off the grid like I did in my first tiny housein San Diego.
But, with this project, I found that it just wasn't quite the right matchto be completely off the grid.
And I'm only using about a hundred dollarsworth of electricity per year.
So, since I'm here just for two years, it didn't necessarily add upto put a large solar system here.
when I'm usingsuch a tiny amount of electricity.
So what I have is just an extension cord that's running from here on the property.
So that's pretty muchthe inside of the house.
It's quite simple, there's not a lot to say about itbecause most of my time is spent outdoors, in the garden, in my community.
And so, let's move on to the outside.
I really like having an outdoor kitchen, because I enjoy being outside.
And also, when I spill thingson the ground, they just soak right inwhich means a lot less cleanup.
This kitchen was builtusing leftover materials from the tiny house build.
and I have a light that runs here on top, it's pretty simple.
Has a battery which I can either charge using my small solar panel, or it can be charged inside.
I actually have four ways of cooking food.
The first is a not sustainable form, and the other three are renewable energy forms.
So the first one is just usinga basic propane camp stove.
I'm working to move awayfrom that completely so that I'm using all alternative energy.
The main replacement for that is a home biogas stove.
So this actually converts food waste into methane, which can then be used to cook with.
And I'll show you that.
Secondly is a solar oven, which just uses the sun, which we have plenty of to cook.
and then third over here is.
my fire pit.
So if I'm cooking like, large quantities, I have a five gallon potthat can go right on top of here So this is the biogas.
It works like a human stomach, in many senses, so.
one thing that happens when we eat, one of the byproducts is.
gas, of course.
So how can you trap that gas, and actually use it for something good? how it works isyou simply put food waste into it.
I get a lot of food wastefrom a local restaurant.
Simply put the food waste into here, it goes into the stomach, there's bacteria in there, and the byproductof their digestion is gas.
So this up here.
is a bladder that holds the gas.
It's pressurized to push it down.
And then just out the back, there is a pipethat goes over to the kitchen, and delivers the gas to the stove.
Another great byproduct of this system is a bucket full of fertilizer.
Really nutritious for the plants.
So here's the sink, it's extremely simple.
This is a 55-gallon barrel in the back, and that holds rainwater.
and then, it's just gravity fed.
I use a biodegradable.
grey water safe soap, so that, this water doesn't haveto go to a sewage treatment plant.
Instead, what happens is it goes just down the drain, and then there's a tube, that just goes out the back and then back there, I have bananas.
which are really water loving plants.
So this water, all the water that goes through the sink, doesn't go off siteto a waste treatment plant.
Instead it actually grows food on site.
Also back there, I have my compost bin.
The reason I really likemy compost bin.
right there is I can actually toss food in standing right here, so it's really easy to access.
So, I create.
very minimal garbage.
The little bit of actual trashthat I do create, I just put in the trash canof the property.
But mostly, food waste, yard waste, paper, cardboard, all of that can goright into the compost bin, and that is used to grow food, rather than be somebody else's problem.
is my drinking water, so.
It's a pretty great system, it's called a Berkey.
And this can be usedfor purifying rainwater, water from lakes and rivers, or city water.
I have my rainwater barrels right here, behind the house.
I simply stick a pitcher down here, and then my rainwater is purified.
to be delicious and great for drinking.
Rainwater harvesting is very easy, not complicated at all.
Water just falls down onto the roof into a gutter.
Instead of having a downspout, I have a rainchain.
The water just falls into this barrel, and then it's stored right there.
Really simple as that.
I have multiple barrels and they're just simplyconnected by a pipe.
So this might be the part of my homesteadthat I'm the most excited to show you.
This is a 100% closed-loopcomposting toilet system.
You have two toilets, this one for going pee, and this one for going poop.
Pee is a bucket, a five-gallon bucket under here that's filled with water.
It's used for about a day, and then basically the pee is diluted by about a 10 to 1 ratio.
that water is then simply dumped onto fruit trees, bushes and such to grow food.
Poop goes into this one.
How it works is you simply sit downlike you would on any other toilet.
After you go, instead of flushing, you simply add sawdust to cover it up.
And it's amazing that.
that all you need to do is cover it up, and then there's no smell.
Instead of buying toilet paper, I grow my toilet paper right here on site.
This is called the blue spur flower.
It's in the mint family.
So it's got a great smell, and it's ridiculously soft, I mean.
That is just wonderful! So, that is then composted as well.
The poop goes into these 55-gallon drums where it's then composted for a year, to make it completely safe, and then it's usedon fruit trees to grow fruit.
So this is a 100% closed-loop compost toilet system that doesn't createany problems for anyone else and instead, makes fertility.
So because the property owner's roofis much larger, I also harvest rainwateroff of their roof.
I have two 275 gallon totes.
This is used for.
watering the garden, for filling up the barrel.
at the sink, and for showering.
This is my shower right here.
Works pretty simply, I have a five gallon bucket down here, that I fill up.
And then, that just goes right overand it's just a little hand.
a handheld shower, using rainwater and honestly I love it.
To me showering rainwateris one of the.
one of the greatest ways to shower.
A little bit about.
transportation, how I get around.
So I don't have a caror a driver's license.
I have a bicycle and I use that to go almost everywherethat I need to go in Orlando.
And then I also have a bicycle trailer.
And that bicycle trailercan carry up to 300 pounds so.
I can use that for haulinglots of stuff in my garden, tools or huge hauls of food.
I can also use that for furniture, materials for the house, things like that.
And lastly, let's move on to the garden! So one of the mostfrequent questions that I'm asked.
is: do I own the land? How did I find the land? Do I pay rent? What I've done is a work exchange, So, I met someone who's always wanted to live sustainably, who's wanted a homestead for 25 years! and in exchange for me setting up my tiny house on her property for these couple of years.
I'm helping her do that.
And then everything that I create.
will be hers for the years to come.
So I'm helping her grow her own food, I've turned the wholefront yard into a garden, and the tiny house, after I leave, will be hers to use however she wants.
So, it's a.
exchange rather than a monetary transaction, we don't have a monetary transaction.
how can we work together.
to meet each other's needs, and that's what my life is all about.
Reducing the waysthat we have to work for money, and instead, how can we work together to help each other out.
[Music playing] There is a lot going on here, and I can't possiblysqueeze it all into one video.
But, if you have a desire to live in a waythat's better for the earth, your community, and yourself, then I am here at your service, and there'll beplenty more videos to come.
If you were inspiredand you got something out of this, then I would reallyencourage you to subscribe, and stay in touch.
I love you all very much, and I'll see you soon.
Oh, one thing to mention, this is a little.
squatty potty that I made.
it's known that.
having your legs raisedat this angle is much better.
wanted to mention that.