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Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:12 am

I've been working on a simplified version of the vardo pod. The whole intent is to get this thing so simple to build that almost anyone can build one.

Half way through the design it was suggested that I put a bunk in it, kinda like Ed's Sleeping Pod http://tinyhouseblog.com/tiny-house/eds ... s-shelter/

So I added the bunk, but then I had to move the door around to the side. The bunk is 30" wide, and there's about 11" between the bunk and the wall. and the whole thing is still only 4' tall. I'm not sure that this is a practical design, but I'll let you guys look at it anyways.

Here's the pdf. If you click on the picture in the pdf, you can rotate it around, pan it, etc...

http://tnttt.com/images/2013/square%20pod%20version%204.pdf

and if you turn on the tree, you can hide the various panels so you can see the inside stuff.

Have fun! Oh and let me know what you would change!!!

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby GPW » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:33 am

Not getting anything ... blank ... :o
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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby 48Rob » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:03 am

You might consider placing the door in the center of the long wall, to make it easier to access the stoarage space under the bed.

I would add a simple hinged "flap" over the window so it could be left open during rain, and would look into getting rid of the front overhang.
It is a nice design element, but "complicated" because of the curves.
Another hinged panel that had built in hinged drop down legs could be used to the same effect.
It would serve as an "awning" providing the same protection as the original overhang, but could project out much further, giving the occupant a lot more covered space.

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby Miriam C. » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:00 am

:thinking: I like Rob's idea but over the door of something 4' to 5' high is a head banger. Something that could be pushed up to create a porch if raining might be nice.
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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:17 pm

GPW wrote:Not getting anything ... blank ... :o


In order to activate the 3D model in the PDF, you have to save the file first, and then open it in Adobe Reader. I dont think it will let you activate it in a web browser.
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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby 48Rob » Fri Nov 22, 2013 8:05 am

Zach,

It worked okay for me...

Miriam,

It wouldn't be much different that a canopy attached to a teardrop roof, but instead of projecting straight out, it could slope upwards from the roof line out, allowing the water to roll back on the pod roof.

I can see a homeless person getting a lot of use out of a personal pod like this, but like a teardrop, not many occupants would want to be "inside" all the time. A small sheltered area outside, if not initially provided would, I believe, be "created" soon after by the occupant.
Once there was a large overhang or awning, it wouldn't be long before discarded carboard, plastic, or some other material was used to create "walls".

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:36 pm

Andrew came up with a square sleeping pod that has the spars on the outside, giving it a little bit of a vardo touch. Is it enough to offset the squareness, or do we need to do something different?

Here's a pic...

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And here's the 3D PDF. You can click on the image, and spin it around in space, zoom, pan, etc..

If you can't do it in your browser, save it to your desktop, and open it with adobe reader!

http://tnttt.com/images/2013/external_f ... andrew.pdf

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mezmo » Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:39 am

The square cross-section is perfectly viable and will prove
easier to build I'm sure. The one problem I see is water roof-runoff.
I guess it could be tilted a inch to a side or have the non-door
end installed lower that the door end, but both those practices
aren't optimal for sleeping, Raising the non-door end higher
than the door when installed would be better, but would have
the water run-off problem over the door if there isn't a full width
diverter installed at that end, over the door.

It'd be a "better practice", maybe, to try and install the unit with the floor
level. If you'd then build one of the side walls 2-3 inches lower than
the other, and slant the end walls to fit, or alternatively, do the
non-door end 2-3 inches lower and fit the sidewalls to that
resulting profile, these approaches would, in effect, give you very shallow
pitched shed roofs and you'd have the water run-off taken care of automatically
and not need an additional piece [and cost] of material for a diverter
over the door.

Just a tweak to consider.

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P.S. I'm assuming the figure shown in the pdf had everything square to
each other - i.e. 4x8 sheets attached, as is, to each other, more-or less.
I assumed all parallel dimensions were equal, as I couldn't tell otherwise.
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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:31 am

Well guys, here I go again.

The plan is to build a square pod in less than a day. Then I'll document the flat square roof, and see if there is a simple way to add a taper to it.

The temp is 17°F outside. The wind is cold.

Here are my supplies...

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:30 pm

The floor is done and insulated... Now a break so I can eat some lunch!

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:28 pm

Back wall is framed and up in position...

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:03 pm

Front wall is installed.

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:11 pm

Opps, gotta take another break. I'm in charge of dinner today...

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:11 pm

Got one of the side walls on...

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Re: Square sleeping pod

Postby mikeschn » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:12 pm

Got the other side wall on...

It's getting cold and dark really fast now...

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