It’s impossible to miss Rich Richardson’s bright red tiny home against the
green hills of Oahu. Entering the property, you are immediately greeted by
Rich’s two pups and the cool breeze off the Kalihi mountainside. He has
a background in art and working with his hands, evident by the dried paint on his
hands and pants. However, this is the first home he has ever built, in ten short
months, with the help of online how-to guides and a few friends.
It’s also powered by the sun: a modest solar panel provides for all electrical needs.
The fridge and stove run on propane, and a water catcher keeps the tank full,
providing enough water for a stand-up shower and a composting toilet. Even the
floor is recycled from a 100-year-old house on Oahu. Rich put a considerable
amount of thought into the design. “It was important to me to have a stylistic
imperative,” he says. “I didn’t want it to feel like something you have to live in, but
something that you would really want to live in.”