The 18-year-old engineering student, Jasper Edwards enjoys making motorized go-karts out of everyday items like wheelchairs and shopping carts, and he’s even pretty good at it. In this short video documentary, he takes us into his garage and shows off some of his handy work.
When building one of these go-karts, Edwards scavenges junk yards looking for scrap parts he can use, with a plan in mind to keep the original structural design as much as possible. He still wants it to look like a wheelchair or shopping cart; he just wants it to have some serious speed. His motorized shopping cart can go up to up to 50 mph, and he’s applied to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Edwards doesn’t believe in following a step-by-step guide. He says, “If you’re going to follow instructions you might as well just buy one. The good thing about these projects is that even though you might only be going 40mph, it’s on something you built and made out of bits of old scrap cars.”
These go-karts are pretty creative, but they definitely look like you should buckle up for safety.
Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses is relatively new to the tiny house scene but has already made a big splash. The Custom 30 Foot House takes a tiny house and makes it bigger – a lot bigger – but it remains portable nonetheless.
It’s certainly not for everyone and you’d need plenty of confidence to tow such a large trailer-based home, but the additional space means that the off-grid home boasts the kind of amenities you’d usually expect to see in a bricks-and-mortar house.
The 18 sq m (197 sq ft) of usable floor space on the ground floor, and around 9.2 s q m (100 sq ft) of loft space means a full-sized cooker, large fridge, washer/dryer, and even a small dishwasher all fit inside.
For those who like the thought of living in a compact space but don’t want to get too cramped, the Custom 30 Foot House by Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses may be of interest. Built for a family of three, it boasts more space and home comforts than one might expect from a towable tiny dwelling, including a bath and shower, a dishwasher, and enough seating for up to six people.
The Custom 30 Foot Tiny House rests atop a 9.1 m (30 ft) trailer, and can be towed by a decent-sized car or truck. It comprises 18 sq m (197 sq ft) of usable floorspace on the main floor and roughly 9.2 s q m (100 sq ft) of loft space – which is hardly palatial, but far roomier than the Salsa Box, for example.
The home was part-built using reclaimed wood and sports plenty of windows and a comparatively generous lounge area, with a folding table, a worktop, a wood-burning stove, and seating for up to six people. Its two loft spaces are suitable for use as sleeping areas, and one loft is accessed via a staircase that contains integrated storage space. Toward the rear of the home is a good-sized kid’s bedroom with a fold-down Murphy Bed.
The Custom 30 Foot House’s kitchen area is remarkably well-stocked for a tiny house, and amenities include a full-sized cooker, a large fridge, washer/dryer, plenty of storage space, and even a small dishwasher. The bathroom includes a composting toilet, sink, a small bathtub, and a shower.
Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses’ Greg Parham tells Gizmag that though it was delivered with a grid hookup, the Custom 30 Foot House has since been outfitted with a solar powered system by its owner, and that the home can now operate off-grid. It cost approximately US$63,000 to construct, and Parham intends to release the plans for the home soon.
The video tour below shows the interior of the home in further detail.