Ever wonder what could happen when eight artistic and adventurous individuals get together and decide to spend their entire summer building an off-grid tiny house — that also is bike-able? While also being filmed for a national televised program?
If you head up the hills on a section of privately owned land between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale you will find the answer. It’s called “The Oculus,” a 165-square-foot, one-room tiny house. It is completely off the grid, designed and built entirely by hand — and bike — by the local adventure-seeking mountain biking group Stomparillaz.
“This was the ultimate bike and art project for us,” said Steve Novy, principal with Green Line Architects and was one of the leaders in the project.
“For me this was a real growing experience, I got to know my friends a lot better,” Novy said….
The Stomparillaz not only wanted the house to generate its own heat and electricity but they made a goal to leave as little trace as possible on the surrounding terrain and environment. This is where the bikes came into play.
All materials needed were brought to the build site on bikes. This location is 4 miles up Cattle Creek Road and then up another very steep hill to the property. Oftentimes the trek started in Carbondale, about 5 miles from Cattle Creek.
The group called out to the community to donate whatever material people might have that could be useful for the structure. Stomparillaz wanted to divert materials from the waste stream and put them back into use. As a result, more than 60 percent of the materials used to build the Oculus were recycled and 10,372 pounds were diverted from the landfill.