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Our Story

Our Story

When I had the idea to build out a van to live in, I didn’t jump in blind. I did tons of research. I used my GI Bill to take a yearlong electrical technician course and community college courses in 3D rendering, construction management, and interior design. I learned about composting toilets and solar panels and cutting holes in perfectly good vans.

How It Started

When I had the idea to build out a van to live in, I didn’t jump in blind. I did tons of research. I used my GI Bill to take a yearlong electrical technician course and community college courses in 3D rendering, construction management, and interior design. I learned about composting toilets and solar panels and cutting holes in perfectly good vans.


Then I built out the Ford Transit that I’ve been living in for the last five years.

Going from a professional job in Washington DC to living on the road allowed me to get back in touch with a version of myself that had gotten lost along the path to adulthood. As a kid, I loved the adventure of the outdoors. I was the one in boy scouts who was never afraid and always game for the next challenge. I went on backpacking trips to Yosemite with my dad and learned to ski at 3 years old.

Once I was on the road in my van, I knew I had made the right decision. I traveled around and followed where the wind blew, chasing my love of the outdoors. I found myself hanging around the SF Bay Area in 2018—where I met somebody who worked for a luxury-van outfitter, Glampervan—and they offered me a job. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to use those skills I had learned to help others get closer to nature too.

 In three years of working for Glampervan, I learned a lot about the logistics of building, fine-tuned my skills, and made amazing connections in the van-life community. But I started to wonder, what if I could build a fully off-grid, carbon-neutral portable tiny home? Like a converted van, but without the fossil fuels.

 The idea for ZeroHouse Co was born. My vision was to create a home that makes more energy than it uses and even creates enough energy to power the vehicle which tows it.

 As electric vehicle technology has made huge advances in recent years, it has seemed more possible to travel widely and be closer to nature, while also reducing our carbon footprint.

 So, in 2022 I started building the first ZeroHouse. The prototype is still in process, but nearing completion. I have been learning a ton, keeping up with green technology updates as they come down the pipeline, and sharing my vision of a world where we can all be as close to nature as possible.

 Closer to the earth. Closer to the stars.

The natural world is a beautiful and magical thing, and we should be working to care for it as much as we work to explore and enjoy it. How can we be close to nature, without also taking stock of how our actions, business, lifestyle impacts it?

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