Off-Grid Foot-Powered Washing Machine

Washing machines use up a lot of energy and water, so having one when you’re striving for off-grid living is not a convenient option. But the so-called Yirego Drumi washing machine solves this problem. It is powered by a foot pedal and needs no electricity to operate. As such it would make a great addition to any sustainable home. […]

Smart Windows Coming Soon

Smart windows are the logical next step in the evolution of home design. Basically, the idea behind them is that instead of adding blinds or curtains to windows, so as to control the amount of heat or light entering the home (or for privacy) the windows would already have this function built in. Sounds futuristic, but a team of researchers at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have found a simple and quite affordable way to achieve it. […]

Rooftop Cabins to Solve the Problem of Affordable Urban Living

Finding an affordable place to live in most large cities across the world is becoming more of a problem everyday. Now a company from Germany has come up with an innovative solution. They would build prefab cabins, called Cabin Spacey (which is also the name of the firm), on top of existing buildings. These homes would be small, but functional and they wouldn’t break the bank. […]

Mother of Two Builds Tiny Family Home in Alaska

Ana White, a stay at home mom and blogger, recently built a great tiny home in Alaska. She blogs about creating DIY furniture, so she has some experience designing and building things. Yet she still had to learn a lot about carpentry to complete this project. With the help of her husband Jacob, they designed and constructed this lovely home and they are now offering the plans for it for free. […]

San Francisco Restaurant is Sustainable to the Core

The Perennial, a restaurant that recently opened in San Francisco, truly is sustainable through and through. It’s the brainchild of husband and wife Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz and boast of it’s own aquaponic greenhouse, uses only responsibly-reared meat, and was decorated using recycled materials. The latter is only the tip of the iceberg as far as sustainable design goes though, and the restaurant is currently seeking a LEED Platinum certification. […]

Woman Converts Van Into an Awesome Solar Powered Home

When seeking a mobile home, converting a van into one makes a lot of sense. And that’s exactly what Christine On thought. She completed the entire conversion by herself and it took her 32 months, but the end result is a cozy mobile home, which is exactly how she wanted it. […]

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