Articles - February, 2011

Blue Crest Prefab Set in Austin [Video]

Austin-based Ma Modular, an offshoot of design-build firm KRDB, is on a mission to make affordable modern homes. Ma has a few modular projects that we’d like to mention in the near future, including this one under construction right now, the Blue Crest House.

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Decking with 95% Recycled Content

It may only be mid-February, but I imagine some of you are already planning Spring projects.  If any of those involve decking perhaps Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies has a recycled content material worth using: MoistureShield.  The company just announced that certain lines of MoistureShield contain 95% total recycled content, as verified by ICC-ES.

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Self-Sufficient Tiny Home in Montreal

Update: Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

Faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage, was on display this past weekend at the Cottage & Country Home Show in Montreal.  The Pavillon was designed and built by Faberca as a compact, self-sufficient space for folks interested in country living — those who want to “live in the great outdoors.”  Owners wouldn’t need an electrical connection with this retreat home because it’s powered by solar panels and propane.

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Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

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Eco Excess, Solar Attitudes, Efficiency Ventures, + Declining Standards

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Off-Grid Prefab Home on Cusabo Island

This sturdy steel cabin is off-grid, off-pipe, and self-sufficient, making it an interesting case study of sustainability and coastal design.  The home was completed just over a year ago on Cusabo Island in South Carolina — an impressive feat given the remote site accessible only by boat.  The owner was able to take advantage of prefab construction and had the parts flown in by helicopter (see below).

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