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An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Off-Grid Cabin That Doubles as Ski Slope

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This fun cabin was designed by the architecture firm Vardehaugen of Norway. It can function completely off-the-grid and features a sloping roof that the architects claim can serve as a ski/sledding trail and even a ski jumping slope, though I’m not sure how safe the latter is. (more…)

By |January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Prefab Houseboat That’s as Comfortable to Live in as Any House

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The UK-based company Bluefield Houseboats was established with the goal of making houseboats that are as comfortable to live in as any nice house or apartment. They also design these houseboats with sustainability in mind, so the boats are prefabricated, feature an energy-efficient design, and are equipped with state of the art home automation technology.

Their first model home is a single story houseboat, which has a total floorspace of 500 sq ft (46.5 sq m). Much of the interior is taken up by the living and dining area and the kitchen, while ample glazing makes it appear larger than it is. The houseboat also has a well-sized master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There is also a second bedroom and bathroom. The roof is also a terrace and can be reached via a set of stairs attached to the side of the houseboat. (more…)

By |January 11th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Off-The-Grid Shelter Built in a Challenging Terrain

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Building in remote locations of the world often calls for off-the-grid solutions, which builders envision in different ways. The mountain shelter recently built by the architecture firm Archaeus of Romania offers one such ingenious solution. The shelter is called Călțun Shelter and was built in July 2015 in the Southern Carpathians mountain range, at an altitude of 6,889 ft (2,100 m). It is intended to offers shelter to the mountain rescue team, and all others who may have need for it. (more…)

By |January 10th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments