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Building Tiny Homes as a Form of Addiction Therapy

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Christopher Merklinger, a 56 year old recovering drug addict, build his first tiny house with the help an Amish community near Owen Sound, Canada. Today he runs his own tiny house company, Litl Hausen, and the daily effort of constructing these homes has become an integral part of his healing journey, and life in general. Chris is also sure that it is the low cost and small size of tiny houses, which can give people struggling with addictions, homelessness and trauma a safe place to call their own. With his company he hopes to pay it forward, by offering affordable and well-built tiny homes, which can also be taken completely off-the-grid.

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Modern Office Space Built From a Disused Trailer

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Architect Karel Verstraeten recently helped a Belgian couple turn a discarded construction trailer into a cozy office that can also serve a number of other functions. The couple purchased the construction trailer for a mere $20, effectively salvaging it from a local junkyard. This refitting and conversion shows another (and very affordable) way in which disused trailers and containers can easily be turned into something that will continue to be useful for years to come.
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Innovative Retreat Takes Advantage of Available Space

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Building eco-friendly homes is sometimes about more than just using sustainable building materials and practices-it can also be about fitting new homes into the available space without disturbing or harming the existing landscape. The Forest Retreat house built by the Check firm Uhlik Architekti in the forests of Bohemia, near Prague is an excellent example of just such a construction method.
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Waste House is Made of Garbage

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Waste House is a project recently completed by a team of 253 students and apprentices who were led by BBM Architects Director and senior lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown. The house is located at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade campus and it is made entirely out of waste materials. It is quite an exercise in recycling, and the builders believe it is the first permanent house made entirely from waste in Britain.
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Innovative Ways of Using Solar Panels

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Photo: Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte

The photovoltaic technology is frequently used to obtain energy these days. Since it was discovered in the 19th century that it is possible to get energy from sunlight, the ways of harnessing solar energy went through many different stages. The first prototype of solar cells was, for example, used to provide the satellite Vanguard I with energy in 1958 and the technology has been used in this area ever since.
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Relax Shacks Builds a Micro Reading Pod for NYU Professor

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Derek “Deek” Diedricksen of RelaxShacks.com is in the process of completing a micro home for an NYU professor to use as a reading and study pod. The pod is built mostly from recycled, repurposed and salvaged materials. It’s also on wheels for easy transportation, though the owner plans to primarily use it on a lake front plot of land where it will serve as a quiet escape from daily life.
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