FreeGreen, a provider of free and premium green house plans, recently unveiled a new premium plan called Loop House. The modern design features a two-story rectangle covered in fiber cement panels with a loop of cedar that creates a covered porch space. It’s easy to envision using this space in several ways — watching movies, gathering around a fire pit, and relaxing with friends.
Here’s a quick note to modern enthusiasts. Gilt Groupe just listed plans for a Dwell Home by Turkel Design for 50% off the normal rate. That’s $12,500 for the Finisterre 1115 plan and architectural services to customize the plan. The plans are for a contemporary home that can be used as a first home or weekend retreat, depending on an owner’s situation, and doesn’t require much land to make it work.
The shedworking movement is growing with folks nixing the daily commute by carving out a little extra space at home. One way to do this is with a YardPod, which is fabricated in a solar-powered factory in Rohnert Park, California. YardPods are framed in light-gauge, recycled-content steel, insulated with recycled-content, natural cotton fiber, and covered with a cool roof. Flooring can be either bamboo or cork. A 10′x12′ DIY model starts at $2,100, while a complete kit starts at $11,000, not including tax or delivery.
Inspired by Thoreau with his Cabin and Le Corbusier with his Cabanon, an interdisciplinary group of students at Texas Tech University was able to construct this Sustainable Cabin in a design-build program headed by Urs Peter Flueckiger. The off-grid cabin was fabricated in a warehouse and is now stationed west of Wichita Falls, where it is being used as a laboratory for students to study sustainable design principles.
Of all the beautiful homes in the most recent issue of Dwell, I must say this one made the greatest impression on me. In “Worth the Wait,” Amber Bravo writes about The Porter Cottage in Ragged Island, Maine. The self-sufficient home – roughly 480 square feet including a screen porch – is both off-pipe and off-grid and made with durable and green materials.
This is the fifth part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation. This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week. This part includes six, small, stylish, green structures that can be used in most any way — whether as a home office, writing cabin, mother-in-law, etc — except as limited by your creativity.