Who’s Next in Green Home Design?

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Recently FreeGreen launched a contest for designers to create an affordable, contemporary, green home.  Seeking to redesign single-family living in less than 1,800 square feet, designers could opt to design a starter or empty nest home, or both.  After receiving +400 entries, the field has been chopped to 12 finalists with public voting now open through April 5, 2010.  The winner will receive $5,000 and other opportunities with FreeGreen.  Check out the top 12 (click the text link above the photo for more info), and tell us your favorite in the comments

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By |March 23rd, 2010|Modern architecture, News, Single Family|5 Comments

TRIO Modern Eco Home by Sustain

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Sustain Design Studio, based out of Toronto, makes contemporary prefab green homes, including the popular miniHome.  They’re small and approachable in price terms but require no sacrifice of style.  This home, the 12×36 TRIO, currently located in Brighton, Ontario, has about 400 square-feet of living space, including a master bedroom, kitchen with open living space, and a bathroom.

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By |March 16th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab|4 Comments

Joshua Tree Gets a New Desert Prefab

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Nearly two years ago, I followed reports by Curbed LA, which was tracking the sale of the Office of Mobile Design's ShowHouse.  At the time, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom home was listed at $175,000, and I always wondered what happened with it — until the other day when Allison Arieff tweeted a photo of the Jennifer Siegal-designed structure on a beautiful desert lot.  The 720 square-foot portable house found a new home. 

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By |March 15th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

Passive House Retreat for Little Compton

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As the years go by, it’s interesting to see the same innovators pushing the envelope in new ways.  For instance, ZeroEnergy Design, a design firm that we mentioned with the net-zero energy Truro Home and solar-powered English Residence, and Aedi Construction, a builder that we mentioned with the LEED certified 53 Standish Street, are working together on this handsome Passive House retreat in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

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By |March 4th, 2010|Modern architecture, Passive House|2 Comments

Backyard Box Intros Line of Modern Efficient Accessory Dwelling Units

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Sloan Ritchie, the same developer that brought us the beautiful, green Alley House, just launched a new endeavor called Backyard Box.  As the name indicates, the Seattle-based company helps homeowners add extra space — whether for an office, studio, mother-in-law apartment, or income property — to lots with room and flexible zoning.  Backyard Boxes, commonly referred to as accessory dwelling units, come in three sizes, three finish packages, and have a Smart Box option, which includes some geeky green technology. 

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By |March 2nd, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|1 Comment

Green Ideabox Fortino Opens in Oregon

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Ideabox's newest prefab model, the Fortino, is on display at the Portland Home & Garden Show this weekend, so you'll want to check it out if you're in the area.  The Salem-based prefab company teamed up with Crate & Barrel to design the interior and several landscape designers to transform a 50'x100' show space into a contemporary landscape setting.  Jim Russell, president of Ideabox, says it's a complete "living experience" on an urban lot. 

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By |February 26th, 2010|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|1 Comment