Every inch of land on the planet has climate factors that present challenges when it comes to building a safe home. H&P Architects hopes to alleviate the displacement of housing due to nature’s course, particularly the extensive loss of homes due to flooding in Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese design firm has created a disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop a base of oil drums when water levels get too high.
This cantilevered two-hull house by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was designed for a family of four living in Nova Scotia. The steel-framed structure features a wooden exterior, and a geothermal in-floor hydronic system and extensive, high quality glazing that provides dramatic amounts of natural lighting and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.
We’ve talked before about some of the stylish designs from FabCab, and today’s post is the first of three that will outline some of the newer, more versatile home designs. All FabCab home packages are pre-cut and ready to ship to most building sites, offering an easy way to get started on the low impact cottage of your dreams.
The first model is only 550 square feet, and one of the most versatile designs available. In most jurisdictions, this size fits within backyard cottage/accessory dwelling unit requirements, making it perfect to use as a small hunting cabin, guest bedroom, or cozy work studio.
Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.
Method Homes latest prefab series packs some serious green punch in the latest designs. The home in the photos is called Paradigm, a collaboration between Seattle-based Method Homes and New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects.
If the 550 square foot FabCab home is a little too small for your taste, you may be interested in the medium size home the company offers, with as much as 848 square feet of interior living space. This is another great option for a hunting cabin, guest house, or getaway home, offering an extra bedroom for storage or a bedroom for friends.
The open floor plan features 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom with cathedral ceilings and flexible space, lots of storage, and a larger kitchen than the smaller home design. The bathroom includes a walk-in, curbless shower and an energy-efficient fireplace is an add-on option for the living room.
For this FabCab home option, home packages start at $122,000, and construction estimates at $206,000. For more information, visit FabCab.com