Tiny Home That Can Withstand a Hurricane

Tiny homes aren’t exactly known for being weather-resilient but the so-called Amsterdam 24, made by Transcend Tiny Homes of Tennessee, is an exception. This home offers plenty of storage, is lightweight and towable, and can withstand high winds.

The Amsterdam 24 rests atop a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long double-axle trailer, which is where it gets its name from. The interior measures 292 sq ft (27 sq m), and since its walls are made of fiberglass composite it only weighs 8,340 lbs (3,782 kg), which is about one third the weight of a typical wood frame tiny home. The composite walls were made by a special technique, which involves laminating two high strength phenolic resin based fiberglass skins onto a foam core. This means that a standard 8 x 10 ft (2.4 x 3 m) wall section takes 115,000 lbs (52,163 kg) of pressure. They fuse the layers into the wall panel using a foaming gorilla type glue and in this way the fiberglass skin acts as a sort of exoskeleton of the shell. (more…)

By |April 4th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Tent House Brings Nature Inside

While I’m not sure I’d dare live in a tent in Australia, there is no denying that the local firm Sparks Architects did an amazing job designing this home. It is located about 20 minutes away from Sunshine Coast in Australia and is surrounded by rainforest. The tent-like roof stretching across this residence provides shade without blocking the magical view the home offers. (more…)

By |March 30th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Vacation Home That Changes Shape According to the Weather

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Architect Michael Jantzen has come up with a concept for a vacation home, which would allow the residents to change it’s shape according to what is best in any type of weather condition. The so-called Malleable Autonomous Retreat House would also function completely independent of the grid, and it certainly embodies a very novel and futuristic idea when it comes to home design. (more…)

By |March 27th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Bus Converted Into a Cozy Full-Time Mobile Home

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While the idea of living mortgage-free and downsizing might not quite be mainstream yet, it has been getting more and more recognition and acceptance as a way of living. Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier of Outside Found represent a great example of two brave people who not only made it work, but did so in style.

Both Will and Alyssa were once employed by start-ups in Silicon Valley, which was a very stressful time for them. Being lovers of the outdoors, they soon found themselves feeling cramped and unhappy. They solved the problem by leaving their respective jobs, moving to Boulder, Colorado, and starting their own tech consulting company. They also wanted to work remotely while travelling, and to realize that dream, they turned a 2001 GMC Bluebird bus into a home on wheels. They bought the 38-foot-long (11.6 m) bus off Craigslist and did most of the renovation themselves, despite not having any previous construction experience. The process took four months, and according to Alyssa, each day offered a new challenge to overcome. (more…)

By |March 22nd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Versatile Digitally Fabricated Material

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The so-called Wood-Skin is a composite material, which offers the rigidity and stretch of wood together with the suppleness of textile. It was made by a Milan-based firm with the goal of creating a material that could be used in a variety of architectural and design projects. (more…)

By |March 17th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Awesome Tiny Artisan Retreat

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Over the years tiny home designers have gotten a lot better at being able to utilize every bit of interior space to make downsizing a lot more cozy. And this so-called “Artisan Retreat” from tiny house builder Handcrafted Movement is no exception. In fact, it looks so cozy and tastefully decorated that it actually raises the bar a little. (more…)

By |March 16th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments