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
If you’re in the market for modern sustainable furniture, you might check out Domiphile, a company founded by Tony Church near Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently offering tables, side tables, dressers, and desks, Domiphile handcrafts these pieces with North American FSC-certified white ash and black walnut and “super-duper low VOC” waterborne finishes. Pieces range in price from about $1,110 to $4,000, depending on what you’re looking for.
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.
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.
A few months ago, Alchemy set this weeHouse in Dundee, New York, and it's now complete. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home sits at the end of a private road on Seneca Lake. On the exterior, the prefab has corrugated steel siding, while on the interior, there's bamboo flooring and wall wrap, doors and windows made with FSC-certified wood, and Energy Star appliances.
Across the pond in the London Borough of Hillingdon, this infill development of five ultra-green buildings continues to garner attention. The project, Birchway Eco-Community, was built to Level 5 of the Code of Sustainable Homes (with 6 being the highest possible score) and provides 24 one- and two-bedroom affordable housing units. These buildings were finished on site after being prefabricated and delivered with kitchens and bathrooms already installed.