Modern Green North House in Portland

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One home in this three-unit condominium building, The North House, is for sale right now on Vancouver Avenue in Portland, Oregon. The undeniably modern building was designed by William Kaven Architecture and includes reclaimed fir, radiant heat, dual-flush toilets, on-demand hot water, passive heating and cooling, rainscreen siding, and a good location near Mississippi Avenue and Williams Avenue.

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By |April 12th, 2010|Condo, Modern architecture|2 Comments

Ideabox Launches Urban Series Prefabs

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It seems like the winter is when prefab companies tinker with offerings.  For example, Blu Homes just launched Evolution, Rocio Romero launched the stackable LV2, PieceHomes launched extraPieces, and LivingHomes launched wood frame construction nationally.  Ideabox, an Oregon-based prefab company that recently launched the new Fortino, is revamping their lineup with the new Urban Series. 

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By |April 6th, 2010|Prefab|3 Comments

First LEED Platinum Home in Fort Worth

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This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas.  Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.

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By |April 2nd, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments

Green Evolution Starts with Blu Homes

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Blu Homes just announced the launch of their Evolution series of green homes designed for single-family, townhome, and development communities.  It's the first home model from the company allowing two levels of living, high ceilings, an open layout, and roof deck space. 

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By |April 1st, 2010|Prefab|6 Comments

One Cool Shipping Container Habitat

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In New Zealand, One Cool Habitat is shipping tiny container habitats all across the globe.  Whether you're looking for extra space for a home office, studio, or anything else, this 160 square-foot space comes with a clean slate ready to be customized inside.  The habitat is built with a 20-foot container, composite panels, and, of course, strategically placed windows.  The base model starts at $29,500, according to Inhabitat.

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By |March 31st, 2010|Container Design, Modern architecture|1 Comment

Fincube Prefab Low Energy House

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Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time.  According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows. 

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By |March 30th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|2 Comments