The Prairie View Green Starter Home


Modular home manufacturers are all getting into smaller and greener homes these days.  We've mentioned the i-House from Clayton Homes and the Osprey from Nationwide Homes, but another modular company, Excel Homes, also has a small green home called the The Prairie View.  The design is inspired by the Prairie House Style with its open interior plan and horizontal exterior lines.  Designed to be completed for under $100,000, this 945 square-foot home has one bedroom, one bathroom, and abundant open space for everything else. 


By |February 18th, 2010|Affordable, Prefab, Single Family|6 Comments

Modern Green Solar Homes Open in LA


Last year, we mentioned a community of 23 solar-powered homes, The Mews in Atwater Village, under construction in Los Angeles, California.  We now have some images of the model home and news that The Mews will have grand opening this weekend from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Each home comes standard with a grid-connected, 1 kW solar photovoltaic system, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. 


By |February 18th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|3 Comments

Old Containers Get a Scenic New Life

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This scenic observatory, referred to as OceanScope or ContainerScope, presents a beautiful reuse of old shipping containers in Songdo New City, Incheon, South Korea.  First noticed at and according to Dezeen, OceanScope was designed by Minsoo Lee and Keehyun Ahn of AnL Studio from three, old, cheap shipping containers.


By |February 17th, 2010|Container Design, Modern architecture|1 Comment

Fab-Homes Intros Passive House Prefabs

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Yesterday, a new green home design studio called Fab-Homes launched a collection of pre-designed Passive Houses for the North American market.  The Vancouver-based company designed the homes to consume up to 90% less energy for heating, cooling, and operations.  The actual Passive House standard will be the goal, although these homes won’t necessarily be required to satisfy the standard’s rigorous efficiency requirements.


By |February 12th, 2010|Modern architecture, Passive House, Prefab|2 Comments

10 Things to Consider Before Using Shipping Containers For Your Project


Modern day pioneer John Wells is doing some interesting work in Alpine, Texas.  On his desert swath in The Field Lab, which is also referred to as The Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, Wells is living off the grid and building an interesting live/work space of shipping containers.


By |February 9th, 2010|Affordable, Container Design|150 Comments

BRIO54 Starts Efficient Home Prototype


BRIO54, a design-driven development firm, recently began construction on a prototype of their H4 design in Milford, Connecticut.  The firm took the H4 through extensive planning and fine tuning in order to construct something with style and a light environmental footprint.  The 2,264 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home should be quite energy efficient.


By |February 9th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|4 Comments