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Small Shed with Reclaimed Rainscreen


In conjunction with the small structures trend we’re following, reader Joseph Sandy sent in these photos of his 8′ x 10′ backyard shed in Sonoma County, California.  Sandy bought $180 worth of old fencing from Heritage Salvage, the local reclaimed material supplier, and cut the pieces in usable 2′ segments to create the mesmerizing reclaimed rainscreen.  With a polycarbonate clerestory and plywood/pegboard walls, the inside is ready to go.  And Sandy liked the finished look so much, he’s thinking of turning the design into a prefab kit offering of sheds, studios, offices, and housing.

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Vibrant Columbia City Green Homes

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Columbia City Green is a Case Design + Project Management development of two homes in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle.  The grand opening for this first home was last weekend, and Case Architects was kind enough to provide these interior and exterior photos.  It's Built Green certified and includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a bonus room — all for the price of $699,000 (if still available).  In addition to the vibrant green CertainTeed Fiber Cement siding, the home features a number of other green products and elements:

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Small Style at Dwell on Design 2009


Dwell on Design keeps getting bigger and better every year, and the Dwell Outdoor exhibit promises to be just right for these (un)extravagant times.  The modern design event will be held from Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The entire program will be diverse and compelling, but I'm particularly intrigued by the lineup of four small structures planned for the 15,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space.  Check these out:

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Daniel Libeskind Enters the Prefab Fray


A couple months back, I read an article about Daniel Libeskind's prefab plans, and today, the NY Times broke the story wide open.  In Libeskind Designs a Prefab Home, the Gray Lady gives us a glimpse of The Villa, which is part of Daniel Libeskind's Signature Series of private homes.  There's a prototype of The Villa currently under construction in Datteln, Germany, which should be completed this summer.  And like a limited production set of artwork, The Villa will be offered in regionally exclusive neighborhoods all over the world.  For the right price …

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LOFTwall Mod Green Custom Partitions

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I noticed some chatter about these LOFTwall dividers following the news rush that accompanied ICFF 2009.  They're made by a Dallas-based company for use in residences, office spaces, retail, or pretty much anywhere else you can think of.  LOFTwalls are modular, lightweight, and most importantly, customizable.  Take a stab at designing your own using their frames and material swatches — you'll even get the price. 

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First LEED Platinum Home in Virginia


This modern, award-winning abode is the first LEED Platinum home in Virginia.  Located at 5803 16th Street North in Arlington, the home was built by Metro Green and designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects (the firm that also designed the popular net-zero energy Bright Built Barn).  Although it’s a little bigger than the ones we tend to mention — 3,825 square feet with a tight footprint — I think the home is worth mentioning for a number of reasons.  First, annual heating and cooling costs are $180 and $125 respectively!  In addition, 5803 has the following green elements:

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