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Who Wants to Live in a Maintenance Free House?

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Next to mortgage payments and building costs, maintenance costs are another expensive aspect of owning a home. Even if your home is as sustainable as possible, these costs still apply and get worse with age. Enter the Maintenance-Free House, designed by developers Realdania BYG and Arkitema Architects of Denmark, in collaboration with the Danish Technological Institute.
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Shipping Containers Used to Create a Modern Residence and Home Office

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A few years ago, the architecture firm Building Lab, completed the renovation of an old warehouse into a home and office. This new home is located adjacent to Linden Park at 999 43rd street in Oakland, CA in a rapidly developing new neighborhood. Privacy was a major concern of the owners, though they also did not want a home that was too isolated from the community.
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Couple Downsizes in a Shipping Container Home

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Photos via faircompanies.com

Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart, a couple from San Francisco grew tired of paying high rents, so they decided to build a home out of a shipping container. They also wanted a home that could be transported to virtually anywhere, which is another reason they opted for a cargo container over other building options.
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Billboard Homeless Shelters Might Soon be a Reality

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In early 2014 the company DesignDevelop proposed Project Gregory, which involved building shelters around billboards. This would allow the shelters to rent out advertising space and use the money to finance their running costs. The company now says they could build the first such shelter by early 2015.
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Quebec Couple Builds a Home Using Four Shipping Containers

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Photos via www.cbc.ca

Kirk Finken and Natalie Fraser of Luskville, Quebec recently finished building a home out of recycled shipping containers. They are both very environment conscious, and after learning how affordable used shipping containers are, and just how beautiful shipping container houses can be, they set to work. In addition to using the repurposed shipping containers, they also used other salvaged and repurposed materials to build their home wherever they could.
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Shipping Container Homes That Are Not Actually Made From Shipping Containers

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Shipping container architecture might be all the rage right now, but there are some who maintain that using these transportation units to build homes out of might not be the best idea. The fact that the steel containers are repurposed in this way is very sustainable, since they would otherwise continue to pile up in ports across the world. But the environmental benefits perhaps don’t go far beyond that.
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