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Net-Zero SIPs Laneway House with Solar

When I first mentioned the Mendoza Laneway House, it was one of the first laneway homes in Vancouver under the city’s EcoDensity program.  The company behind that efficient SIPs home, Lanefab, and its partners, designer Bryn Davidson and builder Mat Turner, have been busy and recently completed the first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House on a corner lot at 57th and Vivian.  It’s beautiful inside and out.

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Kiwi House is a Micro Montana Dwelling

This is the Kiwi House, an 823 square-foot abode in Bozeman, Montana.  The home, owned by Stephen and Julie Shea, was designed by Comma-Q Architecture with the hearth — a soapstone fireplace from Finland-based Tulikivi – radiating warmth from open kitchen and living room area.  It’s constructed on an infill lot and covered in a combination of locally-sourced Montana stone and reclaimed redwood and metal.

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FSC-Certified Clamp Lamp on Your Desk

Check out this Clamp Lamp by Dana Cannam for manufacturer Pablo.  The woodsy light is made with FSC-certified maple, walnut, or white oak and latches on to your desk with two wooden fingers.  Light is provided with 108 LEDs that output between 700-1200 lumens at 3000 K for a 50,000 hour lifespan.  The light can be adjusted with a hi-low switch and is listed as using a mere 8 watts.  Clamp Lamp is pending Energy Star certification and sells for about $350-400.

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Koby Cottage is a Prototype Prefab Home

This is Koby Cottage by Garrison Architects in Albion, Michigan. The two-module structure of 1,100 square feet was assembled in about 48 hours and finished as a guest house for families to use while visiting their children at the non-profit Starr Commonwealth.

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Container Home Office Built for Relocation

This is a three-level studio and living space by daiken-met architects in Gifu, Japan.  Called Sugoroku Office, the space is made with seven used shipping containers and a structural steel frame that holds the intermodal units together.  The project sits on a basic parking lot under short-term lease so design for deconstruction and relocation was a critical driver for the end result.  Sugoroku Office has about 1,200 square feet, several work stations, a kitchen, and a loft that’s ready for living.

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The Wedge Tiny Retreat by Wheelhaus

When I first saw The Wedge, pictured in this article, I immediately thought about the Caboose, which is a tiny house in Wyoming that we mentioned about a year ago.  It turns out both of these off-site fabricated cabins are made by Wyoming-based Wheelhaus.  Check it out, this is a company that’s turning out next-gen recreational park trailers built with quality and sustainable materials.

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