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Tiny Idea House in a Shipping Container

Cargotecture c192 Nomad, shown in these renderings, has been selected as the 2011 Sunset Idea House, according to information posted online by architectural firm HyBrid Architecture.  The 192 square-foot structure will be on display at Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California this June. Read more »

Efficient SIPs Lanefab House in Vancouver

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When you build one of the first laneway houses in Vancouver – and a modern, green one at that – you tend to attract a crowd.  The open house of this home gathered more than a 1,000  visitors with a one-hour backlog at times.  It’s the first in Vancouver’s EcoDensity program, which allows for a small, alley-access structure on existing single-family property.

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Warm Modern Montrose House in Virginia

Latitude 38, a design-build firm out of Charlottesville, started this home on spec until the current owners, Mark Hampton and Jay Alexander, fell in love, according to local magazine Abode.  Montrose House has three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, 1,837-square feet, and an open layout on two levels.  Hampton and Alexander walked through the place while under construction and immediately connected with the layout.

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Low-Cost Prefabs Land in Santa Monica

Several years ago, the City of Santa Monica bought Mountain View Mobile Home Park in order to preserve it for affordable housing.  The city upgraded the infrastructure and recently sent out an RFP to replace 20 travel trailers and mobile homes with more energy-efficient, safe, contemporary, manufactured homes.  Santa Monica eventually awarded the contract to Golden West Homes in partnership with Marmol Radziner Prefab.

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New miniHome Gets a Fresh Modern Look

You’ve probably already seen miniHome – a small, mobile, eco-friendly prefab built with clean lines and modern elements – which has been featured all over the news and television.  Sustain Design Studio, a Toronto firm behind the home, just launched a redesigned miniHome to be built in the company’s newly established factory in Bracebridge, Ontario.  The new miniHome is lighter, better, and more affordable.

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Stylish Greenfab Home Unveiled in Seattle

Finished Exterior Gabion Walls

I recently mentioned the construction of Greenfab‘s model home in Seattle, and that home is now complete.  I think you’ll agree, it’s just as warm and handsome as the renderings.  The six-module abode — on target for LEED Platinum and Built Green 5-Star certification — has 1,790 square feet with three bedrooms, two and three-quarters bathrooms, a separate mother-in-law space, a planted rooftop deck, and an urban chicken coop.

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