FabCab’s Versatile 550 Square Foot Design

We’ve talked before about some of the stylish designs from FabCab, and today’s post is the first of three that will outline some of the newer, more versatile home designs. All FabCab home packages are pre-cut and ready to ship to most building sites, offering an easy way to get started on the low impact cottage of your dreams.

The first model is only 550 square feet, and one of the most versatile designs available. In most jurisdictions, this size fits within backyard cottage/accessory dwelling unit requirements, making it perfect to use as a small hunting cabin, guest bedroom, or cozy work studio.

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By |April 14th, 2013|Modern design, Prefab|0 Comments

Mixed Use Shipping Container Structure to be A First in St. Louis

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Shortly after returning from Italy, where he was project manger on several villa rehabilitations, to St. Louis, Missouri, developer Patrick Barnidge has started  his own firm, Delsa Development, under which he has proposed a mixed-use container structure.

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By |April 3rd, 2013|Container Design|4 Comments

Charles Finn Builds Tiny Microhomes Using Reclaimed Materials

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Charles Finn is equal parts woodsmith and wordsmith, a quite inspiring combination. As a self-taught woodworker, author, and freelance writer, he is known for his work with the High Desert Journal and contribution to Lloyd Kahn’s “Tiny Homes, Simple Shelter” book. However, we are not here for his literary accomplishments – Finn is also known around the world for his tiny microhomes inspired by Japanese tea houses.

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By |April 3rd, 2013|Modern architecture|2 Comments

First NYC Shipping Container Home Receives Final Certificate of Occupancy

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After more than two years in construction and red tape, the shipping container home that David Boyle and his wife, Michele Bertomen, who is an architecture professor at New York Institute of Technology, have been building received its final certificate of occupancy from the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) on February 28, 2013.

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By |March 25th, 2013|Container Design|22 Comments

Tvzeb Studio Home is Zero-Energy, Insulates Itself Using 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Located in the wooded hills of Vicenza, Italy, this zero-energy studio uses all sorts of creative design strategies to produce its own energy and insulation. Geothermal power, solar power, and a Corten steel shell are some of most prominent factors in energy generation, but it’s the 40,000 recycled plastic bottles making up the wall and roof insulation that really make this Tvzeb studio stand out.

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By |March 18th, 2013|Modern design|2 Comments

Modular Homes Offer Additional Use of Land Near Downtown Colorado Springs

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A Boulder, Colorado-based land developer has found an unusual way to offer a solution to a growing land-use problem in downtown Colorado Springs.

Newton owns about a half acre of property, where he has installed five factory-built modular homes near Kiowa and El Paso streets. There is a sixth home expected to be delivered soon as well.

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By |March 15th, 2013|Prefab|0 Comments