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Earth Friendly Garden Studio with a View

Here’s a beautiful garden studio in Oxford overlooking the Thames River.  The custom and contemporary structure was completed by in.it studios with a special plinth foundation, birch ply interior walls, a green sedum roof, and sustainably harvested timber.  The design allows natural light through bi-folding doors, while insulated walls and a glass-panel heater keep the warmth inside in the winter.  The tiny studio has a bathroom and kitchen for use as a guest house and an extra deck space for entertaining.

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SMPLy Mod is a Practical Green Prefab

This is the first prefab by Canada-based SMPLy Mod.  The Model 984 was built on an engineered concrete pier foundation and has 984 square feet, two bedrooms, and one bathroom.  The siding is a blend of corrugated steel and concrete board, while the inside is flush with bamboo floors and Kohler and Moen fixtures.  The construct features a 2×10 R38 floor system, 2×6 R22 walls, and an 18″ r50 parallel chord truss roof — all built for a little less than $135,000.  SMPLy Mod is available in the US and Canada.

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pH Living Makes a Healthy Green Home

This video showcases the pH Living Sanctuary, a factory-built home in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  The healthy home has been certified by Building Biologists to the IBE Healthy Home Standard, according to California-based pH Living, and has been checked for VOCs, energy efficiency, formaldehyde, mold, electromagnetic fields (EMF’s), communications frequency pollution reductions, and radiation.

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ZETA Completes Affordable NZE Homes

This is an update to a prior article about Tierra del Sol, a community of 22 prefab, starter homes, located in Stockton, California.  Built in modules by California-based ZETA Communities, the homes in Tierra del Sol have three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,268 square feet.  They’re homes are also expected to use about 45% less energy each than a typical home.

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ASUL Prefab Breaks Ground in Hamptons

When Don Lenzer and Bettina Volz started looking around for a builder in the New York area, they quickly realized that they couldn’t meet their budget requirements with conventional construction.  The owners’ design firm, Stelle Architects, found Arizona-based ASUL (Adaptable System for Universal Living), who collaborated with the designer to provide an alternative construction methodology with a budget of $200 per square foot.  This is the Lenzer/Volz residence in Amagansett, New York.

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Tetra Shed is a Creative Tiny Home Office

Take a moment to notice what’s happening across the pond.  This is the Tetra Shed, a inventive building system that uses up to six modules to create extra space — home office,  play space, beach hut, pop-up retail — in most any location.  The exterior can be custom painted or finished with copper, zinc, corten steel, or marine plywood, while the interior can be finished with LED lights and birch-faced plywood or plasterboard.  Tetra Shed, designed by David Ajasa-Adekunle, arrives in the UK in January 2012.

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