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Home Office in a Tiny Green YardPod

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The shedworking movement is growing with folks nixing the daily commute by carving out a little extra space at home.  One way to do this is with a YardPod, which is fabricated in a solar-powered factory in Rohnert Park, California.  YardPods are framed in light-gauge, recycled-content steel, insulated with recycled-content, natural cotton fiber, and covered with a cool roof.  Flooring can be either bamboo or cork.  A 10′x12′ DIY model starts at $2,100, while a complete kit starts at $11,000, not including tax or delivery.

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Prefab Sustainable Cabin in West Texas

005 Exterior Cabin (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

Inspired by Thoreau with his Cabin and Le Corbusier with his Cabanon, an interdisciplinary group of students at Texas Tech University was able to construct this Sustainable Cabin in a design-build program headed by Urs Peter Flueckiger.  The off-grid cabin was fabricated in a warehouse and is now stationed west of Wichita Falls, where it is being used as a laboratory for students to study sustainable design principles. 

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Element Prefab Installed in Long Island

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Blu Homes recently installed and completed this factory-built home for two professors in Long Island.  It’s based on the Element line, which is basically the same model used to build this Rhode Island retreat that we mentioned previously.  Maura McCarthy, co-founder of Blu Homes, told me in an email that steel frame construction helped the permitting process because the site is in a 120 mph wind zone near the ocean.

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MEKA Unveils Modular Container Houses

Toronto-based housing company MEKA — that is, modular, environmental, kinetic, assembly — made national headlines with the launch of small container homes this week.  Seeking the ultimate trifecta of style, sustainability, and affordability, this start-up aims to produce “the most luxurious living spaces with a clean modern sensibility, at super affordable prices.

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Modern Eco-Smart Challenger in Alberta

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Manitoba-based Conquest Manufacturing recently installed this three-module retreat on a serene hillside site in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta.  The 1,050 square-foot cottage was built based on a design by Herbert Enns and features comprehesive mountain views and a view of the historic Frank Slide. 

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m2 Green Prefab from Method Homes

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It’s been a while since we last mentioned Method Homes, but the company has built a number of green prefabs recently that deserve some mention.  Last December, the company installed this modern modular home, referred to as m2, on a picturesque mountain site in Glacier, Washington.

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