Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Green Roof, Prefab|7 Comments

House Ocho with a Lively Green Roof

Credit: Paul Dyer.

This is House Ocho, a project in Carmel, California, designed by Feldman Architecture. The home is beautiful and modern with striking clean lines, though perhaps its most prominent detail is a lively green roof that hides the structure in the hillside of a nature preserve in the Santa Lucia Mountains.

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By |May 3rd, 2011|Green Roof, Single Family|11 Comments

First Container House in Mojave Desert

This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign.  The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank.

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By |April 14th, 2011|Container Design, Green Roof, Single Family|24 Comments

Ellis Residence Has a Lush Green Roof

Seattle has its fair share of LEED Platinum homes, but this is the first LEED Platinum single-family home in the state of Washington outside of Seattle.  The Bainbridge Island home, blending style and sustainability, was designed by Coates Design Architects for owners Ed and JoAnne Ellis, who wanted an exemplary, modern, green home.

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By |April 13th, 2011|Green Roof, LEED, Single Family|3 Comments

H2hotel has a Wavy Living Green Roof

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While not as pronounced as the California Academy of Sciences museum, I think it's safe to say that this undulating green roof covering the new h2hotel is just as beautiful.  The hotel, which gets its name from being the sister to Hotel Healdsburg, was designed by David Baker + Partners and is pursuing LEED Gold certification.  It's also a nominee for the People's Choice Award from the Redwood Empire Chapter of the AIA. 

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By |November 18th, 2010|Green Roof, Hotel, LEED|0 Comments

Modern Hen Coop with a Green Roof

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If you’re thinking about raising chickens, there are a few ways to go about it.  You could build a retro Modern Coop or Quonset Coop.  Or, you could build a boxy coop with a green roof, like this one pictured here and featured in Dwell.  It’s framed with two-by-fours, insulated, sheathed with oriented strand board, covered in reclaimed cedar, ventilated with two upper windows, and topped with native landscaping, according to Miyoko Ohtake.

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By |October 21st, 2010|Green Roof, Landscape, Modern design|2 Comments