If you have a lawn, you have several options to keep it neat this Spring, but the human-powered reel mower is probably one of more environmentally friendly ways to go about it. These things have anywhere from 4-7 blades, 14-20-inch widths, and varying weights, depending on the build of the chosen model. But what’s the best reel mower for your yard? It depends on your situation, though Mowers Direct picked these models based on retail pricing, recent sales history, customer reviews, and company insight.
- Cleveland Passive House sold!
- Cargo container house shipped to Seattle.
- The future tech home could look like this.
- A straw-bale home designed for the future.
- The greenest building may be a neighborhood.
- Self-sufficient with 1,800 square feet.
- The Thomas Eco-House.
Update 07/30/2012 – Sunset Idea House Prefab in Healdsburg
Last year Sunset Magazine chose a container home as the Idea House, but this year prefab is taking over with an energy-efficient Breezehouse from Blu Homes. The home will be built in Blu’s Vallejo factory on the West Coast and can be seen at a “Factory Preview” on Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 1-3 pm (RSVP here). After that, it’ll be shipped to Healdsburg, California, and open for tours in August 2012. We’ll try to follow up with more detail when the home is complete.
In September 2010, I mentioned the winning design in a competition involving steel SIPs from OceanSafe. The REOSE Sunshower SSIP model, designed by Tulane University professors of architecture, Judith Kinnard and Tiffany Lin, is now complete and demonstrates a home that can withstand hurricane-force winds and extreme weather while still incorporating the latest in energy- and water-saving technologies.
Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products, a company we’ve mentioned in relation to reclaimed veneer panels and shipping pallet floors, just announced the debut of “American Classics.” These are a new line of reclaimed red oak, white oak, and rustic oak floors derived from industrial shipping crates.