Chicken Coopsickle on a Steep Incline Site

We’re building up a nice archive of chicken coop designs these days.  Reader Matt Wolpe of Just Fine Design/Build just sent us photos and details of his Chicken Coopsickle in California.  He designed this to work on a woodsy site with a steep incline — it’s planted in concrete with a redwood post.  Floating steps run upward to the hen house, which is made with interlocked half-lap joint flooring, Tennessee red cedar siding, and a plywood gusset topped with a single sheet of aluminum for the roof.

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By |May 17th, 2011|Categories: Modern design|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Handmade Tiles from Clayhaus

Portland-based Clayhaus Ceramics is now offering handmade ceramic tiles in a modern array of colors and several shapes and sizes.  The new company, founded by the husband and wife team of Jason and Megan Coleman, was formed out of Stardust Glass tile when the Colemans left the glass business.  Now with a focus on ceramic products, Clayhaus is offering beautiful tiles to order in a studio and facility that is completely powered by renewable energy.

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By |May 17th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Modern design|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Modern Chicken Coop in Urban Seattle

Check out this lively, modern chicken coop by Nicole Starnes Taylor of MAKE Design Studio.  Taylor designed it for three chickens and their owners in urban Seattle.  With a screen floor and castors, the mobile hen house fertilizes the underlying ground.  Also, the coop has a hinged door for easy access and can be used as a chicken tractor if need be.  Taylor built the 15 square-foot coop with salvaged framing lumber.

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By |May 17th, 2011|Categories: Modern design|Tags: , |7 Comments

Five Passivhaus Concepts for New Orleans

DesignByMany recently held a contest seeking a low-cost, low-energy home for New Orleans. The brief requested designs in a shotgun typology and entrants were encouraged to strive to meet Passive House standards.  The winners have now been announced and sustainable.TO took top honors, according to Arch Daily.  Check out the top five homes, and click through for more detail on each home.

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By |May 16th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Passive House|Tags: , |0 Comments

Ecological Vision, Passive Grassroots, Performance Building, + House and Home

The death of the McMansion.
Passivhaus is German for no-brainer.
Passive House grows beyond the grassroots.
Builder invests in high performance homes.
The difference between house and home.
Why the “light bulb ban” is a good idea.
Windows key to net-zero […]

By |May 14th, 2011|Categories: Week in Review|1 Comment

Synergy: A New Beacon of Passive House

Synergy is a design for an affordable, cold-climate Passive House by Tim Eian of TE Studio, the firm behind the first Passive House in Wisconsin.  Eian says Synergy is “a beacon for the 21st century renaissance of residential high-performance design.”  In other words, this is a home for everyone: it’s traditional, comfortable, light-filled, and attainable.

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By |May 13th, 2011|Categories: Passive House|Tags: , |1 Comment
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