Sunset has the story on this off-grid, low-impact, affordable shelter built in the wilderness near Joseph, Oregon. The modern structure of 130 square feet, not counting the deck, was designed by Ryan Lingard and built in a couple weeks for roughly $10,000. Signal Shed has a wood stove, metal roof, cedar rainscreen, reused windows, portable toilet, and operable shutters.
- Climate change: not enough grunts.
- A water fight over luxury shower fixtures.
- Solving housing problems through earthships.
- Retail developers unwavering in pursuit to go green.
- Nine design tips to maximize small spaces.
- Garden enjoys benefits of vertical garden.
- Open letter to LEED deniers.
- Vertical chia wall.
Also, shout out to Margaret Everton of Calfinder, a service that connects homeowners with quality contractors, for this interview on everything from consumerism to tiny houses, plus everything else about Jetson Green.
CalFinder, a comprehensive resource for remodeling information, was kind enough to publish a short interview about what we do. Visit CalFinder for more talk about prefab homes, eco epiphanies, consumerism, and other tough environmental topics. Thanks, Margaret!
Earlier this week, West Elm introduced the Pratt Home Office collection of eco-friendly and affordable furniture. Created in collaboration with The Pratt Institute, the five-piece set includes items made with FSC certified wood, non-toxic glues, water-based stains, and powder-coated steel that can be recycled. There's also a clever LED task lamp in the mix and, although some pieces are on sale now, prices range from $99 to $299.
Update: See the completed Passive House retrofit in California!
This is the first Passive House in California and the first retrofit Passive House in the entire country, according to a press release issued by Solar Knights Construction earlier this week. The airtight retrofit was accomplished with, among other things, superior insulation, triple-glazed windows, and an energy recovery ventilation system.
If you're in the market for an Old World look, Fontenay makes vintage flooring from reclaimed wine barrels. The Cooperage collection has stamps and markings from the barrel head; the Wine Infusion collection comes from the inside of the barrel and is naturally stained by the wine; and the Stave collection is made with the outside of the barrel and shows markings from the hoops. Pricing starts at $32 per square foot.