In conjunction with the small structures trend we’re following, reader Joseph Sandy sent in these photos of his 8′ x 10′ backyard shed in Sonoma County, California. Sandy bought $180 worth of old fencing from Heritage Salvage, the local reclaimed material supplier, and cut the pieces in usable 2′ segments to create the mesmerizing reclaimed rainscreen. With a polycarbonate clerestory and plywood/pegboard walls, the inside is ready to go. And Sandy liked the finished look so much, he’s thinking of turning the design into a prefab kit offering of sheds, studios, offices, and housing.
Columbia City Green is a Case Design + Project Management development of two homes in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle. The grand opening for this first home was last weekend, and Case Architects was kind enough to provide these interior and exterior photos. It's Built Green certified and includes three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and a bonus room — all for the price of $699,000 (if still available). In addition to the vibrant green CertainTeed Fiber Cement siding, the home features a number of other green products and elements:
Dwell on Design keeps getting bigger and better every year, and the Dwell Outdoor exhibit promises to be just right for these (un)extravagant times. The modern design event will be held from Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The entire program will be diverse and compelling, but I'm particularly intrigued by the lineup of four small structures planned for the 15,000 square feet of outdoor exhibit space. Check these out:
A couple months back, I read an article about Daniel Libeskind's prefab plans, and today, the NY Times broke the story wide open. In Libeskind Designs a Prefab Home, the Gray Lady gives us a glimpse of The Villa, which is part of Daniel Libeskind's Signature Series of private homes. There's a prototype of The Villa currently under construction in Datteln, Germany, which should be completed this summer. And like a limited production set of artwork, The Villa will be offered in regionally exclusive neighborhoods all over the world. For the right price …
Chris Prelitz, a sustainability pioneer, is the author of a new book called Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle. He lives in a solar-powered home, which often generates more energy than it requires, and had a green flip featured on the Discovery Channel's Greenovate. As a seasoned sustainability consultant and head of a design-build firm, Chris provides twenty-years of life experience in this easy-to-read book.
Josh Dorfman, green entrepreneur and television host of The Lazy Environmentalist (now showing on the Sundance Channel), is also the author of the newly released book The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time, Save the Planet. In his second book, Josh sets out to create environmental change with easy, stylish, and affordable solutions.