Corvi Container Cabana in a Backyard

Recently in The Oregonian, there was an article by Ruth Mullen about this upcycled container cabana built by Mike Corvi using a 8′ x 20′ steel shipping container.  Corvi bought the container for $2,900; hired some craftsmen to cut out the windows and doors; installed dual-pane Jeld-wen windows and a sliding door; wired the place for electricity, cable, and heat; and installed rigid foam insulation and birch plywood paneling.  He finished the space for ~$8,000, and Corvi wants to sell similar container cabanas for ~$16,000.  He’s also working on a prototype with a kitchen and bathroom.

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By |December 13th, 2009|Categories: Container Design|Tags: |5 Comments

Lofts at Cherokee Studios Now Complete, Seeking LEED Platinum

A few years ago, we mentioned this project and want to take an opportunity to follow up.  The new Lofts @ Cherokee Studios, designed by Pugh + Scarpa and developed by REthink Development, is now complete.  Built on the same site as Cherokee Recording Studios, which was MGM Studios before that, the location saw the likes of numerous past and present musical giants, including Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, David Bowie, and Dave Matthews.  It's now a mixed-use location seeking LEED Platinum certification. 

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By |December 13th, 2009|Categories: Condo, LEED|Tags: |1 Comment

Using Humanure, Buyer Bamboozle, Greenest Office, + a Better Future

Don't get bamboozled. Will big business save the earth? Get ready — green leases are coming. Goodbye, toilets. Hello, extreme composting. Cash for Caulkers could mean $12k per home. Choosing an […]

By |December 12th, 2009|Categories: Week in Review|0 Comments

Wattvision Joins Energy Monitor Fray

A new company, Wattvision, is rolling out a beta version of an energy monitoring system, and it seems promising.  The company is selling the Wattvision Sensor for $199 (currently only $149 with the code “wvbetablog”), which can be applied to compatible digital meters.  With an online account at Wattvision and the sensor installed, you can start monitoring electricity usage online, on your phone, or through email reports.

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By |December 11th, 2009|Categories: Energy Efficiency, Gadgets|Tags: , |2 Comments

Blu Launches Origin Folding Prefab

Early this month, Blu Homes announced the launch of their new product line dubbed Origin.  As you can see below, Origin is built using Blu’s folding technology, which allows the company to ship homes nationally, and then unfold them to widths up to 17-20 feet.  It’s an interesting take on factory-built construction.  And Blu just delivered four Origins to the new late night talk show Lopez Tonight in Burbank, California.

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By |December 10th, 2009|Categories: Prefab, Single Family|Tags: , |4 Comments

Recycled Container Parsonage in LA

Recently, Peter DeMaria, AIA, of DeMaria Design, this month received an award from the South Bay/Long Beach Chapter of the AIA for his design of the East LA Four Square Church Parsonage.  The project was built using a hybrid form of traditional stick frame construction and seven recycled cargo containers. 

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By |December 9th, 2009|Categories: Container Design, Modern architecture|3 Comments
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