It’s Spring and high time to get outside. One way to do that is with an outdoor fire feature to warm friends and family as the sun goes down. Phoenix-based metal artist Brandon Williams designed Modfire, a sleek, 14-gauge steel fireplace, after seeing a need in the market for a cool, modern outdoor options. His modern 48″ x 22″ feature is available in natural, red, blue, and orange with pricing from $950. In addition, Modfire can be outfitted to run on natural gas or propane, if desired.
This month we were nominated for a JDR 2011 Industry Blogger Award — if you haven’t already, you can vote for Jetson Green through April 15 — and we’re working on some enhancements behind the scenes. The most popular article on Facebook last month was about a zero-waste home, while the most shared article on Twitter was about the Hudson Passive Project. Below you’ll find a topical gathering of coverage from March.
This home is officially the first Passive House in North Carolina. It’s also the first Passive House in the country built out of concrete, according to Chris Senior, certified Passive House consultant and owner of Anchorage Building Corp., the builder. Senior said his company was able to keep construction costs “surprisingly reasonable” by fashioning the entire exterior from concrete.