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The last time we mentioned Green Hammer Construction, it was in regards to a nice green renovation, which just so happens to be for sale right now. These days, the company has just finished building another green home that’s located in West Linn. The 1,867 square-foot residence is waiting for LEED Platinum certification, an amazing feat even considering the fact that approximately eighteen other homes in Portland have already received the designation. In some cities, high performance green design and construction is fast becoming the standard. Here are some of its green features:
YardPods are steel-frame, prefab rooms designed to fit snugly in your backyard or somewhere else which are made of modular, eco-friendly parts and materials. A YardPod, like many of the sheds we've been talking about, can be used in a number of ways, such as for a home office, media room, arts studio, zen retreat, exercise room, work shop, cabana, studio — you name it! The new company was noticed by Kent Griswold, the Tiny House Blog, and he was able to uncover some interesting details.
Shed spaces of all sizes are popular these days. Sure, you may run into zoning laws and ordinances, but given the legalities, a well-designed shed space could work perfectly as an affordable office, workshop, or anything else. So we were interested to learn that We Love Sheds just held an international competition to find the best International Shed of the Year 2009. Maryland-based entrant Chuck Witmer beat out roughly 186 other shed entries to take this year's prize for THE_SHED. He built it himself, and it's beautiful.
We usually like to leave the competition news to Bustler, but our friends at Dwell Magazine and Inhabitat have an interesting Reburbia Design Competition in the works. It's a competition to re-envision the suburbs — a call to all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners, and imaginative engineers. You can submit up to five (5) images and a statement about your design proposal. Entries will be judged on clarity of idea, usefulness of design, and visual/aesthetic appeal of renderings. Here's a little more: