Reclaimed Barn Siding Studio in Petaluma

Little House on the Trailer is a Petaluma-based company that provides affordable, energy-efficient, and “substantially constructed” houses for today’s mobile home buyers.  For example, the company currently has a “Barn Siding Studio” available for immediate delivery for $24,000.  The 200 square-foot studio was built on wheels and finished with reclaimed redwood planks.  Marin County treats the structure as a shed, according to Little House on the Trailer, but it can be used as an office, backyard retreat, etc.

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Switch Liquid-Cooling LEDs at Batteries Plus

This is an update to let you know of the status of the much-anticipated liquid-cooling LEDs from San Jose-based Switch Lighting.  SWITCH60, a 60-watt equivalent bulb that produces 800 lumens at 12 watts (clear) or 13.5 watts (frosted), is currently available at 350 participating Batteries Plus stores nationwide.  The SWITCH40 and SWITCH 75 will also be available later this month from Batteries Plus.

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Best Buy to Sell Cree Insignia LED Bulbs

Today Best Buy entered the consumer LED lighting game in a major way with two Insignia light bulb offerings from Cree.  Available exclusively at Best Buy, the 40-watt and 60-watt equivalent bulbs have the shape of a traditional incandescent bulb with omnidirectional lighting and they’re sold for $14 and $17, respectively.

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LivingHomes Intros Low-Cost CK Prefabs

Santa Monica-based LivingHomes just announced the launch of three new designs — the CK4, CK5, and CK7 — based on the affordable C6 (also featured here), which made headline news earlier this year.  CK Series designs are available for the price of $145 per square foot, not including installation or foundation, which is quite reasonable considering what’s available: a LEED Platinum level environmental program, high-quality modular build, and modern design inspired by Ray Kappe, FAIA.

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Ecotec is a Soy Oil Based Solid Surface

Recently I noticed a new solid-surface called Ecotec on a list of the Best New Home Products 2012 from This Old House.  It’s priced from $15 per square foot, and the manufacturer says Ecotec is “the next generation in solid surface material.”  The product is made with powdered glass content and a urethane derived from soy oil.  Ecotec contributes toward LEED credits and contains 40% recycled and renewable content.

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