While prefab home companies on the West Coast gather accolades and media for their efforts, there’s Hive Modular in Minneapolis doing some things that I think merit attention, too. The company has placed 21 completed prefab homes and is really popular with the fine citizens of Calgary, Alberta. Turns out this — the B-Line Medium 010 — is the sixth Calgary project for Hive Modular since entering the Canadian market in 2008. The two modules for this ultra-efficient home are scheduled to be set next Thursday, September 27, at about 9:00 am, if you want to see one of these homes come together.
This is Grow Community near downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island in Washington. The first three model homes — Ocean, Everett, and Aria — are finished and work is moving forward for the next 24 homes and two 10-unit rowhouse apartments. The eight-acre project is the first residential One Planet Community in North America (issued by U.K. non-profit BioRegional). However, in addition to this recognition, the aim is net-zero homes and an entirely net-zero energy community by 2020.
Last week I talked about the benefits of using reclaimed wood flooring, and this week I’m going to share how reclaimed wood flooring can suit most any style. The mere mention of reclaimed wood flooring conjures up images of old barns and weather beaten farmhouses. But reclaimed wood floors aren’t just for homes with high nostalgia. Depending on the type of wood, the milling and the finishing processes used, reclaimed wood flooring can suit any décor style:
This is a new product by Viridian Reclaimed Wood called Siberian Spruce. It’s a mixture of pine and spruce from Russian shipping crates that have been milled into paneling, according to the company’s co-founder Joe Mitchoff. Before Viridian found the wood, it was being discarded or burned, but Viridian came up with a way to re-use the pine and spruce as an input for this beautiful, new material. The reclaimed wood is FSC-certified and may contribute toward several LEED credits for certified wood, reuse, recycled content, and regional materials. Siberian Spruce is available in 5/8″ or 3/4″ thicknesses, with a face width of 3″, and in random lengths from 4′ – 8′+.
This is an 800-square-foot home in the River Road area in north Eugene. It was designed by Nir Pearlson and built by Six Degrees Construction for owners Rob Handy and Julie Hulme, who were inspired by The Not So Big House and other books by Sarah Susanka, FAIA. It turns out the owners upsized their situation by deconstructing an existing 620-square foot house built several decades ago, according to The Register-Guard.
It’s been a few years since I last mentioned IdeaPaint. The company now has black and clear versions of the popular product to go with the white. Now the dry-erase surface can be any number of colors with CREATE – Clear. IdeaPaint sells a kit that’ll cover 50 square feet for the price of $225, which includes the paint, a roller, and several other odds and ends. The product works best on sealed, non-porous surfaces and is a low-VOC product that meets GREENGUARD Children & School requirements.