Three Tiny Houses without Borders

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Perhaps you read a recent article in the NY Times on portable shelters.  In the article, Jim Robbins discusses the relief housing efforts of a few organizations and companies that I've noticed over the years.  These houses, often prefabricated and flat-packed, typically assemble in a short amount of time with simple, available tools.  Check out these three home designs below and, if you're aware of any similar endeavors, feel free to share a link below. 

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By |August 16th, 2010|Affordable|7 Comments

Modern Eco Courtyard House in Florida

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This is a newly constructed contemporary home in Winter Park, Florida.  It was designed for a family of four by John Drake of Green Apple Architecture and has 2,988 square feet, as well as terraces, courtyard spaces, and cozy family gathering areas.  As a certified green home, it’s also a good example of the kind of home that can be built with proper planning, a decent budget, and the right team. 

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By |August 11th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|11 Comments

Traditional Passive House in Oregon

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This is the first Passive House certified new house on the West Coast (joining a California remodel in the Pacific Coast certification club).  The traditional home, located in Salem, Oregon, was built with a number of green materials by Bilyeu Homes, Inc.  It's also airtight, ultra-insulated, and very energy efficient — as are other Passive Houses we've discussed in Utah, Kansas, and Louisiana.

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By |August 9th, 2010|Energy Efficiency, Passive House, Single Family|8 Comments

LEED Platinum Remodel in Wilmington

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With 113.5 points, this North Carolina home is one of the greenest remodels ever certified by the LEED for Homes program, according to EcoHome Magazine.  Architect Jay DeChesere led the Wilmington project which diverted 91% of construction waste and secured a HERS rating of 28 post-renovation.  You’ll have to admit these are some stellar numbers!

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By |August 6th, 2010|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|2 Comments

Compact Modern Fortino of Dreams

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Ideabox was invited to participate in this year's NW Natural Street of Dreams in Portland to show how compact living, when well designed, can be luxurious at the same time.  The eco prefab on display the entire month is about 20% the size of the largest home on the block, yet it has everything one could ask for *and* an approachable price tag.  

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By |August 4th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|0 Comments

Northwest Modern Solar Home in PDX

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This contemporary home just hit the market about a week ago and comes with Earth Advantage Gold certification and a 2.4 kW photovoltaic system expected to save the future owner about 30% on utilities.  With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 1,836 square feet, the speculative home at 5110 NE 17th Street also has bamboo flooring, tankless water heating, and energy-efficient appliances for $419,000, illustrating the fact that in progressive cities like Portland, stylish green homes are becoming the standard. 

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By |July 28th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|6 Comments