Oregonians Matt Kirkpatrick and Katherine Bovee have been working hard this last year on the Harpoon House, a simple efficient home in Portland that's expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification. The 28-foot tall home has one bedroom, one bathroom, a root cellar, and a roof garden. Specifically, there's 1152 square feet of living space and a 433 square foot roof garden space.
This new home is the first and only LEED Platinum home in Fort Worth, Texas. Designed by Philip Newburn of Dobbins+Crow Architects, the minimalist home occupies an infill lot in the Ryan Place neighborhood and features an abundance of green features, such as fiber cement siding, natural daylighting, Energy Star windows and doors, and xeriscaping.
Studio Aisslinger, designer of the Loftcube, recently unveiled this new modular design for a home that's transportable, sustainable, and low energy, all at the same time. According to Design Boom, Fincube, a 500 square-foot structure with a kitchen, living space, bedroom, and bathroom, was built with locally sourced wood in Northern Italy and features 360-degree triple glazing windows.
New World Home, a design-build company, recently took LEED Platinum for another traditional home in Geogia. Like the other one nearby, this Marietta home was factory-built in modules and has a slew of green features. It’s the company’s Chadwick design and the award-winning home also carries NAHB Gold and EarthCraft Gold certifications.
The accessory dwelling unit is in style these days, especially in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve seen this with Backyard Boxes in the Seattle and laneway houses in Vancouver, and now FabCab would like to help this market out in Seattle, too. FabCab – short for fabulous cabin –- is a new endeavor by Emory Baldwin to sell eco-friendly prefab and kit dwellings.
PieceHomes, a prefab company started by LA architect Jonathan Davis, is using the current economic times to its advantage these days. The company designed a set of extraPieces, which homeowners can use to expand or remodel their existing home. It’s a great idea for those who want to do more with what they already have.