Net Zero Energy Paradigm Homes


After the setting of 13 factory-built boxes and the completion of construction, these net zero energy homes were opened to three low-income families in Lafayette, Colorado.  Referred to as the Paradigm Pilot Project, the development includes one single family home and a duplex.  The project was designed by HB&A Architects and built by All American Homes of Colorado for the Boulder County Housing Authority. 


By |January 5th, 2010|Affordable, Single Family, Townhouse|2 Comments

Picturesque Oceanside Prefab in Oregon


I first noticed this genuine weeHouse on Mrs. French's site last month (see here, here, and here).  The Oceanside Prefab, as it's know, is on a picturesque spot on the Oregon coast and available for rent should you have any interest.  The home was assembled with two 14' x 50' modules by Stratford Homes and designed by none other than Alchemy Architects


By |January 3rd, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|7 Comments

62 Innovative Green Homes of 2009


Notwithstanding all the factors hammering the real estate world in 2009, we had the opportunity to cover over sixty-two innovative green homes.  Forward thinkers all over the country, and the world for that matter, are finding ways to develop, renovate, design, and build greener homes in different ways.  Some are more affordable.  Some are more efficient.  Some are certified at the highest level.  Some are prefabricated in days.  They're all interesting and innovative.  Click the text links below for more images and information.


By |December 27th, 2009|Lists, Single Family|6 Comments

New Upcycled Container Cafe in Austin


Mark Meyer of Austin-based designSTUDIO recently pointed us to one of his newest projects, la Boite.  La Boite is a green, environmentally sensitive cafe with locally baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee.  It was built from an old shipping container, and if you’re interested in details of the transformation, read more about it on designSTUDIO’s blog.  For the project, DesignSTUDIO used Rainwater HOG’s for greywater collection, biobased spray foam insulation, and Forbo linoleum for the floor and one wall.  You can find la Boite on 1700 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas.  Looks fun, doesn’t it?


By |December 24th, 2009|Container Design, Retail|5 Comments

First Platinum Home Rehab in Georgia


Recently, the home of architects Doug Glasgow (Lord, Aeck & Sargent) and Yun Lee (HDR CUH2A), located at 715 Kirk Road in Decatur, Georgia, was awarded LEED Platinum certification.  It’s the first renovation in the state to achieve LEED certification, and the first renovation in the southeast to obtain Platinum level certification.  The gut rehab was performed by Hammertime Construction, a firm with expertise in green building.  Take a look inside …


By |December 23rd, 2009|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|3 Comments

Efficient SIPs Green House in Virginia


In Powhatan, Virginia, there’s this three-level home that Handcraft Homes built with SIPs.  Designed by Watershed Architects, the project anticipates a minimum of LEED Silver certification and, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, was built for about $280,000.  The owners expect to recoup the extra cost of their green investment through energy savings gained over about seven years.


By |December 21st, 2009|Single Family|2 Comments