If you're anywhere near Menlo Park, California this weekend, you should head over to Celebration Weekend held by Sunset Magazine. This year, Sunset is featuring a Modern Cottage built by Modern Cabana as one of the magazine's idea houses. I guess the official name is something like the Sunset Modern Cottage Idea House. Made with two modular living spaces, 300 square feet and 120 square feet, respectively, this MC Studio Home is a striking combination of style, efficiency, and small living.
Simpatico Homes is a new prefab company that plans to break ground on their prototype home this summer. Simpatico has a simple philosophy based on three core elements: form (modern), function (modular prefab), and footprint (green building). The company was kind enough to provide these renderings of the prototype, which will be built in Emeryville, California. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 2500 square-foot abode was designed by Swatt Architects to received LEED Platinum. It will include some of the following green elements:
On Cherry Street in Port Townsend, Washington, a confluence modern version of an ideabox prefab was installed. The 840 square-foot home has an open kitchen and living area flanked by two bedrooms / bathrooms on the ends. It sits perfectly on a small lot and the deck leads to a vegetable garden where the new homeowners will be able to live off the land, to a certain extent.
Last November, Project FROG demonstrated their FROG Zero classroom at Greenbuild 2008, and it was quite impressive. Now, the company has a couple projects in the works, and they just broke ground on a new Center for Science and Global Citizenship at the Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut. The 4,000 square-foot science center will generate more energy within its footprint than is required to operate the systems. To do so, it will rely on some of the following active and passive strategies:
Earlier this month, Hardwick G.C. of Orlando received a Multifamily Remodeling Project of the Year award from the NAHB for converting an old single-family bungalow into a green duplex. The existing 1920s home was about 800 square feet, and the renovation added about 250 square feet and a garage. In addition, an attached home of about 2150 square feet (and its own garage) was added to the rear and second floor. Here are some of the green features of Amherst Place: