Pop Up House Prototype in Petaluma


If you liked the Ultimate Desert House, you’ll probably have some interest in this PopUp House from House Port. Pictured is a prototype of the PopUp House in Petaluma, California, which was built with SIPs and a metal house port. The actual home is shaded by a galvanized roof for natural ventilation, and the company has designs for one or two cube installations.


By |June 15th, 2010|Prefab, Single Family|5 Comments

Modern LEED Eco Luxury in Honolulu


With the weather getting warmer, perhaps you're thinking about a visit to the lake or the local pool with the week coming to an end.  If not, check out this ultra luxury home located on the beach near Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii — it'll get you thinking.  Earlier this year, the home was featured in the Honolulu Star Bulletin and described as being for sale for $6,680,000, but it's now listed at $5,988,000. 


By |June 11th, 2010|LEED, Modern architecture, Single Family|4 Comments

Low Impact Tiny Cabin in Jackson Hole


We’re fascinated with small houses like this one in Jackson, Wyoming. The “park model” home was featured on the Tiny House Blog the other day, racking up a slew of comments. Referred to as the “Caboose,” it turns out the home was built with SIP walls and roofing (for energy efficiency) and has bamboo flooring, a dual-flush toilet, LED lighting, and an exterior cladding of both rusty metal and cedar siding. It cost $95,000 to build but can be rented if you’re near Jackson Hole Campground.


By |June 10th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|4 Comments

Hyper Eco Luxury Living in Boulder


This luxury green home, 2002 Alpine, is the kind of place that may make you feel uncomfortable with preconceived notions of luxury, home size, and sustainability. The $3.5 million home was precision built in a WeberHaus factory in Germany and is expected to use only 18% of the total energy consumed by the average American home. The interior is also entirely hypoallergenic and non-toxic.


By |June 9th, 2010|Modern architecture, Single Family|0 Comments

Prescott Passive House in Kansas City


This is the most recent project to be built by Studio 804 (the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning design/build program).  It’s the first by the group to seek Passive House certification, and, like the Buffalo House, Prescott House was designed and built to LEED Platinum standards.


Container Crossbox with a Green Roof


When using shipping containers for a structure, you'll want to do your homework, but often the results can be stunning, as is the case here.  Located in Brittany, France, Crossbox was built with four containers and topped with greenery.  Two modules cantilever over the other two, but you can hardly tell what's going on as drywall and cladding camouflage the industrial skeleton.