Shipping Container Home Made for Two

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Shipping container architecture is not getting as much press as it once did, but people are still repurposing cargo containers to build inexpensive and often times very cozy homes. While living in a metal box is certainly not everyone’s idea of the ideal home, there are many advantages to this type of architecture, and it’s up to the individual to decide whether it’s right for them. Perhaps this well designed home by the firm Revival Designs will convince someone of the benefits.

It is called the Intellectual Tiny Home and was created using a standard recycled 40 ft (12 m)-long shipping container. It has a total floorspace of 320 sq ft (29.7 sq m), which is divided up between the living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The exterior was left in pretty much the original condition, but they did add a few rows of cedar shelving, which the occupants can use to grow their own green wall which will further aid in insulation. (more…)

By |January 24th, 2017|Container Design|1 Comment

Iconic British Phone Booths Turned into Office Pods

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The red telephone booths are as much a staple of Great Britain as anything else is. They were first designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott back in 1935, and of the 60,000 that were built in the span of nearly a century, about 11,000 are still standing. The need for them has declined dramatically due to the rise in popularity of cell phones. However, the New York-based firm Bar Works is now planning on converting them into co-working offices.

Bar Works has already seen success with this so-called Pod Works program elsewhere, which is why they decided to bring it to London, Leeds and Edinburgh now. The project will involve the converting of the 3-square-foot phone booths into tiny offices, which will all be equipped with a desk and chair, as well as a printer/scanner, a 25-inch monitor, a powerbank of plugs, WiFi, and even a hot drinks machine. (more…)

By |January 23rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Innovative Solution to Fight Homelessness in San Francisco

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The problem of homelessness is a real issue across the globe, and providing adequate housing solutions for these poor people is a very demanding task. San Francisco might soon get an innovative solution to the problem though, in the form of modular housing units designed and built by the local company Panoramic Interests. These so-called MicroPADs (Prefabricated Affordable Dwellings) are modular, stackable self-contained units.

Each MicroPAD measures 160 sq ft (14 sq m) and features a kitchenette, a sleeping area, and a bathroom. The units have a steel shell and a good amount of glazing which makes them appear more spacious than they are. They also have 9 ft (2.7 m)-high ceilings, which also prevents them from appearing too cramped. The kitchenette is well-sized, while the bathroom features a shower and toilet. There is also a bed, a good amount of storage space, and a desk. It is also possible to adapt the basic layout so that the units are easily accessible by the disabled. (more…)

By |January 5th, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Amsterdam Gets First 3D Printed Cabin

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Amsterdam-based firm DUS Architects has recently completed a tiny guesthouse, which was printed rather than built. It is intended to be rented out on a short-term basis, is fully equipped with all modern conveniences and even features a small garden and an outdoor bathtub. The structure is called Urban Cabin, and was created using a special 3D printing technology developed by the firm that built it. (more…)

By |January 4th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments