Simple and Modern Refugee Housing

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Germany, among other EU countries, is currently facing the problem of quickly finding adequate housing for refugees and asylum seekers that it has let across its borders. The modular houses, designed for this purpose by Architect and builder Werner Sobek, are a great example of the fact that refugee housing can be modern, affordable and comfortable. The units are called Aktivhaus, and a whole development of them has recently been completed in Winnenden, which is a town about 20 kilometers northeast of Stuttgart. It can accommodate 200 asylum seekers and functions just like real homes. (more…)

By |March 23rd, 2017|Prefab|0 Comments

Bus Converted Into a Cozy Full-Time Mobile Home

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While the idea of living mortgage-free and downsizing might not quite be mainstream yet, it has been getting more and more recognition and acceptance as a way of living. Will Hitchcock and Alyssa Pelletier of Outside Found represent a great example of two brave people who not only made it work, but did so in style.

Both Will and Alyssa were once employed by start-ups in Silicon Valley, which was a very stressful time for them. Being lovers of the outdoors, they soon found themselves feeling cramped and unhappy. They solved the problem by leaving their respective jobs, moving to Boulder, Colorado, and starting their own tech consulting company. They also wanted to work remotely while travelling, and to realize that dream, they turned a 2001 GMC Bluebird bus into a home on wheels. They bought the 38-foot-long (11.6 m) bus off Craigslist and did most of the renovation themselves, despite not having any previous construction experience. The process took four months, and according to Alyssa, each day offered a new challenge to overcome. (more…)

By |March 22nd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Home 3D Printed in 24 hours in Russia

It’s been awhile since we’ve had news of homes being 3D printed, but now Russian engineer Nikita Chen-yun-tai has made quite a breakthrough. The 3D printer he designed has been used to print a home in just 24 hours. His company Apis Cor has successfully constructed a home that is the first in the world to be built using mobile 3D printing technology. (more…)

By |March 21st, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Awesome Tiny Artisan Retreat

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Over the years tiny home designers have gotten a lot better at being able to utilize every bit of interior space to make downsizing a lot more cozy. And this so-called “Artisan Retreat” from tiny house builder Handcrafted Movement is no exception. In fact, it looks so cozy and tastefully decorated that it actually raises the bar a little. (more…)

By |March 16th, 2017|Modern design|1 Comment

A Passive 3D Printed Tiny Home

Ukrainian engineer Max Gerbut has just unveiled the prototype of PassivDom, which is a passive tiny house with many intriguing features. PassiveDom was built using 3D printing technology, and according to Max, it is the first completely autonomous house in the world, since it does not require any fuel combustion of any sort, no matter where it is placed i.e. not even in an Arctic climate. (more…)

By |March 15th, 2017|Passive House|1 Comment

Shed Made of Recycled Materials

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The West Wing, as this eco shed is called, was recently completed by UK shed-maker Kevin Herbert. About 90 percent of the materials used to construct it were recycled, and it took him eight years to finish it. While this sounds like a long time, the process was a real labor of love and some things shouldn’t be rushed.

The shed is located at the edge of his garden in Berkshire, England, and it is made up of three main sections. The ground floor is comprised of a lounge, workshop and storage place. There is also a loft, which can be used as a bedroom. The shed also features a secret room, hidden behind a bookcase, which can be used as a children’s playroom or bedroom. There is no kitchen or bathroom, but then again, the main function of the shed is to be a place for working or relaxing and the main house is not far away. (more…)

By |March 8th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments