Clever Tiny Shipping Container Home

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It seems like shipping container architecture is getting a revival of sorts, despite all the drawbacks and criticisms of this form of architecture. These include the fact that containers are just too narrow, as well as too toxic to be suitable for people to live in. They also need a lot of reinforcing once you start cutting them up to create windows or join them together to make bigger homes. With the latter there is also the question of whether all the work required doesn’t actually eliminate most of the sustainability of this type of architecture. However, a lot of people still love the simplicity and minimalism of shipping container homes, and one such is certainly Shane Blind of New Zealand. He recently completed his shipping container home which is pictured above and which at first glance does not appear to be made out of a container at all. (more…)

By |November 24th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments

House Built Using the Soil on Which it Stands

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Our forbearers used what was on hand to build their homes and shelters, and striving for a more sustainable world inevitably means that we have to get back to those basics. A great example of doing just that is the so-called Casa Candaleria, which was designed by Cherem Arquitectos. It is located near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and was built using primarily the earth on which it stands. (more…)

By |November 24th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Rotating Forest Retreat

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Seems like the idea of building rotating tiny homes so they can follow the sun and maximize solar heat gain or privacy might be catching on. The newest one comes from builder Telmo Cadavez from Portugal. He created a micro cabin, which can be swiveled around all the way, and looks like a perfect minimalistic forest retreat. (more…)

By |November 22nd, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Van Converted Into a Multifunctional Tiny Home

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New Zealander John McElhiney recently converted a van into a tiny home, which is equipped for full time, off-the-grid living, and can actually be fully submerged underwater with the help of a snorkel-like add-on. He doesn’t live in it full time, but does spend a lot of time in it when he travels and explores.

He purchased the 1998 Mitsubishi Delica Starwagon already fully modified for expeditions and post-apocalyptic living about a year ago. He started his renovation of it by tearing out the rear seats to create a sleeping and living area. Next, he installed a custom-built piece of furniture, which includes a pull-out sink, a compact fridge, and a counter that can be stored inside the unit when not in use. All these utilities are accessible via the van’s rear door, and locked in place with a pin system when not in use. (more…)

By |November 7th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Recycled Materials Used to Build a Modern Home in India

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Using recycled and reclaimed materials when building homes and other structures is slowly, but surely catching on. One recent example of just how great such an endeavor can prove is the home in Mumbai, India, which was designed by the firm S+PS Architects. To construct this home they used reclaimed doors, windows and even pipes, which they salvaged from several demolition sites in the area (more…)

By |November 1st, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Vintage Trailer Becomes Cool Family Home

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Jordan Menzel of Salt Lake City, Utah recently converted a vintage 1976 Airstream Trailer into a cozy, quirky tiny home. He’d come across the trailer by chance and even though he’d never lived in a tiny home before (or a trailer, for that matter), he decided to buy it. It cost him $4000, and it is now a full-time home for him and his young daughter.

The trailer is a 29-foot-long Ambassador class Airstream, and he spent about three months turning it into a home. He started the renovation by first removing all the shag-carpet lining the interior. This was followed by removing the cabinetry, and completely redoing it using reclaimed pallet wood. He also used the latter to build a new closet. He set out to create a very open interior, which now feels cozy and spacious, rather than cramped and cluttered as Airstream interiors tend to be. (more…)

By |October 26th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments