Tiny Home With Two Sets of Stairs

Tiny Homes are without a doubt gaining in popularity, and their uses, as well as designs are, as a result, getting more and more interesting and ingenious. Some people use them as vacation homes, others live in them full time, and still others have turned them into rental properties. Such is the case of River Resort, a tiny home designed by Liberation Tiny Homes, which is currently situated in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. (more…)

By |May 8th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Family Experiments with Sustainable Living

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Helly Scholten of Holland has been living in an experimental sustainable house with her family since June 2015. The home was created by a team of students and researchers at the Rotterdam University and looks a lot like an oversized greenhouse. The Scholten family will live in it for 3 years in order to experience and explore sustainable ways to live.
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By |May 6th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Rent an Earthship

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Ever wonder what living in an Earthship home would be like? Well now you can rent one and find out. Terrasol is a mini-earthship, which was built as part of the eco-community called Terra Perma, and they are now renting it out. The community is located in Harrington, which is about two hours away from Montréal. As you probably already know, the Earthship home was first designed and built by US architect Michael Reynolds and it’s an easy to build home made out of rammed earth, recycled tires, and glass. The home utilizes passive solar heating to create a comfortable living environment. It also doesn’t require any special skills or equipment to built and is very sustainable. (more…)

By |May 2nd, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Energy Harvesting Clothing No Longer Just a Dream

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Soon, our clothing could harvest enough energy from the sun and from motion to power our gadgets. A team of researchers headed by Zhong Lin Wang, a professor at Georgia Tech, has managed to weave a new type of fabric that is created out of photoanodes, i.e. solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers, and triboelectric nanogenerators, which can generate small amounts of electricity from motion. In other words this so-called “micro-cable power textile” is a fabric which has the ability to produce electricity.

This fabric was woven together with wool strands and has a thickness of only 320 micrometers. It is also highly flexible, breathable, lightweight, and can be adapted to a variety of uses. Needless to say, a fabric such as this would revolutionize charging devices in the field. (more…)

By |April 29th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Garden Shed Office Clad in Cork

Working from home is becoming more and more the norm around the world, but when you actually do so from your house, it can quickly lead to the blurring of the lines between work and leisure time. Solutions such as working at a café or a co-working space are great, but so is building a dedicated shed in the garden, if you have one. The UK design firm Surman Weston came up with a simple, yet modern shed for this very purpose. It is clad in cork, and is used by a seamstress and her musician boyfriend. (more…)

By |April 27th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Huge Tiny Home

The latest creation by Tiny Diamond Homes of Colorado stretches the definition of what can be considered a tiny home, but the cozy interior more than makes up for it. The aptly named Purple Monster is 38 ft (11 m) long and weighs 17,000 lb (7,711 kg). It is quite possibly the largest tiny home we’ve seen so far.

The Purple Monster rests atop a custom-made triple-axle gooseneck trailer and has 340 sq ft (31 sq m) of floorspace just on the ground floor. It is 10 ft (3.08 m)-wide, which is over the standard towing limit in the US. (more…)

By |April 24th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments