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

This Hand Built Tiny Home is Amazing

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The gorgeous hand-built house in question is called Keva Tiny House and it was lovingly designed and built by yoga instructor Rebecca Grim, with some help from her carpenter friend Rudy Hexter and his apprentice Lenny. It is located in the forest on Salt Spring Island, in Canada’s West Coast, and looks like something out of a fairytale.

The home is 22 feet long, and has an indoor area of 168 feet with a 64-square-foot loft. The home also features an 8 ft by 8 ft porch made of pallets so it is easy to dismantle and move should the need arise. The porch is covered with a plexiglass roof, which lets in the light and keeps out the rain. (more…)

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

Flood-Proof Home

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The UK (and I’m sure many other countries) is facing the problem of having areas of land that can’t be developed for housing because they are in a flood prone area. However, the proposed Elevating House could solve this problem. It is basically a house that can be raised on stilts when a flood comes. Sounds simple enough.

Elevating House was designed by the company Larkfleet Group. It is a three-bedroom family home and its design is very similar to other homes found across the UK. But what sets it apart drastically is the mechanical jacking system, which allows it to be raised 5 ft (1.5 m) off the ground. The system is comprised of a motor, a gearbox, and drive shafts, and is capable of lifting 72 tons (65 UK tonnes) in just 5 minutes. The home will also feature a modular steel-frame design, making it easy to disassemble and reassemble elsewhere atop a traditional foundation. (more…)

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

Easy to Build Modular Home

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The Chinese firm People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has created yet another ingenious home design, which proves yet again that houses don’t need to be hard to build, and that it doesn’t need to take a long time to construct them. The so-called Plugin Tower pictured above would be delivered to the build site it a kit made up of modular parts that the future inhabitant just needs to put together. The homes are easy to construct, and easy to take apart and move to a new location if needed. (more…)

By |December 23rd, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Tiny Home That Features a Rock Climbing Wall Façade

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A big part of the decision to downsize to a tiny mobile home is the ability to live a more adventurous lifestyle, which might not be possible when tied down to a traditional home and mortgage. This was also the reason why Breck and Kelsey, a couple from Mississippi, opted to live full time in a tiny home. Their so-called Tiny Adventure Home was designed and built by the firm Tiny Heirloom, and has many ingenious features, such as a real rock climbing wall on the exterior, since both the owners are avid climbers. (more…)

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

Off-Grid Mountain Lodge Completed in Norway

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About three years ago, Norway’s Tourism Association held a competition for designing the best self-catering mountain lodges, which they could place on hiking trails across the country. The winning lodges were the so-called Skåpet Mountain Lodges designed by Koko Architects. These lodges are made up of a group of off-grid cabins, which require very little maintenance and can house up to 35 hikers. They also operate completely off-the-grid, and provide a secure and comfortably warm shelter even in the harshest conditions, which in Norway can get pretty harsh. The first of these Skåpet Mountain Lodges was recently built on a hiking trail in Rogaland. (more…)

By |December 20th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments