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

Light Filled Tiny Home Built as Rental Property

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With the rise in popularity of sites such as AirBNB, more and more people are looking for clever ways to rent out a part of their properties to make some extra cash. Sarah and Patrick Romero of Sandy, Utah, came up with a great way of doing just that. They built a cozy, tiny home, which they are currently renting out. (more…)

By |March 7th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Perfect Tents for Off-grid Glamping

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Camping has its charms, but a lot of people do prefer a bit more comfort when vacationing. The latter will be happy to learn that architect Harry Gesner recently designed a very unique alternative to a regular tent for the Denver, Colorado start-up Autonomous Tents. His creation is a comfortable, off-the-grid tent-like structure, which could make anyone fall in love with camping all over again. (more…)

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

Expandable Tiny Home

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The main reason why tiny homes are often criticized is because they are so small. Well, the tiny home company Zero Squared from Canada has come up with an interesting solution. Their Aurora model is a mobile tiny home, which can be expanded at the push of a button much like most modern RVs do. This makes it both fully mobile, and more spacious than most other tiny homes on the market.

When folded up, the Aurora measures 8.5 ft (2.6 m) in width, which makes it perfectly road-worthy. But at the push of a button, the two longer sides expand out, giving it a width of 15 ft (4.6 m) and a total living area of 337 sq ft (31 sq m) which is quite roomy. These two extensions are operated with electric motors. (more…)

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

Toyota Building a Hydrogen Powered Utopia

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Toyota is a carmaker, but they are also one of the top providers of prefab homes in Japan. They have recently created their first hydrogen car called Mirai, and have now announced plans to build a community of hydrogen powered homes. To do so, they have obtained the rights to H2PIA from the Danish team who first came up with the concept of such a sustainable community. (more…)

By |February 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Cabin That Brings You Closer to Nature

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Cabins and vacation homes in general serve the purpose of bringing us closer to nature, something that most of us still yearn for. And this glass cabin, recently completed by the Dutch firm 2by4-architects, offers just that. It is located in built Loosdrechtse Plas, a region of Holland filled with picturesque lakes.

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The cabin measures only 215 square feet, since local regulations mandated it to be the same size as the structure it was built to replace. In an effort to make it appear larger, as well as to bring the inhabitants closer to the nature surrounding it, the cabin’s eastern and western side is completely glazed. The rest of the façade is clad with charred wood siding. The glass walls also let in plenty of natural light and maximize solar heat gain.

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The cabin also features a unique moveable wall that together with the glazing leads to the complete removal of one of the cabin’s walls. This truly blurs the line between the interior and exterior spaces. It is achieved by completely opening one of the glass facades so that the wooden outdoor terrace actually becomes part of the interior space. The wooden façade can also be folded down, which offers wraparound views of the surrounding landscape. This also forms a deck over the lake next to which the cabin was built, forming an easy way for the inhabitants to access the water.

The interior was kept simple and functional. It’s all just one room, and features a small kitchen, toilet and shower, which are integrated into a double wall. There is also a suspended wood stove, which can be rotated to heat both the interior and the deck.

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The cabin has already become quite famous, and with good reason, so the firm is planning to design a cheaper, prefab version that will be easy to construct.

By |February 17th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments