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

Accidental Creation of a New Material That can Capture Water from Air

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Some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries happened by accident and now there’s another one to add to the list. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has accidently created a material that can capture water from the humidity in the air. They were trying to create magnetic nanowires and failed, but this new material they created is even more promising.

The material is made of carbon-rich nanorods, which they observed began oozing water whenever the humidity in the specimen holder ranged from 50 to 80 percent. They vigorously tested the findings, and discovered that the nanorods absorb water in low humidity and release it as water vapor when the humidity is high. The researches describe this material as behaving much like a sponge, in the sense that it is capable of wringing itself out halfway before it’s fully saturated with water. (more…)

By |February 14th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Tiny Home for a Family of Four

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Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, it’s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.

The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet. (more…)

By |February 13th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Food Recycling Gadget that Fits in Any Home

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WLabs has come up with the so-called Zera Food Recycler gadget, which does exactly what the name suggests. It is a compact food recycler, which is small enough to fit into most homes, even very small ones. But that’s not the only problem it solves. It also allows for creating natural fertilizer in our homes without the associated smell, and judging by the fact that it has already greatly exceeded its funding goal on Indiegogo, it is exactly what people have been waiting for.

The Zera Food Recycler is basically a bin into which you can throw all of your kitchen scraps. The idea is to collect these scraps for a week, and then use the gadget to turn them into homemade nutrient-rich fertilizer in only 24 hours. Once the machine is full, a packet made up of coconut husk fibers and baking soda is placed into the bin. Then you simply press the START button and the gadget begins the process of heating, slicing, mixing and oxygenating the foodstuffs inside it. It takes less than 24 hours to turn the food into fertilizer, which can be retrieved from the bottom of the storage bin. Thanks to a HEPA filter there is no foul odor associated with this process. The gadget can also be controlled and operated via a smartphone app. (more…)

By |February 7th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

Family of Five Lives on a Bus

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The Sullivans are a family of five who live in a bus converted into a home full time. But far from being cramped and uncomfortable, their unique home is quite cozy and functional. Besides, they hardly spend all their time indoors, and they can take their home on wheels anywhere they like. The home gets all the needed energy from a solar power array.

They call their new home Big Bertha and it was created out of a used 40-foot 1996 Blue Bird bus. Dad Brian and mom Starla designed the interior themselves. It took them about one year of weekends to finish the home. And they chose a bus over another form of a tiny home, because it’s much more mobile than most other offerings on the market. Since they registered it as an RV, they don’t even need a special permit to drive it. (more…)

By |January 31st, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments