A Home Made Out of Cardboard

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The Holland-based firm Fiction Factory have recently unveiled a modular home, which is built out of layered cardboard. While the latter is not quite the top choice of building material, the architects claim that the home will last for up to 100 years, which is quite a bold statement. The home is called Wikkelhouse (which translates to “wrapper house”) and due to the modular way of construction, it can be built in virtually any size the owner wants. (more…)

By |November 11th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Glamping in a Treehouse

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Glamping in the forests of Dorset, England just got a lot more comfortable thanks to the recently constructed Woodsman’s Treehouse. It’s available to rent, and has a number of luxury features including a sauna and hot tub. So it offers campers a way to camp out in the woods, without actually having to rough it.

The Woodsman’s Treehouse sits on stilts and is wrapped around an oak tree. It was designed by Guy Mallinson and architect Keith Brownlie of Brownlie, Ernst and Marks. It took them five months to construct it, and they used mostly locally available materials to do so. (more…)

By |November 9th, 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

Gorgeous and Light-Filled Passive House

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Passive homes are often criticized for being more about satisfying rigid and strict guidelines than about being a home to somebody. But thankfully, that is starting to change in recent times, as is clearly demonstrated by the so-called Tigh na Croit house recently built in Scotland. Just looking at the pictures I’d never guess this was a Passive Home, due to its modern design. It’s spacious, full of natural daylight and must be quite comfortable to live in. it also recently won the Passivhaus award, given out by UK’s Passivhaus Trust, in the Rural Category. (more…)

By |November 2nd, 2016|Passive House|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

Tiny Off-Grid Home Created by a Boat Builder

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Boats and tiny homes have a lot of things in common, not the least of which is the need to make good use of every available nook and cranny. This is exactly what prompted former boat builder and carpenter Jeff Hobbs from New Zealand to begin building tiny homes. His firm Room to Move recently completed an off-the-grid tiny home, which boasts of a number of sustainable features. (more…)

By |October 31st, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments