Sneak Peek: Modern Cottage Idea House


If you're anywhere near Menlo Park, California this weekend, you should head over to Celebration Weekend held by Sunset Magazine.  This year, Sunset is featuring a Modern Cottage built by Modern Cabana as one of the magazine's idea houses.  I guess the official name is something like the Sunset Modern Cottage Idea House.  Made with two modular living spaces, 300 square feet and 120 square feet, respectively, this MC Studio Home is a striking combination of style, efficiency, and small living.


By |June 4th, 2009|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|3 Comments

Green Ideabox Set in Port Townsend


On Cherry Street in Port Townsend, Washington, a confluence modern version of an ideabox prefab was installed.  The 840 square-foot home has an open kitchen and living area flanked by two bedrooms / bathrooms on the ends.  It sits perfectly on a small lot and the deck leads to a vegetable garden where the new homeowners will be able to live off the land, to a certain extent. 


By |May 29th, 2009|Affordable, Prefab, Single Family|5 Comments

Port Townsend Modern Dwelling Shed


We've all heard, and sometimes dreamed, about the Modern Shed, which is made by a company based out of Seattle, Washington.  But the company recently expanded into full-fledged homes called Dwelling Sheds.  The images here show an installation of one in Port Townsend, Washington.  These Dwelling Sheds can be used as a small home, cabin, getaway, ADU, or any other use imaginable — and they come with a number of green features:


By |May 20th, 2009|Modern architecture, Prefab, Single Family|8 Comments

Livingreen Renovation of an Airstream


My grandfather had an old Airstream that he sold to my dad for $2,000.  It was in bad shape after some neighborhood kids smashed in the windows, so it was sold to someone else for a pittance.  Now, I wish we still had the Airstream because after seeing what Jim Gooley did to his, I have a hankering to do the same.  Gooley partnered with Livingreen to trick out the Airstream’s interior with all sorts of green products.  The renovated trailer was on display at Altbuild last weekend in Santa Monica, and here’s what they used:


By |May 13th, 2009|Renovation|8 Comments

A Reclaimed Straw Bale Bunkhouse


Readers liked Caleb Schafer's $70k Simple Modern Home, so I thought it'd be interesting to quickly mention his thesis project, which was all about green design and construction.  The project was to design and build a modern, straw bale bunkhouse for his parents.  Caleb and his dad built the structure with reclaimed barn beams (power washed and sealed), reclaimed Malaysian hardwood flooring, local straw, locally harvested lumbar, and materials from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  It's a reclaimed straw bale bunkhouse!

Update: Caleb tells me they spent a total of ~$15k to build this.


By |April 30th, 2009|Modern architecture|3 Comments

Earl's Montesilo House on the River


This smart home is not overtly green — there's no certification or anything like that, but the home has received recognition for it's unique design.  Located in Woodland, Utah, next to the Provo River, Earl's Montesilo House was built with a south orientation to capture solar heat gain during the winter.  During the summer, the second floor balcony acts as a sort of overhand to shade the interior.  The 1800 sf home comprises two, linked, corrugated silos, and features what Gigaplex Architects call "bed-in-a-box;" the box has stereo sound and a flat screen monitor.  I imagine it's peaceful living on the river like this …

[+] Tour Montesilo on Youtube.


By |March 20th, 2009|Modern architecture, Single Family|10 Comments