An Interesting Example of Shipping Container Architecture

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The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)

By |January 19th, 2017|Container Design|0 Comments

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Tiny Off-the-Grid Home That Follows the Sun

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Downsizing isn’t the only advantage of opting for a tiny home it seems. The Portland, Oregon-based firm Path Architecture has designed a unique tiny house, which is capable of rotating to follow the sun. Since a version of this home can be used completely off-the-grid, its ability to turn with the sun greatly increases the solar power harvesting potential.

The home is called simply 359, which is derived from the fact that it can be turned almost 360 degrees. It measures just 12 feet by 12 feet, for an area of 144 square feet. It does feature very high ceilings though, which makes up for the tiny footprint, and it is actually quite roomy inside. They are offering two versions, one which is designed to be connected to the grid and another that can be used off-the-grid. The latter is equipped with a solar power array mounted on the roof and a composting toilet. The on-grid version needs to be connected to city services for water and electricity, and features a normal flush toilet. (more…)

By |January 13th, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Car Maker Moves in on Small and Functional Home Market

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The people behind the famous Mini have designed an urban home, which seeks to alleviate the problem of urban overcrowding. It makes perfect sense that the maker of ultra urban cars should make this step, and the only real question is why didn’t they tackle it sooner? They designed this so-called Mini Living apartment with the help of the Japanese architecture firm ON design and the Berlin office of engineering consulting firm Arup. (more…)

By |December 30th, 2016|Modern design|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

Clever Small Apartment Transformation

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It’s been awhile since we covered small apartment living, but this one deserves a mention. The apartment is located in Bordeaux, France and the renovation was carried out by architect Elodie Gaschard of Atelier Miel and Michaël Martins Alfonso.

The apartment measures only 484 square feet (45 sq m), and the architects first created a series of storage solutions, and built-in furniture pieces, with the aim of getting rid of the clutter, which so often plagues small spaces. They also designed a clever transformer piece of furniture, which allows for the space to be sub-divided in a meaningful way, while still connecting the separate areas of the apartment. (more…)

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