Luxury Green LABhaus Going Up in Jersey

This luxury, modern, green home by LABhaus is under construction in New Jersey right now.  It’s a stunning single-family home assembled with five, factory-built modules and some impressive green products and finishes.  Plus, I’m happy to learn, the owners noticed our prior article mentioning the DIY Network’s search for new projects, and it looks as though the project will be featured on a future episode of “Dream Builders.

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By |February 17th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

Green Homes to Get Performance Labels

Buying a home is a big, expensive deal.  It’s important that you know what you’re getting.  Ideally, prior to purchase, you should know about its performance in at least four categories: energy use, water use, indoor air quality, and building integrity.  But, as a nation, we’re not there yet.  We’re getting there, though.

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By |February 16th, 2011|Energy Efficiency, News|12 Comments

Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

The other day I previewed faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage on display at the Montreal Cottage & Country Home Show.  Designed and built by Faberca, faberhaus gives folks a self-sufficient living space in the country.  In other words, no electrical grid connection is necessary with solar power for the LED lights and propane power for the fridge, hydronic radiant heat, and everything else.

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By |February 16th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|12 Comments

Self-Sufficient Tiny Home in Montreal

Update: Tiny Green Faberhaus Opens in Quebec

Faberhaus Pavillon, a 376-square foot eco cottage, was on display this past weekend at the Cottage & Country Home Show in Montreal.  The Pavillon was designed and built by Faberca as a compact, self-sufficient space for folks interested in country living — those who want to “live in the great outdoors.”  Owners wouldn’t need an electrical connection with this retreat home because it’s powered by solar panels and propane.

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By |February 14th, 2011|Prefab|2 Comments

Loft Style Mini House in Tiny Town

This 566-square foot modern home sits on an infill lot in Toronto and has been getting a lot of attention in the last few months.  That’s partially in response to the design and maybe some general interest in small homes — this one is roomy for an urban condo but small for a single-family house.  The owner, Patrick Flynn, wanted something modern, low-maintenance, and minimalist and this place is all of those things.

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By |February 13th, 2011|Modern design, Single Family|8 Comments

Off-Grid Prefab Home on Cusabo Island

This sturdy steel cabin is off-grid, off-pipe, and self-sufficient, making it an interesting case study of sustainability and coastal design.  The home was completed just over a year ago on Cusabo Island in South Carolina — an impressive feat given the remote site accessible only by boat.  The owner was able to take advantage of prefab construction and had the parts flown in by helicopter (see below).

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By |February 10th, 2011|Prefab|6 Comments