Beautiful Land Yacht Docked in Texas

Reclaimed Space, an Austin-based company that crafts custom prefabs out of reclaimed materials, recently installed this project in Bastrop, Texas.  It’s a small home of 512 square feet that wears the character of salvaged materials well.  The owners work full-time on a private yacht and ground here with their horses and Brangus cattle when not sailing the world, making this their “land yacht.

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By |January 21st, 2011|Prefab|9 Comments

Building an Austin Tiny House [Video]

Austin-based documentary filmmaker and instructional designer Jim Bruno was kind enough to tell me about his new short film entitled “Louis Burns & Austin Tiny House.”  The subject is Louis Burns and his reflections building a tiny house.  Burns built the minimalist, Spartan space in a plug-and-play style — all it needs is a heavy-duty extension cord and garden hose.

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By |January 20th, 2011|Affordable, video|4 Comments

Off-Grid itHouse Going Up in California

This 800-square foot Clearlake itHouse is under construction in California right now.  Similar to another itHouse that we mentioned previously, the home will be off-grid and solar-powered.  It will also be the first, elevated, above-ground itHouse, leaving the site relatively untouched by the structure.

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By |January 19th, 2011|Prefab|2 Comments

Net-Zero Energy Tiny House in Berkeley

This Berkeley tiny house has been getting a fair amount of attention recently.  Built by New Avenue, Inc., the 420 square-foot backyard cottage is spacious enough to include a living room, kitchen, dining area, loft, and bathroom.  It was built for $98,000, which includes all the bells and whistles one could ask for in any home regardless of size.

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By |January 14th, 2011|Single Family|21 Comments

Platinum Gut Rehab Hits the Market

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with Thomas McGrath, owner of this gut-rehab in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Before talking, I figured the home was like many others seeking LEED Platinum certification.  It has energy-efficient appliances, modern finishes, and on-site green power.  But there’s really a lot more to it.  This is a fascinating case study of salvage and reuse.

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By |January 13th, 2011|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|7 Comments

LEED Platinum Gut Rehab in Chicago

This is the Helenowski Residence, a gut-rehab in Chicago that achieved the highest LEED for Homes point total ever with 119 points, according to LEED for Homes provider Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.  The 3,300 square-foot renovation achieved an impressive HERS rating of 13 and is net-zero energy with the help of rooftop solar power and a vertical axis wind turbine.

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By |December 29th, 2010|LEED, Renovation, Single Family|20 Comments