Shed spaces of all sizes are popular these days. Sure, you may run into zoning laws and ordinances, but given the legalities, a well-designed shed space could work perfectly as an affordable office, workshop, or anything else. So we were interested to learn that We Love Sheds just held an international competition to find the best International Shed of the Year 2009. Maryland-based entrant Chuck Witmer beat out roughly 186 other shed entries to take this year's prize for THE_SHED. He built it himself, and it's beautiful.
If you've ever wanted to live in a modern prefab and you're interested in living about thirty minutes north of Duluth, Minnesota, now might be your chance. In 2005, Alchemy Architects designed this seasonal cabin of roughly 840 square feet, and after that, it became a hit in the national media. I noticed it in Kiplinger's of all places! The McGlasson weeHouse has two bedrooms, one and three-quarters bathrooms, a roof deck, and a detached sauna.
This is the Living Zero Home, which was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy and built by All American Homes. The home was on display in Chicago last weekend and will move to about fifteen other destinations throughout the year, including Louisville, Greensboro, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver, among other cities. The modern demonstration home features a Smart Living System — both an energy management and home monitoring tool — which helps owners save money and provides an alert for potential problems, such as a water pipe leak. The home includes a number of other green elements, too:
One of Hybrid Architecture + Assembly's most recent projects, Remington Court, is quite stunning. Opting to do everything from start to finish, the company designed, developed, and built the four-unit project — a successful endeavor considering three of the four units sold prior to completion! The interiors are modern and minimalist, relying on products such as HenryBuilt cabinets, Corian counters, Starck-designed Duravit toilets, and some of the following green features and elements:
Just last month, these seven, attached, single-family homes received LEED Platinum certification — the first homes in Arkansas to achieve the USGBC's highest designation! Vertical Modern Urban Lofts is located in downtown Little Rock, and the second phase of the project is under construction right now. The homes range in price from $299k – $399k, and they're destined to save owners some cash going forward. They exceed Energy Star standards by 41% and feature a number of green elements:
There’s a new site called Our Passive House, where the owners are documenting the design and construction of the first Passive House in Utah. It just so happens that I live in the same general neighborhood, so we’ll try to present a follow up article when the home is complete. Owners Joe and Rebecca, available on Twitter @ourpassivehouse, hired Brach Design, Utah’s first certified Passive House consultant, to design the home.