Zero Cottage — a net-zero energy project pursuing Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Green Point Rated, and Passive House certifications — is finishing nicely. Part of the exterior has a handsome rainscreen of vertical cedar battens and salvaged maple flooring. The maple strips were charred with a roofing torch shou sugi ban-, or yakisugi-, style for longevity and aesthetics. The result is a clean and modern look.
Blu Homes today announced the purchase of the assets of San Francisco-based Modern Cabana, a provider of prefab accessory structures such as yoga studios, home offices, workshops, garden sheds, etc. The acquisition marks the continued growth of Blu Homes in California and shows the company’s commitment to prefab of all shapes and sizes — in this case small, modern spaces that can in some cases go up in a weekend or without a permit. Modern Cabana units will be built in Blu’s Vallejo factory and available for purchase starting in 2013, according to a company statement.
This 1,200 square-foot home was built with six used shipping containers in Felton, California. Designed by Modulus, the home was the subject of a 2012 Citation Award from the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the AIA. The architect camped on the site to study light and other characteristics, according to Dwell, and designed the layout to reduce construction grading. The containers were left exposed but painted, and the walls were covered with drywall for a clean interior look. Inside, an atrium was used for light and to radiate heat throughout the home.
There’s a container house in Nederland, Colorado, and soon there will be one in Boulder, too. It’s believed to be the first such project in Boulder, and showcases a design by M. Gerwing Architects for couple Mark Gelband and Courtney Loveman, according to a recent article on the Boulder Daily Camera. The design of the eco-friendly home was driven by the solar shade ordinance, a neighbor that wouldn’t help with the variance, and a challenging narrow building site (more detail here).
Santa Monica-based LivingHomes just announced the launch of three new designs — the CK4, CK5, and CK7 — based on the affordable C6 (also featured here), which made headline news earlier this year. CK Series designs are available for the price of $145 per square foot, not including installation or foundation, which is quite reasonable considering what’s available: a LEED Platinum level environmental program, high-quality modular build, and modern design inspired by Ray Kappe, FAIA.
Laneway houses, like this one on 19th and Slocan, seem to flourish in Vancouver. This is another contemporary, small home by Lanefab, which is the firm behind the Mendoza and Net-Zero Solar laneway houses. The 800 square-foot home (including a 200 square-foot flex-garage) shelters a young couple that built the property on their parent’s property — an intergenerational phenomenon made possible with flexible laneway zoning.