Craftsman Style Home Gets a Gold Award

This is the Far Reach House and Gold Award winner in the 2012 EnergyValue Housing Awards by the NAHB Research Center.  The program honors builders and remodelers who incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction, and marketing of their homes, and this home was built in Olympia, Washington by Scott Homes with some high-performance features to go with a traditional design.


By |March 17th, 2012|Energy Efficiency, Single Family|2 Comments

Alpine Meadows is a Solar-Powered Retreat

This is a rustic-modern retreat in the Alpine Meadows area near Lake Tahoe, California.  The owner, Todd Greenhalgh, wanted solar power and alpine views and CCS Architecture delivered just that.  The south-facing roof has 600 square feet of solar and all the main rooms hug the south wall to hold a view of the surrounding Sierra Nevada mountains.


By |March 15th, 2012|Single Family, Solar|9 Comments

Kiwi House is a Micro Montana Dwelling

This is the Kiwi House, an 823 square-foot abode in Bozeman, Montana.  The home, owned by Stephen and Julie Shea, was designed by Comma-Q Architecture with the hearth — a soapstone fireplace from Finland-based Tulikivi — radiating warmth from open kitchen and living room area.  It’s constructed on an infill lot and covered in a combination of locally-sourced Montana stone and reclaimed redwood and metal.


By |March 13th, 2012|Modern architecture, Single Family|7 Comments

Koby Cottage is a Prototype Prefab Home

This is Koby Cottage by Garrison Architects in Albion, Michigan. The two-module structure of 1,100 square feet was assembled in about 48 hours and finished as a guest house for families to use while visiting their children at the non-profit Starr Commonwealth.


By |March 12th, 2012|Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

Container Home Office Built for Relocation

This is a three-level studio and living space by daiken-met architects in Gifu, Japan.  Called Sugoroku Office, the space is made with seven used shipping containers and a structural steel frame that holds the intermodal units together.  The project sits on a basic parking lot under short-term lease so design for deconstruction and relocation was a critical driver for the end result.  Sugoroku Office has about 1,200 square feet, several work stations, a kitchen, and a loft that’s ready for living.


By |March 11th, 2012|Container Design, Modern architecture|1 Comment

The Wedge Tiny Retreat by Wheelhaus

When I first saw The Wedge, pictured in this article, I immediately thought about the Caboose, which is a tiny house in Wyoming that we mentioned about a year ago.  It turns out both of these off-site fabricated cabins are made by Wyoming-based Wheelhaus.  Check it out, this is a company that’s turning out next-gen recreational park trailers built with quality and sustainable materials.


By |March 9th, 2012|Modern architecture, Single Family|4 Comments