Celo Residence Connects with Nature

This is the Celo Residence, an award-winning guest house adjacent to an organic farm overlooking the South Toe River in Celo, North Carolina.  The home received an Honor Award from AIA Ashville and was featured in Fine Homebuilding and most recently in EcoHome Magazine with a Grand Award.  Celo Residence was Energy Star certified and received a 75 HERS with projected total energy costs of less than $30 a month.

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By |August 11th, 2011|Single Family|2 Comments

XBO Mobile Habitat Keeps The Basics

XBO is a tiny project, prefabricated in 2004, that’s been floating around the internet lately as a result of being featured on Architizer.  It was designed by 70°N arkitektur and built by Senja Elementer AS as an experimental abode for 2 young people on the move.  The 388 square-foot (36 m2) home in Tromsø, Norway has two movable parts with just the basics — living areas, a garden terrace, a kitchenette, and a bathroom — ready to be lifted on to a container en route to the next destination.

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By |August 10th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|2 Comments

Now is the Time for a WeeHouse Prefab

Minnesota-based Alchemy Architects, the firm behind the weeHouse, tells us they have a unique opportunity for someone interested in owning a custom, modern prefab.  They have two weeHouses that have been framed and unfinished on the West Coast and a third that is pre-owned and for sale in Wisconsin.  Check out some details below or visit weeHouse for more information on these tiny, eco-friendly prefab structures.
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By |August 9th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|1 Comment

Clean Tech Tiny House in San Jose

New Avenue Homes, builder of a popular NZE tiny house in Berkeley, has a new Clean Tech Exhibit home on display in San Jose.  The home has a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, storage, and all sorts of green technology and sustainable materials.  New Avenue prefabricated the structure and estimates that a home of this size costs about $70,000 to build and permit, not including upgrades or special circumstances.

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By |August 5th, 2011|Prefab|6 Comments

20 Solar Decathlon Designs for 2011

The biennial Solar Decathlon is fast approaching as teams across the world prepare their solar-powered home for West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C.  The competition is a showcase of modern, efficient homes from 20 teams held September 23 – October 2, 2011.  We’re going to start our coverage this year with a look at the models as displayed at IBS 2011 in Orlando a few months back.  Which do you want to see in real life?

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By |August 3rd, 2011|List, Solar|12 Comments

Eco Modern Home on the Columbia River

This is the Vancouver Airport Home, or the Hotchkiss Residence, located along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.  It was designed by Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand for retired couple in need of a single-level, one-bedroom abode.  The owners have lived on the site for 40 years and the existing structure was recycled prior to building this one.

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By |July 28th, 2011|Modern architecture, Single Family|5 Comments