Gail Siegel is a full-time jeweler specializing in precious metals. She uses fire in her work and needed some extra space to do. After weighing the various options — renting a space, buying a larger home, building a backyard shed — she decided to install a Studio Shed with solar power from Denver-based SolSource.
Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade. Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar. The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.
This Tiny Texas Worker House was built with 99% salvaged material on a minimal footprint of 120 square feet. The home, which is valued at about $38,000, will be given away this year through an essay raffle by Tiny Texas Houses. So, with the combination of a winning essay and $50, one could end up with an entirely new way of living and a unique, reclaimed, micro shelter.
SmartHome Cleveland at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History opened for tours earlier this month, making it the only public Passive House in the country. We previewed the ultra-efficient abode a few months back and can now supplement our earlier coverage with these interior and exterior photos.
SmartHome will blend in with its future neighborhood, but don’t be fooled. This home is different than most new and existing homes. This home represents the future of energy-efficient housing and it will be open for visits through the end of this year, 2011.
Bob Lindal is the President of Lindal Cedar Homes, and his company is probably the largest provider of custom cedar homes in the country. Bob has been in the business for about 50 years, and today published a letter on the company blog. Lindal explains that he’s seen several recessions before, but this one is different. Prior recoveries retained the status quo, but “this emerging recovery is into a fundamentally changed world with new long-term priorities in housing.”
The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete. The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture. Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.