New and Much More Affordable Solar Power System

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Fitting a home with a solar power system is still very cost-prohibitive for many, but a new startup project could change all that. The company SunCulture has come up with the so-called SolPad solar panels, which have the battery integrated into them. Such a system would cut the overall costs of installing a solar system in homes quite considerably. (more…)

By |October 5th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Affordable Off-Grid Flat Pack Home

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The firm Big World Homes from Australia have designed a tiny modular home that is shipped flat-packed, and can be assembled by two people in just a couple of days using only a drill and a hammer. It will also be a lot cheaper than the alternatives. The project is still in the design stage, but if it ever sees the light of day, it would certainly be very well-received by those looking to buy their own home. (more…)

By |October 4th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Expanding Tiny Home

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In order to be able to tow them, tiny homes must stay within a certain set of dimensions. But this greatly limits the amount of interior space you get. The Idaho-based firm Tiny Idahomes came up with a clever solution to this problem, though to be fair this solution was first adopted by RV and trailer makers. Tiny Idahomes have figured out a way to attach a bedroom, dining room, and lounge to their existing tiny home models in a way that these areas slide out at the push of a button. (more…)

By |October 3rd, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

A Well Insulated Tiny Cabin

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While living full time in a tiny home may not be for everyone, it is undeniably a very sustainable housing alternative. Besides, tiny, easy to assemble structures have many uses, such as a home office, guesthouse, yoga studio or cabin. The Little Cabin Company of British Columbia recently unveiled just such a versatile creation, which can also be a great glamping alternative for colder areas, due to the fact that it’s very well insulated.

The cabin is called Cobby and measures 104 sq ft, with a footprint of 12’ by 11’3”. They are insulated using blown recycled fiber, and can withstand even Canada’s extreme winters. The entire cabin is constructed using locally sourced materials, with the siding made using sustainably harvested cedar. While they can be hooked up to the grid, the company also offers a solar package to power the LED lighting and other necessary appliances. (more…)

By |September 27th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Student Housing Made of Shipping Containers

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Shipping container architecture seems to be once again becoming quite popular. The well-known Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group has recently completed a sustainable floating housing prototype for students living in Copenhagen. The project was commissioned by Urban Rigger, a local student housing startup. This student housing is made from repurposed shipping containers, and designed in a way that makes it possible to easily and quickly replicate the design just about anywhere.

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This so-called Copenhagen Urban Rigger housing is made of nine recycled shipping containers, which rest top a floating base in the harbor in Copenhagen. The entire structure has a total floorspace of 7,319 sq ft (680 sq m), which is divided up between the actual housing units, as well as a common garden/courtyard area, a bathing platform, a BBQ area, a kayak landing point, and a sitting area. The structure also features a communal roof terrace and a basement level, which has 12 storage rooms, a laundry room, and a technical room. (more…)

By |September 26th, 2016|Container Design|0 Comments

Sol Pod Makes a Great Workspace

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Vina Lustado, a designer from California recently created a quaint tiny studio. It’s a mobile (towable) structure, which can serve many purposes, such as an additional workspace, home office, guesthouse, or even vacation cabin. It’s called Sol Pod and, as the name suggests, it gets its electricity from the sun. (more…)

By |September 5th, 2016|Modern design|1 Comment