Rent a Box in Someone’s Home

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Rents in cities across the US are going up like crazy, and San Francisco is no exception. Illustrator Peter Berkowitz wanted to rent an apartment or room there, but could not find one to fit his budget. Instead of moving to the suburbs, he came up with an ingenious solution to cut rent and live in the city. With the help of a few friends he built the so-called Living Pod, which is basically a box that can be installed in a larger apartment, and offer the inhabitants privacy. The rent he’s paying now is $400, and the pod cost only $1300 to build. It was inspired by the Japanese Capsule Hotels. (more…)

By |August 8th, 2016|Green Building|2 Comments

Modern Tiny Home Doesn’t Skimp on Comfort

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Who says all tiny homes are cute wooden houses? The so-called “Serena” tiny home is certainly a lot edgier than that. And more modern. It is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia, but it’s up for sale.

The Serena measures 224 square feet and features two French doors, one on either side, that allow plenty of light to flood the interior, aid ventilation, and make the home feel more spacious than it is. The angled wall also provides an overhang and a small porch, which looks big enough to fit a lounge chair. (more…)

By |August 4th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

These Greenhouse Lamps will Brighten Any Room

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It’s a sad fact that many city dwellers do not have a single plant in their homes, and this is more often than not because of a lack of adequate daylight coming into the cramped urban apartments. But the Kiel, Germany-based firm We Love Eames seeks to alleviate this problem with glass planters, which act as both greenhouses and lights at the same time. These planters are not only gorgeous to look at, but they also bring the possibility of growing your own veggies to urbanites living in apartments with small windows and no balconies. (more…)

By |July 29th, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Spacious and Open Tiny Home

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With the summer in full swing in the Western hemisphere, tiny homes are gaining in popularity again. Especially since such homes make great off- or on-grid vacation cabins. And an excellent example is the new creation by the company New Frontier Tiny Homes of Nashville. It’s small, but opens up on both sides, which lets in plenty of fresh air and brings the occupants closer to nature. (more…)

By |July 25th, 2016|Modern design|0 Comments

Off-Grid Foot-Powered Washing Machine

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Washing machines use up a lot of energy and water, so having one when you’re striving for off-grid living is not a convenient option. But the so-called Yirego Drumi washing machine solves this problem. It is powered by a foot pedal and needs no electricity to operate. As such it would make a great addition to any sustainable home. (more…)

By |July 21st, 2016|Green Tech|0 Comments

Rooftop Cabins to Solve the Problem of Affordable Urban Living

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Finding an affordable place to live in most large cities across the world is becoming more of a problem everyday. Now a company from Germany has come up with an innovative solution. They would build prefab cabins, called Cabin Spacey (which is also the name of the firm), on top of existing buildings. These homes would be small, but functional and they wouldn’t break the bank. (more…)

By |July 19th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments