Sustainable Solar-Powered Communities Built on Parking Lots

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The British architecture firm ZED Factory came up with a clever concept for a solar-powered home, which would be installed over existing parking lots to build sustainable communities and help combat the urban housing shortage. The idea behind it is to utilize the space taken up by parking lots, which is often quite large.
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By |May 9th, 2017|Green Building|2 Comments

Tiny Home With Two Sets of Stairs

Tiny Homes are without a doubt gaining in popularity, and their uses, as well as designs are, as a result, getting more and more interesting and ingenious. Some people use them as vacation homes, others live in them full time, and still others have turned them into rental properties. Such is the case of River Resort, a tiny home designed by Liberation Tiny Homes, which is currently situated in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. (more…)

By |May 8th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Rent an Earthship

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Ever wonder what living in an Earthship home would be like? Well now you can rent one and find out. Terrasol is a mini-earthship, which was built as part of the eco-community called Terra Perma, and they are now renting it out. The community is located in Harrington, which is about two hours away from Montréal. As you probably already know, the Earthship home was first designed and built by US architect Michael Reynolds and it’s an easy to build home made out of rammed earth, recycled tires, and glass. The home utilizes passive solar heating to create a comfortable living environment. It also doesn’t require any special skills or equipment to built and is very sustainable. (more…)

By |May 2nd, 2017|Green Building|0 Comments

Huge Tiny Home

The latest creation by Tiny Diamond Homes of Colorado stretches the definition of what can be considered a tiny home, but the cozy interior more than makes up for it. The aptly named Purple Monster is 38 ft (11 m) long and weighs 17,000 lb (7,711 kg). It is quite possibly the largest tiny home we’ve seen so far.

The Purple Monster rests atop a custom-made triple-axle gooseneck trailer and has 340 sq ft (31 sq m) of floorspace just on the ground floor. It is 10 ft (3.08 m)-wide, which is over the standard towing limit in the US. (more…)

By |April 24th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Alaska Tiny House That Really Has it All

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Seeing the solutions designers and DIY-ers come up with to get the most space out of a tiny house is truly amazing. But so far none have come up with quite as many ingenious space-saving features as the ones in the tiny home recently completed by Ana White and her husband Jacob in Alaska.

The home was built atop a 24-foot-long (7.3 m) trailer and due to clever multipurpose furniture and design elements, it even has 100 sq ft (9 sq m) of open space without sacrificing any of the comforts one wants from a home. The home also features large windows, which makes it appear even more spacious.

The most unique part of the design has to be the bed, which can be stored under the ceiling above the sitting area when not in use. The raising and lowering of the bed can be done by the press of a button, and it even has a middle position, to allow guests to sleep over on the sofa if needed. The raising mechanism is made up of parts that can be found at any hardware store, and cost just $500 to build. The TV is mounted on the wall in this area and can be watched either from bed or from the sofa. (more…)

By |April 22nd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Rent a Van Home to Test Van-Life

The newest trend in mobile homes seems to be converting a nondescript cargo van into a tiny home. While space is limited, a van home can be parked practically anywhere that a car can go. But converting a van into a home is not an easy task, nor is living out of one suitable for everyone. But now there’s a solution. A Colorado start-up, Native Campervans is renting out van homes to anyone wishing to test out this type of living or travel solution. (more…)

By |April 20th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments