Perfect Tents for Off-grid Glamping

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Camping has its charms, but a lot of people do prefer a bit more comfort when vacationing. The latter will be happy to learn that architect Harry Gesner recently designed a very unique alternative to a regular tent for the Denver, Colorado start-up Autonomous Tents. His creation is a comfortable, off-the-grid tent-like structure, which could make anyone fall in love with camping all over again. (more…)

By |February 23rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Accidental Creation of a New Material That can Capture Water from Air

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Some of the most groundbreaking scientific discoveries happened by accident and now there’s another one to add to the list. A team of researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has accidently created a material that can capture water from the humidity in the air. They were trying to create magnetic nanowires and failed, but this new material they created is even more promising.

The material is made of carbon-rich nanorods, which they observed began oozing water whenever the humidity in the specimen holder ranged from 50 to 80 percent. They vigorously tested the findings, and discovered that the nanorods absorb water in low humidity and release it as water vapor when the humidity is high. The researches describe this material as behaving much like a sponge, in the sense that it is capable of wringing itself out halfway before it’s fully saturated with water. (more…)

By |February 14th, 2017|Green Tech|0 Comments

A Tiny Home for a Family of Four

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Most people with a family would not even consider moving into a tiny home, but it might not be such a far-fetched idea, as the so-called Brown Bear tiny house, proves. The home was designed and built by Alpine Tiny Homes of Utah. Despite it’s diminutive size, it is still large and spacious enough to comfortably house a family of four. And best of all, it’s also easily towable and can function completely independent of the grid.

The Brown Bear tiny home measures 28 x 8 x 13.6 ft (8.5 x 2.4 x 4.14 m). The ground floor features a spacious kitchen and dining area, which takes up most of the space here. The kitchen is equipped with a sink, propane-powered cooker, and even a full-size refrigerator and freezer. There is also a breakfast bar that can sit all four family members at once, as well as lots of custom-built cabinet space. All the countertops are made of quartz. There is also a small lounge in this area that features a sofa and a TV. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the ground floor by a door, and features a full-size shower, sink, and a composting toilet. (more…)

By |February 13th, 2017|Modern design|1 Comment

Tiny Home That’s Perfect for the Disabled

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Apart from downsizing and living debt- and mortgage-free, tiny homes are also ideally suited as housing solutions for refugees, the homeless, and even people with mobility issues. People confined to a wheelchair often find themselves in a situation where their own homes become inaccessible to them, or they become a virtual prisoner in their homes, since despite many efforts most cities are still quite difficult to navigate for people in wheelchairs. With this in mind the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture designed a tiny home, which is aimed primarily at those who have been confined to the wheelchair whether through injury or by old age. The home is called Wheel Pad, and it is designed to allow such individuals to stay at home and near their families. (more…)

By |February 3rd, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Family of Five Lives on a Bus

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The Sullivans are a family of five who live in a bus converted into a home full time. But far from being cramped and uncomfortable, their unique home is quite cozy and functional. Besides, they hardly spend all their time indoors, and they can take their home on wheels anywhere they like. The home gets all the needed energy from a solar power array.

They call their new home Big Bertha and it was created out of a used 40-foot 1996 Blue Bird bus. Dad Brian and mom Starla designed the interior themselves. It took them about one year of weekends to finish the home. And they chose a bus over another form of a tiny home, because it’s much more mobile than most other offerings on the market. Since they registered it as an RV, they don’t even need a special permit to drive it. (more…)

By |January 31st, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments

Quaint Tiny Home Built in a Gooseneck Trailer

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Gooseneck trailers are something of a favorite when building mobile tiny homes, since they have extra space above the truck bed, which comes in quite handy when designing a cozy and comfortable home. They’re also safer to tow, which makes them a better choice for anyone hauling their home from place to place. A great example of how all these advantages can be used to create a unique and comfortable home is this lovely tiny house, which was built by Ken, an employee at MitchCraft, a tiny home builder in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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The home measures 32 ft in length and has a curved roof, a sizable living area, and a bedroom with plenty of headroom, which is accessible by a set of three steps that can also be used as storage space. One of the best features of this tiny home has got to be the sitting area, which features a cozy futon, a recliner and a table, and looks a lot like the living room of a much larger house.

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The kitchen is located across from the main entrance, along one of the longer sides of the trailer. It’s fitted with am RV-style propane powered oven and stove, a small fridge and even a washing machine. The counter space is rudimentary, but still large enough to make food preparation an enjoyable experience.

The bathroom is fitted with a sink, shower and a composting toilet. The sleeping area is big enough for a twin bed, with a clothes storage area to the side. If the latter was moved somewhere else, a larger bed could easily fit into this space.

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All in all, the home looks a lot like a cozy studio, and not so much like a tiny home. Though a few skylights, or perhaps larger windows would make this an even cooler home. It is currently for sale for $80,000.

By |January 18th, 2017|Modern design|0 Comments