Rent a Box in Someone’s Home


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

Beach House Clad in Cork


Cork is an often overlooked insulating material, even though it is a great choice for the job, since it’s completely renewable. In the renovation of this 1920s beach house in Essex, UK they used it for cladding and it’s a great choice. The beach house itself is a great example of modern architecture and renovation done right. The renovation was completed by UK-based architect Lisa Shell. (more…)

By |August 4th, 2016|Green Building|0 Comments

Modern Tiny Home Doesn’t Skimp on Comfort


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

Floating House That Can be Divided Down the Middle


Splitting up with your significant other is usually stressful enough without the added problem of having to divide up a house. The so-called Prenuptial Housing (still in the concept stage) makes something of a non-issue out of that. It’s a floating home that can be physically divided up when the couple decide to go their separate ways. The home is the brainchild of PR specialist Omar Kbiri and was designed by Studio OBA of Holland. (more…)

By |July 30th, 2016|Prefab|0 Comments

Tin House Protects Against the Elements


The aptly named Tinhouse designed by Rural Design Architects and built on the picturesque Isle of Skye is a great example of sustainable architecture done right. The façade is clad in tin to protect against the elements, while most of the other materials used to construct the house were either recycled or repurposed. (more…)

By |July 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spacious and Open Tiny Home


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