This is the fifth part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation. This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week. This part includes six, small, stylish, green structures that can be used in most any way — whether as a home office, writing cabin, mother-in-law, etc — except as limited by your creativity.
San Francisco-based Modern Cabana makes these popular, design-forward structures. The smallest version is 10â€˜x12â€™ and built with FSC-certified wood, recycled denim insulation, bamboo flooring, and other durable materials. Purchase a Modern Cabana from +$11,500.
Built in New Hampshire in as little as 25 days, these container cabins can be off-grid and finished with radiant floor heating, FSC flooring, energy efficient windows and doors, LED lighting, recycled glass mosaic tiles, green insulation, and no-VOC coatings. Purchase a LEED Cabin from +$15,000.
This factory-built space is made by Massachusetts-based Blu Homes and — at 18â€˜x24â€™ — is a little larger than everything else on this list. An Origin shell can be used as an art room, music space, yoga studio, or home office and comes standard with a bevy of green materials and finishes. Purchase an Origin from +$82,000.
Seattle-based Modern Shed fabricates its sheds in sizes as small as 80 square feet. Models come with a range of options, including energy-efficient windows, durable metal roofing, and a handsome, open-joint, HardiePlank exterior. Purchase a Modern Shed from +$6,900.
These stylish sheds are made by a Boulder-based startup and feature large overhangs, FSC-certified woods, recycled aluminum frame windows, cement board siding, and low-VOC paints. Purchase a Studio Shed from +$4,500.
California-based kitHAUS recently launched the Kpod, which is a 117 square-foot structure with bolt-together aluminum framing, SIPs, dual-glazed windows, cement board siding, and either a wood or steel clad sliding barn door. Purchase a Kpod for -$20,000.
*For more of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010, visit Popular Types, Art and Furniture, Tools of Conservation, Eco-Friendly Gadgets, Versatile Eco Spaces, Informative Books, Good Magazines, and The Gift of Giving.