On designing a stackable, bioclimatic shipping container home

March 4, 2019 john 19 53197 13:17

Motivated by her love of mobile homes and bioclimatic design, as well as the surplus of shipping containers at Athens Port Piraeus, Nastazia Spyropoulou created a passive solar container home that is topped by a living roof and has little need of traditional heating/cooling. Her prototype Cocoon Module is made from a used (though good…

How a vertical lake-cabin added collapsible rooms & roof deck

December 31, 2017 john 20 2023 14:33

William Yudchitz and his son Daniel had already built one modern cabin on their land in far north Wisconsin, but it cost close to $100,000 and they wanted to prove it was possible to build a well-designed tiny home on a budget. Using salvaged material and their own labor- they worked weekends for about a…

Transformer CNC cabin by a lake as father-son work dialogue

December 11, 2017 john 21 30166 20:41

Daniel Yudchitz and his father, Bill, are both architects who took their love of craft, cabins and Swiss precision in architecture (e.g. Peter Zumthor) and created a CNC-cut cabin crafted to a fraction of an inch. The home is built with interlocking structural panels and can be disassembled. In fact, the father/son team built most…

Blogger builds efficient, off-grid Passive House in Colorado

September 25, 2017 john 20 37826 20:14

Twenty years ago Andrew Michler bought a $60,000 solar shack in the Colorado mountains that “immediately fell apart” and inspired two decades of experiments in off-grid living. Today, he and his wife live in the reconfigured shack and he has turned a former shed on the property into an ultra low-consuming Passive House (Passivhaus). “Passive…

Modern cabin hangs like a treehouse over Acadian New England

November 8, 2016 john 20 19828 12:47

Maricela Salas and Mary McGoff admit they were “naive” about buying raw land before making their purchase of a hillside lot in the Berkshires. It turned out to be too steep and rocky for a traditional foundation. To avoid “blasting” and ruining their beloved refuge, their contractor Arthur Jackson (of The Small Building Company) created…

Kristie Wolfe builds underground home & sets rural WA hamlet

September 22, 2016 john 19 39548 25:37

Inspired by the success of the Hawaii treehouse she built for $11,000, Kristie Wolfe began searching for land to build a “Hobbit”-inspired village. Knowing that there is land to be found for cheap in this country (she bought her Hawaii property for $8000), she began to search the Northwest for sites. https://faircompanies.com/videos/building-your-own-hawaii-minimal-house-for-a-vacations-cost/ “There’s a lot…

Aussie couple builds off-grid mobile home with 2 containers

June 5, 2016 john 0 26695 44:44

Paul Chambers had began building a home out of two shipping containers as a project, but when his wife got tired of suburbia and put their four-bedroom home on the market, his project became the couple’s full-time home (Paul’s ebook: www.buildshippingcontainerhous­e.com) Paul and Sarah Chambers were living in rural Scotland when Paul received a job…

Earth-cooled, shipping container underground CA home for 30K

April 18, 2016 john 0 1175 14:14

As a kid Steve Rees played in caves and learned how the earth could cool. As an adult, he buried two shipping containers and created an off-grid retirement home for himself and his wife Shirley. After a few years of camping on their 10 acre plot in Northern California, they bought two shipping containers, hired…

Gem-shaped homestudio for couple & kid maximizes space/light

April 4, 2016 john 0 2345 12:38

When Kyoto-based Alphaville Architects were asked to create a home/studio space for a couple and their son on a small lot, they turned to geometry to create something that would maximize space and light. http://a-ville.net/en/project/skyhole Since the city grid isn’t aligned north-south, they cut the home diagonally on the lot and created a parallelogram-shaped home.…

Sunbathed small wooden studio in calm forest near Barcelona

March 9, 2016 john 0 1955 12:05

Tasked with building a tiny studio in the hills outside Barcelona, architect Pablo Elorduy (of Dom Arquitectura) created an all-wooden shelter stunning in its simplicity, efficient thanks to smart design. http://www.dom-arquitectura.com The orientation takes advantage of Spanish sun for heating: large windows open the South side to winter sun; protective shading blocks direct summer sun.…