Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive homes can be seen throughout history in many different regions around the world. Building around the climate to make homes more efficient and comfortable indoors has been employed by common sense builders for centuries. However, the term passive houses was coined and researched for more widespread use in 1990 when the first home to include the name was initiated and built by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. This type of structure utilizes passive energy and passive solar gains. Passive designs are intended to make the most use of shading and daytime sunlight. In addition to being well ventilated, they also employ… read more

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

WFH House Offers A Sustainable Prefab Design

The way many are thinking of housing has been changing for the past several years. Some construction designs are focusing on smaller floor plans and economical materials, and others are trying to budget and fit in what is most important to a sustainable lifestyle. Arcgency has come up with a model for a prefabricated and modular home with a flexible design called WFH House. The framework is made from shipping containers and uses 40 foot high standard sections as the support systems. The building can actually be configured in several ways in order to serve different functions. It can also be changed to fit various weather conditions,… read more

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Stay On Top Of Your Home’s Energy Use

Love green construction and want to make your own home as energy efficient as possible? Get instant feedback on existing features and how to make them more effectual with energy focused apps and tools for the home. The following are examples that can make it easier to track progress and record patterns. To check out personal greenhouse gas emissions, use the EPA’s household carbon footprint calculator to find out current emission levels, how to reduce emissions and potential savings. Free for iPhone and iPad, GreenWave Reality lets users who set up an account observe and regulate their home energy use from anywhere, and can… read more

Design For All

Design For All

Being design school educated may not be in the cards for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t update your own space with style. The following apps and resources can assist in those times where an extra eye or creative flair can make all the difference. If you’re in the market for wallpaper or murals, or just want to get an idea of how a certain design will look in a space, Glamora Design Studio has a free app to help picture what a vision will actually look like on the wall. Available as an iPad download, users can take a picture of… read more

City Spaces That Smile

City Spaces That Smile

If you have ever had to reside in a drab, concrete city space, you may appreciate the following residences that have a few sunny details that help liven up their look. Both individualistic and industrial, this uniquely presented Australian home is an original take on residential structures. From Of Diverse Research Architects, the exterior is partly dressed in corrugated sheet metal and has interesting angles and neat window positioning. Often, city lots lose out on room for the outdoors, but the architects were able to squeeze in an area between the building spaces. The rooftop deck offers a premium outside spot,… read more

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Make Kids Clothes Last Longer

Children are notorious for growing out of their clothes in record speed. And their clothing is notorious for being fairly pricey for items that will not be worn very long. Still quality hand-me-downs are always great to receive, but upcycling other items into new digs is another way to make clothes last longer. Adults or older siblings who have outgrown their clothes are the perfect go-to for fabric. Check out this DIY idea to turn old shirts or other clothes into a dress. The tutorial has great pictures and patterns, and any larger sized shirt could work. This pattern turns and… read more

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

The Zeb House In Norway Produces Its Own Energy

A construction in Larvik, Norway can actually generate 2 times the energy that it uses. Named the ZEB Multi-Comfort House, the home was designed by Snøhetta. It is an experimental housing project that was created for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings. Going beyond responsible, this home is not only off the grid but can also contribute energy back to it. This design goes further than delegating smart power, but takes the excess energy generated from the house and actually puts it to work. The roof is slanted and positioned at an angle in order to collect the most sunlight, as… read more

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Houses that are connected to nature can often blend in with the surroundings. However, this one from Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd. isn’t afraid to stand out and be itself while still being responsive to its topographical space. Called the Blackpool House, it is located in Blackpool, Waiheke. The clients wanted a house that could collaborate with the sprawling canopy of trees surrounding the property, without breaking the bank. Instead of building expansively outward, the architects designed a vertical construction. Resembling a fort that climbs up into the tree line, the structure’s height offers gorgeous views throughout. The home was economically built, but there… read more

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

1953 saw the premier of the Umbrella House. Designed by Paul Rudolph, the mid-century style home was made to utilize the shade and winds by using a trellis construction, creating a thermal shield from intense climates. A modern update that pays homage to this significant architectural project is called the Solar Umbrella home. Located in Venice, California, the space was designed by Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Applying the knowledge from their shared field, the architects were able to create a super-efficient, intelligently designed home with a sunny side. Both passive and active solar designs are fully… read more

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to own a vacation home. Which is probably why appreciating images of gorgeous spots meant for relaxing can be appealing. One for the eyes is called the Fall House from Fougeron Architecture. Located in California on Big Sur, this dramatic home is affixed in the cliffs along the rugged coastline. Implanted in the landscape, there is a distinctive view of the Pacific Ocean in this yard. The frame of the home was positioned to naturally lay with the site, so it offers curves and shapes instead of a boxed-in form. The load bearing portion of… read more