2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

2 Eye-catching But Opposite Small Home Designs

Small homes can include of range of unexpected features. The following are residences that may be smaller in square footage, but are over the top in unorthodox concepts. This scaly looking chunk of a house called Hus-1 is from designer Torsten Ottesjö, who also constructed the micro home. Trying to capture all that nature has to offer, it is a perplexing slab of architecture. Have a look at the unusual home: This house is a replication of nature itself, according to the designer, and it was intended to be a comfortable space. Though small in scale it includes all of… read more

Ecofriendly Home Décor (That’s A Little Strange)

Ecofriendly Home Decor (That's A Little Strange)

Artists and designers can come up with interesting pieces that are inspired from unordinary places. This neat chair was produced to replicate the form of a traditional toy in Mexico called the Trompo. The spinning motion of the toy was reproduced in the chair, as whoever is seated in the Totoyo can rotate on the wooden axis a full 360° for a view that never gets boring. Made from a basic but genius concept by Victor Aléman Studio, this chair is no doubt sturdy, original and probably fun. After the interior base is made the designers work with artisan crafters to… read more

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

Multilevel And Sustainable Family Homes

By taking development upward and focusing on extending the living areas to the outdoors in locations where the temperature is normally nice, more time outside is just a few steps away. This also reduces building costs as the interior space is condensed as compared to many other newly constructed residential homes. The Californian Hover House is one of a series of homes from Glen Irani Architects that focuses on creating an optimal outdoor environment by not using up an entire lot with a sprawling floor plan. This is the 3rd design of this type of home from the architectural team, and… read more

Home Heating by a Robot

Warm Up Robot

Heating our homes in winter consumes vast amounts of energy and costs households a great deal. But imagine if there were a robot that could store heat and then moved around the house to warm cold areas? Drum roll please for…..Hagent, the mobile heater robot. This small robot shaped like a black box is amde up of movable wheels, sensors and Phase change materials (PCM). PCM  absorb heat from a hot body and change their phase (from solid to liquid or vice versa) and then release the heat by again changing their phase. Designed by Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendrith… read more

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space Saving Storage Designs

Space saving and micro living designs are helpful in areas where having enough room is a factor. The following are a few ideas that offer creative and flexible storage options. From Nook Architects, their renovation of a narrow apartment in Barcelona, Spain includes a clever floor based storage option. An inlay of traditionally placed floor tiles and gorgeous wooden flooring leads to a step up window seat that faces the terrace. The terrace is raised, and before the redesign the doorway was narrow and not an ideal entrance to the outdoor space. The design team had the idea to install the raised… read more

Energy Leaks at Home

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It is widely said that the most expensive part of a building construction is its interior design and architecture. But there is one more important thing to check and that is “energy wastage”. In the US, it’s estimated that billions of dollars are wasted each year because of air seal leaks in doors, walls and windows. Nearly 40% of energy spent on cooling or heating a building is wasted because of this invisible problem. Any small improvements in each building can save the total power of the nation. Leaks in buildings are usually detected by a  “blower door test” which… read more

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Konrad Wójcik, an architecture student with WK Design, created a model of a unique home for a project. The goal was to develop a fully sustainable structure with a minimal imprint during the building process, and to maintain this after completion. Receiving the honor of a special mention, the conceptual idea for the tree line structure is a futuristic and highly interesting model. Called Primeval Symbiosis, the Single Pole House, they are built with wood and modeled after a naturally genius design – trees. The abstract development’s goal is to remain in balance with its surroundings, and floating along the… read more

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

The Thesis Project Turned Mobile Living Space

People have long held a love of being able to travel with their homes. Last year, a graduate student in architecture, Hank Butitta, reported that he was growing tired of school projects which were seemingly not useful in the real world of architecture. Evaluating the learning process in architectural application, he wanted to employ a full scale development instead of a project on paper for his thesis. A self-reported hands-on student, his proactive nature led him to an interesting purchase and renovation idea. Wanting to do more than a drawing assignments that would never leave the conceptual board or constructing… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

Use Cavity Closers to Fix Heat Loss in Buildings

Insulating with cavity closers

Most of the heat loss from buildings occurs at the windows as the heat passes through the glass. This can be minimized with high performance double or triple glazing. The next problem is that heat loss also occurs around the window. This is where cavity closers come into their own. In cavity walls, the inner and outer leaves of the brickwork have to be closed at the reveal, the recess around window and door frames. But if this is closed with more bricks and mortar, it may create a thermal bridge for heat to escape from the property. Bricks and… read more