• You’ll Never Go Hungry Living in This House!
    Jul27

    You’ll Never Go Hungry Living in This House!

    This is a new take on sustainability!  This beautiful little home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, was created so that the front and back sides and the roof all have concrete planters with a built-in irrigation system.  Rainwater is collected and stored in a tank for the irrigation of the plants.  With the plants providing food, protection from the sun and airflow through the home, the air conditioning is rarely used providing the home...

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    Can 4 Boxes Make a Home? They Can If They Are Shipping Containers!
    Jul13

    Can 4 Boxes Make a Home? They Can If They Are Shipping Containers!

    Shipping container homes are one of the best ways for people who don’t have a fortune to invest to “build” structurally sound homes.  Here is another example of a shipping container home that was created for an average family in downtown Houston.  I love the airy and open feel of this home.  Another astoundingly complete container home that is both spacious and modern in its appearance, the Cordell container home took shape in...

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    You’d Be Dumb If You Didn’t Want This Dome Home – Especially Where It’s Located
    Jul06

    You’d Be Dumb If You Didn’t Want This Dome Home – Especially Where It’s Located

    Long before sustainability and eco-consciousness became vogue, Buckminster Fuller envisioned a home design that would survive in all kinds of climates, use less material and have a smaller footprint on the earth while creating a sense of expansive space within.  The geodesic dome was and is elegant in its simplicity of design.  It is the epitome of earth friendly construction.  Share Buckminster Fuller is the visionary behind the...

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    You Won’t Be Singing The Blues In This Beautiful Eco-Friendly Home!
    Jul05

    You Won’t Be Singing The Blues In This Beautiful Eco-Friendly Home!

    Shipping containers are being made into homes all over the world.  This blue beauty is in Spain.  The interior has finished walls and a classic black and white theme which is interrupted with flare throughout the home by splashes of bright colors and disparate furniture accents.  Score another one for beautiful and sustainable design!  Share   Something that seems to be a common factor when it comes to container house units is the...

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    Finally – A House Where You Don’t Have to Clean Corners!
    Jun28

    Finally – A House Where You Don’t Have to Clean Corners!

    This recycled silo was designed by Cornell University to create an energy efficient solar powered house.  The solar panels on top not only collect energy but also monitor the energy consumption of the house.  But a recycled, energy efficient home is not going to be attractive to anyone unless the interior is enjoyable and functional.  This is where this home design shines.  The interior is light colored with warm wooden accents. ...

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    The New Black – Flaunting Wealth By Building Sustainability!
    Jun24

    The New Black – Flaunting Wealth By Building Sustainability!

    By going up and not out, Glen Irani Architects designed a home that has a lower carbon footprint.  Hover House 3 creates inside living spaces outside.  Using the landscape as part of the design, the home is heavily shaded and so uses much less energy to keep it comfortable in Los Angeles, California.  The name of the house comes from the concept that the main living area hovers over the land instead of spreading out over it.  Share...

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