This custom tiny home features a surprisingly spacious interior

June 13, 2018 by  
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Creating a comfortable living space is the always first challenge of tiny home design . Although many people decide to forgo a spacious sleeping area for a larger living room, the savvy tiny home builders from Alabama Tiny Homes have created the ultra-sophisticated Journey tiny house, which includes a gorgeous loft space with high ceilings guaranteed to not bump heads. The Journey was specifically crafted for a client who was looking for a micro-dwelling on wheels with a relatively spacious interior. The result is a beautiful tiny home with an interior that rivals any contemporary home twice its size. Related: These solar-powered tiny homes are designed just for millennials Clad in 6-inch cedar planks with aqua blue accents, the exterior of the structure is rustic, but sophisticated. This luxury cabin feel continues into the 324-square-foot interior, which is strategically comfortable, functional and stylish. The kitchen is large, with plenty of counter space. Along with a stainless steel fridge, stove top oven and dishwasher, the kitchen offers a six-bottle wine stand. The living area, designed in a parlor layout, is extremely inviting. Well lit with an abundance of natural light , this space is a homey lounge with various seats configured to encourage conversation. When guests stay, the room can be easily cleared out for a trundle bed, which is stored in the bathroom when not in use. Although the first floor’s design is stunning to say the least, at the very core of the Journey’s design is its ultra-high ceiling. This enabled the designers to go vertical and add a second level. Starting at the kitchen, a stairwell with built-in drawers leads up to the sleeping loft , which is big enough for a queen-sized bed. The tiny home includes several energy-efficient features in order to withstand various climates. A closed cell spray foam insulation and double-pane windows help the residents save money on utilities.  LED lighting throughout the home, along with an electric hot water heater, also reduces energy usage. + Alabama Tiny Homes Via New Atlas Images via Alabama Tiny Homes

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Architecture students transform an old Alabama bank into a town library

December 14, 2017 by  
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A historic bank in a tiny Alabama town has been reborn into a surprisingly elegant library with looks rivaling a chic retail store. The project, called Newborn Library, was completed in 2013 as part of Rural Studio , an Auburn University student design-build program with a focus on community design. The adaptive reuse and expansion project preserves much of the historic architectural elements while using modern construction technologies, such as CNC techniques, to create a contemporary interior. Located in the historic downtown of Newbern, a town with fewer than 200 people, the Old Bank Building was donated to the community by a local family who wanted the building turned into a library . Rural Studio, which follows a philosophy of providing good design to both rich and poor, was a fitting choice for the adaptive reuse project. The vision was to transform the bank into a social center that provided “after-school programming, computer access, and the first public Internet point in the community.” Related: Students design beautiful homes for mass-production at just $20,000 each To this end, the architecture students gutted the interior and expanded the footprint of the building while leaving the bank’s white brick exterior and glazed front intact to preserve its historical context. Timber lines the interior, from the CNC-milled birch plywood shelves to the patterned ceiling panels also made of birch. The old pine floor was preserved and elements of the past punctuate the space like the bank vault door and original bricks repurposed as paving and low walls. A 700-square-foot boxy cypress -clad extension was added to the back of the building, while a small outdoor space to the north provides an outdoor reading space. + Rural Studio Via Dezeen Images via Timothy Hursley

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Wildfires in the southeast US are so bad they can be seen from space

November 15, 2016 by  
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An outbreak of wildfires across the southern United States is creating plumes of smoke so vast they can be detected by NASA’s orbiting satellites. Spread across seven states, the fires are affecting Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas. The thickest plumes are rising from the southern Appalachians, but all of the affected regions are visible from orbit. On the ground, the air pollution is so bad that authorities have warned residents in some areas to wear masks when they go outside. Normally, fires in the Southeast are fairly small and don’t produce much smoke, unlike the massive blazes seen in the American West. However, drought conditions have dried out the region’s vegetation, leaving considerably more fuel for the fires. Related: NASA builds more advanced shelters to protect firefighters from wildfires More than 5,000 firefighters and support staff are currently attempting to contain the blazes. In the case of the fires in Georgia, there are concerns the flames are starting to creep “ dangerously close ” to the metro Atlanta area. It’s suspected that the various fires are manmade rather than created by natural causes, although it’s not clear if all of the fires were set intentionally. Kentucky has already made two arson arrests, and Tennessee has followed suit. Unfortunately, drought conditions are expected to continue through January at the very least. We may be seeing more of these fires throughout the fall and winter. Via Discover Images via Nasa Worldview

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Japanese box house uses passive design to slash energy bills

November 15, 2016 by  
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Designed by Japanese firm Sola Sekkei Koubou , which specializes in passive design, Fukuoka H House is a two-story, nearly 1,010 square feet home. The home owners wanted an environmentally-friendly home that would provide a peaceful retreat at the end of the day. The home design capitalizes on sunlight for heating, and insulation retains the heat during cold weather. A corner wood-burning stove allows for additional warmth if necessary. Related: Gleaming Holy Cross House saves energy with passive design and natural ventilation According to Sola Sekkei Koubou, the total primary energy consumption is a mere 72.89 kilowatt hours (kWh)/square meter-year. Annual heating load for the home is 52.21 kWh/square meter-year. The home is also equipped with a rainwater tank to capture water. Fukuoka H House obtained a low-carbon housing certification, per the house description on Sola Sekkei Koubou’s website. Inside the house, stone tiles, white walls, and wood furnishings create a snug, modern ambiance. High ceilings with exposed beams make the house feel spacious, and a mezzanine work area adds extra space. Although the lot on which the house sits is small at around 3,381 square feet, the family made the most of their outdoor space by planting a garden . The home design even benefits the family pet. A beam allows the cat to travel to a landing where it can look out the windows high above the ground. Other secret walkways throughout Fukuoka H House let the cat explore. + Sola Sekkei Koubou Via Homify Images via Sola Sekkei Koubou

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Alabama governor declares state of emergency after deadly gas pipeline explosion

November 2, 2016 by  
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Earlier this week near Helena, Alabama there was a fire and explosion at a gasoline pipeline operated by Colonial Pipeline Co . One worker perished in the blast, which injured around five other workers. Yesterday Governor of Alabama Robert Bentley announced a state of emergency  as a result of the explosion. The Colonial Pipeline at 5,500 miles long is the biggest pipeline system carrying refined products like jet fuel, gasoline , and diesel in America, according to Reuters. The pipeline can carry three million gallons of these products between the New York Harbor and the Gulf Coast. The explosion happened when workers hit a line with a track hoe, a type of excavator, and occurred in a wildlife area that is unincorporated. Related: 700 barrels of crude oil spill in California as pipeline breaks This isn’t the first incident Colonial Pipeline has faced; as recently as September a pipeline leak spilled an estimated 252,000 to 336,000 gallons of gasoline. The spill was the largest in almost 20 years, and interrupted pipeline operations for 12 days. In his statement on the October explosion, Governor Bentley said the operation the workers were performing at the time of the explosion “was necessary to install a permanent repair required by the previous pipeline rupture.” The governor announced a state of emergency spanning from November 1 to December 1 ” unless sooner terminated ” in a statement. The declaration will enable the state to receive a U.S. Department of Transportation waiver lifting the government’s “limitation on the hours a driver can transport gasoline.” Fuel companies and shippers are concerned they won’t receive the fuel they need. In the Southeast, millions of Americans may not receive as much gasoline, and the explosion could even affect the Northeast as well. Colonial Pipeline said they might open the pipeline again as soon as Saturday. They may also attempt to send the refined products via other parts of the pipeline. On their website Colonial Pipeline advertises their ” system integrity ” and says “Safety, environmental stewardship, and first-class customer service drive our operating philosophy.” Via Reuters ( 1 , 2 ) Images via screenshot

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This hybrid carport harnesses wind and solar energy to charge your EV

November 2, 2016 by  
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The Giraffe 2.0 features the same 24 solar panels and Windspot 3.5kW wind turbine as the original model from 2013, yet has been upgraded to include an EV charger . The unique curve of the photovoltaic panels allows for solar energy production that runs two hours earlier and two hours later than traditionally mounting. This artistic curve, and the wind turbine sitting atop wooden beams 12 meters off the ground, also resemble the majestic creature from which the structure gets its name. Related: New European Union law could require EV chargers in all new homes InnoVentum estimates the Giraffe 2.0 produces about 13,850 kWh of electricity every year through both the solar panels and wind turbine, or enough to power two EVs over 45,000 kilometers each, annually. The use of wood in the construction of the framework was a focused decision by the designers, who value a minimal carbon footprint whenever possible. The going rate for one of these bad boys is about $60,800 USD with a “relatively quick and easy” assembly. +InnoVentum Via Clean Technica Images via InnoVentum

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Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico

December 10, 2014 by  
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A dead dolphin has washed up on the shores of Orange Beach, Alabama after being fatally shot with a hunting arrow. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports that the dolphin appears to have survived for around five days before succumbing to an infection as a result of its injury. Horrifically, the death is the second in the Gulf of Mexico in as many weeks, following the shooting of a heavily pregnant female dolphin , which washed up dead on Florida shores. NOAA are calling for members of the public who may have any information about the killings of the protected animals to please come forward. Read the rest of Dolphin cruelly shot with arrow and left for dead in Gulf of Mexico Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal cruelty , Animals , dolphin killings , dolphin shot with arrow , dolphins , Fishing , gulf of mexico , habitat conflict , NOAA , pregnant dolphin shot , protected species , sea creatures , wildlife crime

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Green Car Reports: 2016 Chevrolet Volt, China’s armored electric police car, and an EV that could help you quit smoking

December 10, 2014 by  
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What defines a “ green car ” can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles , conventional hybrids, high-efficiency clean diesels, and smaller and more fuel-efficient vehicles in general. Here’s a selection of their stories from last week. Read the rest of Green Car Reports: 2016 Chevrolet Volt, China’s armored electric police car, and an EV that could help you quit smoking Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2016 Chevrolet Volt , chevrolet , chevrolet trax , electric cars , electric vehicles , Green Automobiles , green car news , Green Car Reports , green cars , green transportation , green vehicles , hybrid cars , Nissan Leaf , oil prices , tesla , volt

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Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater

August 2, 2013 by  
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Matthew Mazzotta , an artist whose practice focuses on participatory community design, has teamed up with the Coleman Center for the Arts and people of York, Alabama to transform a blighted downtown property into a new public space. Posing as a typical house from the outside, the space physically transforms into an open air theater that seats up to 100 people. Read the rest of Open House Renovates an Abandoned Building into a Transforming Open Air Theater Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abandoned house , alabama , architecture of social space , house rebuilding , Matthew Mazzotta , open house , perfomance space , social space , theater , Transforming Houses , urban renewal , York        

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Divers Discover a 52,000-Year-Old Underwater Forest Off the Coast of Alabama

July 9, 2013 by  
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Scuba divers recently uncovered an incredible ancient Cypress forest buried deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Spanning an area of 0.5 square miles, the underwater landscape has been protected by layers of sediment until the surges of Hurricane Katrina likely uncovered the trees in 2005. Experts believe that the preserved, 52,000 year-old forest will remain intact for just another few years, before wood-burrowing marine animals destroy it. Read the rest of Divers Discover a 52,000-Year-Old Underwater Forest Off the Coast of Alabama Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bald Cypress forest , endangered habitats , endangered places , Gulf of Mexico underwater forest , Hurricane Katrina , marine life , marine life conservation , marine preservation , underwater Cypress forest , underwater discoveries , Weeks Bay Foundation        

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