Melbourne architects turn an old terrace house into a gorgeous light-filled home

January 17, 2018 by  
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Melbourne-based Ben Callery Architects converted a compact terrace house with limited square footage into a contemporary, light-filled home by going upwards and outwards. The renovation introduced a large rooftop deck, and natural light floods the interior, providing a strong connection with the outdoors. The Beyond House also takes advantage of a number of sustainable features including passive heating and cooling, solar power , water harvesting, and repurposed materials. The old row home was previously cramped in between two walls with little light, but by bringing the home design upwards, the architects were able to outfit the top level with a gorgeous open-air deck that allows the homeowners to enjoy a private outdoor space. Although adding this indoor/outdoor connection to the home was imperative to the renovation, the owners were also focused on creating a strong sustainability portfolio for their new home. Related: Low-impact Abbotsford Eco House uses recycled materials wherever possible in Melbourne “The owners are serious about sustainability and wanted the new addition to be naturally comfortable, using the sun for heating, breezes for cooling, water harvesting, solar power, recycled materials (even re-using the old kitchen),” the architects said. “We looked beyond the site constraints and beyond the typical spatial boundaries within a terrace house’s rooms and levels.” The strong connection to the outdoors continues throughout the interior, which was outfitted with strategically placed windows to bring in as much natural light to the living space as possible. In fact, every room in the house has a floor-to-ceiling glass door that provides optimal light, further fusing the indoor with the outdoor. + Ben Callery Architects Via Freshome Photography by Peter Bennetts via Ben Callery Architects

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to choose the best HVAC for your home and the planet

February 16, 2015 by  
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Heating your home can be one of the biggest monthly expenses a homeowner has, accounting for anywhere from 35 to 50% of annual energy costs in colder areas. But modern HVAC systems can help alleviate not only the hefty price tag of heating a home, but also the heavy toll on the environment. When it comes time to replace your HVAC (or install a new one), choosing the right system can mean all the difference for your home, your wallet and the planet. The team at HVAC.com has put together this helpful infographic that will help you make the right choice for your space. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: How to choose the best HVAC for your home and the planet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: efficient heating and cooling , efficient homes , home efficiency , home heating and cooling , HVAC costs , HVAC efficiency , HVAC environmental costs , improving home efficiency

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

February 16, 2015 by  
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Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot—or wherever we may be at the moment—and I think: “Wow. This is all I own in the world.” Everything in the world that I have to my name is currently inside a 1975 International Harvester school bus, and really, we don’t have much. We bought the bus in Alaska and have driven it over 4,000 miles in 6 months, exploring the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest. Read the rest of How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: full time rv , how to live minimally , living in a bus , minimalist living , rv traveling , school bus renovation , small house , tiny house , tiny house living , voluntary simplicity

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Seal Those Ducts

October 6, 2011 by  
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Heating and cooling is one of the home’s biggest uses of energy, so it’s important to make sure all your ductwork is tightly sealed.

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