Seattle teens build mobile tiny homes for local homeless community

November 29, 2016 by  
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We love stories about youth channelling their ideals into life-changing projects, especially when there are tiny homes involved. Last year, with guidance from the non-profit organization Sawhorse Revolution and various architecture, construction, and engineering professionals, a group of teens designed seven tiny homes for the Nickelsville homeless community network in Seattle. With construction, made possible by a successful crowdfunding campaign, nearing completion, the team is back with plans to build four more moveable eco-friendly structures, including a tiny house duplex that’s ideal for families. https://vimeo.com/191997252 Nickelsville comprises a network of self-governed homeless encampments on city-sanctioned land throughout Seattle. They are transitional communities, and their inhabitants move every three to 18 months. As a result, the homes and other structures that Sawhorse teens build have to be mobile. Following their successful crowdfunding campaign last year, Sawhorse Revolution has launched Impossible City 2: youth-built homes for homeless . They hoping to raise around $21,000 to build additional tiny homes, a security booth, and a duplex. Sawhorse Revolution program director Sarah Smith told Inhabitat, “Our second Indiegogo campaign has been inspired by the impact these houses make – on so many levels. First is the experience our students have learning about homelessness. Design requires empathy; when they design a tiny house for someone experiencing homelessness, our youth must research, interview, and put themselves in the shoes of our clients.” Related: Oregon man donates tiny homes to Standing Rock protestors The Parabay Homes duplex design acknowledges that families can’t always squeeze into 120 square feet. So last summer, students conceived a design that expands the space with two separate structures, yet facilitates connection between family members in their respective sections. Another design will make it more comfortable for the camp residents who staff a 24-hour security booth that also acts as an entrance and hub in each village. Lastly, the team plans to design “Tiny Home #9” that will “prototype murphy bed construction and other moving canopy parts that can expand living area without violating city codes.” According to Sawhorse Revolution, Seattle has approved six camps to provide transitional housing for area homeless. The camps work with the Low Income Housing Institute to provide temporary refuge until affordable housing opens up for people unable to sustain rising rent prices. “There’s a sense of motivation and purpose when we work together on these tiny homes – the teens, builders, volunteers, and designers that make up a project team for the Sawhorse Revolution tiny homes are transformed by sharing a common purpose,” Sarah said. “Learning in this setting is not abstract – it’s got a real motivation, and this allows our youth to learn crucial skills as they provide shelter and dignity for those who need it most.” + Sawhorse Revolution + Impossible City 2 on Indiegogo

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$20K studio in Virginia demonstrates straw bale can be viable in humid environments

October 4, 2016 by  
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Straw bale building offers an affordable, sustainable solution to materials like concrete. Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design demonstrated straw bale building will work even in wet climates with the Zeljo Studio , a 300-square-foot cottage in Arlington, Virginia . Built with reclaimed and scavenged materials, the studio cost less than $20K to build . The Zeljo Studio is comprised of a ” timber frame structure ,” with straw bales providing insulation . Wood siding provides an elegant exterior and the interior is finished with clay plaster locally sourced with soil from the building site. The foundation was already in place. Atop the dormers is a green roof to absorb rainwater and help a loft remain cool in warm summer weather. Due to the straw insulation, the studio stays warm in the winter without needing much heat. Related: Super-efficient straw-bale houses hit the market in the UK – piglets need not apply The owners of the studio found salvaged bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets, a kitchen sink, doors, and flooring for the loft. According to Koko, they obtained many of the materials for free. They even found new energy efficient windows that were “misordered” so were sold for a hefty discount. Koko wrote in an article , “By far, the biggest concern with strawbale walls, as with most materials in a wet or humid climate, is moisture.” She designed the straw bale studio in humid Virginia to help show straw bale buildings are still viable in wet climates. By targeting areas where water can sneak in, like at the wall base, windows, or roof eaves, straw bale homes work in places heavily exposed to moisture. Koko wrote an article outlining what steps home owners can take to protect their straw bale homes that can be read in detail here . + Down to Earth Design Images courtesy of Sigi Koko, Down to Earth Design

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Amagansett Dunes house is a passively cooled family home surrounded by rolling dunes

February 2, 2016 by  
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Camouflaged Thoreau cabin in the woods of Utrecht has no running water or electricity

November 24, 2015 by  
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David Baker’s Ultra-Efficient Net Zero Cottage Generates 30% More Energy Than it Consumes [PHOTOS]

February 17, 2014 by  
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Man Builds Cozy Tin Can Cabin out of Shipping Containers in Northern Wisconsin

February 17, 2014 by  
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Artist Calvin Seibert Sculpts Mindblowing Modernist Sandcastles in Hawaii

February 17, 2014 by  
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Off-Grid Storm Cottage is a Solar-Powered Timber Box on New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island

August 13, 2012 by  
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Garrison Architects’ Koby Cottage is a Beautiful Prefabricated Woodland Retreat

March 9, 2012 by  
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The Koby Cottage was designed by Garrison Architects for a boarding school for troubled teens in order to allow families to visit with their children in a private, domestic setting surrounded by nature. The 1,100 square foot prefab cottage consists of two modules raised and separated for light, space and privacy. Koby is the first building constructed using the KFS (Kullman Frame System), an extremely strong and efficient modular space frame system consisting of hollow tubular steel and allowing large cantilevers and window openings. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of Garrison Architects’ Koby Cottage is a Beautiful Prefabricated Woodland Retreat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “prefabricated housing” , “sustainable architecture” , Garrison Architects , green architecture , Green Building , green design , KFS prefab system , koby cottage , Kullman Frame System , prefab building , prefab house , prefabricated architecture , sustainable design

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Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings

February 16, 2012 by  
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This rebuilt summer lodge in Skåtøy, Norway by Filter Arkitekter blends into its beautiful surroundings while keeping a small environmental footprint.  The owners wanted a cottage that opened up to the stunning views of the Kragerø Archipelago but also had privacy indoors and out. The 1,075 square foot home gives them just that as well as a sedum-covered living roof and a natural interior made from stone and untreated wood. Read the rest of Green-Roofed Norwegian Summer Home Blends in With its Beautiful Surroundings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Green Building , green design , green roof , Green Summer House , Living Roof Homes , natural home , Norway Green Home , Small home , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

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