Passive House-inspired home ushers in spectacular Grand Tetons views

September 17, 2018 by  
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The sublime beauty of the Grand Tetons is fully embraced in the stunning House of Fir, a forever home that boasts sustainable and durable elements throughout. Designed by Wyoming-based architecture firm kt814 for a pair of retirees who actively volunteer for the National Park Service, this Jackson Hole abode was crafted to prioritize low-maintenance comfort with passive house design principles and universal design for aging in place. In fact, the home’s energy-efficient construction was put to the test this past winter, when the homeowners lost power — the home was able to stay comfortably snug for four consecutive days despite below-zero temperatures outside. The House of Fir comprises three connected pavilion-like units clad in Douglas fir and cedar that span a total area of 2,500 square feet, plus a 685-square-foot garage. Sloped rooflines help the structures shed snow in winter. Architects Rich Assenberg and Nathan Gray of kt814 carefully positioned the home to follow passive solar principles and to maximize privacy as well as unobstructed views of the spectacular Teton Range. The key to success was the installation of FSC-certified Thermo Clad Pine, triple-glazed windows that usher in landscape views; the strategic placement of the full-height glazing also blocks views of the homes to the east and west. Related: Modern open-plan home in Jackson Hole reduces construction waste with six prefab units In addition to triple-glazed windows, the House of Fir incorporates an airtight double wall system with superior insulation and hydronic radiant-floor heating . Local designer Jacque Jenkins-Stireman dressed the clean and modern interiors in a natural material palette that matches the architecture to keep the focus on the outdoors. For instance, many of the furnishings, like the kitchen cabinet doors, dining table and master bedroom furniture were constructed from a mixture of walnut. Alex Everett, the homeowner’s son-in-law, also handcrafted custom pieces for the house, giving it a personal touch. + kt814 Images by David Agnello

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An off-grid cabin on a remote island is inspired by Japanese design

September 17, 2018 by  
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Tasmania-based firm Maguire + Devine Architects has created a gorgeous Japanese-inspired, off-grid tiny cabin tucked away into a remote island off the coast of Tasmania. The 301-square-foot home is designed to operate completely off the grid and comes complete with solar panels and a rainwater collection system. The tiny cabin is located on 99 acres of Bruny Island, a tranquil destination just off the Tasmanian coast. Using minimalist design features, the architects set about to create a soothing retreat that would evoke a sense of serenity and have a strong connection to the surrounding landscape. Related: This off-grid cabin in the pristine Alaskan wilderness can only be reached by sea or air The compact cabin is clad in bush fire-resistant wood siding at its base and enclosed on one side with zincalume metal siding, which is also used for the sloped roof. The shed-like roofline adds character to the design, but it’s also a strategic feature that allows more space for solar panels . Taking advantage of the location, the architects positioned the cabin to open up to the east and west so that the homeowners could enjoy early morning and afternoon sunshine. According to the architects, the design for the off-grid cabin was inspired by their client’s love of Japanese minimalist design. “Our brief was to capture that love and design a building as a piece of furniture with everything she needs built in,” the firm said. “The only furniture allowed was a low table and mattress on the sleeping loft.” Inside, the living space, which is clad in light-colored wooden panels, is bright and airy, illuminated with natural light from a large skylight. Two large sliding doors open up to two wooden decks facing east and west, creating a seamless connection between the inside and the outside. The low-lying platforms were built without railings, so nothing obstructs the views of the surrounding wilderness. To provide the ultimate retreat experience, one of the decks includes a recessed tub for the resident to relax while watching the sun go down. The two large sliding doors are made out of transparent glazing, another nod to Japanese design . “Translucent glass in the sliding doors references the light qualities of Japanese rice-paper screens, creating a sense of enclosure and privacy at night, while encouraging the occupant to open them during the day,” the architects explained. “They also prevent birds, including the endangered swift parrot, from attempting to fly through the building and striking the glass.” Located at the back of the home is a compact kitchen, equipped with a Nectre Bakers oven that is not only used for cooking but also supplies sustainable heating in the colder months. The bedroom is located in a sleeping loft accessible by ladder. An elevated seating area with a large window provides the most stunning views of the island. + Maguire + Devine Architects Via Dwell Photography by Rob Maver via Maguire + Devine Architects

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Eco-friendly Zagbox snaps together in a pinch for unique multipurpose storage

May 27, 2016 by  
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Ikea -style flat pack meets eco-friendly design and simple assembly in Zagbox , a line of containers for household objects designed to be beautiful, useful, and environmentally responsible. Zagbox is laser cut from sustainably grown wood and shipped flat, for users to assemble like a 3D puzzle. The unique and ornamental appearance of Zagbox actually derives from being designed to assemble easily without tools or fasteners. “Living hinge” edges give the wood flexibility, and reduce the number of pieces to assemble by allowing the sides to be made from a continuous piece of material. The boxes also incorporate dovetail joints, which snap into place and join the pieces securely. Each box takes about 2 minutes to assemble. Currently, there are three Zagbox designs: the diminutive Lichen (3″ tall), the intermediate Moss (4.5″ tall) and the heftier Fern (6″ tall). Each container is multipurpose; for example, an upcycled salsa jar can be added to the Moss as a liner to expand its use as a planter, vase, or luminary. Sustainability is a central focus of Zagbox. The biodegradable boxes are made of FSC-certified wood and natural shellac finish, they are produced with renewable energy, and the flat pack design reduces packaging and shipping impact. + Zagbox 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!

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LEED Platinum Skyline Residence is designed to generate as much energy as it consumes

March 22, 2016 by  
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Recobin Home: Attractive FSC-certified Plywood Recycle Bins Double as Attractive Modular Furniture

November 14, 2014 by  
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Are tacky plastic recycle bins an eyesore in your home? The folks at Recobin , a Hungary-based green startup, feel your pain. That’s why they created Recobin Home, a line of modular and attractive recycling bins made from 100-percent FSC-certified birch plywood. The stylish bins are stackable to save space and are available in three different sizes and four different finishes. Recobin Home is designed to ship flat-pack and can be easily assembled without the need of extra tools. Want to bring these gorgeous bins into your home? Head over to the Recobin Home Indiegogo Campaign to help the team get rolling on production. + Recobin Home 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , attractive recycle bins , Birch-Plywood , fsc certified , indiegogo campaign , modular furniture , modular recycle bin , plywood furniture , reader submitted content , Recobin , Recobin Home , recycle bins

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Infinity Screen’s FSC-Certified Paper Modules Easily Interlock into Flexible Curtains and Wall Dividers

July 1, 2014 by  
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David Weeks Studio recently unveiled the Infinity Screen, a modular and lightweight wall divider that can be easily customized to fit a variety of architectural spaces. The installation is created from interlocking FSC-certified card stock paper cut into four-by-six inch rectangles. The paper material can also be printed in custom patterns or colors. A stainless-steel mounting bracket suspends each Infinity Screen per 36-inch length. + David Weeks Studio 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , card stock paper , david weeks studio , david weeks studio infinity screen , fsc certified , infinity screen , modular curtain , modular wall , paper screen , Paper Wall , reader submitted content

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Google Uses Street View to Create an Incredible Library of Global Urban Art

July 1, 2014 by  
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Seattle’s Bertschi Elementary School is the World’s Fourth Living Building

April 18, 2013 by  
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Seattle’s Bertschi Elementary School was just certified as the world’s fourth Living Building! The elementary school, situated in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, is a 3,380-square-foot interactive learning environment filled with numerous green features – including composting toilets, solar panels and a slew of other additions that allowed it to meet the rigorous standards of the  Living Building Challenge 2.0 . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bertschi living science wing , bertschi school , brigitte bertschi , Capitol Hill , Energy Recovery Ventilator , ethnobotanical garden , fsc certified , KMD Architects , leed certified , Living Building Challenge , restorative design collective , Seattle        

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Rotunda Living’s Tiny Eco-Friendly Roundhouses Are Inspired by Yurts

January 4, 2013 by  
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Rotunda Living , a new small house builder in the UK, has developed a range of small, contemporary roundhouses that would be perfect for a holiday getaway or a backyard studio. The structures are similar to yurts, but with solid walls. Founder Gemma Roe plans to use locally-sourced materials and support a UK supply chain without compromising on quality and beauty. ”I just don’t think there are enough Roundhouses around nowadays,” says Roe. ”The rectilinear world is frustratingly dull and I just want to provide people with the opportunity to step into another environment for once to experience something a little magical.” + Rotunda Living 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard studio , circular house , eco construction , eco-friendly structures , fsc certified , Gemma Roe , green architecture , housing , local materials , rotunda , Rotunda Living , Roundhouse , tiny homes , tiny house , UK , Yurt

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The Local Paper Makes Gorgeous Eco Gift Wrap

February 2, 2010 by  
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Here’s a source for gift wrap paper that is as beautiful as it is eco-conscious. Known as The Local Paper , these couture coverings are based on unique themes that are inspired by the designers’ travel, nature, and life

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