Charming home uses local, natural materials to pay homage to a chestnut tree

September 21, 2018 by  
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Young Czech architecture firm Valarch Studio has completed a modest yet elegant family house built largely of timber to reference the property’s old chestnut tree in the garden. Named the Chestnut House, the home spans a compact footprint of just 840 square feet and comprises two sections: a larger living area and a smaller, green-roofed technical area united via a multifunctional vestibule. All building materials were locally sourced whenever possible with an emphasis on natural materials. When Valarch Studio was tapped with turning the small site, a former recreation area, into a place for a family home, the team’s attention was captured by the large chestnut tree growing in an overrun field. The architects decided to use that tree as a focal point for the property and allowed it to dictate the orientation and overall atmosphere of the home. “The dark brown house surrounded by the lush green landscape mirrors a chestnut breaking out of its thorny green shell,” the architects said. “It is built of raw, untreated wood with burnt lining to complement the solid chestnut tree.” Timber also lines the minimally detailed interiors, which are fitted with large windows that flood the rooms with natural light and frame views of the lush outdoors. The interior layout is split into two sections joined together with a vestibule that includes wood storage and extends into an outdoor covered terrace with seating. The living areas, located at the heart of the home, are housed in a double-height space with a small loft guestroom above. The master suite and kid’s bedroom are located on the north side of the house. Related: Compact Karst House offers a contemporary twist on classic countryside living in Slovenia Completed for a cost of approximately $160,000 USD, the Chestnut House was built with wood framing and a steel skeleton and elevated on iron and concrete supports. + Valarch Studio Photography by Jakub Skokan and Martin T?ma / BoysPlayNice

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Enchanting tiny home combines French rustic charms and modern luxuries

June 23, 2017 by  
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French rustic charms and modern luxuries come together in this beautiful tiny home on wheels. France’s tiny house company Baluchon has outdone themselves again in their latest build called the Ostara, a tiny home built on a six-meter trailer. Currently located near a horse farm in Toulouse, the light-filled timber abode looks surprisingly spacious despite its small size and sleeps two in a loft bedroom. Custom built for clients Nathalie and Sebastien, Ostara was named after the stable close to the tiny home’s location. Although charming and rustic on the outside, the spruce -clad Ostara makes a grand impression with its large French doors flanked with curtains that open up to a light-filled living room. A large 1.8-meter-long sofa forms the living room’s focal point and can also comfortably lodge an overnight guest. A small bookcase, wood-burning stove , and a small dining table that accommodates three people is located to the left. To the right of the living room is the kitchen with a full-size sink, pantry, two-burner stovetop, fridge/freezer, and a gorgeous extendable wooden countertop. The bathroom with a full-size shower and composting toilet are tucked into the end of the home. Related: Fully-furnished tiny house from France easily fits a family of three A corner staircase with built-in storage leads up to the mezzanine with a large loft bed . Multiple double-glazed openings, including a broad bay window and one-meter-wide circular window, punctuate the home and provide views of the horses and rural surroundings. Sheep wool, cotton, linen, hemp, and wood fibers were used for insulation. The home is made from locally sourced materials. Baluchon’s beautiful homes are only delivered in France due to the company’s desire to limit carbon emissions. + Baluchon Via Tiny House Talk

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Daring, glass-bottomed loft maximizes space in an edgy Romanian home

January 8, 2016 by  
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LEED Gold-seeking Chicago Chinatown library embodies ancient Feng Shui

January 8, 2016 by  
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Ford plans to focus on drone and self-driving technology, but not in partnership with Google

January 8, 2016 by  
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This week, Ford made a number of announcements during its press conference at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), taking place this week in Las Vegas. It was rumored the car maker would announce a joint venture with Google to build autonomous cars , but that is not what happened. Instead, Ford revealed a new partnership with Amazon and dronemaker DJI, as well as additions to console software and “infotainment” systems. Although the carmaker plans to test its self-driving cars this summer, Ford makes it clear that its priorities are focused on advancing in-auto technologies. Read the rest of Ford plans to focus on drone and self-driving technology, but not in partnership with Google

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Ambitious Teenager Sicily Kolbeck Builds Tiny 128-Sq.-Ft. Home for $10,000

July 27, 2014 by  
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The youngest tiny house builder on record recently completed building her micro-home for just $10,000! Ambitious fourteen-year-old Sicily Kolbeck started constructing her 128-square-foot home two years ago as part of a school project and decked out the cozy dwelling with a loft bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. She received help along the way from her successful Indiegogo campaign as well as from community members in the burgeoning tiny house movement. Click through to see Sicily give a tour of her wonderful new abode! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 128 square foot home , Inhabitots , loft bedroom , micro home , middle schooler builds tiny house , sicily kolbeck , tiny home , tiny house , youngest tiny house builder

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