This tiny timber cabin was built from construction waste for under $30K

April 2, 2018 by  
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Transportable, versatile, and low-cost, this tiny timber cabin shows how crafty use of local and recycled materials can lead to impressive results. UK architecture firm Invisible Studio designed and built this mobile prototype using a combination of construction waste and locally grown unseasoned timber for just £20,000 ($28,105 USD). Called Trailer, the multifunctional structure follows in the footsteps of Invisible Studio’s previous projects, such as the Ghost Barn and their own studio space , both of which were built from timber sustainably grown and managed on site. Located in the woods near Invisible Studio’s workspace, the 430-square-foot Trailer project gets its name from the trailer the built structure sits on. The architects designed the building so that it can be legally transported on a public highway and added a removable wheeled “bogey” beneath the steel chassis for ease of use. “The project aims to provide a super low cost, versatile, useable space that could act as a kit of parts for any self builder to improvise around or easily adapt,” wrote Invisible Studio. “While conceived as a domestic space, it could easily function as a workspace or something else.” Related: Ghost Barn built of locally felled timber glows like a lantern at night Corrugated fiberglass and steel clad the building, while high-performance interlocking polycarbonate panels cover the two gabled ends to allow an ample amount of natural light indoors. The interior is lined in used shuttering plywood and all the joinery, including the two staircases, is crafted from plywood offcuts. Leftover blue rope, sourced from a previous project, is used for the handrails. The doors and insulation were also reclaimed and the roof lights were purchased as factory seconds. To reduce milling costs, the architects used timber of the “same section,” meaning timber was cut into 125 millimeter-by-50-millimeter pieces and then laminated up into the structural sections for the cross frames. + Invisible Studio Via Dezeen Images by Piers Taylor

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Low-Cost Lapdeck is a Recycled Cardboard Laptop Desk You Can Take Anywhere

November 19, 2014 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Despite all the buzz about standing desks , there are still times when you want to sit down somewhere comfortable, like in bed or on the couch, and work on your laptop. Of course, laptop desks have been around a long time, but they’re usually bulky and expensive. Now that laptops are lighter than ever – enter the Lapdeck : a laptop desk made of recycled corrugated cardboard , so it’s recyclable, lightweight and portable. Its creator says the Lapdeck’s cantilevered design makes it plenty sturdy for supporting your laptop (or even a 25-pound laser printer) as long as it’s on a soft surface. Factor in the Lapdeck’s low price and compact design and it’s easy to keep one handy when a typical laptop desk just wouldn’t work, such as while traveling. Lapdeck is on Kickstarter right now, and is only $10 including shipping, or $25 for three. They’ll ship in time for the holidays too. Lapdeck is just a few thousand dollars short of its fundraising target, with until Tuesday 25 November to go, so check it out if you like comfortable emailing and Hulu-ing. + Lapdeck 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: cardboard , cardboard laptop desk , kickstarter , Lapdeck , laptop desk , lightweight , low-cost , reader submitted content , recyclable , recycled

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Artist Victor Moore Built This Incredible Junk Castle for Just $500

June 24, 2014 by  
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Beautiful Tiered Treehouse Looks Like a Japanese-Style Pagoda

June 24, 2014 by  
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This charming tiered treehouse might have you thinking you’d been transported to the Orient, but it’s actually located on the other side of the globe in upstate New York. Built by Luderowski Architect, the peaceful Japanese-style structure hugs a single tree and can be accessed by a simple rope ladder. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adirondack Mountains , Japanese influences , Japanese pagoda , long lake , Luderowski architect , new Adirondack style , nils luderowski , pagoda , pagoda treehouse , pyramidal treehouse , reinhold treehouse , treehouse , upstate New York

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GM boosts 2014 Malibu fuel efficiency at low cost

September 2, 2013 by  
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Combination of three technologies leads to 12 percent improvement, which will save owners $2,000.

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IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016

October 1, 2012 by  
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IKEA , the massive Swedish furniture retailer that brought scandinavian design to the masses, is now going to bring LED lighting to the world in a big way. The company just announced that it will sell only LED bulbs by the year 2016, and it’s given LED bulbs away to all of its 130,000 employees worldwide. The reason is simple – LEDs outlast incandescent bulbs twenty fold, and they produce the same quality of light while consuming nearly 90% less energy. IKEA was also the first US retailer to stop selling incandescent bulbs  back in 2011. Read the rest of IKEA Announces That it Will Sell Only LED Lighting By 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ikea LED , LED , LED conversion , LED design , LED lamps , low cost LED

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Helsinki Plant Tram is a Participatory Urban Garden Project by Wayward Plants and Dodo

October 1, 2012 by  
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Helsinki Plant Tram is a participatory urban gardening project in which a stunning garden—with planters that form a representation of a “magical tram line”—was populated with plants that were donated by members of the public who traveled, en mass, via public transit to bring their contributions to the garden. The project was designed and produced by the London-based landscape practice Wayward Plants , in collaboration with the local environmental organization, Dodo, and it was commissioned by the British Council for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 . 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 Helsinki Plant Tram is a Participatory Urban Garden Project by Wayward Plants and Dodo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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