This custom tiny home features a surprisingly spacious interior

June 13, 2018 by  
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Creating a comfortable living space is the always first challenge of tiny home design . Although many people decide to forgo a spacious sleeping area for a larger living room, the savvy tiny home builders from Alabama Tiny Homes have created the ultra-sophisticated Journey tiny house, which includes a gorgeous loft space with high ceilings guaranteed to not bump heads. The Journey was specifically crafted for a client who was looking for a micro-dwelling on wheels with a relatively spacious interior. The result is a beautiful tiny home with an interior that rivals any contemporary home twice its size. Related: These solar-powered tiny homes are designed just for millennials Clad in 6-inch cedar planks with aqua blue accents, the exterior of the structure is rustic, but sophisticated. This luxury cabin feel continues into the 324-square-foot interior, which is strategically comfortable, functional and stylish. The kitchen is large, with plenty of counter space. Along with a stainless steel fridge, stove top oven and dishwasher, the kitchen offers a six-bottle wine stand. The living area, designed in a parlor layout, is extremely inviting. Well lit with an abundance of natural light , this space is a homey lounge with various seats configured to encourage conversation. When guests stay, the room can be easily cleared out for a trundle bed, which is stored in the bathroom when not in use. Although the first floor’s design is stunning to say the least, at the very core of the Journey’s design is its ultra-high ceiling. This enabled the designers to go vertical and add a second level. Starting at the kitchen, a stairwell with built-in drawers leads up to the sleeping loft , which is big enough for a queen-sized bed. The tiny home includes several energy-efficient features in order to withstand various climates. A closed cell spray foam insulation and double-pane windows help the residents save money on utilities.  LED lighting throughout the home, along with an electric hot water heater, also reduces energy usage. + Alabama Tiny Homes Via New Atlas Images via Alabama Tiny Homes

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Breezy Verandah House embraces indoor-outdoor living in India

June 7, 2018 by  
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A curvilinear form, large glazed windows, and a natural material palette tie this spacious contemporary home into lush surroundings on the outskirts of Ahmedabad in western India. Ahmedabad-based architecture firm MODO Designs crafted the breezy home—named The Verandah House—for their clients, the Munshaw family, who sought a home that would embrace the outdoors and be filled with natural light. The home’s curvaceous form derives its inspiration from an old ancestral house as well as from the existing natural topography and features. Located on a lushly planted four-acre plot, the 6,781-square-foot Verandah House serves as an antidote to city living. The clients previously owned a 20th-century colonial style house in a densely populated area in Ahmedabad and desired a new home that avoided “a rigid box formation.” The brief called for an indoor-outdoor design with large interiors to accommodate the family’s collection of artifacts, paintings, Persian rugs, books and ancestral furniture. The home is defined by a spacious veranda with a cantilevered roof that wraps around the east side of the home. The house bends to optimize views of the lily pond, which can be seen from the entry veranda as well as the lower and upper verandas. Inside, the house is organized around a daylit central spine that divides the living room, dining area, library and master bedroom from the secondary bedrooms, kitchen and storage areas housed in the rear bay. A large parking deck occupies the north end of the site. Related: This luxury Miami home brings the tropical landscape indoors “The house is a fusion of raw character of outdoor spaces and the finesse of the interiors,” wrote the architects. “The exterior material palette is natural jute panels on the curving beam face, Valsadi wood paneling, and doors, concrete ceilings, terracotta colored rough surface and rough Kotah stone flooring. This is further complemented by old renovated wood and cane furniture in the verandah spaces. The interior space, in contrast, has white walls, polished Kotah stone. The interior space fuses old and customized new furniture along with lots of artifacts, paintings, and Persian rugs.” + MODO Designs Via ArchDaily Images by Bharat Aggarwal

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Finland’s Green Party says humanity must embrace nuclear power

April 17, 2017 by  
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Nuclear energy must be an option as humanity shifts away from fossil fuels , according to a recent article penned by four candidates of Finland’s Green Party , or Green League. The party strictly opposed the controversial fuel source in the past, but these four candidates said we’re running out of time to fight climate change and no longer have the luxury of picking between renewable energy and nuclear power. Humanity should take another look at nuclear power, according to Jakke Mäkelä, Tuomo Liljenbäck, Markus Norrgran, and Heidi Niskanen of the Finnish Greens. They wrote a March 6 blog post, translated by J.M. Korhonen , detailing why Finland should develop nuclear energy. Related: Germany’s massive nuclear fusion reactor is actually working Finland’s temperatures are spiking quicker than any other place in the world due to climate change, according to Forbes contributor James Conca. The country has pledged to end coal use by 2030, but they’re also widely utilizing biomass . The four Greens condemned the government’s burning of wood chips for power since it emits carbon dioxide and will destroy forests . The Greens said renewable energy won’t be able to help us wean completely off fossil fuels yet. They said solar and wind work very well up to a point, but on a large scale require lots of raw materials and land. They pointed to Germany, which shuttered nuclear power plants, but the consequence was renewable energy largely replaced nuclear energy and not fossil fuels. The four Greens said we no longer have the option of choosing between renewables and nuclear. They wrote, “Unless we spend a lot more money in all clean energy sources, we are certain to be doomed.” Korhonen notes their viewpoint is not an official recommendation from the Green Party or of the Viite, the technology and science subgroup of which Mäkelä is vice-chairman and the others are members. It’s simply the opinion of the four candidates, who were up for election in Turku. The Green Party won 12 percent of the total vote in the recent elections, gaining seats and winning the largest share in their history. Via J.M. Korhonen and Forbes Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Man transforms 700-year-old sandstone cave into his luxury dream home

January 18, 2016 by  
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Oil spills will be cleaned up with eco-friendly magnetic wands in the future

January 18, 2016 by  
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In the last 40 years or so there have been 13 major oil spills worldwide. Despite our dependence on oil, we have not yet come up with an effective way of cleaning up after our devastating messes. A physicist at Fermilab , however, has come up with an environmentally-friendly way to sop up oil spills without the use of chemicals, and with the ability to reuse the collected oil. The surprisingly simple answer is to  use magnets . Read the rest of Oil spills will be cleaned up with eco-friendly magnetic wands in the future

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World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

January 18, 2016 by  
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Researchers from Durham University have discovered what appears to be a massive canyon system beneath Antarctica’s ice. Using satellite data, geologists have mapped out a system over 1,000 kilometers long (621 miles), with sections that run up to 1 kilometer deep (3,280 feet) in the Princess Elizabeth Land region on the eastern side of the continent. For comparison, the Grand Canyon is only about 446 kilometers (277 miles) long. Read the rest of World’s most massive canyon may be hidden beneath Antarctic ice

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Tesla is working on an electric motor that lasts a million miles

November 10, 2015 by  
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Built-in obsolescence is so passé. Tesla is working to develop a new motor that could help people keep their luxury electric cars even longer, without expensive mechanic bills. CEO Elon Musk announced in the most recent investor update that Tesla engineers are working on a new version of its electric drive unit that could have a lifespan of one million miles. Read the rest of Tesla is working on an electric motor that lasts a million miles

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Mercedes-Benz autonomous fuel cell Tokyo Vision concept car is a lounge on wheels

October 30, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz  is giving us its vision of the future with its latest concept vehicles, like the F 015 Luxury in Motion concept . Now the automaker is at it again with the Vision Tokyo concept that has debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show . On the outside, the Vision Tokyo concept looks like a sleek city friendly van, but inside and under the hood it’s packed with technologies and luxuries that will be available in the not too distant future. Or, as Mercedes puts it, it’s an autonomous “automotive lounge for a future generation of megacities.” Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz autonomous fuel cell Tokyo Vision concept car is a lounge on wheels

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Tiffany & Co.’s new CSO on polishing the jewelry supply chain

July 28, 2015 by  
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Anisa Kamadoli Costa, chief sustainability officer of the luxury jeweler, on the next frontiers for tackling the industry’s notoriously unsustainable supply chain.

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

March 19, 2015 by  
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Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that allows manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell directly to customers in the Garden State. Last week, the NJ Senate Commerce Commission passed the measure , allowing the bill to go to vote on the Senate floor, where it passed 30-2. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie signed the bill. This win is a long-time coming for the electric car maker. Tesla hasn’t released a public statement in response to the bill’s passing, but surely, CEO Elon Musk is thrilled that this impediment has been lifted. Read the rest of Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: direct sales of electric cars , electric car sales , electric cars , elon musk , gov chris christie , governor chris christie , new jersey , nj tesla sales ban , tesla , tesla direct sales , Tesla sales ban , tesla sales ban lifted

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