MUJIs $26k prefab huts are finally available for sale

November 7, 2017 by  
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The wait is over— MUJI’s microhomes are now officially on sale to the public. Ever since MUJI debuted their line of tiny prefabricated homes in 2015, fans of the minimalist design brand have eagerly awaited the chance to get their hands on one of their tiny prefabricated homes, called MUJI Huts , starting at a little over $26,000 USD. Per MUJI’s famous minimalist aesthetic, the MUJI Huts are elegant and understated. Timber surfaces and a light-tone color palette creates a cozy and welcoming character. The first MUJI Hut to hit the market is a compact 9-square-meter cabin clad in blackened timber and lined in domestic fir wood. Sliding glass doors let in ample natural light and open up to a small covered patio. The simplicity of the design makes it easy for the microhome to adapt to variety of environments and uses. Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall Base pricing for the MUJI Hut starts at 3 million yen (approximately $26,340 USD), tax and construction costs included. Insulation and electrical outlets are optional add-ons. Unfortunately, MUJI Hut is presently only available for sale in Japan—lucky residents can order a microhome from MUJI’s global flagship store at Yurakucho —but fans of the microhome are always welcome to test drive a MUJI Hut at the MUJI Camp in Tsumagoi , about an hour out of Tokyo via bullet train. + MUJI Hut Via SoraNews24

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Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

November 27, 2012 by  
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When Hoekstra was a kid in the 60s, he saw these classic  mobile  caravans still in use and he promised himself that one day he would buy one. When he bought his first fixer-upper, he was a graphic designer/illustrator in Amsterdam  – something that came in handy for designing, but didn’t exactly train him to be a builder. However, with borrowed tools, 20 weekends and a trek to the south of France, he eventually had a beautifully restored caravan. People loved the design and immediately started asking: Is it for sale? Is for rent? Do you know of other caravans for sale? Very few antique, restorable wagons were left, so Hoekstra decided to try his hand at designing and building one from scratch. He showed his early sketches to a friend who immediately bought it, and thus, a business was born. Soon after, Hoekstra realized he needed carpenters and a workshop pronto, so he traveled to the Czech Republic to set up shop. The wagons are built with beer , laughter, and fine workmanship. They are popular with different people; some live in their wagon permanently, campsites and hotels buy them to rent as romantic get-aways, and some are even used as backyard workshops or studies. There is even one reported to be a cozy waiting room for a dentist’s office in Switzerland. In total, Roulettes has built and sold 80 caravans and they are noticing a trend for clients wanting caravans with bathrooms and energy efficient features . Moreover, what attracts customers to the designs are their unique look, compact size, and the fact that they do not need a building permit. Hoekstra enjoys his clientele, saying: “Most are blessed with ‘good taste’. If not, they would buy a plastic mobile home for less money. It’s always fun for us to see how their new caravan is decorated. Most clients decorate their caravan with all kinds of fancy that they would never let into their houses; it is half the fun of owning one!” In addition to designing and building caravans and datchas , Roulottes has eight caravans for rent on a beautiful campsite near Ajoux, France. Roulottes has interest in wagons from the USA, but the shipping cost to the USA from Europe is prohibitive, so this European gypsy caravan building business is seeking collaboration in the California area. So – got a hammer, a love of history and a flair with the paintbrush? + Roulottes

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Kills 112 Because of Safety Issues

November 27, 2012 by  
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Late Saturday an industrial blaze took down a multi-level garment factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, claiming the lives of at least 112 people. The fire is said to be the country’s worst-ever in the industrial sector, and it eerily echoed a similar incident that  claimed 300 lives in Pakistan  back in September. “The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor so the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building,” Mohammad Mahbub, the operations director for fire department, told the  Associated Press . “Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , clean clothes campaign , Dhaka , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Fashion , forced labor , green , human rights , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style” title=”Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , walmart , workers rights

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Chevrolet Announces 2014 Spark EV Will Be Priced Under $25,000

November 27, 2012 by  
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General Motors has announced that when the 2014 Chevy Spark EV arrives next summer it will have a starting price under $25,000 after the available tax rebates. The 2014 Spark EV is based on the Spark minicar, but it’s powered by an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that is expected to have one of the longest electric driving ranges in its segment. Read the rest of Chevrolet Announces 2014 Spark EV Will Be Priced Under $25,000 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , chevy , Chevy electric vehicle , chevy spark ev , electric car , electric motor , GM , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery

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