Solar-powered forever home is a modern take on the rustic farmhouse

December 13, 2017 by  
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‘Waste not want not’ seems to be a motto of Horseshoe Farm Residence, a modern solar-powered farmhouse built with reclaimed materials in North Carolina. The clients, a couple seeking an off-grid forever home, tapped design-build firm Buildsense to craft the two-story home set on land the couple had lived on and used for over 15 years. Modern finishes paired with rustic recycled materials like the brick and barn siding give the home a timeless appeal perfect for aging in place. Located in Creedmoor, the Horseshoe Farm Residence was designed with inspiration from the clients’ grandfather who ran a farm where nothing went to waste. “He would deconstruct older structures when beyond repair, remove every nail, and fastidiously hammer them back to straight form for reuse,” said Buildsense. “New structures were planned for durability, utility, and longevity.” In keeping with these thrifty ways, the architects used recycled materials , from concrete slabs to reclaimed barn siding, and used low-maintenance materials like corrugated steel cladding for durability. Related: Charming Italian farmhouse hides a surprisingly modern interior in Tuscany The Horseshoe Farm Residence also boasts off-grid capability. Solar panels power the home, while the rainwater stored in two large cisterns can be used for flushing toilets. The home’s many windows and orientation on an east-west axis take advantage of passive solar. In contrast to its rugged exterior, the interior features timber, white walls, and bright pops of color for a softer appearance. Large windows bring the outdoors in. + Buildsense Via Dezeen Images via Lissa Gotwals Photography

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Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

October 9, 2017 by  
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Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at the heart of SILO. From the HVAC system to lighting, these engineered systems work in tandem to create a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. An energy monitoring system sends feedback to the central control system to improve efficiency and includes the ability to sell excess energy generated by the 8.5-kW rooftop solar array back to the grid. The homeowner can also control all of the home’s systems manually via smartphone or voice commands. Related: The Nest home is a solar-powered prefab made from recycled shipping containers SILO features a flexible open-floor plan that emphasizes views of the outdoors and access to natural light. The light-filled home feels much larger than its actual size thanks to a high-ceiling living area and glazing that wraps both ends of the home. A graywater system feeds into a beautiful water wall, while treated water is reused for irrigation of non-edible landscaping such as the movable green wall. A clay plaster made partly with recycled materials was used as wall paint and boasts air-purifying and humidity-regulating benefits. SILO was designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 and will return to Missouri to be part of the university’s eco-village after the competition. + Solar Decathlon Images by Mike Chino

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Min2s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

January 8, 2017 by  
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Min2’s Dune House dramatically rises out of a coastal dune crest in North Holland. Designed to match the vernacular of the surrounding landscape, the three-story house and studio echoes the shape of a dune or a windswept group of trees. Fitting into an undulating landscape, the Dune House also explores a reinterpretation of the traditional Dutch farmhouse with a modern and sustainable twist. To create a seamless connection with the landscape from the interior, the architects designed large windows to frame views of the sea to the north and the rolling dune landscapes to the south. Exposed Douglas fir columns with bark, visible arched wooden joists and the warm hues of a boxy poplar staircase help bring the effect of nature indoors. On the exterior, clay roof tiles were specially designed to visually match the rough finish and color of the fir columns to complete the romantic, rustic appeal. The Dune House was also built with sustainability in mind. To generate power sustainably, the architects installed glass with superior insulation as well as an air pump and glass vacuum tube system to provide heating and cooling, rather than relying on natural gas as an energy source. The studio spaces are located on the ground floor while the living areas are situated upstairs in a two-story loft to take advantage of the “marvelous views of the sea and the dune area.” + Min2 Via Dezeen Images via Min2

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HOW TO: Make delicious caramelized pears with cinnamon and nuts

January 8, 2017 by  
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Looking for an indulgent sweet treat without refined sugars? This recipe for caramelized pears should hit the spot! All you’ll need are fresh pears, cinnamon , real maple syrup, pecans, and an oven. The oven-roasted pears topped with gooey sweet syrup and nuts are a delicious way to start any morning or end any meal.

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