Enjoy a mint julep on this tiny farmhouse’s charming front porch

November 2, 2018 by  
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If there is one thing that typically eludes tiny home design, it’s open-air space. That’s what makes this gorgeous, modern farmhouse so incredible. Designed by Perch & Nest , Roost 36 is a tiny home on wheels with a large front porch, which was built out of 100 percent recycled composite materials. Even better, the house, which is listed on Airbnb , is located on an idyllic 4-acre farm, letting guests enjoy the amazing scenery from one very cozy front porch. Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Roost 36 was created for a family of four. It boasts non-toxic materials and many energy-efficient features . The exterior is an elongated volume painted white with an A-frame roof, reminiscent of barns and farmhouses found in the area. At one end of the tiny home is a surprisingly large deck, which was built from 100 percent recycled composite. A glass entry wall can be opened completely, blending the interior and exterior spaces. A brilliant system of retractable screens lets residents further open the space or close it off completely while still enjoying fresh air. Related: This tiny farmhouse on wheels starts at 63K On the inside, a comfortable sofa faces a wall with built-in shelving with enough room for the television and various knick-knacks. Large windows and four skylights on the cathedral ceilings naturally brighten the space. There is a fully-equipped kitchen with concrete countertops, a deep farmhouse sink and a very cool, renovated SMEG icebox as a refrigerator. Past the kitchen, a rather spacious bathroom comes installed with a farm-style tub and a composting toilet . There are two sleeping lofts on either side of the tiny home. The master bedroom is reached by steps that double as storage. Underneath the master bedroom is a smaller sleeping nook that can be used as a kids’ room or guest room. On the other side of the home is another sleeping loft, which is 8 feet deep and reached by a library ladder. The tiny home is available for rent on Airbnb , starting around $120 per night. Guests can enjoy the serenity of the area, especially the roaming farm animals and expansive nature found on the site. Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks are a short drive away and offer tons of hiking and biking trails. + Perch and Nest Via Tiny House Talk Images via Perch and Nest

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A 6-foot-tall man lives comfortably in this custom tiny home

September 12, 2018 by  
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We’ve seen tiny homes built for a number of distinct uses, such as homes for veterans , students and families. But one “large” group has been left out of the movement — until now. The Light Haus is a tiny home on wheels custom-built for a couple, including a man who is over six feet tall. Designed by Vina Lustado from Sol Haus Design , the light-filled home has an interior height of 6’8″. Going vertical didn’t mean sacrificing on space or style; the house has two separate offices, tons of storage space, a luxurious bathroom with a rainfall shower and even special access for the couple’s cat. Anna and Kevin approached Vina with their hopes of finding a tiny home on wheels that would be comfortable for Kevin’s height, but still provide the amenities of a traditional home. By creating a height clearance of 6’8″, there would be ample room for him to stand up, but that wasn’t sufficient when it came to creating a spacious living area. Therefore, the solution was to extend the structure horizontally to 24 feet long, which added much-needed space. The living space is flooded with natural light thanks to an abundance of windows, especially the multiple clerestory windows that wrap around the home’s upper level. The layout has a central living area with a compact kitchen on one side. On the adjacent wall, stairs with hidden storage lead up to the sleeping loft. Again, space efficiency was essential here, so there is a whopping 4’6″ of space above the loft. Related: This off-grid, prefab tiny cabin in Michigan fits a family of five A light color palette and custom-made, multi-functional furniture give the space a fresh, modern aesthetic. Ample storage in every nook and cranny helps keep the space clutter-free. Adding to the healthy atmosphere is the fact that the tiny home was built with non-toxic materials . + Vina Lustado Via Tiny House Talk Images via Vina’s Tiny House

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Researchers Create Cheaper and Greener OLED Lights Using Inkjet Printers

June 6, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) aren’t quite as energy efficient as normal LEDs, but they’re still far more efficient than traditional light bulbs, and new research could revolutionize the production of OLEDs. Researchers from the University of Louisville in Kentucky are developing  “hybrid” OLEDs that are combined with inorganic quantum dots that increase both the efficiency and the range of colors that can be produced. But the most interesting wrinkle of the new research is how they’ll be produced—with inkjet printers. Read the rest of Researchers Create Cheaper and Greener OLED Lights Using Inkjet Printers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Delaina Amos , energy efficient lighting , green lighting , hybrid quantum dot LEDs , Inkjet printers , LED lights , LEDs , non-toxic materials , OLEDs , Organic light emitting diodes , University of Louisville        

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German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

June 6, 2013 by  
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Scientists at Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion batteries yet. The super lithium-ion batteries could be used in electric vehicles and as solar power storage systems — and in an electric car they will retain 85% of their capacity after being charged every day for “about 27.4 years.” Read the rest of German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 10000 complete charging and discharging cycles , batteries for electric vehicles , batteries for solar power storage systems , battery capacity , battery power density , center for solar energy and hydrogen research baden-wurttemburg , efficient lithium-ion batteries , german federal ministry of economics and technology , german federal ministry of education and research , large pouch cells , large prismatic cells , short charging times for electric vehicles , superior acceleration for electric vehicles , wind and solar power storage , zsw , zsw laboratory for battery technology        

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Tepco Admits that Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles

June 6, 2013 by  
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The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or Tepco , have reversed its earlier statements that the water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is not contaminated. The utility company has detected low levels of radioactive particles in the groundwater flowing into the plant, an occurrence that they had previously dismissed. The admittance stands as one of a growing list of errors that have taken place during the cleanup effort, and has drawn criticism of the government for choosing to place the recovery of the plant into the hands of the company whose failings during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami allowed the disaster to reach catastrophic levels. Read the rest of Tepco Admits that Water at Fukushima is Contaminated by Radioactive Particles Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cesium , contamination , fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant , groundwater , Japan , radioactive , reactor , TEPCO , tokyo electric power company , united states        

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Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario

March 19, 2010 by  
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Sustain Design Studio ’s newest prefab home , the 12×36 TRIO, recently landed in Brighton, Ontario. With its butterfly roof and passive solar design , the California Edition of the Trio is energy-efficient, has a small environmental footprint, and it is available at an affordable price . Read the rest of Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: butterfly roof , eco design , green design , low VOC , non-toxic materials , Ontario , Prefab , Prefab friday , prefab home , solar passive design , sustain design studio , Sustainable Building , Trio

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