Prefab home was assembled onsite in New Zealand in just 4 days

July 23, 2020 by  
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The Karangahake House is nestled within the dense mountain forest of Waitawheta Valley, located on the North Island of New Zealand. The secluded home is built of FSC-certified, native douglas fir wood and paired with an eco-friendly prefabrication construction process. Vast, 360-degree views of neighboring farmlands circle the property, as well as stunning vistas of the Karangahake and Te Aroha Mountains across the historic gold-mining region to the east. The project is meant to provide a sustainable home for its owners, who put great value on the importance of the environment and quiet family moments. Related: Tiny prefab timber cabin in New Zealand designed to be serene art studio The designers made the most out of the local materials available to them, cladding the home in locally grown and sustainably harvested timber with an environmentally friendly, natural wood finish and sustainable insulation. The finish is meant to age over time to reveal a rustic silver hue, paying homage to the nostalgic hiking shelters, or Kiwi Tramper Huts, for which the area is known. At just over 1,000 square feet, the main house features a double-height open living and kitchen area, two double bedrooms and a bathroom under a mezzanine and a connecting room to accommodate guests or transform into office space. The grand “Outdoor Room” alludes to farmhouse style and provides opportunities for indoor-outdoor living, taking in beautiful forest views. This room also serves as an open connection between the main house and guest area. Responsible for the design is MAKE Architects, who collaborated with local partners to create the prefabricated floors, roof and wall panels that helped reduce waste and costs of the construction process. The Karangahake House was assembled onsite in four days by local workers, resulting in nearly 0% onsite waste and a massive reduction of transportation pollution. The FSC-certified wood , natural wood coating and prefab building process will ensure a long lifespan for the property, according to the architects. Additionally, the home will require minimal user maintenance. + MAKE Architects Photography by David Straight via MAKE Architects

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Tiny house near the Catskills has a small backyard farm

June 19, 2020 by  
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This Catskills tiny house located in Woodbourne, New York is a perfect getaway for those who love the outdoors. With a huge outdoor setup, the property includes a detached stone firepit, a wooden meditation gazebo, an outdoor herb garden and two greenhouses. Walk into a small living room off of the patio with a space heater and seating area, and turn the corner into the kitchenette complete with a small refrigerator, hotplate, sink and storage with a restroom to the side. Upstairs, the bed in the cozy loft sits in front of a set of large windows with views of the forest, so you can fall asleep and wake up with a front-row seat to nature. Related: New tiny home for glamping on Governors Island offers guests the best views of NYC With a plush double bed, indoor fireplace and large windows, this tiny home is perfect for a romantic nature retreat only a couple of hours from Manhattan. Its remote location combined with comfortable features makes it great for getting off the grid for a few days and detoxing from the bustle of city life. There is Wi-Fi, heating, a kitchen area and free parking onsite as well as access to the large wooden deck and barbecue area outside, where you can immerse yourself in the peaceful surroundings. The outdoor seating area next to the garden and the stone firepit allows for dining al fresco. The property also has a composting toilet and solar panels for added sustainability. This tiny home is currently being used as a vacation rental with Glamping Hub. It comes with all of the essentials, including linens and towels, and firewood is available on the property for an additional fee. As of June 2020, the rental is booked out until November, where it is priced at about $122 per night for weekdays and weekends, not including taxes or fees. + Glamping Hub Images via Glamping Hub

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Airy Santa Monica Canyon home embraces views of nature and art

May 27, 2020 by  
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Reclaimed materials, a world-class art collection and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle combine in this recently completed Los Angeles residence designed by Santa Monica-based firm  Conner + Perry Architects . Built for  Los Angeles natives, this luxurious four-bedroom family home with large windows and a natural material palette was thoughtfully inserted into a wooded Santa Monica Canyon. Salvaged materials taken from the old existing home on-site and felled wood found on the property have been repurposed into beautiful focal elements for the house, such as the grand entry doors and outdoor furniture.  Designed to embrace the “quintessential California indoor/outdoor experience,” the two-story Santa Monica Canyon home opens up with fully pocketing glass exterior walls to a central courtyard with a pool and outdoor shower. Extended canopy-like cantilevered eaves protect from the sun. The charred wood ( Shou Sugi Ban ) siding, copper, exposed steel and concrete materials that wrap the home’s exterior were selected for their organic nature and their low-maintenance, climate-compatible qualities.  To pay homage to the history of the site, which was used as a Forestry Service test station for Eucalyptus tree testing in the 1910s and 1920s, the architects  salvaged  much of the original 1940s cabin that once occupied the property. Related: New Santa Monica City Services Building will produce more energy than it uses The home interior takes cues from nature and includes a mix of massangis gray  limestone  and French oak used for the floors, weathered brass, blackened steel elements and a variety of marble and tiles. The warm yet restrained palette also provides a neutral backdrop for the clients’ world-class art collection; the interior floor plan was designed to frame views of either the art pieces or landscape views. “Each of them has described the house as having a magical or mystical quality, allowing light in at the right moments, as well as the shadows of the trees , and a calming mirroring effect,” Kristopher Conner, Conner + Perry Architects co-founder, said. + Conner + Perry Architects Images by Taiyo Watanabe

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This container home in Brazil helps its residents disconnect

December 24, 2019 by  
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The 2,766-square-foot Hanging House was designed by the architects of Casa Container Marília in the rural area of ??Campos Novos Paulista, Brazil. About 80 percent of the materials used in construction were recycled , including the primary maritime shipping containers that make up a majority of the structure. The home also lacks two major modern amenities — televisions and Wi-Fi — to encourage a digital detox. The Hanging House sits elevated from the ground, so the windows are level with the native trees abundant throughout the property. This also lessened the impact on the landscape. The wooden deck balconies blend in with the branches of the trees as well, making it feel much like a treehouse. It earns its name from the numerous hammocks that hang from the ground level, one of many places where the homeowners can kick back and relax. There is a modular green roof attached to the container home as well as a rainwater storage system that reduces the need for excess irrigation around the property. The interior doors on the first floor were made with reused plates of the containers. Following the completion of the project, 70 percent of the debris left over — mostly made up of wood and steel scraps — was also reused. No outside soil was brought to the site, and a minimal amount of concrete was used in the foundations to preserve and protect the soil drainage and root patterns. Related: This prefab weekend retreat made from shipping containers can be ordered online All of the walls are insulated with a thermoacoustic blanket, and the interior has a cross-ventilation system with wide openings to encourage airflow. Nestling the house under the trees also provided the building with plenty of shade. Thanks to this air exchange and thermal arrangement, the house has no need for an air conditioning system, even on the hottest days of the year. The container home has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a beautiful kitchen that opens up to the living spaces. The interiors are dressed in timber, creating a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. In an effort to allow residents to disconnect from the outside world and better connect with the surrounding nature, there are no televisions or Wi-Fi available on the property. + Casa Container Marília Images via Casa Container Marília

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Azulik, an eco-paradise in Tulum, celebrates the four natural elements

February 28, 2019 by  
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The four elements of earth, fire, water and air are reflected in every material, design and spa offering throughout the campus of the Azulik eco resort in Tulum, Mexico. With the goals of conservation and fair-trade at every turn, Azulik is a 48-villa haven of relaxation built seamlessly into the jungle and along the postcard-perfect shoreline of the Caribbean Sea. All of the villas are hand-built from wood with eco-friendly materials sourced locally. There are a range of accommodation styles, each centered around one of the four natural elements, with a focus on relaxation, rejuvenation and healing. Each villa contains a traditional Mayan mosaic tile or volcanic stone tub, extra king-sized beds, mosquito nets and immersive views. Some are intricately interwoven into the surrounding jungle while others hover on the edge of the Caribbean Sea. Some special features exclusive to select villas include outdoor hot tubs, private stairways and even a 24/7 butler service. One obvious omission from the villas is electricity, including a lack of television, radios, Wi-Fi and lights. Related: This breathtaking Tulum art gallery was created by Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson The lack of electricity highlights the natural aspect of Azulik, noted by the candle-lit walkways and rooms. It’s not difficult to absorb the natural surroundings with walkways that meander throughout the property. These walkways are designed around existing trees for preservation. Nestled along the gorgeous Caribbean, the property also houses a cenote that feeds traditional mineral water into the villa bathtubs (sorry, no showers here). The on-property wetlands area provides water purification, flood control, carbon sink and shoreline stability. When you drag yourself away from your villa, you can explore the property and the surrounding area through the Mystikal Wanders program, which immerses guests in a unique blend of culture, nature and local history. Follow a tribe guide to meet a traditional shaman and Mayan family, swim in the mineral waters of the cenote and explore the Mayan jungle and ruins. Participate in meditation, paddle yoga, spiritual rituals and massages, or get away on a catamaran to snorkel and explore the sea. On site, take in the IK Lab, an environmentally-conscious art gallery that highlights the work of a variety of local and resident artists. The spa offers a variety of options to disconnect from hurried modern life with processes that highlight spiritual heritage and natural healing. Experience biomagnetism, a temazcal, medicinal music circles, workshops, shamanic chant, yoga, sound massages and human design techniques for memories exclusive to Azulik. While this eco-paradise offers an array of memorable culinary, art, spa, cultural and historical experiences, it won’t come cheap with a price tag ranging from $700-$7000 per night. + Azulik Images via Azulik

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Striking modern home celebrates natural materials for a timeless aesthetic

January 4, 2018 by  
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Minneapolis-based architecture firm Strand Design completed Theodore Wirth Ranch, a beautiful home designed to stand the test of time in both durability and style. Located on a hillside near downtown Minneapolis , the 4,500-square-foot residence was envisioned as a “modern ranch” in a semi-urban environment. A natural materials palette ties the building into the landscape, while careful craftsmanship gives the home a clean and contemporary appearance. Set next to a densely wooded park, the retreat-like Theodore Wirth Ranch was designed around entertainment. A 10-meter swimming pool sits at the heart of the property between the main residence and the sauna, pool house, and outdoor kitchen. The outdoor entertainment area and the south-facing indoor living area that’s wrapped in full-height glazing are optimized for large gatherings. A planted berm on the south edge of the property helps mitigate street noise and provide additional privacy. Related: Stunning home fuses modern Scandinavian design with the Minnesotan outdoors The cedar -clad home catches the eye with its striking cantilevered roof that helps shield the living spaces from summer solar gain . “Laboring over every material and line, this project is the result of rigorous design and planning with the clients,” wrote the architects. “With a constant requirement for precision, the joinery and timing of materials throughout the home create clean, harmonic spaces that carry one throughout the home. Celebrating a truth in materials, white walls highlight the wide variety of finishes including clear timber, sandstone, marble, cork, concrete, and steel.” + Strand Design Photos by Josh Grubbs

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Climate denier Donald Trump’s favorite Florida estate is being swallowed by the sea

July 8, 2016 by  
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Call it karma, fate or just a really satisfying bit of irony: one of America’s most vociferous opponents to climate change is experiencing some of the worst of its effects. Donald Trump’s favorite property in Palm Beach Florida is being swallowed by the rising ocean, and fast. The short-fingered-vulgarian’s Mar-a-Lago estate could be a full foot underwater by 2030. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of scientists laughing maniacally at the deliciousness of it all. At the Mar-a-Lago club, Trump owns a massive historic mansion on the beach, along with ample grounds. Right now, seasonal tides crawl across the lawns, roads and beaches of the property. That’s bad enough, but things are only going to get worse. While the mansion itself will probably avoid being submerged, the property is doomed to struggle with access problems and safety issues caused by the climbing seas. And that’s assuming the estate doesn’t get smacked by the next big tropical storm. Unfortunately, the situation isn’t actually funny. Mayors in Florida are scrambling to cope with the rising seas that are flooding higher across the state every year. Disappearing beaches and flooded streets have raised some pretty hefty price tags as civic leaders struggle to cope with the watery influx. All of this makes Trump’s brush-off seem particularly arrogant given the personal impact that the ” mangled apricot hellbeast ” is experiencing at his own properties. Related: Would a Trump presidency undo the UN climate change agreement? Trump, who once acknowledged the reality of climate change, now calls it all a Chinese hoax on the world. But though he talks about the “hoax” of global warming, he is quietly protecting some of his other investments from its effects . Seems like the Donald is either talking out of both sides of his mouth or he is very, very confused about how science works. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore

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Brighton’s Pioneer Shipping Container Development Houses the Homeless

March 21, 2015 by  
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October 29, 2014 by  
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Simon Property ups sustainability tech to lure tenants, shoppers

May 28, 2013 by  
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The world's largest real estate firm is running pilot tests of a solar-powered EV station and plastic waste compressor.

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