New Zealand company offers small earthquake-resilient starter homes

October 3, 2016 by  
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Hennessy’s first house, Papa #1, is 430 square feet, which means it just misses the 400 square feet and below benchmark that would classify it a tiny house . Hennessy didn’t want the house to feel like a tiny house, but more like a typical home with hallways and corridors. The front door opens into living room and kitchen, and a hallway takes visitors to the bathroom, an office, and a bedroom – no sleeping lofts typical of tiny houses in this home. Under the stairs that lead to the front door is a dog house. Related: Beautiful Foothills House Showcases Passive Solar Design in the New Zealand Countryside Passive design played a big role in Papa #1: a ” super efficient heat-recovery ventilation system ” and nearly air-tight construction means the home is energy efficient. It’s also well insulated with structural insulated panels (SIP). The sleek black look of the outside of the home is achieved with aluminum composite panels. Removable panels at the bottom of the home hide trailer wheels so the home can be moved around a piece of property. Since the home rests on a trailer, it is earthquake resilient. According to Park Homes , “In the event of an earthquake, a Park Home will move independently of the ground, saving it from most of the devastating effects that many fixed houses suffered from the Christchurch earthquakes. Specific areas of the base are attached to stabilizers that remove any potential tire wobble or vibration, yet still ensure that the Park Home is not hard fixed to the ground.” Hennessy’s wife Pascale designed the modern interior. One nifty element in the kitchen is it lacks a hood over the stove; instead, Pascale placed a slit into the wall behind the stove that can suck odors outside. Cleverly-placed storage areas, such as underneath the bed, also open up the house. Hennessy estimates the cost of building at $55,000. Park Homes offers sample designs , with sustainable options (such as solar power or composting toilets), on their website. + Park Homes Via Living Big in a Tiny House and Treehugger Images via Park Homes NZ Ltd Facebook

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Ark- and tugboat-shaped prefab model home showcases sustainable timber architecture

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The ground floor of the larger ark-shaped building, called the Flagship , has a ” spine ” that runs through the center of the home. The spine is comprised of storage and built-in furniture, with little rooms around the spine. Häberli describes the ground floor as “a quiet floor, a private space, not dissimilar to a ship’s lower deck.” Related: Curved timber “Smile” building in London is “stronger than concrete” The first floor is like a ship’s upper deck and includes a kitchen, balcony, and dining area. More clever storage areas fill the Flagship : in one room, terraced seating that can function as theater seating or a couch can also be utilized for storage, and shelving around the edges of the room at the height of the windowsill doubles as a space to store books and as more seating. Then there’s the Stöckli , what some might call a mother-in-law cottage. It’s actually inspired by traditional houses in Switzerland “that farmers move into when they retire.” This smaller building can function as a workshop or guest house . Its first floor is a column that visitors enter and catch a lift or take the stairs to the second floor, where all the rooms are. Häberli describes the Stöckli as a tugboat. Haussicht is open for those interested in Baufritz’s concept of building. The company that has been around since 1896 utilizes organic building materials and insulation. They pay close attention to the air quality of their buildings with ” intelligent CO2-controlled comfort ventilation ” and ” electro smog protection .” Häberli emphasized style in his design. He told Wallpaper*, “I wanted to do it a little bit more chic, a little more sexy. I think that’s the way to go to convince the public [to buy into sustainable design ].” Via Wallpaper* + Alfredo Häberli + Baufritz Images via Alfredo Häberli

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Affordable starter homes are popping up on oddly shaped lots in New Orleans

January 26, 2016 by  
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SipaBoards’ electric paddleboard is a self-inflating, jet-powered recreational marvel

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