This sustainable dog house has a green roof and solar-powered fan to keep cool

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Green design has touched every aspect of our world, and now even our little furry friends can play their part in living a sustainable lifestyle. Californian firm  Studio Schicketanz has designed a sustainable dog house made with eco-friendly materials that boasts some pretty incredible features. The timber canine cottage has a side green-carpeted ramp that leads up to the green roof , which is installed with a motion-activated water faucet and irrigation system. The architects created the dreamy dog house to be both functional and sustainable. The design was inspired by the firm’s focus on creating “landscape, architecture and interior design with a focused emphasis on livability.” Related: Y-town recycled old refrigerator into a dog house for adopted pup The main volume of the dog house is a traditional box shape with a slightly slanted roof. Inside, the sleeping space is equipped with a built-in floor drain for easy cleaning. Additionally, there is a solar-powered fan that keeps the canines cool during the day. Doggies can also keep an eye on any visitors thanks to tiny peekaboo windows on either side of the home. On the exterior, a hidden compartment stores toys, treats and additional accessories. A green-covered ramp leads up to the green roof, which was integrated into the design to encourage dogs to enjoy some fresh air from the comfort of their own personal space. Adding to the dog’s comfort is a motion-activated water spout on the roof to keep the precious pooches well-hydrated while they people watch from above. To reduce water waste , the drinking fountain is connected to an irrigation system. Related: How to build a green dog house The eco-friendly dog shelter will be on display at the Carmel Canine Cottages Competition from September 11 through September 15. After the event, the structure will be auctioned off, with all funds going to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). + Studio Schicketanz Via Apartment Therapy Images via Studio Schicketanz

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Stow away on this stylish, minimalist floating hotel in London

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If you’re looking for a more unique place to lay your head on your next trip to London , look no further than the Boathouse London , a stylish floating hotel docked on a city canal. Created in partnership with home design brand Made , this bespoke botel and event space on the water was fashioned as “an industrial-style barge turned contemporary bolthole” with help from interior designer Katie Hanton. Kitted out in Scandinavian-inspired style, the chic getaway comes with customizable experiences, from a boat driver who can steer you around the canals to a special dinner prepared by a local chef. Spanning 60 feet wide and constructed by local boat builders, the barge cuts a contemporary silhouette compared to its more traditional canal boat cousins. In contrast to its sleek black exterior, the botel interior is warm and cozy with reclaimed wood paneling throughout and an airy, open-plan layout. A neutral color palette dressed in furniture by Made and peppered with greenery creates inviting and relaxed vibes. Guests also have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a generously sized deck above or with the provided bicycles and rowboat. The bathroom and bedroom are tucked in the rear of the boat . The minimalist living area comes with a kitchen, snug dining area (additional seating can be found on the deck) and a lounge with a sofa that can be converted into a second bed. The Boathouse London is currently docked in London’s first floating park near Little Venice atop Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, about a five-minute walk from Edgware Road tube station. Related: Floating lantern-like church and community hub may set sail on London’s canals “We’re hugely excited to be working with Made.com, and we couldn’t ask for a better fit — our aim is to create a range of beautifully designed, stylish, modern spaces on the water, each with their own individual twist — and breaking away from the traditional idea of a canal boat,” explained CEO and Founder Cara Louise Furby. Prices for The Boathouse London start at £220 per night with breakfast and Wi-Fi included. + The Boathouse London Images via The Boathouse London

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