Dutch studio unveils colorful solar-powered village for area homeless

July 20, 2017 by  
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Studio Elmo Vemijs from the Netherlands has created a beautiful tiny home village on the outskirts of Eindhoven to help those who find themselves in dire straits. The architects designed the neighborhood layout as well as the solar-powered , 355-square-feet homes to meet the specific needs of the residents. The inspiration for the village came from the Dutch phrase “Skaeve Huse” – roughly translated as “special homes for special people.” Working in collaboration with social housing organization, The Trudo Housing Corporation , the architects designed the tiny homes specifically for individuals suffering from mental illness, drug addiction, and anyone that simply has trouble living in a traditional home environment. Most Skaeve Huses are typically temporary shelters , but with this particular project, the team wanted to create a community of permanent, energy-neutral homes that could offer long-term benefits to the residents as well as the surrounding community. Related: Missouri community is building 50 tiny homes for homeless veterans Located on a tree-filled plot of land, the neighborhood is comprised out of a series of small, energy-efficient homes. All of the structures are made out of a corrugated steel facade with protruding window frames, but each has a unique color scheme. The interior layouts include an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, bathroom along with large windows that provide optimal natural light on the interior. Studio Elmo Vermijs designed the houses as well as the landscape architecture. Using the abundance of existing trees as a guide for the layout, walking paths were created that lead from home to home. The organization of the village gives each resident plenty of privacy and independence, but without creating an atmosphere of isolation. The surrounding greenery along with the home’s cheerful colors provide the village with a vibrant, fun atmosphere. + Studio Elmo Vermijs Via Curbed Images via Studio Elmo Vemijs  

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The 60k tiny house of the future can be controlled with a smartphone

May 16, 2017 by  
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Most tiny homes are built with the simple life in mind, so what to do if you love technology as much as you love tiny living? Fear not, tech fans, your ship – er, trailer – has come in. Oregon-based Covo Tiny House Co just released the Covo Mio, a super-compact 60k dwelling packed to the rafters in smart home gadgets. Covo Mio is pretty much the smartest tiny house around. It comes with smart lighting, door locks, and a Bluetooth sound system, all controlled via your smartphone. It also has USB charging outlets, a TV, a sit-stand desk, a smart Nest thermostat and, of course, an Amazon Echo. There’s also a huge awning window, giving the space the feel of a luxury home in a compact footprint. Related: Cover’s $50k algorithmic tiny houses are 80% more efficient than conventional homes   Of course, the Mio also includes the essentials, like a cooktop, oven, shower, sofa, AC/heat, and eating bar. It comes with a standard RV-hookup toilet, but you can upgrade to a compost toilet. There are two lofts: one for sleeping and one that is about the right size for storage. Outside, there is a nice-sized storage locker and it can be outfitted with solar panels for off-grid living.   All told, the home offers about 330 square feet of living space in a 26-foot long trailer and starts at $60,000. Of course, depending on how many gadgets and upgraded finishes you pack into your techie tiny home, you can end up closer to $100,000. If you prefer design over technology, Covo also offers the Amica model, which is as stylish as the Mio is smart. + Covo Tiny House Co

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How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist

February 16, 2015 by  
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Sometimes, I sit in my lawn chair at night next to the campfire, and look at the big blue bus in my campsite spot—or wherever we may be at the moment—and I think: “Wow. This is all I own in the world.” Everything in the world that I have to my name is currently inside a 1975 International Harvester school bus, and really, we don’t have much. We bought the bus in Alaska and have driven it over 4,000 miles in 6 months, exploring the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, and the Pacific Northwest. Read the rest of How living in a 200-square-foot school bus has made me an ultra-minimalist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: full time rv , how to live minimally , living in a bus , minimalist living , rv traveling , school bus renovation , small house , tiny house , tiny house living , voluntary simplicity

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This tiny home looks great and has a place for everything

January 27, 2015 by  
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Large Overhanging ‘Hat’ Shields House AA from the Japanese Sun

November 4, 2014 by  
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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

November 4, 2014 by  
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All Hallows’ Eve may have come and gone, but our Green Halloween Costume Contest is still going strong! We asked you to submit your cleverest, funniest, and most creative DIY costumes, and we were amazed by what you came up with. From a picture-perfect replica of the classic board game Perfection (complete with popping pieces) to this awesome police car complete with K9,  a cardboard samurai mecha-robot,  a hilarious Pixar lamp , and even a 75-pound roast “turkey” , check out all 16 of our finalists in the running and vote them up to decide who will win a brand new Vanmoof B6 bike (worth $848)! VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE DIY COSTUME NOW > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costume contest , diy costume , diy halloween costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , inhabitat green halloween contest diy , inhabitat halloween costume contest , make your own costume , Perfection Board Game , Pixar Lamp Halloween Costume , sustainable design , Turkey Dog Costume , vanmoof , vanmoof b6 , win a bike

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MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago

November 4, 2014 by  
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Beijing-based MAD Architects and Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects just unveiled their futuristic designs for “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’ Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago. The undulating, organic design is consistent with the style of MAD Architects, a firm that has produced numerous mountain-like buildings in the past. Studio Gang Architects is in charge of the site’s landscape architecture, as well as the bridge design that will connect the museum to Northerly Island. Read the rest of MAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for FuturisMAD Architects and Studio Gang Unveil Plans for Futuristic George Lucas Museum in Chicagotic George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chicago , george lucas , Lake Michigan , Lucas Museum of Narrative Art , ma yansong , MAD architects , Museum , museum design , Northerly Island , studio gang architects

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