Bright and airy Sycamore tiny house hits the market for $90k

December 30, 2020 by  
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Wichita-based tiny house builder Made Relative recently unveiled its fourth custom home — Sycamore, a 320-square-foot dwelling that’s now available for $90,000. Crafted by cousins Reid and Kale, the new tiny home features natural timbers throughout the design in addition to an abundance of natural light and an open layout. The home also comes partially furnished with custom built-ins, select lighting and custom furniture pieces. Named after the use of sycamore in the interior, the Sycamore tiny house includes a mix of timber types from the tongue-and-groove cedar siding on the exterior to the engineered and waterproof hickory tongue-and-groove floors found in the living area. The warm timber palette is complemented with copper accents peppered throughout, such as the two copper bar stools that pull up to the sycamore bar and custom copper railings for the loft spaces. Related: The prefab Tiny Tetra House in Bali is made of recycled waste For a bright and airy feel, Made Relative wrapped the interior with white shiplap and birch and inserted 11 windows that let in daylight and open up for natural ventilation. At the heart of the home is the kitchen, which features a 2-inch thick elm countertop and a 30-inch, full-size gas range. The bar and dining space sit opposite the kitchen. On one end of the home is the bathroom tucked behind a custom wood herringbone door and on the other is the living room. This living space is organized around an elm entertainment center and includes a custom peach-colored velvet couch that can be easily converted into a bed. To maximize storage, the designers integrated three large cabinets into a switchback staircase that leads up to the main loft, an 80-square-foot elevated space with dimmable overhead LEDs and enough space for storage and a queen-sized mattress. A ladder leads up to the secondary, 32-square-foot loft that can be used as another sleeping space or for storage. + Made Relative Images via Made Relative

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Australian government stumbles in climate crisis response

December 30, 2020 by  
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The Australian government appears conflicted in its efforts to adopt environmentally progressive policies following the country’s recent bushfires and record temperatures. A recent Australian Institute  survey  shows that private sector leaders and the general public favor a comprehensive climate policy with renewable energy investments. However, Prime minister Scott Morrison and his administration remain tied to the fossil fuel industry, making it hard for the country to progress.  Currently, Australia is one of the heaviest greenhouse gas emitters. The country continues lagging behind Paris Agreement goals that aimed to reduce fossil fuel pollution by at least 26% come mid-century. Even these goals are now outdated, though, with several other countries having signed onto updated agreements. Australia contributes  three times  more greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere than the G20 average emissions. To make matters worse, Australia is one of the global leaders that has not committed to a clear climate change policy; the U.K., U.S., Japan and China have all committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.  While the Australian government slowly finds its way to green energy, the public sector and individual states are keen to lead the way. As CNN reports, “In November, New South Wales announced a plan to support 12 gigawatts of wind and solar and 2 gigawatts of energy storage through the construction of renewable energy zone to replace its aging coal plants.” Additionally, the two richest people in Australia are backing a project to create the world’s largest solar farm. The private sector and individual states see green energy as an economic opportunity. “Australia has a plan to put the technology in place to reduce emissions and ensure we achieve the Kyoto commitments, as we already have demonstrated, and, importantly, the Paris commitments before us. What matters is what you get done, and Australia is getting it done on emissions reduction,” Morrison  said  while addressing parliament on December 10. However, his words and actions are a complete contrast. Morrison’s government has already announced a gas -based economic recovery plan post-COVID-19. His government also authorized the exploration of Carmichael mines in Queensland. Climate experts view these coal mines as a threat to the Great Barrier Reef due to carbon pollution. Experts advise phasing out coal power in all countries by 2040 to avoid catastrophic climate change . In contrast, Australia is set to experience a 4% increase in coal mining by 2030 — unless actions are taken to stop current and new explorations. No matter how hard the private sector and individual states try to cut emissions, they can’t succeed on a large scale without proper government policy. + CNN Image via John Englart

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Tiny house in Tokyo funnels light indoors with a curved roof

June 17, 2019 by  
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After spending a decade commuting to teach at Tokyo’s Waseda University and Art Architecture School, architect Takeshi Hosaka and his wife decided to leave their tiny house in Yokohama for Tokyo, where they would build an even tinier house. Dubbed the Love2 House —the predecessor in Yokohama was called Love House—the micro-home spans just 334 square feet and is topped with a funnel-like roof to bring daylight deep inside the home. The tiny home features a minimalist and industrial aesthetic defined by its reinforced concrete structure, galvanized aluminum panel cladding, and timber accents. Takeshi Hosaka and his wife have long admired tiny homes found across history, from an Edo-period 100-square-foot home for a family of four to Le Corbusier’s 181-square-foot vacation home Cabanon. The couple followed tiny house principles preaching minimalism and a closeness with nature in designing their first micro-home, Love House, and their current home, Love2 House. The tenets for an ideal life in ancient Roman villas—study bath, drama, music and epicurism—also influenced the design of the house, which includes space for a bath, plenty of space for record storage, an old-fashioned earthen pot rice cooker and a library for books. Related: Ultra-Compact “Near House” is a Small Space Marvel in Japan Love2 House’s sculptural funnel-shaped roof was created in response to a solar study that showed that the site would be cast in shadow for three months in winter. Inspired by Scandinavian architectural solutions, Hosaka created a curved rooftop with skylights that funnel in light in winter. The open interior and the use of short concrete wall dividers let light and natural ventilation pass through all parts of the home, which is divided into three primary zones: a dining area, a kitchen area and the bedroom. “When we keep the window facing on the street fully opened, people who walk on the street feel free to talk to me,” says Takeshi Hosaka in a project statement. “It’s like a long-time friend, and children put their hands on the floor and look inside. We even pat strolling dogs from [the] dining [room]. The front street has flower bed so we enjoy it as our garden. In this house we feel the town very close. We are really surprised how pleasant to communicate with the town is!” + Takeshi Hosaka, Photography by Koji Fujii Nacasa and Partners

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IKEA teams up with NASA to design out-of-this-world space saving furniture

June 9, 2017 by  
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IKEA is teaming up with NASA for the coolest collaboration this side of the moon. The Swedish furniture giant wants to figure out how to make a Mars habitat feel like a real home, so they spent a few days at the MDRS Habitat in Utah. Their goal is to look for ways to tackle the problems of urban living (cramped spaces – check, toxic air – check) to find solutions to make life better here on Earth… or Mars. Real astronauts train at the MDRS Habitat in Mars-like desert conditions to prepare for space. This summer, a team of IKEA designers took up the residence in the space for a few days in a mini-training session. The scientists were isolated for 3 days in a confined space isolated in the alkali desert in order to do a little design brainstorming. The design team described it as camping – but better. IKEA wants to figure out how to make small living quarters with tainted air and water more livable. If they can make it work in a small Mars simulation, what is to stop them from making it work across the world? Related: IKEA unveils plan to lift 200,000 people out of poverty “I think that the essence of this collection will be about appreciating what we have on Earth: human beings, plants clean water and air. But also diversity and a sense of belonging – things that we take for granted on a daily basis. After this journey, it’ll probably feel pretty awesome to come home to my own bed,” said IKEA Creative Leader, Michael Nikolic. + IKEA

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Studiomama packs everything you need into a 13 square meter home

September 19, 2016 by  
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The original site for the interior plan is an unusual building in north London measuring only 13 square meters, or just under 140 square feet. To maximize the small footprint, Studiomama designed a dwelling for a single person with integrated furniture and plenty of storage. The recreation on show, part of the Clerkenwell Design Quarter and built by Commissioned By You , highlights the integrated elements, with other components like the fold-out bed, kitchen and bathroom indicated with red tape. Related: Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials Studiomama’s model for micro-living features a wall of storage, with sliding doors concealing shelves for belongings. A pull-out desk provides room for working on a laptop. Benches and a relaxation nook upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat provide seating for resting and entertaining. The dining table extends to provide additional surface. Though certainly petite in size, the design’s approach to minimalist living doesn’t presume no belongings. Studiomama made a careful inventory of the potential contents of a one-person house, including bulky items like a suitcase, and planned the storage accordingly. Their list of essentials includes practical pieces like a bike helmet and extra light bulbs, as well as sentimental items like photos and souvenirs. The clothes wardrobe has room for, among other things, 20 pairs of socks, 12 trousers and skirts, and 20 t-shirts, if organized in the “Marie Kondo packing style.” The challenge is an interesting one, the designers point out, as the minimal footprint and unusual shape requires furniture to be integrated. Store-bought furnishings simply wouldn’t have worked, so creative thinking was required. As city dwellers contend with increasing rent and smaller living quarters , the 13 Square Meter house certainly presents an intriguing, well-considered proposition for making the most of precious space. + Studiomama Images via Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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World’s tiniest snail fits inside the eye of a needle

October 8, 2015 by  
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Tiny living has taken on a whole new meaning with the discovery of a new mollusk in China . The world’s tiniest land snail, also known as Angustopila dominikae , was found in Guangxi Province, China. The little guy takes residence in a spiral shell smaller than one millimeter. That’s so tiny that it fits snugly inside the eye of a needle. Read the rest of World’s tiniest snail fits inside the eye of a needle

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Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

October 8, 2015 by  
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Implementing solutions to climate change will require big ideas and an even bigger mobilization of resources, but high technology doesn’t always have the answers. Plant physiologist Laura Marek and research botanical Gerald Seiler are seed searchers who have spent the past 11 years searching for sunflowers that, in their ability to quickly adapt to environmental changes, may hold the key to boosting resilience against climate change. Read the rest of Seed searchers seek super sunflowers for key to climate change resilience

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La Cabine is a pop-up bathroom that folds into a sleek wooden armoire

September 9, 2015 by  
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La Fonction ’s tiny pop-up bathroom may look like a timber armoire, but the fully functioning piece of furniture folds out to reveal all the accoutrements needed for bath and beauty. Designed by French design company Line Art for La Fonction, the sleek La Cabine is literally a room in a box. Complete with storage, vanity and sink, the foldable bathroom is perfect for people who live in  city apartments with limited space but with a lust for design. Read the rest of La Cabine is a pop-up bathroom that folds into a sleek wooden armoire

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INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space

April 21, 2015 by  
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Tired of struggling to find space for your stuff? This infographic from Solent Plastics has 24 great storage solutions for every home, big and small, old and new, to get you organized and make the most of your space. Do your clothes tumble out of your tiny closet every day? Is your tiny kitchen preventing you from hosting that family dinner? Click on to find the perfect solution for all your storage challenges. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographics , organizing tips , reader submission , small spaces , storage , storage for small homes , storage hacks , storage hacks infographic , storage solutions , tiny living

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10 Free coop designs for keeping backyard chickens in style

April 21, 2015 by  
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  Are you thinking of keeping some chickens in your backyard, but don’t know how you’re going to house them? The Poultry Guide has put together this fab little collection of 10 free coop designs  to help you sort out your hens’ housing with as little stress as possible. Whether you’re planning to have 2 chickens or 20 of them, you’ll certain to find the right size and shape for your individual needs, ranging from a tiny portable coop on wheels to a small barn with an attached enclosure. If you happen to make any of these, please feel free to comment below with a link and pictures! + 10 Free Coop Designs The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: backyard chicken coop , backyard chickens , chicken coop , chicken coop plans , chicken coops , DIY chicken coop plans , free chicken coop plans , free plans for chicken coops , hen house , hen house plans , The Poultry Guide

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