Skinny 91 inch-wide house in London gets tons of sun thanks to multiple skylights

March 7, 2018 by  
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Houses built on extremely skinny plots are becoming a serious real estate trend in cities with expensive property markets. The Slim House by design studio alma-nac is one such dwelling, clocking in at a mere 91 inch-wide. While some skinny dwellings suffer from feeling dark and gloomy, The Slim House’s interior is flooded with natural light thanks to a series of cleverly-placed s kylights . The three-story home occupies a plot that was previously an empty alleyway. The architects increased its length and introduced a sloping roof that compensates for the lack of lighting on the side walls. In order to avoid the feeling of claustrophobia, the team made sure to allow natural light to penetrate the deepest recesses of the interior via skylights. Related: Super skinny Horinouchi House might be the most efficient use of space ever Two reception rooms, kitchen and dining areas occupy the ground floor, while the second floor contains the master bedroom with dressing room and a bathroom with shower, as well as another bedroom. The third floor houses two more bedrooms and a larger bathroom with tub. + alma-nac Via New Atlas

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This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six

March 5, 2018 by  
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Converting an old school bus into a living space is never an easy task – but when you’re trying to create enough room for a family of six, the project becomes a whole ‘nother beast. When Gabriel and Debbie Mayes began to embark on their skoolie refurb, they knew it would have to accommodate themselves as well as their four children for years to come. The result is an amazing, light-filled home on wheels that has plenty of living and storage space for the entire family. The Mayes Team began their renovation by buying an 250-square-foot, 2000 Thomas High Top with the seats still intact. Excited as they were about their new adventure, the ambitious couple soon discovered that the old bus was a “rust bucket.” However, they moved forward by gutting the entire interior, and creating a specific layout that would meet their needs. Related: Traveling family renovates old school bus as both solar-powered home and hostel After months of hard work, the family managed to convert the old bus into a comfy 250 square feet of living space by using several space-efficient tactics. Instead of creating a long, shotgun type of home, for example, the wanted to separate the living space from the bedrooms. Putting the living room towards the front of the bus, they created a natural barrier with an L-shaped kitchen, which blocks the view of the sleeping area in the back of the bus. For the sleeping area, the kids have four bunk beds positioned over the wheel wells, with the parents’ bedroom at the very back of the bus. The bed was positioned over the engine, leaving enough room for clothing storage underneath, again making use of every inch of available space. Upon entry, the living space is divided into two sides, with two couches on either side that can fit the entire family. The couches can also fold out into a full bed for guests. The interior design scheme revolves around predominantly black, white, and grey tones, giving the interior a polished look. Using white walls creates an airy, spacious interior, which is enhanced by various large windows that flood the space with natural light . The design also incorporates various wood accents to add a sense of warmth to the design. As is the case with most tiny living spaces, creative storage solutions were essential in this project, especially with a large family. Throughout the bus conversion, hidden drawers and cupboards were installed in every available inch of space. The team installed storage under the couch and even a shoe shelf by the front door. According to the family, these areas are incredibly helpful to help the big family avoid clutter, “This has been such a blessing and has helped us to keep the bus organized.” The family, who is now “parked” in California while the kids go to school, posts updates about the project and their travels on their website and Instagram . + The Mayes Team Via Dwell Images via The Mayes Team

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Pre-industrial carbon found in Canadian Arctic waters

March 5, 2018 by  
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Old or possibly ancient carbon is being released from Arctic soils, according to new evidence cited by The Washington Post . The work is an indicator that permafrost thaw could be aggravating the issue of climate change — although the paper said scientists are debating how much ancient carbon Arctic soils would discharge normally. Study lead author Joshua Dean of Vrije University told The Washington Post, “I would say if you’re looking at anything pushing several hundred years old to a thousand years old, then you have to start wondering whether that should be coming out of this kind of system.” A team of researchers from institutions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands utilized radiocarbon dating on the content of waters in the Northwest Territories of Canada and found what they described as abundant pre-industrial carbon in research published late February in the journal Environmental Research Letters . They hoped to establish a basic measurement, according to The Washington Post, of the amount of old carbon flowing into Northwest Territories waters. Further research will be necessary to pin down whether the amounts of old carbon are unusual or not. Related: Why Alaska’s vanishing permafrost worries researchers Anna Liljedahl, a University of Alaska at Fairbanks professor who wasn’t part of the study, told The Washington Post when it comes to this area of research, a smoking gun is elusive due to cryoturbation, which means, “a mixing of soil layers due to seasonal freeze and thaw process, brings old carbon up and young carbon down into the soil column.” She did say she thought these scientists were on to something, and more studies would bolster the evidence. Dean said the study can’t prove the Arctic has altered to put out more older carbon, but the results are still worrying. He told The Washington Post, “Clearly it’s a warning sign for the future.” + Environmental Research Letters Via The Washington Post Images via Depositphotos and Good Free Photos

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Cool micro studio in Budapest makes the most out of 344 square feet

September 25, 2017 by  
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Space-efficient design is of the utmost importance when creating livable tiny spaces like this beautiful 344-square-foot studio located in Budapest, Hungary. The compact space was designed by Studio Bunyik for the homeowner who likes to socialize at home. Using bespoke furniture pieces by local company Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop to designate individual spaces, the design team shrewdly created an open floor plan that manages to make the most out of the small interior. The micro space was outfitted with all of the comforts of home, including a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area, study, and lounge. The spaces are all divided with singular furniture pieces , creating a comfy and functional living space that doubles as an office during the day and entertaining space on the weekend. Related: At Just 150 Sq. Ft., This Tiny Real Estate Office is One of NYC’s Smallest Workplaces The wooden furniture was all hand crafted by a local furniture company, The Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop. All of the furniture was designed to give the homeowner a space for all of his hobbies and passions as well as functional pieces like his work station or wooden ladder that leads to the sleeping loft. + Studio Bunyik + Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Via Dwell Photography via Bence Farkasinszki  

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Self-taught designer builds a secret studio under a bridge in Valencia

August 21, 2017 by  
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Self-taught designer Fernando Abellanas built a studio bedroom in a very unusual place – the underside of a bridge in Valencia, Spain . This tiny moveable workspace has everything he needs – including shelves, a chair and a desk – bolted into the concrete wall of a bridge. The designer built the workspace entirely himself. He installed a hand crank and rails, along which the metal base can move from one side of the bridge to the other. From this hidden space, he can live and work while enjoying complete privacy. Seen from underneath the bridge , the room looks like a small box with foldable sides. Related: You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less than a week for under $7000 Abellanas hasn’t revealed the actual location of the “cabin”. “The project is an ephemeral intervention, [it will remain] until someone finds it and decides to steal the materials, or the authorities remove it,” he said. Hidden away from passing cars and trains, the space provides the designer with a sense of peace and brings back childhood memories of hiding under a table. + Lebrel | Future Positive Via Archinect

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Net-zero Arc House shows how arches make tiny spaces feel bigger

July 22, 2016 by  
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The Arc House comes in different sizes-from 400 to 500 square feet-and targets the next generation of home buyers who place great value on flexibility and affordability. It complies with California’s factory modular codes and features all the amenities of standard-sized homes. Self-sufficient and compact, the house integrates several sustainable design elements into a single package. Related: Tiny House Nation’s Zack Giffin will teach veterans to build their own homes An off-grid, solar-powered home with superior insulation and energy storage capability, the Arc House comes with a fully-functional kitchen and a bedroom with a walk-in closet. “With The Arc House, we’re demonstrating more efficient ways to build, but we’re also demonstrating that there is a market for smaller, sustainable and more functional housing,” said Jim Gregory, founder of Shelter Dynamics. They certainly have our attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JViso1CbPQk + Green Builder Media + Shelter Dynamics + Kitcheneering + Align3D Photos via Shelter Dynamics

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This giant wooden ball is a spherical lifeguard tower in Canada

February 23, 2016 by  
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Tiny 86-Square-Foot Flat in Paris Transforms Like a Swiss Army Knife

November 6, 2014 by  
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David Sheppard Architects’ Chimes House is a Sculptural Home for a Pianist

October 17, 2014 by  
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Awesome Floating Bedroom Maximizes Space in Tiny London Apartment

June 9, 2014 by  
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Hanging a bed from the ceiling is not only a practical solution for small apartments – it also creates a strong design statement. The owners of this tiny London apartment maximized their living space by suspending their bed above the designated office space, and then they inserted a skylight above it. The overhead window optimizes natural light during the day, and at night it provides a direct connection to the starry sky. Read the rest of Awesome Floating Bedroom Maximizes Space in Tiny London Apartment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: furniture design , hanging bedrooms , hanging beds , loft beds , small apartment ideas , small London apartments , small spaces , smart furniture , suspended beds , tiny apartments , tiny spaces

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