Rental houseboat in India celebrates fire, water, air and earth elements

August 26, 2020 by  
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Talk about getting back to nature! This rental houseboat brings all of the elements of nature — fire, water, air and earth — onboard for an immersive experience. The client, Lyndon Alves, is with a vacation rental company called Sunset Getaway. This vacation rental comes in the form of a 100-foot-long river boat that can be reserved for a private experience. Located on the Chapora River in north Goa, India (near Morjim), the Kerala Rice Boat was constructed using bamboo and wood throughout the 1,600-square-foot space. Related: Prefab houseboat in Prague features a spacious rooftop lounge The traditional Kettuvallam is common throughout the Kerala region for promoting tourism in the area. Distinctive with its thatched roof and wooden hull, this houseboat architecture was a welcome challenge for FADD Studio, who was hired for the rental houseboat’s interior design . The lacquered interior walls do not lend themselves to paint, wallpaper or any adhesive, but they do offer protection from all types of weather as well as easy maintenance. However, the material means the design team needed to focus on fabrics and art for the theme. Each of the three bedrooms represents an element of nature . The water room features shades of blue, green and yellow with a striking ripple effect in the duvet as well as wall art that focuses on the water theme. In the fire room, reds and oranges dominate the space with a striped, richly-colored bedspread and two-tone curtains that soften the fiery space. In contrast, the earth room is neutral with a duvet that is pleated to emulate sand piles. Small green flowers are stitched into the material to bring Earth’s living elements into the room. In the main dining area, the element of air matches the breezes that filter through as the boat floats down the river. Lavender and gray hues reflect the calming vibe of gentle winds. Throughout the three bedrooms and the sunset deck, where guests can schedule a private massage, accessories precisely match the vibe of each natural element. Light fixtures, lamps, towel rods and even robe hooks bring the elements to life inside while nature drifts by outside the boat. + FADD Studio Images via FADD Design

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Stay in the world’s largest human birdhouse for free

February 23, 2017 by  
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Planning to attend SXSW but still searching for a place to stay? You may be in luck— HomeAway is opening up its human-sized Birdhouse in downtown Austin to two lucky groups of SXSW attendees for free. The vacation rental website teamed up with West Elm to transform the quirky space in their headquarters into comfortable and stylish bedrooms that sleeps six. Keep reading to take a tour inside of the world’s biggest human birdhouse. Perched in the middle of downtown Austin at 5th and Lamar, HomeAway’s giant two-story Birdhouse is an iconic landmark for Austinites and an ideal place to stay for SXSW. In hopes of providing a last-minute alternative to groups still looking for housing—there are less than 10,000 hotel rooms in downtown Austin—HomeAway has opened up the Birdhouse as part of a competition open to anyone over the age of 21. Entrants must answer the question “Why do you want to stay in the Birdhouse during SXSW?” and explain how the experience will impact them and the creative enterprise that they are part of. Entrants can choose from two two-night timeframes from and the winners will also receive a free two-night stay at a different HomeAway vacation rental for the nights that they do not stay in the Birdhouse. Related: SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition The Birdhouse is located on HomeAway’s third floor and has been converted into a rental with sleeping areas on two floors. HomeAway also rented the Birdhouse to guests last year with an auction with proceeds donated to Habitat to Humanity . You can enter the contest by sending HomeAway a message on their Birdhouse listing. + Birdhouse

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Couple builds dream solar-powered home on an awkward lot in Rotterdam

February 23, 2017 by  
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When it came time for Dutch architects Gwendolyn Huisman and Marijn Boterman to build their dream home, they chose an extremely narrow plot of land in the city of Rotterdam. The plot presented a few challenges, which the pair overcame with a minimalist 12-foot-wide design that comes with its own rooftop garden and indoor hammock. If you need some inspiration, take a closer look at their SkinnySCAR house after the jump. The plot of land had been vacant for decades due to its small size. However, the couple was determined to efficiently convert the skinny space into a fully livable home. They clad the three-story strucure in a sophisticated black brick with two extra large windows, adding a strong character to the previously empty lot. Related: Super skinny 4-meter-wide home is squeezed between buildings in Tokyo https://vimeo.com/203146648 Of course, working with such a narrow space created a number of challenges on the interior. To create a sense of openness, the architects took advantage of the tall, skinny space by building three stories, all with incredibly high ceilings. Multiple large windows offer optimal natural light , and exposed concrete and white walls enhance the minimalist interior design. The entranceway to the 1,506-square-foot space opens up into the kitchen and dining area in the back of the home, which leads out into a shared garden space. The second floor houses a small library and reading lounge that includes a reading hammock that looks out over the interior garden space. Two small bedrooms and a unique bathroom with an open shower and aquatic green accents are housed on the third floor. For private outdoor space, the architects put a quaint little herb garden on their rooftop, which shares space with the home’s solar array . + SkinnySCAR House + JagerJanssen Via New Atlas Images via SkinnySCAR House

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New EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s emails reveal troubling oil-industry ties

February 23, 2017 by  
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Email already hobbled one politician; could it prove to be the downfall of another? The writing might be on the wall for Scott Pruitt , longtime foe of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency , as well as its newest administrator. While serving as attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt regularly colluded with oil and gas producers and electric utilities with ties to billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch to oppose federal environmental regulations, according to 7,500-plus pages of email that were made public on Wednesday. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry, with frequent meetings, calls, dinners and other events,” said Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy , which sued to obtain the documents. Indeed, the correspondence portrays a rapport that isn’t just amicable, but downright cozy. Devon Energy , an oil and gas exploration firm based in Oklahoma City, for instance, drafted—and redrafted—letters for Pruitt to sign and send to federal officials in opposition of regulations designed to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and ozone pollution. “Attached is a potential first-cut draft of a letter a (bipartisan if possible?) group of AGs might send to the acting EPA administrator and some others in the Administration in response to the NE states’ notice of intent to sue for more E&P emission regulation,” William Whitsitt, executive vice president for public affairs at Devon, wrote in 2013. Related: Scott Pruitt can’t name a single EPA regulation he approves of Months later, Clayton Eubanks, a deputy solicitor general, asked Whitsitt for advice on a draft the letter was preparing to send to the EPA regarding proposed regulations of methane emissions. “I would like to get the letter out in the morning,” Eubanks wrote. “Any suggestions?” Whitsitt was quick to respond. “Here you go. Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none,” he wrote back. Hope this helps.” “I sent the letter today,” Eubanks emailed the next day. “Thanks for all your help on this.” Communications reveal a similar fraternity between his office and Koch Brothers-funded conservative political groups such as Americans for Prosperity , which emailed the offices of Pruitt and an Oklahoma congressman thanking them for helping “push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states.” The emails’ release comes just days after Pruitt was promoted from EPA critic to EPA overseer. The road to his appointment was a rocky one, to say the least. Senate Democrats, environmental groups, and former and current members of the EPA staff launched a vociferous campaign against Pruitt, even calling for a delay on his confirmation vote until after the emails were made public. It was mostly for naught, however. Susan Collins from Maine was the sole Republican who voted against him, and Pruitt was confirmed by a 52-to-46 vote on Friday. Making his first speech at EPA headquarters in Washington on Tuesday, Pruitt told employees that he was here to “listen, learn, and lead.” Related: Scott Pruitt attacks critics and EPA employees in first speech Pruitt said the EPA needed to respect states’ roles in enforcing standards, and that “regulations ought to make things regular.” He also insisted that there shouldn’t be a disconnect between environmental protection and energy production. Nor should regulations hamper job creation. “We as an agency and we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs and pro-environment,” Pruitt said. “That we don’t have to choose between the two. I think our nation has done better than any nation in the world at making sure we do the job of protecting our natural resources and protecting our environment while also respecting the economic growth and jobs our nation seeks to have.” Pruitt’s words did little to smooth staffers’ hackles, however. “Pruitt’s talk [was] as bad as expected,” one anonymous employee told Mother Jones . “Not one word about public health. And talking about the rule of law as if we didn’t do everything with the realization that it will end up in court. It was condescending and hypocritical.” + Center for Media and Democracy Photos by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

August 22, 2016 by  
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For our first Getaway excursion we spent a night in the Maisie , a 160-square-foot mobile cabin built for two to three dwellers. Prior to our visit were told that the cabin would be in the general vicinity of New York’s Catskills, but were purposefully not given the exact address until the day of our arrival for extra adventurous appeal. The cabin was easily discoverable by GPS and we shared a campsite with two other Getaway cabins, though each was set apart with enough room to still feel quite secluded. We were immediately impressed by the cabin’s minimalist and functional design. Its light timber interior was complimented by cozy bean bag chairs, a bed with fresh white linens, a fully stocked kitchen, ample lighting, and large tree-filled windows. We were especially surprised by the fact that the kitchen was filled with all the sundries one might need; pots, pans, cooking utensils, a hot plate, olive oil, a provisions box with snacks for purchase, and a delightful assortment of books and games. We made dinner on a pint-sized grill by the campfire, basked under a starry sky, and finished the night with a rousing game of Shut the Box . It was everything we’d hope it would be – a comfortable and magical summer night’s escape. RELATED: Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night A Getaway experience is one level above glamping with a hot shower, electric toilet and a mini fridge. While these luxurious amenities are available, guests should remain mindful of their water and electric usage and note to conserve flushes of the electric toilet — 15 flushes were allotted. As in any tent or house, you’ll also want to keep the doors and windows closed and the bugs out (even so, we did wake up with a few bites). So, would we stay in a Getaway cabin again? We’re still big fans of the old fashioned tent, but having a little taste of off-grid living made us feel right at home. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a tiny home, this is a great way to test it out without taking the plunge. Getaway currently offers four different-sized models in New York and three in Boston . + Getaway Images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat and by Getaway

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Peter Pichler’s Mirror Houses serve as sustainable vacation rentals in the Dolomites

December 15, 2014 by  
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