A while back I posted about this neat mirrored hotel room that was seated in the trees, almost blending in, check it out here. But at the time it was simply a concept drawing, while many concepts don’t come to fruition, this one actually did!
It brings about a good question, Should your home do its best to blend in, to let nature be the focus, not the home?
Should your home do its best to blend in, to let nature be the focus, not the home?
Today the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company launched it series of study plans to allow people to print off the basics and take it to their local contractor. The plans will allow just enough information to get a price quote. Once you do decide to pull the trigger, you will still need to purchase the plans ($500-$1000) but it give you the tools to take the first step!
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Students and faculty at the University of Tennessee Knoxville have created a zero energy house that not only teaches the students around campus about sustainable design, but also reaches a wider audience in the surrounding community. The site really comes alive on college game days, when the campus is not just populated with UT’s 20,000 student population but also by 100,000-plus residents from the state of Tennessee and surrounding areas. This is a great chance for both communities to experience the green design concept firsthand.
More Photos on their Flikr Stream: here
I found a pretty neat house today from Dalhousie University Department of Architecture in Nova Scotia. Many are frustrated when a fat yellow book is dropped on our doorstep, yellow pages don’t seem to understand that there is little need for these books. Consequently many people just throw them out. Here is a house that has been made out of over 7000 of these books to form an interesting house. I am assuming they did something to seal the paper to prevent molding and water seeping in. Another really neat feature is that they were able to laminate the books togeather to construct a support beam for the roof trusses.
This tiny space started out as a unique work space, but evolved to include a fold out bed, solar panels etc. Wrapped in R30 insulation and a price tag of $10,000 it is a surprising low cost for some of the custom woodworking that is included.