Monthly archive for March 2010

Roof Design

Show Tonight At 6pm Eastern

So I started doing some research the other day on roofs.  I never knew there was so much to consider when considering roofs.  So Tonight’s show will talk about everything I have learned in one neat package

  • What types of roofs are there?
  • What are the pros/cons of each?
  • How do you insulate roofs?
  • How to control condensation and avoid mold

Tread Machiya House

This house defiantly resides in the small house category and not the tiny house one, but at 800 square feet I am amazed at how big it seems.  With a unique stair/seating/maybe sleeping focal point and warm wood tones this is a truly amazing design.  The designer Altelliar Bow Wow is a Japanese architect who has been hailed as truly remarkable in innovation.    Say he is

one of the most innovative practices working today. Achieving near cult status among architectural students around the world. …Atelier Bow-Wow have built a career confronting the challenges posed by dense urban environments. Their city houses—enclosed in vibrant, idiosyncratic forms—are distinguished by their capacity to accommodate the changing needs of the occupants. A basic feature is the permeability of interior spaces, where public and the more intimate places co-mingle.

Check this house out.









The Art Of Living In A Small Space

Here is an exert from a great piece called “The art of living in a small space”  It give some great advise and another view point


Long ago, I read that to live in the country you must have the soul of a poet, the dedication of a saint, and a good station wagon.  Today I suppose you’d have to update the station wagon to an SUV, but the fact remains: To live successfully anywhere outside the mainstream of life you must have an unconventional spirit coupled with down-to-earth practicality—a combo that can be hard to find and harder still to balance.   I live in the country, but my latest life choices have also involved living in miniature spaces—which presents an additional set of challenges, both to the soul and to practicality. For the last three years I’ve shared a one-room cabin with a pack of dogs and one outnumbered but boldly unflappable cat. The cabin has an exterior footprint of 409 square feet—nine feet above the minimum my county requires for a residence. Its interior space is about 360 square feet, including closets and cabinet space.

I work as well as live here, so I’m in this one room 24 hours a day, except when the critters and I are out dog walking, running errands, picking blackberries, or otherwise adventuring.  On winter days, when I’m tripping over tails, wiping up muddy pawprints for the umpteenth time, and having accusatory canine noses stuck into my computer (“Mom, we’re booooored!”) the cabin sometimes feels as small as a shoebox. On summer afternoons, it’s luxuriously spacious with its glass door thrown open to sunlight and all its denizens sprawled on the deck.  In fact it seems so large that I’m currently contemplating spending part of my year in a structure about one third this size. Think dollhouse (or rather, converted garden shed).

I’m hardly alone. Even as the size of the average new American house has more than doubled (from 1,100 square feet during the post-WWII housing boom to more than 2,225 by 1999), more and more people are also exploring small-space living. These include, most visibly, RVers spending months in their cleverly designed rolling homelets, simple-living advocates wanting to use fewer resources, homeless camper-dwellers, folks living on boats, and country newcomers (like many readers of this magazine) who are camping out in garages, trailers, cabins, or sheds while building their dream homes. Finally you’ve got people like me who’d rather have 409 paid-for square feet than 2,225 square feet of mortgaged luxury.  RVers and boat dwellers have built-in advantages. Literally built-in. RVs and boats, with their endless crannies, hidden storage spaces, and double-purpose furnishings (like tables that turn into beds) provide the construction model for the rest of us.  But there’s more to small-space living than just clever design. Living well in tiny spaces has four parts:
–    Coping
–    Building
–    Gadgeting
–    Decoratingd
Let’s take a brief look at all four. Oh, and before we do, I’ll confess that a lot of my knowledge comes from what I-didn’t-anticipate, or I-didn’t-do when I built my cabin. It was a learning experience.

This is just the intro, Read more of the Article here

Hidden Potential

When you look at a cargo container, it typically isn’t the most pleasing thing to look at, often some color of drag designed to take the brunt of storms.  But what if that container had a hidden surprise?  Here is a cargo container that with a push of a button can unfold into a luxury apartment.  With a chandelier, rows of book shelves, a dinning table, a big bed, this is much more then first meets the eye.  It is quite impressive.  Now obviously this needs to be deployed under some form of shelter or on a night with no chance of rain, but I think its pretty neat!



Mobile Beach House

This house is designed to be dropped in place in just about anywhere, in this case it has been setup at the beach.  The very best part of this house is how the Designers describe it, its a bit ridiculous.  He/She certainly has way about words, but here is how the designer describes it:Beach House

A widespread hotel or particular pleasant retreat, the mobile home designed by Hangar Design Group can be conceived as a plug ‘n play resort conceptually tied to the space they will be placed in: at the sea, in the mountains or a metropolitan tourist destination.

Suite Home could be an attic in the city centre or a suite in a luxury hotel. Certainly, it follows a more urban type of living space, built around a large and elegant open space for relaxing and pleasant living outside the home.

A fluid alternation of volumes and shades of colour characterize this module, emphasizing how the interior complements the exterior, which three large panoramic windows look out onto.

The sole, spacious double bedroom combine the oriental flavour of Japanese tatami with a New York-style skyline in order to create a definitely metropolitan mood characterized by cultural contamination.

The interior are characterized by a minimalist design, with a clearly defined room layout. The extremely essential modern-style furnishings and finishes contribute to creating a sense of continuity between different rooms.

The dark oak nuance is in harmonious contrast with the pale colours of the walls and ceiling. The living area, dominated by the sofa and the large TV set, merges fluidly with the bedroom. The entire design affords a pleasant serene feeling, a combination of elegance, warmth and comfort.

Suite Home can be placed in direct contact with nature, avoiding the traditional hotel structure and immersed in the context, enjoying the resources and the identity of the location, without sacrificing the comforts of a real home: authentic environments, with structural aspects designed not for tourists but for residents, even if temporary.

All mobile homes designed by Hangar Design Group use valuable materials and state of the art design. They stand out for their recognizable style and a strong aesthetic and qualitative value. An innovative formula, for wandering travellers and those who love exploring and staying in nature without giving up the comforts of home.

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