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Time-lapse movie shows construction of a revamped Off Grid House
Galerie Patrick Seguin has released a time-lapse movie showing Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners' adaptation of a 70-year-old Jean Prouvé house being assembled in a field. Jean Prouvé was a French metal worker, self-taught architect and designer. He is also designated...
$11,000 and 1 Year: Off-Grid in an Oregon Forest
What can you do with $11,000 and 1 year? That's exactly what it took kayaking instructor Brian Schulz to build this Japanese-inspired woodland home on the Oregon coast. It's solar-powered, wood stove-heated, and constructed almost entirely of materials salvaged from within a 10-mile radius of the s...
$15.00 Composting Toilet And Waste Sensibility
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'Agrihoods': Suburban Living Built Around Community Farms
Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are? All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serve...
10 Homes That'll Make You Wish You Lived Down on the Farm
Farmhouses are woven into the fabric of American life, and the farmhouse style is so beloved that homeowners create replicas and do up their kitchens farm-style, even in the heart of New York City. Duxbury, MA 106 Powder Point Ave, Duxbury, MAFor sale: $1.325 million This restor...
10 Modern Prefabs We'd Love To Call Home
Over the years, the prefab movement has been gradually gathering steam as a great option for a new home. Built in much less time than a traditionally-built home, prefabs offer great, modern digs in smartly designed, often compact, packages. Let’s take a look at ten of our favorites. m2 i...
12th Century Mosque Made With Cob - Will A Modern Home Last This Long?
Al-Masjed Al-Ateq is the oldest mosque in the western north & South African region,this Mosque is located in Awjilah City, Libya.The present building dates to the 12th century. It was restored in the 1980s. There is a palm tree post on each side of the entrance gate to the mosque enclosure. T...
15 Well-Designed Shipping Container Homes for Life Inside the Box
The hot trend of shipping container homes fulfills many design desires: living simply, lessening clutter, being environmentally conscious, building a home on a budget and the chance to do something totally modern and different that makes your neighbors’ jaws drop. But there are other practical...
1814 Stone Swiss House Updated To High Energy Standards
This beautiful 1814 stone house in the Swiss mountains has been carefully restored by Savioz Fabrizzi Architects, bringing it up to contemporary standards while retaining its historical charm. The home's exteriors were left almost untouched, but a number of energy-efficient upgrades helped the ...
1966 Airstream transformation: Tiny Home for a young family
Hello, we are the Peterson family! We chronicle our journey towards a simple, intentional life. A journey that lead us to audit our lifestyle and question what we were spending our time, talents and treasure on.  After 5 years of marriage while awaiting the arrival of our first child our lives ...
21st Century Flintstones: Inside the Mountain Caves Where Gypsies Live in Houses That Look Like Hobbit Holes
Matthew Karsten is a photographer and a travel blogger, while globetrotting in Grenada he visited a Gypsy community where he spent a night in the caves. Most of these caves have electricity and gadgets and they are also powered either from solas panels or from grid energy that has been wired in. The...
45 Photos: Our Off The Grid Cottage Dream On 100 Acres Of Beauty
We hope you will be inspired to do the same and enjoy reading our story! We are situated in the Northen Tablelands in N.S.W. on the east coast of Australia. At an altitude of 500 Meters above sea level. It is sub-Tropical here with very good rain fall. Our Cottage is situated in a forest setting wit...
5 Years Of Hauling Salvaged Material Up A Hill Produced This AMAZING Retreat! Check It Out...
Built on a forested hilltop in Panama from salvaged materials that had to be brought to the site by boat and horseback.    "I was sitting out in the break one summer evening admiring a spectacular sunset and it occurred to me that I should look for some land to build a house on," Dil...
50+ Year Old Couple Build Off Grid Cob Tiny House For $30k (Video)
In this video you will see a young 50+ couple talk about their off the grid tiny home, the project, how it started and some of their struggles. Great insight into the off the grid tiny life style for those interested in it, and for the curios ones a some inspiration. via Youtube...
8 Homes That Are 100% Powered By The Sun
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence wit...
A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days
Tiny homes are all the rage these days, and perhaps for good reason. If you’re in the market for a tiny home, there is one maker of alternative housing that should be on your radar. Magic Green Homes are the makers of a hobbit-like tiny house, boasting extreme energy efficiency, but with all ...
A Green-Roofed Hobbit Prefab Home Anyone Can Build In Just 3 Days! (Video)
Built from a collection of prefabricated shells made from fibre-reinforced polymer, the quaint homes are entirely waterproof and designed to withstand strong winds. Under normal conditions, they can withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of 10 on the Richter scale, with the pods fle...
A House Made From Beer Cans Sparks a Movement
Hippie architect Michael Reynolds has spent the past 35 years creating eco-friendly homes known as ‘Earthships’. Using beer cans and tyres to hold the structures together, he came up with a way of life that requires none of the traditional household fuels. Running foul of American plann...
A Man and His Calling to Build Tiny Houses for Oakland's Homeless
"Homeless people,” says Gregory Kloehn, an artist, plumber and construction contractor based in Oakland, Calif., “they’re not really seen… I don’t want to say as human but almost. I mean, they’re definitely [viewed] lower than second class citizens.” T...
A Self-Powered Microgrid Apartment Complex Is Going Up In San Francisco
These four fine residences represent an evolution of design and convergence of technologies resulting in true Carbon Neutral Living and Transportation. San Francisco's first ever Passive House condominium apartment complex is rising in the Mission Creek neighborhood, and amazingly, this über-ef...
A Tale of Zoning Happily Ever After
In Florida a Groundbreaking Zoning Ordinace for Tiny House Communities has been passed. Once upon a time in the small, forward-thinking city of Rockledge, Florida, some of the most progressive tiny housing zoning ordinances in the entire US of A were approved, in record time and with great...
A Treasure Find: Off Grid Home, 9 acres Currently Listed On Ebay For $40,000
(page 1 of 2)  This beautiful property was shared with me on the facebook page.  I thought I would pass it on because it looks so nice.  It's listed on Ebay.  Please do your own research on the property, as I have not spoken with it's owner.  The price and appearance lo...
A Tree House That Is Both A Hotel And A Natural Sanctuary
Seven years ago the founders of Finca Bellavista Mateo along with Erica Hogan, visited for the first time the property that would turn today into their home away from home. This construction is located in the heights of the tropical forest in Costa Rica, surrounded by foliage and all kinds of plants...
A Woodland Cabin Fit For The Skies (Video)
In 1999, the former electrical engineer had a vision: To save retired jetliners from becoming scrap metal by reusing them.  Slightly built and with a charming smile, the 64-year-old Campbell sees the task as part of his goal in life. 'Mine is to change humanity's behavior in this little niche...
Amazing Cabin Retreat in Alaska... Wilderness to the Max!
Bettles Lodge is located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle, in the foothills of the Brooks Range along the Koyukuk River. The Arctic is known as one of the last true pristine wilderness areas in the world.  Our location is a fly-in only adventure, unless you prefer to travel when the Ice...
Amazing Expandable Building System Blocks From Shipping Containers
EBS block (TM) - Expandable Building System block.Have you ever dreamed of living in a home that can be folded up or expanded with only a few simple operations? If yes, our EBS block can make your dream come true. The utmost advantage which EBS block provides is the reduction of internal building te...
Amazing House Truck Transformers (Video)
These are House Truck Transformer Concepts by Dahir Insaat. In these animations you can see trucks pulling containers that unfold into full size homes and shelters. Everything works with hydraulics and unfolds automatically. via Youtube...
An art studio made from bamboo, palm leaf and coconut in India.
"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed", Gandhi Biju of Thannal Hand Sculpted Homes has a wonderful artistic sensibility which is beautifully expressed in this building. It is an artist's studio made using bamboo with a palm leaf roof and coconut leaf walls. T...
Architects Design Low-Cost 'Hex-House' for Refugees
Called the Hex House, the 431-square-foot (40-square-metre) unit is largely made of steel-and-foam Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which can be flat-packed and delivered by truck to a building site. The design is meant to be scalable, and each home is intended to be occupied for 15 to 20 years...
Architecture In The Wild: These Are Some Sweet Pads!
Affluent adventurers with a taste for clean design are leaving the lap of luxury of and heading to simple huts in the wilderness, says design critic Marcus Fairs. It's a curious and counter-intuitive new trend, explains Fairs, the founder and editor-in-chief of international architecture and d...
Architecture Students Design Sustainable Low-Income Homes That Can Be Built for $20K
Well designed homes do not need to be expensive to build, and fortunatelly for us there is a group of students that are giving us a great example on frugality and quality. The architecture students at Auburn University’s Rural Studio prove that well-designed homes can still be affordable, than...
Artic Spa Grillhouse
Publisher Sean Rice is at the Hoss Project Cottage for a cool summer build – an Arctic Spa Grillhouse! Sean puts his handyman skills to the test and helps put together the Grillhouse, step-by-step.   Made from fine Scandinavian wood, The Arctic Spa Grillhouse comes together piec...
Auctioning Of A Tiny Home!
Rob Greenfield is auctioning his tiny home and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to build tiny homes for the homeless. He has called himself a nuisance in the past, but went through a spiritual transformation after traveling around the world and has made a pledge to live sustainably and to h...
Be The Mayor! - 10 Towns for Sale If You Want To Do Things Your Own Way
If there were a town for sale, and the price were right, would you take it?  There is always much to consider. Much as 40 years ago when all the interstates were going through, towns were bypassed, some didn't get offramps, and they died out as people moved close to better access.   As to...
Beachfront Willow Home Boasts Solar Panels and Rainwater Collection
Characterized by a balmy, temperate climate, the seaside Australian town Mount Martha couldn’t be a better site for this oceanfront home that opens itself to the sea breeze. OLA Studio, the firm behind the project, touts a strong commitment to passive thermal efficiency, exemplified by th...
Beautiful Basket Woven Home Design: Light of Shodoshima
Beginning in 2010 in Japan, a festival of art, music, drama and dance, called the Setouchi Triennale began with a schedule to occur every three years and has a packed calendar of events occurring on multiple Inland Sea islands, many on Naoshima. The 2016 schedule is spread across three sea...
Beautiful Café In Japan Looks Like A Fairy Garden (In Pictures)
Café Fleur, finished in 2013 is located at the foot of the Oyama mountain, in Japan. This small café was built to make it feel like a small house in the forest. Filled with fantasy in every detail, the owners sell homemade food and jellies. You can feel the wonderful bre...
Beautiful Community Center in Yolotlán, México built with cob
What is Cob? Earth is probably still the world's commonest building material. The word cob comes from an old English root meaning a lump or rounded mass. Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw, a sensory and aesthetic experience similar to sculpting with cl...
Beautiful Painted Village In Poland
The secluded village of Zalipie in southeastern Poland is home to a charming tradition.  Over a century ago the women of the village began to paint their houses: however, it was not the single, uniform color one might expect from a traditional and conservative society.  The village, throug...
Benefits Of Living In An Underground Home
Underground dwellings are an alternative to traditionally built above-ground dwellings for some home seekers, especially those who are looking to minimize their negative impact on the environment. Some of the advantages of underground houses include resistance to severe weather, quiet living space, ...
Berlin Becomes First German City to Make Rent Cap a Reality
A new Rent camp has been implemented in Germany's capital Berlin. Capital pioneers law prohibiting landlords from charging new tenants more than 10% above local average. Rents in Berlin have been on the rise, forcing some residents to spend a year looking for a flat. Photograph: Berlin-Zeitgeist /A...
Best Small Home 2015 - Fine Homebuilding HOUSES Awards
Perched above Idaho's Lake Pend Orielle, this small cabin is trained on the view. This year's best small home was designed by architect Emory Baldwin of FabCab. Beyond its smart and flexible floor plan and its natural finishes, we were drawn to this project for its relevance. The cabin's prefab...
Breathtaking fairytale-like nature home is worthy of a Hogwarts wizard
If you've been wondering where Dumbledore has been hiding out this whole time, from the looks of things he—or some wizard of equivalent status—has been residing in this custom built Ashland, Oregon home, which is currently on the market for $8.235 million. The custom features that Dumble...
Brilliant Home In the Canary Islands With Solar And On-Site Wind Turbines
Estudio José Luis Rodríguez Gil created this net zero home in the Canary Islands back in 1995, but only recently has a series of gorgeous images of this dwelling surfaced on the web. Called "House in Bioclimatic Experimental Urbanization", the 120 square meter plywood residence was car...
Bucolic Texas home pays homage to the state’s many barns and stables
This East Austin home combines pure Modernism with a regional vernacular referencing aging structures such as barns and stables found throughout rural Texas. Cedar siding, exposed wood and steel framing, and steel windows imbibe the home with a hand wrought aesthetic, while trim-less detai...
Buses Transformed Into US$28 A Night 'Love Hotel' Rooms
Turning old buses into affordable 'love hotels' has turned out to be a big hit with young holidaymakers in China. The lodgings are designed having the young couples in mind, finding a home away from home inside an old, public bus. The exterior of the buses may still look old and abandone...
Cabin In The Wild
Whether you speak English or Russian or French, just like music is a language all its own, so is Architecture!  It doesn't matter what language you speak, the feeling one gets when seeing a building in a setting speaks to the soul!  So many of us are fixed in a location because of a career...
Cape Russell Retreat – An Off-Grid Micro Cabin
This contemporary micro cabin is set along the lakeside in Cape Russell, Tennessee. The aptly named getaway – Cape Russell Retreat – has been designed by local studio, Sanders Pace Architecture, and it operates independently of the water and electrical grid. The retreat is just 176 squ...
Caretaker Requested On 140 Acres In The Ozark Mountains Near The Buffalo River
Do you know anyone who is mature but very physically vigorous, age 55-65, approaching a transition or retirement, maybe without large SS income or assets, perhaps someone who has devoted his/her life to gardening, environmentalism and enlightened counter-cultural pursuits including sadhana; som...
Chamfer Home: Tiny Self-Sufficient House Operates Off-Grid in Any Locale
A new alternative way of inhabiting, Chamfer Home, optimizes all usable spaces offering most of the amenities of a larger home. For s-archetype, encouraging ecologically sustainable design and experimenting with alternative formations that provoke the imagination, is of outmost importance....
Chopping Down The Grid; Michael Reynolds Shows Us How
"Centralized Water, Centralized Power, Centralized Sewage.... when I look Up, I don't see a sky, I see wires!"   A regular house is a box that is hooked up to infrastructure.  It's like you being hooked up in a hospital to life support.  An earthship is like you walking out of the hos...
Cob House Interiors: Beautiful and unique homes around the world.
What is cob? Cob is a building material composed of clay, sand, and straw. This humble formula often prompts jokes about mud huts or spurs snap judgments that cob structures will dissolve in the first rainstorm. Such understandable misconceptions, however, are immediately put to rest the first time ...
Colorado Architecture Students And Their Amazing Rustic Cabin Design
Architecture students from the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins – each measuring between 140 and 200 square feet (13 to 18 square metres) &ndash...
Cool Ideas for Backyard Retreats and Playhouses
When Summer comes around, the outdoors will be beckoning. What better way to enhance outdoor living than with a cool new structure in the backyard? Whether you dream of lounging in a hammock in your own bugproof pavilion, hosting friends for the weekend in a revamped vintage Airstream or gettin...
Cordwood Homes Inspiration
Cordwood masonry or what is sometimes called "stackwall" or "stovewood" is a form of house construction that consists of laying whole or split wood, width-wise in a bed of mortar. When looking at a cordwood wall, log ends are the only part of the wood that are visible. The wood actually rests on two...
Cozy Cabins
I’ve decided to do some random posts of just some favorite things of mine. I’m going to start with cabins. I have a thing about cabins. I love them. I especially love log cabins. The more rustic they are, the better. I have a Pinterest board of just cabins. I love to watch movies that h...
Crumbling Stable Has Been Transformed Into This Gorgeous Off Grid Home
Studio Ábaton has rebuilt a crumbling stone stable in the countryside of western Spain and converted the building into a self-sufficient family home. Located miles away from the nearest town, the old building was too remote to be connected to an electrical grid or water supply, so Áb...
Cutting the cord: Top 10 off-grid homes
We're big fans of off-grid homes – and for good reason: an off-grid home frees the owner from the vagaries of unscrupulous energy giants, can potentially help reduce impact on the environment, and offers a greater self-sufficiency. Join us as we shine a light on 10 of our favorites. Big, small...
Design isn’t separate from sustainability—it’s the key to it
Lance, an architect and author of The Shape of Green, looks at the woeful performance of the profession, the lack of commitment to meeting the goals of the 2030 challengethat was such a big deal a few years ago, but that less than 1 percent of the profession is actually reporting their progress on. ...
DIY Tree House (Video)
It's a common-sense rule of treehouse construction: Make it lightweight. DIY Tree House. This is 18 ft. in the air. It is approx. 150 sq. ft. with a 100 sq. ft. loft. Garnier limbs were used to support it. He says they hold 8,000 lbs. each. The porch was done with a Tenon cutter. The suspension br...
DIY Treehouse Inventor Creates Ewok World In Rural Oregon
In 1974, fresh out of the army (as a Green Beret medic), Michael Garnier went to rural Oregon to try to make a living off the woods. He tried making furniture, fences, pole barns and selling organic, psychedelic picture propellers (to see Fantasy Flakes), but finally it was a treehouse that got...
Do You Want A Totally Off Grid, Sustainably Built Tiny House?
"Okay, I have to say I am pretty excited to be asked to announce this!  Here is your chance to own a tiny house built using 100% sustainable products and to have the labour thrown in.  This means that you will get one of those awesome eco houses that we all dream of (at least I...
Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500
Binishells may be the greenest way to build ever invented. Using air as their form work, Binishells are inherently green because they provide highly efficient building envelopes. They are also naturally strong and flexible in terms of shape and size. They are highly affordable because they use ...
Dome Sweet Dome. Living in the round...
The Pictures of this Dome House were found on Facebook, but there was no information as to how it was built, who it belongs to, or where it is located, but it is beautiful none the less. If any of you know the whereabouts of this Geo Dome House, please leave the information in the com...
Don Noe's Cordwood Shed Is Stylishly Natural
The shed with the cord wood wall was built with 90% construction scrap and timber framed with timbers I got from large machine crates. The logs were from an arborist that I stopped before he turned them into fire wood. I built it for under $3500. The doors with the limb hinges are for a worm bin loc...
Double-sided sticky tape is the only thing keeping this LA home together
Forget screws and nails, the facade of this home is held on with double-sided sticky tape. With its owner being an executive at 3M, it should come as no surprise that the home is held together with the company's high performance, double-sided tape. Designed by SPF:architects, the residence sits on a...
Dragon-Inspired Cliff House in Spain Uses the Earth to Stay Cool
A wavy zinc-covered roof covers the front of this residence by Madrid practice GilBartolomé Architects, which is dug into a steep cliff face overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Spain's Granada province The property called House on the Cliff was designed by archi...
Earning Their Crust: Couple Quit Their Jobs to Sell Pizza From a Boat in Paradise
Couple Tara and Sasha had a dream to sail the Virgin Islands while making a living selling tasty pizza Yacht Pizza Pi, based in St Thomas, has been open for business since 2014, selling up to 90 pizzas a day They sell a range of options to any boat that moors up alongside, and have secured a five-...
Earth Ships And Sustainability - Finally Catching Fire!
The ABCs of Earthships The subdivision, just past the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, has 70 Earthships with space for a total of 130. The 663-acre site also includes 2 acres of experimental projects, decreed by state law in 2007. Davis said Reynolds told legislators, in appealing for his cause, "You l...
Earthships 101 - Super Sustainable Housing - What Is It And How's It Work?
If you've never watched it, this is the holy grail of sustainability... the one that began it all... The Garbage Warrior with Michael Reynolds...
Eco-Friendly floating prefab homes
Aside from the lush, mountainous landscape and famous River Kwai Bridge, Kanchanaburi is well known for its floating houses and rafts. Floating on the river, these distinctive structures greatly differentiate Kanchanaburi from any other provinces in Thailand. X-Float is a creation that enhances the ...
Encuentro Guadalupe: Baja's Sustainable Hotel And Wild Endemic Reserve
Jorge Gracia and his partners at Gracia Studio, designed this project. It is located in Valle de Guadalupe «Mexico’s Wine Country», Baja California, Endémico Resguardo Silvestre (Wild Endemic Reserve) is a set of twenty independent rooms of twenty square meters each, operate...
Escape Into Nature with Greenland’s Off-Grid Cabins
There are few places in the world where you can immerse yourself in nature as much as in Greenland, and what better way to do so than to go off-grid. The Amaroq cabin, located on a hillside in Kapisillit- right next to the Ice Fjord and several small lakes filled with trout and salmon- is named afte...
Exotic solar and wind-powered Bangkok Tree House resort is a masterpiece of sustainable design
Located a few miles from the bustling streets of central Bangkok, this eco-friendly resort pushes the limits of sustainable passive design. Its sustainability features are endless, including LED lighting powered by solar and wind energy, solar cookers, rainwater harvesting, floors, as well as walls...
Eye-catching hexagonal buildings go up in a snap – no glue or welding required
The Open Architecture team has really outdone themselves with the HEX-SYS modular building system. The system itself is a modular, hexagonal building system that resembles an umbrella. However, the umbrella shape is inverted, and acts as a rainwater collection system, with the panels—made from...
Fabulous Greek Home Is Just Part Of The Garden
This stunning underground home by Deca Architecture utilizes a natural palette of materials to maintain a low profile while complementing the serene Mediterranean landscape that surrounds it. Situated in a small valley with views of the coast, the Aloni house consists of two stone walls bridged by a...
Family wraps home in greenhouse to warm up from Stockholm weather
The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home.“For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” ex...
Family Wraps Their Home In A Greenhouse To Protect It From The Cold
The average temperature in Stockholm in January is -3°C (27°F). For Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto it can be much warmer thanks to the greenhouse that blankets their home. “For example at the end of January it can be -2°C outside and it can be 15 to 20°C upstairs,” e...
Fancy a stay in a GIANT seashell? Book into this Mexican island paradise for a secluded, one-of-a-kind holiday
The Seashell House was designed by Raquel and Eduardo Ocampo, though was never rented out as a holiday home Located on Isla Mujeres, the secluded gated property is perfect for those looking for some peace and quiet The home is divided into two 'conch' apartments - each with a king bedroom - and also...
Find a Natural Home and Rent it to Spend some Time Living Off the Grid for Your next Holidays
Silvestre Village Inn This is Silvestre Village Inn near Mallin Ahogado, El Bolson, Patagonia in Argentina. The inn is set in the woods and the grounds of the CIDEP Permaculture Centre.The inn is a roundwood frame with light clay and wattle & daub walls with a green roof. The inn has two do...
First Farm-to-Table New Home Community
Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes...
For Sale - Off-grid, luxury floating apartment on the Gold Coast (Australia).
Ultimate "beach front" property, let me rephrase that... The property is on the water by the beach. Recently built with all the amenities anyone would want, totally off the grid. ‘Reflection’ is a luxury floating home that was launched in June 2014. She has been meticulously designed to...
For Sale – Large Rural Andalucian Eco Finca
€180,000 Not a Chain This home offers low carbon living, a great Spanish experience and no more utility bills! Bought by the current English owners 13 years ago, it has been restored, modernised and renovated to a high standard, in a traditional Andalucian style. This tranquil, rustic finca is...
For sale: entire medieval Italian village for £485,000
It sounds almost too good to be true: an entire medieval village in Italy for sale for the price of a modest flat in London. When you are ready to escape a flat in London or the big house in The Hamptons,  £485,000 will buy the historic village of Valle Piola, which is surrounded by wild...
Freedom Cove, B.C. Floating Home: Is A Whole New Level Of Off-Grid Living
Deep in the remote wilderness of Clayoquot Sound, in the little bay called Freedom Cove live the artists Catherine and Wayne Adams. Home is where the heart is, and for one Canadian couple, it's also where the boat docks. Wayne Adams and Catherine King live on a massive float home made of 12 plat...
From City Life To Isolation In West Texas.... One Man's Journey
Seven years ago John Wells sold his heavily-mortgaged home in upstate New York and bought 40 acres in West Texas for $8000. The area (Brewster County) is so isolated there are no codes or zoning restrictions so Wells built his own tiny home (in 9 days with $1600) relying on his set-building experien...
From The Lumbermill Into A Home, A Construction Journey
This video was shot over the course of 3 years. from 2013 to 2015 in Belgium.The construction itself took only 4 months to complete, but the balcony and other fine tuning were done later. The wooden house is still not 100% finished. The house was built by Jan De Loore with the help...
German architect Werner Sobek wants to create an emissions-free city in five years
Imagine an emissions-free electric city, in which homes generate more than enough power for their needs and are built to share their excess with neighbours, cars, and the surrounding grid. It sounds like a wonderful fairy tale, but German architect Werner Sobek says it can be accomplished in just fi...
Girl Scouts Build Cabins Without A Single Drop of Glue
The cabins were built using Interlocking Cross Laminated Timber as the major building material and structural system. This innovative material was developed by industry partner Euclid Timber Frame PC, a company focusing on natural building methods using no glues, binders, adhesives, or products with...
Going off the grid in Kate Humble's rustic holiday home
Fisherman's Cabin was built for Springwatch presenter Kate Humble It sits in Perigord-Limousin National Park in the French Dordogne region It takes two hours to heat water for a shower - and there is no phone signal  By ISABELLE KING Fisherman's Cabin, in the Dordogne, is a catch. This woodla...
Gorgeous 11MW bioenergy plant in Leeds will sort 214,000 tons of waste each year
Leeds will soon become a hub for the energy-to-waste economy thanks to a new Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility built by Veolia in Cross Green. The new plant will generate energy from 214,000 tons of waste collected each year from black bins in Leeds. The building, designed by Jean-Robert Mazaud...
Green Box: The Renovation Of An Unused Garage.
A “green” volume in the green. The “Green box” project rises as the renovation of a small disused garage, accessory to a weekend house situated on the slopes of the Raethian Alps. A structure realized with lightweight metal galvanized profiles and steel wires wraps the e...
Green Building in Cold Climates: Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf
This is an interview originally done by Inhabitat.com. Strawbale construction is a sustainable way to build homes. The houses are sound, beautiful, energy efficient and easy to build. Here is the full interveiw, but for the original article follow the link at the bottom of the page. We’ve see...
Green Roofed Cannon Beach Home In Oregon Generates More Power Than It Uses
The time-worn adage “form follows function” may bring a groan to the lips of everyone who has heard it repeated ad nauseam in architecture or design classes. However, it is so time-worn because it is a wise approach to these pursuits. The Cannon Beach Residence designed by Nathan Good Ar...
Green Village: An Amazing Place in Bali
Set along the terraced slopes of the Ayung River in Bali, Green Village is a master-planned community of eighteen dramatically unique homes, hand-constructed by the Ibuku team. Each home is custom designed and rigorously engineered to embody the inherent strengths and versatility of bamboo.  ...
GreenPods: Small, Low-Impact, Energy-Efficient Homes
A builder offers healthy homes and a boost to her local economy.  The 420-square-foot Port Townsend model features a front porch with two built-in benches. Photo Courtesy GreenPod Development   Architect Ann Raab strives to give her clients the big picture in a small frame. Founder of Por...
Half Strawbale, Half Wood Dreamy Super-efficient Cottage
This is one awesome strawbale home.  It has extremely thick walls that are supremely insulated.  The live roof also does not let the outside temperatures creep in, so it takes very little to heat or cool this fab design.   The part wood and part strawbale design is unique, y...
Haliburton Highlands In Ontario Canada Brings Out The Frontiersman In Visitors
The Museum was founded as the Haliburton Highlands Pioneer Museum in 1967, as a Canadian Centennial project to commemorate the early pioneers of the area. The Rotary Club and a committee of interested citizens were behind it, including Ron Curry of Curry Motors fame & founder of the Rotary Club ...
He Dragged 4 Shipping Containers Onto His Property, And What He Turns Them Into Left Me Speechless.
It seems crazy to think about now, but there was a time in this country when there were no contractors and pretty much everyone had to build their own home by themselves… from scratch. No real estate brokers. You just picked a spot and set up shop. While those days may be long gone, there are...
Hilltop Residence Integrates With The Environment
"The filigree-timber-skin language so often deployed by this practice here sits in contrast to and in dynamic tension with the sturdy South-Australian-Outback language of the large house already on the site. Two pavilion-like buildings were commissioned by the client. The pool pavilion is a delight:...

Building Methods

"Wizard Home" Going Up Down Under
Duuvy Jester has another project workshop running at Terraeden Biotecture building the "Wizard Home,"  an earthtube and earthbag "superadobe" styled round house.  It's a mud-slinging endeavor where people work together and have a blast doing it!  The earth bag design is bene...
'Shedquarters': Trend The Home-Based Business Owners Are Drooling Over
In light of the fact that because of the internet, many people don't "go" to work any more, it is common to have conflicted space in the home where Mom or Dad are working where the kids are playing.  The work space requires quiet to focus, while the play space requires noise for extreme joy! Sp...
15 Building Methods And Their Advantages With Great Video Examples
Adobe Home Adobe is a natural building type which uses materials such as sand, clay, water and some type of fibrous or organic material like sticks, straw and/or manure. Builders shape the mixture into bricks using frames and it dries in the sun. This form of building is similar to cob and mud brick...
1824's Log Fort Gibson In Oklahoma - A History And Current Renovation
Built in 1825, Fort Gibson was reconstructed in 1935.  Here as it is being rebuilt again, I stopped to interview the crew on April 14, 2014 as they replace the rotten log timbers: A landmark to the previous restoration   On May 7, 2014, we stopped by to visit and view ...
20 Staircases That Bring The Nature Out In Anyone
The element that brings you up to the next level of a home is the step by step walk up the staircase.  The appearance of that walk can either bring you peace and beauty, or boredom and strain to your day.  I prefer the former, and love that some of these staircases bring out the best feeli...

Heating / Cooling

The Kachelofen - Efficient and Beautiful European Home Heaters Have Been Made For Centuries
The kachelofen (German, meaning tile stove) has been in use for centuries and some very ornate examples can be seen in museums and castles. In Sweden, Finland, Russia and other countries of northern Europe, similar masonry or tile stoves were called by different names. The kachelofen heater has th...
25 Ways To Keep Warm Without Turning Up The Heat
Keeping warm without heating can be a tricky challenge. As colder weather begins to make itself felt in various parts of the world, it’s important to find ways to keep warm without heating. Many of the methods in this helpful tutorial will walk you through tactics that can keep you toasty...
3 DIY Rocket Stove Videos - Try Your Hand At Making One
Design 1 Build a Rocket Stove Step-by-Step. Building a rocket stove is quick and easy. You will need one #10 can and four small cans (soup, corn, beans, etc.). Seeing how to build a rocket stove is much easier then explaining the process in writing. I recommend watching the video and commenting if y...
7 Ways Homes Kept Cool Before The Age Of Air Conditioning
Image: Green Connections via CC  The modern air conditioner was invented only in the 1920s, and it didn’t become a common home feature until the latter half of the 20th century. But, while some of us might wonder how our grandparents survived hot and steamy summers, the fact is thos...
A New Brunswick man says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build.
A Fredericton-area man (New Brunswick Canada) says his heating bills are decreasing thanks to a solar furnace that cost him $300 to build.   Randy Buchanan, of Lower St. Mary's, modified plans he found online to build the heating unit from soda cans, aluminum eavestrough downspouts and a...

Home Stories

What This Mom And Dad Did For Their Family Of 6: A School Bus Becomes A Home
Growing up, I always hated riding the school bus. It was dank, cold and I was only on it at 7am.  A mother by the name of Nina Nelson forever changed how I will think about buses. She and her family of six bought an old school bus and gave it one of the coolest makeovers ever. I'd live on this ...
I bought the parcel yesterday. I had seen the cabin from a distance up til today.
"Yesterday I traded the recently acquired parcel (nearly 15acres) across the street from the cabin to acquire the adjoining parcel of 5 acres. This puts all my land onto one side, gives me two more entry points, plus the little shack I have always admired is now on my land. Instead of being a tiny s...
What This Couple Did After Getting Fed Up With Their Mortgage Will Make You So Jealous!
I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely day dreamed about selling everything I own and moving into a tiny house like the one you are about to see. It’d be a nice getaway, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying a mortgage, because everything would be paid for in cash. The...
1500 Underground Homes - Coober Pedy Australia - Cheaper And Efficient
"The tunneling machines leave an attractive pattern on the walls, and the sandstone itself hasbeautiful maroon and rose coloured swirls, so warm and friendly, it's absolutely gorgeous" Coober Pedy underground homes are not what you expect. The idea of living underground usually trigge...
26 Visions Where Mankind Let's Go, And Nature Begins To Reclaim
Off the grid is a term we use to describe one of many scenarios of detachment from things that bring connectivity to masses of people.  What happens when those things become detached from people?  They are left in the hands of nature... not just off the grid, but separated from humans. &nb...

Home Stylings

This Man Made His Dream Treehouse an Incredible Reality -complete with Hot Tub
As kids, we probably all wanted treehouses. A treehouse could be a fortress of solitude, a place we could go to escape the crazy world of being a kid. Some of us built them or got them, and some of us, unfortunately, didn't. Regardless, our treehouses were nothing compared to wha...
15 Ancient House Designs That You Can Build Really Cheap or Free
How would your life change if you never had to pay rent or interest on a mortgage again? I bet it would take a significant weight off your shoulders. It sure would for me. You’re not alone, in fact today most people in “civilized” parts of the world don’t own their homes but are indebted to...
15 Interiors 15 Personalized Designs Built To Surroundings
Okay, now that you've picked out what kind of real estate you want to live on, and also what type of home you would like to build, it's time to talk interiors.  Depending on what type of exterior you have, you still have all sorts of stylistic choices for how you will build.  If ...
16 Amazing Log House Kitchens You Have to See
I love log houses. I make no secret of the fact that I plan for my next house to be one. I’ve been surfing the web for years making notes on awesome layouts, designs and decor for log cabin houses. Since I love to cook, the kitchen has always been one of the most important rooms in a house to ...
41 Purposeful Homes That Solve Real "Issues"
The options that one considers when designing, remodeling, or adding onto a home are limitless. Today we scour the internet for ideas that help us to downsize, make better use of space, be more efficient, to fulfill a long life dream, to make us more comfortable, to ease our pain as we age, to make ...

Tiny House

$10k DIY Off Grid Solar Tiny House
I love looking at peoples designs and sketches. To see that draft that shows the first ideas before anything is built makes me feel happy, it's the potential that is represented and I enjoy them enormously. This 185 sq. ft. off-grid solar tiny house design was submitted as part of&nbs...
$20k American Freedom Off-Grid Tiny House For Sale
This American Freedom Tiny House For Sale is completely off-grid ready and available for only $19,995 from Incredible Tiny Homes. Randy Jones, co-owner of Incredible Tiny Homes, gives you a complete guided video tour (thanks to Lucas of 7 Trumpets Prepper and Off Grid Contracting) of this coz...
'Ark' Is The Name Of This Beautiful Tiny House
Functional, well-built AND artistically cohesive tiny houses. Zyl Vardos can build a house from a previous design OR create a totally unique house. They specialize in handmade windows and doors, curved rooflines, off-grid systems, and interior furnishings.  And thi...
11 Reasons We Want to Move Into This Tiny Beach House Immediately
Being on the water is everything, so it doesn't get much better than this tiny beach house located on gorgeous Tyee Beach on Washington state's Camano Island. On the market for $424,500, the compact-but-charming bungalow offers 335 square feet of living space on a .34 acre lot. The house was origina...
144 Sq. Ft. Dewdrop Tiny House by Zyl Vardos
This is the 18′ version of the Dewdrop Tiny House by Zyl Vardos which offers about 144 sq. ft. of space inside. It’s another incredible design/build by the amazing carpenter/artist and founder of Zyl Vardos, Abel Zimmerman Zyl. Zyl specializes in artistically designed and built tiny hom...