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Never Seen a House Built Like this Unique Vacation House in the Middle of Nature

Houses January 3, 2017

Never Seen a House Built Like this Unique Vacation House in the Middle of Nature

You have to see this house! We can all learn something from this unique mastery of simplicity when it comes to building.

This vacation house, set in the middle of nature, is an attractive design in a nice setting, but there’s something else to it. While on this site we’ve featured a number of prefab homes, tiny houses, modular construction projects, metal building home options, and a ton of other things, I’ve never seen a building style like this. I’m interested.

We’re always seeking for simple building styles, because that’s part of our ‘mission’ on the site — to try to find enough options for everybody to find something that suits them and move towards a goal where everybody has their own home, whether a prefab, modular, tiny house, house boat, park model, cabin, house on wheels, whatever. So check out this building style.

It’s a building called the “Rio Bonito” and it’s by architect Carla Juacaba (of Brazil). She’s simply constructed two stone walls (although in my conception of making this simple I’m picturing cinder blocks or even concrete perhaps). Then she’s embedded the flat metal frame of the floor and ceiling into these two walls.

This sets the house up off the ground. Then she’s just slid stairs in front of the patio that is part of the entire floor.

There’s also a stone stairway on one of the walls, which leads the “cabin” (can you call it that?) up onto the roof.

She set a few walls in the center of the building to have a private bathroom, and for walls she just glazed them with large glass panels / sliding doors.

Heat? She left part of the stone wall hallow, so it can serve as a fireplace. It has a grate in front of it. The decor is minimalist. It has lights, but I suspect the kitchen stove might be wood burning, set in an adobe or other clay constructed cooking “desk”. There’s also a propane-style cookstove set up there.

For floors, she used plain long wooden floor boards with a shiny finish.

The furniture is minimal.

While this construction is an example of how simplicity can lend itself to style, you can tell this project was undertaken by a real stylish architect because of how she harmonized the shapes and sizes, the various materials, and even the colors (look at the colors of the patio, for example). What do you think?

As for lights, they have some set up. I’m not sure whether they power these with solar panels or a generator or what. I’m not sure how they get water to the cabin, either, for showers and cooking / washing. There are off-the-grid options for these things though that could be implemented.

These images and the one above are big, so they’ll look best on a large computer screen. They might also take a minute to load.For more work by Carla Juacaba, find her in our directory, where you can also find a bunch of other listings depending on your style interests, from prefabs to tiny homes. You can also check out some cabins here, tiny homes here, prefabs here, and metal buildings elsewhere on our site.

These images are big, so they'll look best on a large computer screen. They might also take a minute to load. These images are big, so they'll look best on a large computer screen. They might also take a minute to load.

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This Metal Home Ranch House is Amazing, but the Real Star is the Interior

Metal Buildings December 30, 2016

This Metal Home Ranch House is Amazing, but the Real Star is the Interior

Many people think about having a house out on a farm, and some of us already live out on farms and ranches or large pieces of land. Barn houses and metal homes both are seeing something of a surge of interest lately. Metal homes as an alternative building method that allows for inexpensive, strong and durable buildings that can also be reused, recycled or modified later on, and barn homes are a traditional style of building people are liking for their own homes.

Here we have a combination of both, and not only that, they added wood and stone work to create a livable space that might catch some eyes. The metal barn home here is designed and built by a company we’ve featured a number of times here on our site: Morton metal buildings — they do a number of different building types. And the job they’ve carried off here is one that I think will catch a lot of attention: a traditional rustic-style farm house that combines residential with equestrian areas.

You can see from the photo above and those below (all the photos on our website expand when you click them) that the interior of this metal building home is also a comfortable, traditional style. You can see that they’ve covered most of the building in wood cladding and some of it in stone work, including that outdoor seating area in the photo. But looking at the interior shots, I think a lot of you might agree that the interior work on this ranch house metal home is the real star of this construction project.

Some more information about this metal building:

Project Number: B066037669

Location: Pringle, SD
Dimensions: 46’W x 12’H x 105’L
This home/stall barn was built for Kerry & Dr. Lew in Pringle, SD

Special Features:
Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
Cupolas
Wood Siding
Diamond ‘M’ Sliding Doors
Loft Door
Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

This Metal Home Ranch House is Amazing, but the Real Star is the Interior

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Now This Is a Barn House, and It’s a Metal Building

Metal Buildings December 30, 2016

Now This Is a Barn House, and It's a Metal Building

Barn houses and metal homes both are seeing something of a surge of interest lately. Metal homes as an alternative building method that allows for inexpensive, strong and durable buildings that can also be reused, recycled or modified later on, and barn homes are a traditional style of building people are liking for their own homes.

Here we have a combination of both. The metal barn home here is designed and built by a company we’ve featured a number of times here on our site: Morton metal buildings — they do a number of different building types. And the job they’ve carried off here is one that I think will catch a lot of attention: a totally white-clad farm house that combines residential with equestrian areas, under a pale grey shingled roof.

You can see from the photo above and those below (all the photos on our website expand when you click them) that the interior of this metal building home is also a comfortable, traditional style.

Some more information about this metal building:

Project Number: B091005395
Location: Oconomowoc, WI
Dimensions: 42’W x 14’H x 60’L
This horse barn was built for Kari & Stu of Oconomowoc, WI

Special Features:
– Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
– Shingled Roof
– Cupola
– Dormers
– Porch
– Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

Now This Is a Barn House, and It's a Metal Building

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Prefabs houses are one thing, but would you live in a cardboard house?

Prefab December 16, 2016

Cardboard House

So you may be familiar with prefabs made of wood, stone, metal, bricks — we have a number of those covered on this websites — and even foam prefab and modular houses, but now in the everexpanding market of home building materials: cardboard.

The idea here is that a Dutch house designer thought up cardboard houses when he found himself throwing away a lot of cardboard packing tubes, and he thought why not make something out of them. Now, people have been making furniture out of cardboard and other products, like Google’s Cardboard project, but he made a prefab house.

“The fact is that the more you explore cardboard, the more benefits it offers,” according to designer Maarten Heijltjes of Waarmakers. “It solves two of the main problems in building – it is structural and insulating at the same time, while also being light enough to transport inexpensively. Sure, when people hear of a cardboard house, inevitably there’s some scepticism. But it’s a question of perception. Tell them that it’s a house made of wood, but that we’re just using wood fibre in a far more efficient way, and they start to see it makes sense.”

How it works: many layers of cardboard are stacked to make modular panels. Then they mold these modular panels around a house frame.

“First, they make 1.2-metre-deep segments, or modules, constructed from 24 layers of waterproofed, recycled cardboard moulded around a house-shaped frame,” according to 1843 Magazine. “These are then fixed together to make the finished building. Thanks to this system of pre-made sections, each house – starting at around €25,000 and available with elegant plywood interiors, glass doors and even wood burners – can be put together in as little as a single day.” They’re also very light for transportation to a building site.

The interiors are plywood. They add glass doors and wood stoves.

Construction time: 1 day at minimum. Sold so far: 8. They’ve received as many orders for more. They expect the prefab modular houses to last up to 100 years. Cost: right now around 25K Euros (26K U.S.).

“Actually, when you look at it, cardboard is beautiful,” said Heijltjes. “It has a texture and warmth to it.”

Read more about Wicklehouse in our directory of prefab homes.

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Creating Winter Wow In the Garden

Home and Garden December 15, 2016

Winter Wow In the Garden

Even if your garden is buried under a thick layer of ice and snow, it can still shine during the winter!

A garden with solid “bones” will look good all year ‘round. The shape of the hedges, the graceful arching of tree branches, or the pop of color from persistent fruit such as ornamental crabapples or mountain ash, all create a multitude of appealing shapes, forms, and textures. Bark color is important as well: think of the brilliant yellows or reds of dogwoods. Include some conifers in your garden landscape for the texture and year ‘round foliage – and don’t forget that not all conifers are green. Look for yellow junipers, or blue spruce. When selecting trees and shrubs for your garden, don’t simply focus on the beauty they bring during the growing season. When they are dormant, they can lend important structure to the landscape.

Although many gardeners perform a fall clean up before the snow flies, it may be desirable to leave some plants intact. Beautiful seed heads from herbaceous perennials and graceful ornamental grasses look spectacular with a dusting of snow. As an added bonus, trapping some snow in the base of the plants will help insulate the plants from severe weather.

Hardscaping materials are important, too: when shopping or designing pergolas and trellises, consider how they will look in the wintertime, when the rest of the garden is covered in snow and these important elements stand out and make a statement. Even the garden gate and decorative fenceposts can make a difference.

Whether you gaze out at your garden from the inside of your house, or from the driveway or walkway out front, you should enjoy the view in the winter almost as much as you do in the summer. If you notice some way to make an improvement for the following year, jot your ideas down and take your list into the garden centre in the spring.

By Sheryl Normandeau

Winter Wow In the Garden

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Futuristic World Culture Center Springs Up in the Desert

Unusual Dwellings December 8, 2016

Futuristic World Culture Center Springs Up in the Desert

A new building is nearing completion in the desert of Saudi Arabia. It’s the Center for World Culture, a project to promote cultural development within the country. It’s a Saudi Aramco Oil initiative for King Abdulaziz.

The building is designed by Snohetta, and it’s located in Dhahran, in the eastern province. It has an auditorium, cinema, library, exhibition hall, museum and archive. It’ll seat 930 visitors who come to the World Culture Center for opera, symphony concerts, musicals, and speeches.

Gallery:

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How About A Metal House Ranch Home?

Metal Buildings December 2, 2016

How about a Metal House Ranch Home

This is quite the building and quite the setting, too. In a wide open piece of green farmland sits this newly built traditional style metal barn house. Metal homes as an alternative building method that allows for inexpensive, strong and durable buildings that can also be reused, recycled or modified later on, and barn homes are a traditional style of building people are liking for their own homes.

Here we have a combination of both. The metal barn home here is designed and built by a company we’ve featured a number of times here on our site: Morton metal buildings — they do a number of different building types. And the job they’ve carried off here is one that I think will catch a lot of attention: a totally deep red-clad farm house, with white and black trimmings, that combines residential with equestrian areas, under a forest green shingled roof.

You can see from the photo above and those below (all the photos on our website expand when you click them) that the interior of this metal building home is also a comfortable, traditional style.

Some more information about this metal building:

Project Number: B091005395
Location: Oconomowoc, WI
Dimensions: 42’W x 14’H x 60’L
This horse barn was built for Kari & Stu of Oconomowoc, WI

Special Features:
– Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
– Shingled Roof
– Cupola
– Dormers
– Porch
– Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package

Project Number: B085044663
Location: Lonedell, MO
Dimensions: 36’W x 10’H x 72’L + 30’W x 10’H x 60’L
This stall barn w/ living quarters was built for Don in Lonedell, MO

Special Features:
Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
Morton Foundation System
Cupolas
Porches
Eyebrow Overhangs
Windows w/ Shutters
Wainscot
Thermax Insulation
Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package
Double Dutch Doors
Diamond ‘M’ Sliding Doors

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

How about a Metal House Ranch Home How about a Metal House Ranch Home

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These Self-Assemble Tiny Houses From $3,600

Tiny House November 28, 2016

Most of us have a good idea of how we would like to decorate our home, but how many of us have a good idea of how to transform our backyard from an empty space to a special place for some of our favorite enjoyments? The number is sure to be less. Here’s the good news, this problem is easily solved with the help of the Natural Gardener Company. They are ready to supply you with a home kit for your perfect backyard build! If you can not build it yourself, they even give you the option to purchase a kit that they will put together for you!

Tiny homes starting as low as $3,600.00 can suite your needs and fit your backyard. From a gazebo space enclosed to keep you and your morning paper dry on a rainy day, to a guest house perfect for the in-laws over the holiday season, you are sure to find the build for you! Lets look at one of their structures that is large enough to serve as a guest house among other things. The Byron Summer home has a really unique “L” shape that is accented beautifully with tall windows.

This home could work as guest accommodation, home office, man cave, or entertainment center. Whichever way you choose to use this build it is sure to look good! The Byron Summer home stands 10 ft tall and features two folding front door entrances, a patio area, and many windows to bring in lots of natural light! The structure is made of wood. This means you can leave your build in its natural state, stain the wood, or paint it to match your home!

The Natural Gardener Company makes it possible for you to really use your backyard. It is not limited to a sunny day ,perfect weather, or a nice view. You can have full year round use in any of their structures. You pick your build, maybe build it yourself, and simply enjoy rest! So go get the build perfect for your backyard and start making use of the space behind your home!

For more information of The Natural Gardener Company, find them in our tiny home directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Shipping Container Home Design

Shipping Container Buildings November 28, 2016

Shipping containers

Are you tired of traditional homes? Are you looking for something more unique? Perhaps, a building that offers more than just a roof over your head. Here is a company that exceeds these demands. They use innovative technology to create modular custom commercial and residential spaces. Their name is Bachbox and they are located in New Zealand.

What is a modular space? For Bachbox, it is a shipping container that can be placed top to bottom or side to side with another. This means that Bachbox customers have freedom in any design that fits there budget. They can be very small homes or very large homes. They are low maintenance builds which is good news for any home buyer. They are also transportable, so moving doesn’t need to involve looking for a new home! Maybe this will not be your full time residence, or maybe you live in an area threatened with bad weather. Bachbox has anticipated these situations, and is ready to accommodate them.

These builds are earthquake and cyclone resistant. The innovative technology and design used makes these homes airtight. A Bachbox home has steel flaps. When the home is open and there are no storms, the flaps lay down on the ground and create a patio area. In case of bad weather, or if you are leaving the home vacant for the season, you can close the flaps to cover the windows and lock up the home so it is secure! Don’t worry you do not need to manually close the steel flaps. It is all done with a remote control. Remember, low maintenance!

This company is determined to keep their product at its very best. So much so, that they have taken a temporary production break for research and development effective January, 2017. They plan to return with more innovative designs and even better quality products. Their design team will continue working during productions research break. This is good news because Bachbox has a design team with special expertise in difficult site builds. While we look forward to seeing what the new year might bring us with Bachbox, it is certainly easy to appreciate all the great work the company has done thus far!

For more information about Bachbox, find them in our directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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Tiny House Completed for $8000. They Did It.

Tiny House November 27, 2016

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We have looked at a variety of tiny homes that come with a range of prices, but this tiny home is far below the price point of any other! Wesley Birch and his wife completed their full time tiny residence for 8,000 dollars! They were tired of the burdens with the standard home market so they went tiny. Wesley says they were overwhelmed by the 25,000 – 60,000 dollar budget range needed for the tiny homes they were finding, so they went even smaller! On the budget that is!

Mr. Birch explains that his tips to going tiny and staying under 10,000 dollars are simple! He says to do your own work, use second hand materials, find free (or much better buys) on Craiglist.org, become friendly with local stores for great bargains, and invest in a truck/trailer. By doing these things Wesley Birch and his wife were able to complete a 24 ft long, 8 ft wide, and 13 ft tall tiny home. Their home features a full kitchen,  7 ft couch, two lofts, king size bed, guest bed area, and a bathroom with a bathtub/shower and composting toilet! They utilized and manipulated every piece of space in their tiny home. This meant that some spaces had more than one use.

The seven foot couch also works for underneath storage and a pull out guest bed. The second loft can fit another twin sized guest bed and works for extra closest space. My personal favorite feature in this home is the staircase. Ladders are very common in tiny homes, but this home has a stylish stair case that looks much easier to manage. Also the lofts do not have railings which is no good if there are kids involved, but are great to keep the tiny space open. Its important to make the most of small spaces and to keep an open floor in order to make the space feel much larger!

They do warn interested parties to be careful if you choose to cut corners. He recommends checking out YouTube “how to” videos to learn how to properly do the work yourself. If you are uncomfortable with work such as the electrical or plumbing, you should ask your friends and family. You may be surprised who is able and willing to help! With only 8,000 dollars spent, Wesley Birch and his wife have a comfortable home that meets all of their needs!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Wesley Birch and his tiny home, find him in our tiny home directory

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