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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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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.
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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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“Location, location, location!” We have all heard this word strung together to emphasize its importance in terms of housing. For those of us who are more particular we may believe that location has to do with aesthetics or “brand” neighborhoods. In reality, location is more about the safety and security the surrounding area will or will not provide. We look at the weather, local schools, job opportunities, crime rates, and many other things. If we are really in love with the location and are facing a problem in just one of these areas, we may seek alternative options. Here is a great alternative option for housing in locations that deal with extreme weather problems.
These days, the news has provided footage of natural disasters unfolding on innocent towns or cities. It is a tragic case of bad weather that results in the loss of homes, businesses, and lives. There are some countries that are prone to these natural disasters, and the Philippines is one of them. The Philippines is a beautiful place that millions of people call home. Solidcon is a Filipino company that has patented an industrial building system called the WaffleBox. The WaffleBox is a modular system made from concrete that when met with a typhoon, flood, or earthquake, will resist the impact and keep its inhabitants safe. This is an amazing claim so lets look at the structure that makes it possible.
The WaffleBox gets its name from its simple box structure and interior waffle pattern. The small box structure allows you to add as many boxes together as you would like in whatever form you choose. This means that these homes can manifest very differently, creating a unique residence for the owner. The waffle pattern on the interior walls is the reason the building is resistant to force caused by typhoons and earthquakes. The pattern allows for there to be several beams/frames in the structure. Each box has four frames. Each frame works to resist force. So the forces placed on these homes are shared among many beams. This means your Wafflebox home which can be as small as one modular (3 boxes) will have a minimum of twelve beams to resist force. Simply put, each beam takes only one twelfth of the force making it much easier to withstand. A house of the same size built in a typical hollow wall pattern will have only three beams to resist the same force. In these homes, each beam would receive one third of the force. A much larger amount than one twelfth, and could easily result in damages to the structure.
Now you know how it works, lets look at how you can manipulate it to be your perfect home! The Wafflebox is very versatile and there are many ways to adjust your Wafflebox build. First, the Wafflebox can be lifted so that it can better suite an area threatened by floods. Next, you can always expand or relocate your home. This is a good fit for a growing family or indecisive owner. If you live in a cold climate, the waffle pattern on the interior walls is great for facilitating insulation. Also, this build provides a flat roof. This means is you are interested in a roof deck or balcony, you can achieve this very easily on any upper level. Finally, if you choose to build a Wafflebox home, the company finishes construction in half the time of traditional builds. All you have to do is let the company know how you plan to design your home, and Solidcon will make sure that the home is built in a way that ensures that loads put on the home will always be carried by the foundation.
This structure could meet an array of needs and be the perfect home for any individual or family. With the ability to relocate, this home makes for a great idea as well as a great investment!
By Alison LaPaglia
For more information on the WaffleBox by Solidcon, find them in our house designers and builders directory.
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Looking at companies for your next build can be overwhelming. Its hard to choose the right one. You want a company who is reliable, has a positive reputation, provides quality work, and doesn’t leave you broke. Don’t lose hope, they do exist. Here is an example.
Mueller, Inc. is a metal building, roofing, and component company born and bred in Texas. The company is eighty five years old and has grown from a small local operation to a total of 33 branches, some of which are outside the longhorn state lines. You can see from the expansion that the company has met success with its endeavors. Here are some reasons why.
Beauty. With Mueller roofs, you can choose from a wide variety of attractive designer colors.
Durability. Metal roofs last much longer than both composition roofs and wooden shingles.
Weather Resistance. Mueller roofs offer superior protection from wind, hail and fire.
Longevity. Mueller offers limited paint warranties up to 30 years. Your roof will look fresh and vibrant for decades.
Energy Efficiency. Because of their high-tech coatings, Mueller roofs may help lower your air conditioning and heating bills.
Insurance Savings. Insurance companies may offer discounts up to 35% for homes with Mueller metal roofs. Check with your insurance agent.
Low Maintenance. Install your metal roof and then forget about it.
Environmentally friendly. The recycled content of steel in metal roofing is much higher than the recycled content in asphalt shingles. Plus, because a metal roof weighs less than shingles, it can often be installed directly over your existing roof, saving the environmental as well as financial costs associated with removal and disposal.
Mueller, Inc. uses these points to show potential clients why they are a good choice. Everyone wants their property to look good, but Mueller, Inc. takes things a step further by providing a structure that is more durable and cost efficient for long lasting customer satisfaction! They even manufacture their own materials so they can ensure that each customer receives quality products. They manufacture 26 gauge steel which is 33% thicker than the industry standard. This is done to decrease the waviness commonly seen in metal roofs, and is also a great way to prevent hail damage!
Overall this company has shown its reliability in its eighty five years of service to it’s community. Its growth is proof that is has a positive reputation that has expanded far beyond its original base. They ensure quality products by manufacturing their materials themselves, and beating the industry standard for steel. They even work in a way that is meant to give you the very most for your money. Energy efficient builds and low maintenance upkeep mean that the money you spend with Mueller, Inc. is going to last for many years. Insurance savings are even a plus for some customers! Here is proof that the “right” company does, in fact, exist!
By Alison LaPaglia
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If you are familiar with the Amish community in the business world, then you are also probably familiar with their reputation for quality products. I love the craftsmanship of Amish architecture, and the phrase “made with love” comes to mind when admiring their work. They pay close attention to the details which results in an astounding structure. So, if you are in the market for a house, barn, shed, cabin, or garage then keep reading to find out why an Amish build is a great idea!
Details, details, details! They are the key factor to quality work. Of course, the Amish Barn Company understands this very well. They are based in upstate New York and have been providing customers with quality work since 2005. From small dog houses to large two story horse barns, the Amish Barn Company does it all! However, not all us have animals to attend to, so let’s look at one of their structures that we could all use. A home! Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway spot or a full time residence, these cabins are a great choice!
There are several styles of cabins to choose from. I will be highlighting a larger style called the Board and Batten Cabin with Loft! This is an A frame cabin featuring a really great front porch! The first thing you will notice when looking at this cabin are the beams that are used to accentuate the A frame roof and frame the porch. As a single beam runs horizontally across the porch with three vertical beams connecting it to the top of the roof there is a subtle yet warm resemblance to the sun rise. This may or may not be intentional, either way this detail can certainly give a new appreciation for the design. The next thing you should notice are the windows. Windows are important because they fill homes with natural light and allow for some amazing views! The best part about this feature is that it can be adjusted to fit the clients needs. You will see in the pictures provided that one home has a small circular window on the second floor while the other has two large windows upstairs. It might be fun to do a set of double cross brace doors on this cabin and accent the front porch area with a large triangular window above them!
It’s hard not to notice the beautiful wood that makes this structure. Stain can be a homeowners best friend with this cabin! It will allow you to get the shade you like without sacrificing the grain of the wood used to build it. You will see in the pictures below that two different shades of stain were used. On one cabin, a red tint was paired with unstained porch beams to create more contrast to the home. Inside the cabin you will find a large space with a staircase that leads to the loft area. The interior is dependent upon the client, so there is a lot of room to adjust the space to meet your desires!
Some other details that this company covers can not be seen in the build. The Amish Barn Company works with customers to make owning one of their structures more affordable. This can be seen through their rent to own program. They also cover delivery for free to any locations within one hundred miles of their home base in Oneonta, NY! It seems that it is safe to say, this is a company who cares about their product as well as their clientele!
Here is a message from them to you! Amish Barn Company says, “Our single wide one story cabins start at around $5,400. Our built on site cabins start around $25,000. We custom quote all our projects. Please contact me at email@example.com or call 607-432-0527 to design your own and for more information and pricing.”
By Alison LaPaglia
For more information about Amish Barn Company, find them in our home directory.
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(Note: although we originally thought this was a shipping container home, and while it’s referred to that online in blog coverage, actually this is NOT a shipping container home. Still, really interesting work by Hunter Leggitt Studio, whose other work is also worth taking a look. And, all you shipping container home fans out there, yes, it does roughly have the shape of a shipping container, so you could potentially adapt the design!)
This house style is typically chosen because it is fun and quirky, but what about those of us who still long to have the coziness of a cabin or the warmth of richer colors, and it’s by Hunter Leggitt Studio: they built this modern, simply styled home that has the look and feel of a cozy cabin!
This Los Angeles based company traveled to northern California to achieve this build for their clients. The clients wanted a weekend getaway for their family that could also accommodate guests. Not only were the recycled materials saving in cost, but the company enlisted the help of eager architecture students and saved even more money on construction.
The exterior of the build does not mimic the original structure in anything other than a long rectangular shape. The first level, posts supporting the roof, and the roof itself are all covered in wooden boards. The majority of these boards have been stained in a dark rich color while the roof and side were left exposed. This creates a really great contrast in color. Each wooden wall is better defined with thin vertical columns running from top to bottom, and the roof displays exposed beams. Plus, these elements add great texture, and that is key to any rustic style. A fun twist on this cabin are the industrial elements incorporated into the design. For example, the top floor exterior looks as if it is made of concrete. It has a smooth texture with a light grey color. This material is carried to the front of the home with the construction of a balcony.
The interior of the home is a perfect example of a collaboration of styles. Vintage, rustic, and industrial elements can all be found in the home’s decor and build. The rustic elements are perfectly embodied in the ceiling and wooden walls. The boards are left defined and accented with a white wash, dark stain, or a light stain to creates a worn look. Vintage elements can be seen with the wing back chair or old guitar in the living room. The kitchen appliances and iron railings, used for the staircase and balcony, are great examples of the industrial elements in the space. The design has a rustic warmth with little extravagance.
By Alison LaPaglia
For more of Hunter Leggitt Studio’s work, find them in our home builders’ irectory.
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We know that shipping container homes are a great way to recycle and reuse. We know that they don’t have to be tiny as you could use several, and we know they create a unique aesthetic look. With all of that said, there are still surprises to be discovered in the advancing world of shipping container homes! Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
The Container, located in Thailand, is a company that specializes in designing shipping container homes. The work they are doing is really unique. Their goal is to achieve a home that is specifically tailored to fit the land and resident it is being built for all while looking like a work of art! At first, the concept of a home being a viewed as a form of art may sound silly. In reality, art comes in every form, and The Container homes are certainly worthy of the title. The designs used by this company can be for a residence, office space, or made to be mobile! They cover an array of uses and designs, but for the purpose of this article, we will look at one residential structure.
To review the artistic value of this home, we will be focusing on the exterior design. The home looks to be made of three containers. The first things most people notice when looking at a home are its shape, size, and color. This home has so much more to offer visually. This is not a square home with square windows and rectangular door. This rectangular home has large windows, an angled roof, and containers that are stacked for contrast. This means that the bottom container was placed on the ground and the ones placed on top were set horizontally, creating an almost abstract look to the building. The size of this particular structure looks to be average. The colors used are bold and bright. They grab the attention of any viewer almost as much as the dramatic shapes that are expressed in the structures build.
After noticing the major points, one may notice some of the details that add to this unique home. The windows on this home are very large, in some cases they are the full size of the wall. You will see flaps, that look to be the original container doors, left in tact and set open to accent the large windows. They also add to the odd but intriguing look of the structure. Situated atop part of the downstairs container is a small balcony complimented with a flat roof and iron railing. Both of the roof and the railing bring in more lines and shapes to add to the overall design. To help support the containers on top, there are posts set adjacent to the first level. These allow for a great patio area and facilitate the odd shape of the home. The details of the roof are possibly the best accent to this design. This is because the roof uses the shape of a triangle, but not in the standard sense. An acute triangle has been added to extend the roof of the second level. It lays so that the roof gradually gets taller (or smaller depending which side you look to first) on the other side. This leaves the roof at a unique angle and accentuates the playfulness of the structures overall look.
So, does this qualify as art? I think so. The Container took dirty, dark shipping containers and transformed them into a modern and aesthetically pleasing design with a new function!
For more of The Container’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.
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It seems appropriate to highlight a holiday rental home with the season approaching us so quickly. In case you are dreading the sometimes overwhelming traditions involved, here is a unique rental that won’t fight the festivities but will most definitely switch them up! How about a holiday in Spain? This shipping container home is a holiday rental located in Castilla y Leon, Spain.
The home is made up of five different containers. Four set on top with the fifth supporting them on the bottom. At 1,184 sq ft, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, this home is a great getaway for any family over the holidays! The full size kitchen could host any holiday feast, and the large living area allows for everyone to get together. The terrace on the home is a great feature for outdoor enjoyment in warmer months. The design used for this home is what will change your holiday traditions up! Some shipping container homes have been designed to mimic a traditional home. This is not the case with this holiday rental. The exterior of the containers have been left with the original construct which makes for a quirky and unique build. The end walls of the containers have been removed to provide large windows or passage ways into the home.
Inside, you will find lots of natural sunlight due to the large windows on both ends of the home. You will be surrounded by bright white walls accented with bold colors and patterned decor.
The space has a fresh, bright feel that contrasts the warm coziness of the traditional holiday season. This space fits the family comfortably but can accommodate a nontraditional atmosphere for your holiday celebration. The interior walls have been finished so that the inside of the home does not look anything like a shipping container. Rather, the walls are finished as they would be in a traditional home. The full home rents for $175.07USD a day with a minimum of a two night stay. So, get the family together, split the cost if you would like, and have a holiday in Spain that you will never forget!
By Alison LaPaglia
For more of shipping container designs and builds, find them in our shipping container homes directory.
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Here is a home where you could have your cake and eat it too! That is, have all your at home comforts without having to stay in one spot! The Tubiq is a unique modular concept that would make living on the water comfortable and fun. Whether you would be a full time or part time resident, this home would give you the freedom to navigate open waters. You could travel and never have to wonder if you forgot something at home since you brought your house with you.
Inside would be a chic modern design that allows for plenty of ocean views. No cramped quarters or bunk beds in this water home! The Tubiq is built to withstand the elements so your interior does not need to be specialized for water living. With the option of a one or two story home, there would be plenty of room for guests or family.
The decks are perfect for sun tanning, fishing, and any other outdoor enjoyment. Since this modular concept is made up interchangeable modules, a customer can customize the number of rooms or size of their own Tubiq. The customer is also given the freedom to upgrade their Tubiq with electric engines and solar panels. The filtration system for water in this home is of the finest quality. With upgrades, the Tubiq would be totally self supporting and allow its inhabitants to enjoy any body of water!
Overall this option of living or vacationing is great! Especially for those of us who would like to enjoy our regular morning coffee, favorite throw blanket, or “fur-family” cuddles all while on the road, or in this case, the water!
By Alison LaPaglia
For more of Tubiq and Marcello Ligabue and Daniele Gibertoni’s work, find them in our house builders directory.
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