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Low-Cost 21st-Century Cabins come as Kit Homes

Houses October 5, 2016

Low-Cost 21st-Century Cabins come as Kit Homes

When you think of a log cabin, you think of a place families get together in the Autumn and Winter to rest and relax with one another. Surely, there are many scenarios that would work when it comes to desiring a log cabin. These cute green log cabin kits are truly special and authentic and authenticity is what a log cabin lover would search for.

It’s great to live in a time when log cabins have become so popular again and you can create one from a kit. The kit houses have brought us into a new time, a new decade, where you can have the home you dream of without spending tons of money. The color is something quite special because it reminds you of nature and log cabins are normally surrounded by nature. Get that pioneer spirit and look for the log cabin kit of your dreams. There are 8 kits from which you can decide and have fun choosing with your family. You will end up with a log cabin suited for friends and family to feel comfortable and gather for fun in nature.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Cathy Schwabe Architecture, and other cabin builders 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 cabin, click here.

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10 Amazing Houses on Water from Around the World

Houses October 5, 2016

10 Amazing Houses on Water from Around the World (1)

There are people who say they want to live in a place near the sea for the rest of their life. Are you one of them? Today we bring a surprise for true enthusiasts of living on the water. These homes have sea views, or are on the shore, but that rise directly over the water. It would be amazing to live in these houses perched above a swimming spot. You want to see them?

Chalet on the water in Maldives

This amazing villa on the crystal clear waters of the Maldives has everything a luxury accommodation demands. Luminous spaces, outdoor terrace, tastefully decorated and a small infinity pool that goes straight to the sea. Not like heaven on earth?

An Airbnb wooden stilt houses in Panama

Located in Bocas de Toro you can find this amazing accommodation. And best of all, you can rent! These overwater bungalows are within a coral reef and very close to a beautiful white sand beaches.

The rest of the photos are in a gallery:

Pier on Lake Austin viewpoint: This curious spring is located in Austin, Texas, in Canyonland Nature Reserve . Because of its shape, it offers the chance to see the surrounding landscape 360. Next to the house-dock there is a small makeshift beach to enjoy a relaxing bath with waterfall.

Island custom design: Did you know that you can buy an island design made? Orsos Island, is a company responsible for the manufacture of these islands, which can be towed to where the owner decides. This concept allows Liberta housing to place the island anywhere in the world. In addition, the island has an autonomous power supply system via solar panels.

Room on the water, Malaysia: And what about this room floating on water? Located in Malaysia, this seems to be the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway as a couple.

House lost at sea: This original house on the sea is made for lovers of solitude and tranquility. You will not find babies crying, car noise, or neighbors who drop marbles at 2 in the morning. Only you and the infinite ocean.

Houseboat in Indonesia: This beautiful tropical home located in Indonesia is surrounded by white sand beaches and coral reefs. The biodiversity of this area is incredibly wide. A unique place in the world where you can enjoy your holiday.

Houseboat egg-shaped: The Exbury Egg is a curious houseboat in the Beaulieu River in UK. It is a study designed by the Spud group for the artist Stephen Turner.

House in the Maldives: Another unusual Airbnb offers a unique experience in the Maldives . Can you imagine waking up surrounded by these crystalline waters one morning?

House on water in Portland: This charming floating house is located on the Willamette River in Portland , Oregon. A lovely place to enjoy the outdoors and water sports.

Office on water in Helsinki: Of homes and holiday homes, offices spent on water. The office of Helsinki has an enviable location. In a place like this it costs less up to go to work.

Extra: picnic on the water in Bora Bora: And if all this has little known you, we show you this amazing place in Bora Bora where you can picnic directly into the water. Perfect for taking a cold beer!

Find more houses on the water 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 house boats homes, click here

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Living Large: Luxury and Style

Houses October 4, 2016

Living Large Luxury and Style

Although the Tiny House movement has been trending for a long while, there is still something to be said for big homes. Not everyone is into severe space efficiency, and squeezing life into a very small living area. Of course you need the resources and bank account to live large, but if you have them, living large can be the way to go.

Big kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances, many bedrooms for overnight guests, plenty of room for entertaining both inside and outside, spaces for workout rooms and home offices, these are all advantages of having a large home. There is no shame in living your privilege and hard work.

Decorating a large space can be a lifestyle choice. And a lot of fun. Each room can have a different theme, color palette, and decor style. Guest rooms can be like small sanctuaries. Bathrooms are large enough to make them into at-home spas, places to relax and rejuvenate. If you live in a large home, your bedroom is a haven, a place to escape noise and people, and you will emerge from your bedroom renewed and ready for a party. Entertaining in a large home is a unique experience. You are able to use both indoor and outdoor spaces for the delight of your guests. Enjoy cocktails under the stars and a big sit-down dinner in your dining room, at a massive dining table. If you have a growing family, there are many benefits to raising them in a large home.

The images below and resources are all courtesy of Pinterest, and are expandable on our site.

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Metal Building Home for a Couple or Small Family

Houses, Metal Buildings October 3, 2016

A home is supposed to be cozy and warm. It is where we celebrate our holidays with family and invite our friends to get together. So why are people opting for a metal home?!

Here’s why. Steel is sturdy. Metal buildings require the specialty of an engineer. An engineer who will carefully consider the location of a home before building. So if you are someone who will receive a large amount of snow in the winter, or strong winds during the year, you don’t need to worry about your roof caving in or a piece of your home being torn off. Your metal home will use bolts to connect its structure whereas a wooden home uses nails.

A metal home is also environmentally friendly. Wood comes at the cost of many trees, but the steel used for a metal home has often been recycled. If you are familiar working with “fixer-uppers” then you will appreciate that metal buildings do not require any load bearing walls. You can take down any wall you’d like to create a more open space at any time. The best benefit to a metal home, and arguably the most desirable, is the freedom from termites. Every home owner can understand the fear of these little pests damaging their home, but a metal home owner will never even have to worry about it!

Now that you know the structural benefits, you may be thinking how uninviting a steel home might be, but you’re wrong. A steal home can mimic a wooden home in style. You can see this design chosen for ‘Rod’s Cabin’ by Morton’s buildings in the pictures provided. The exterior can look warm and inviting with the use of paint or other materials such as brick for coverage. You could also choose to show off the steel and create a chic, modern space with high ceilings and large windows. The interior can match the exterior in either case.

There is no need to give up your style for the practicality of a metal home, and your design will not diminish it’s benefits. So if you find yourself building your next dream home maybe its time to think a little harder and go with metal rather than wood.

Approximate price for these buildings is around $25 – $80 per square foot.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about the structural benefits of metal buildings and Tyler Building Systems, as well as on Rod’s Cabin and Morton’s Buildings, find them in our metal home directory.

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This portable river turbine can power your house by generating 12 kWh daily

Houses October 1, 2016

Idénergie river turbine

This small river turbine can power a lot of your house needs. It’s called the Idénergie river turbine,

“We estimate that 1.4 billion individuals across the world are without electricity, most living in rural and distant areas inaccessible to the national or regional electricity grid. The most common energy solution available is the use of gas generators which are polluting and can be expensive to maintain in the long term. As an alternative, the use of green technologies is rapidly growing.

“Renewable energy solutions are gaining popularity especially in the residential market. Billions of dollars are invested every year on solar and wind systems. However these renewable energy products do not represent optimal solutions for meeting individual needs due to intermittent production of energy resulting in weather variations. In consequence, these systems are only used to 12% to 35% of their capacity implicating an over sizing of installations and storage systems to accumulate the energy when produced. However one regular and predictable energy source is unexploited: the river.”

“Our turbine can be dismantled in separate pieces in order to facilitate shipping to the the most remote locations and is ready to assemble on site. This allows for a simple and fast installation which requires only 2 individuals in less than a 24 hour period. The turbine is attached to a stable pillar from the front with a steel cable and is deposited on the river bed, self positioning in the fluid like a kite. Electrical DC connections are simplified by the presence of our embedded electrical converter. All that’s left to do is connect the output cable to your batteries, without any additional electric equipment.”

For more about Indergie’s project, visit their website.

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Timber Framing Solutions

Houses September 27, 2016

Timber Framing Solutions

Building homes with timber frames is practical and it is usually a very good choice of construction material. Obviously, there are several benefits why timber framing is excellent for homes.

One, it is sturdy and durable. This means the money you invested for your property is worthwhile. Another benefit of this kind of framing is its energy-efficiency.

For some decades, Texas Timber Frames have been crafting a beautiful balance of classic style and modern design. Every constructed frame by them demonstrates a touch of eminent charm and splendour. They operate with innovative computer and machine tools to plan and manufacture timber frames to deliver a lovely home for bachelors and families.

Their featured floor plan is a beautiful two-level dwelling. It has a nice 336 square feet covered porch, a roomy open concept floor plan, a big kitchen and a decent dining room. There are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms at the second level. For needed extra space, dwellers can use the loft for the third bedroom.

With this beautiful designed package, home residents can enjoy Texas Timber Frames’ affordable home pricing.

For more of Texas Timber Frames’ work, find them in our directory of prefab home designers and builders.

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Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home from $6990

Houses September 26, 2016

Steel Frame Cabin Kit Home from $6990

These inexpensive kit homes have caught our attention this week. With a bit of DIY, a very inexpensive cabin can be set up using these kit homes, from what I can tell. We took a look at their 3-bedroom model before, and this one is a one-bedroom cabin – a tiny home shell basically. It’s the 1838 model from CSC.

It’s part of their “Weekender Series,” which you can probably imagine hints at the design purpose: a cabin that can be set up on some weekending-friendly piece of property and made frequent trips to. According to the builders: “CSC Building Systems introduces the Weekender Series. Developed as a place to escape “city” life, where one can get back to nature and the simple ways of life. The Weekender Series is an engineered steel framing system specifically designed for the recreational market. The economical lightweight steel is easily transported and can be put up quickly by two or three workers without any special lifting equipment. This makes it the perfect framing system for the advanced Do-It-Yourselfer. When the stress of today’s hectic lifestyle gets to be too much, wouldn’t it be nice to escape to your weekend retreat and cultivate your true perspective on life.

What is INCLUDED with this Kit?

Complete Galvanized Steel frame for the roof, and walls

Galvanized Steel door frames and window frames as per this plan. (field cutting required)
Structural Bolts. Braces, and screws required for assembly
Painted CSC Metal Roofing
Painted CSC Metal Siding
Painted CSC Metal Trim
All Painted screws, closures, and sealants required for installation
Plans for assembly (3 copies)
Engineers Stamp on the frame design.
A copy of the 2015 IBC prescriptive foundation designs for residential structures
If your local building official will not accept the IBC prescriptive design, you will be required to follow their instructions for developing an acceptable foundation design.
Everything to build the CSC1838; as an enclosed exterior shell, EXCEPT the actual windows and doors, and slab or foundation.

What is NOT INCLUDED with this Kit?

Anything and everything not listed as included; which includes but is NOT limited to:
Interior wall framing
Porch materials
Furring strips for the inside of the exterior walls for installing insulation, drywall, or paneling. The furring strips may be wood or steel (optional CSC item)
Drywall, paneling and/or all other finishing material
Plumbing, electrical, doors, windows, insulation, etc.

Find more from CSC Building Systems, and the metal and steel design and prefab 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. And here’s a gallery with some images and details about this tiny house kit.

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What a great idea to surround your house with a forest like effect

Houses September 23, 2016

What a great idea to surround your house with a forest like effect

Who doesn’t like to look at trees? Although there’s something to be said for long distant plains and horizons as well! But when you look out your window, doesn’t it make a pretty significant different if you’re just looking at the side of a neighbors house, or even a fence, versus the fresh greenery of trees or bushes, and you get to watch them become robust and verdant in spring and summer, and some turn color and fall in fall and winter. Actually, even tall grass can be nice outside your window! We often decorate our yards for this reason, because we like the look, we like gardening, and we like plants in general.

However, these types of tree-fences are necessary in some places. It’s a wind break. You need them out West on the plains in North America. I imagine in Australia and Russia as well. Although living snow fences generally need to be 30 – 60 m away from the area intended to be protected. The idea is that the snow “dumps” in this 30 – 60 m area. So i think this is more of a general windbreak.

Actually, according to an internet user with the handle PhoenixEnigma, “the PFRA used to provide free shelter belt trees on the Prairies, they were considered that essential. Unfortunately, the program was shuttered a few years ago due to budget cuts. Still, pretty much every farm house around here is surrounded by trees from them, and in many cases they are the only remaining indicator of where an abandoned farm house once was.”

You might also use something like this to protect the animals feeding and living on your property.

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Traditional 3-Bedroom Family House Plans

Houses September 21, 2016

Traditional 3-Bedroom Family House Plans

If you have a growing family, or if you enjoy having overnight guests, this is the coolest house you could hope to have. With over 2200 square feet of living space this is a beautiful example of fine living. Created in the Tuscan style, visitors will be in awe of the exterior with its extra room of a covered porch, where you can relax outdoors with a cool drink or your morning coffee. Or where your dinner guests can spill out of the house and enjoy their drinks under the stars.

The plans for this house are flexible and versatile so you have many choices as to how to build this Tuscan beauty. And the blueprints are very straightforward. I am particularly fond of the flow of the interior rooms, and how they connect to one another. Read through these specs and see if this could be the home of your dreams.

COOL House Plan ID: chp-54684. This plan can be MODIFIED.

Number of Bedrooms: 3
Number of Bathrooms: 2.5
Width of House: 61 feet
Depth of House: 76 feet
First Floor: 2234 sq. ft.
Total Living Area: 2234 sq. ft.
Covered Porch: 504 sq. ft.
Bonus Area: 276 sq. ft.
Bonus Area not included in Total Living Area Square Footage.
Garage Size: 2 Car
1st Floor Plateline: 10’0
2nd Floor Plateline: 9’0
Foundation Type(s) available for this plan: Slab
Architectural Style: Tuscan
Exterior Wall Structure: 2×4 studs
Roof Framing: Stick
Primary Roof Pitch: 8:12
Roof Peak:
from Front Door Floor Level 22 feet
Roof Load: 20 p.s.f.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured image at the top).

Find more from Cool House Plan and other house builders and 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 houses, click here.

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Can a Guest House be More than Perfect?

Houses September 20, 2016

Guest House

This guest house, designed by Desai / Chia Architecture, has no less than 185m² of comfort and luxury — by no means a tiny house like we usually talk about, but sometimes you have to look at things outside the box to better understand what can be done within the box.

It was designed to be a retreat for late visitors weekend, which may include the nature, especially the beautiful lake right in front of the house. This guesthouse is not only comfortable and luxurious, but also has a number of features that take sustainability into account, such as heating and geothermal cooling, natural ventilation, solar panels and collects rainwater for irrigation water.

The structure of the house is based on four steel columns, embedded in the wood core, and uses the least possible amount of material to build spacious living areas throughout the house, which can accommodate six people comfortably. A couple can stay in the master bedroom and the other four guests can sleep in bunk beds built next to the walls.

One of the most interesting features of this home is the air conditioning by radiation made by the floors. The concept of radiant systems has a simple principle: the surfaces have the ability to exchange heat or cold radiation to the environment. The system ensures a balance in a sustainable manner temperature.

This is not a very common practice in Brazil, but it is good to know that there is such a choice, because the radiant system can both heat and cool environments. If you are looking for more inspiration for guest house, you can take a look at this house made with a recycled shipping container .

This is also a prefab house — and a modular one. The entire glass assembly was prefabricated off-site, shipped to the site in one container, and erected by crane in 2 days.

Photos: Paul Warchol. For more info on Desai / Chia Architecture, find them in our directory.

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