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Wafflebox House – It’s a Typhoon, Flood, Earthquake Resistant Prefab Home

Prefab November 25, 2016

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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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Metal Building Kit Homes by Mueller

Metal Buildings November 22, 2016

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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These Amish style barn houses start at $5,400 and are built on site from $25,000

Cabins November 21, 2016

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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 info@amishbarnco.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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Transforming Tiny House Built for Under $22,000

Unusual Dwellings November 11, 2016

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An expanding house? Yes, and it a tiny house as well. This unique garden house set on runners can slide to larger or smaller sizes, and it was built by a fellow for his mother.

It had to meet his mother’s requirements, though: It had to serve as a place to write, to throw large diner parties (for 25-30 people), and serve well for camping and guests who want to stay a night or so.

When collapsed, the tiny house is 20-by-13 feet (6-by-4 meter) structure. The maximum expansion of this house is almost 39 feet (12 meters) in length, so the max total interior space is 484-square-feet (45 square meters). However, each time you expand this house or shrink it, you’re going to have to get up and exercise.

this transforming retreat house built on a budget of 20,000 Euros (just under $22,000 USD). Schols built this house in 4 months, doing a lot of the component work himself.

According to the designer, Dutchman Caspar Sclols:

“Garden House Project. This is a dynamic garden house which I built at my parental house. The house can be easily adjusted to any weather type, mood or occasion. It is mainly built in Douglas wood, fully insulated and heated by a traditional Norwegian wood stove. The wooden floor contains rollaway beds.”

For more tiny home builders, find them in our directory.

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510 Cabin Studio Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

Many people choose shipping containers as an option for their next home because of the inexpensive construction costs and eco-friendly materials. Not one looks the same, but the interior design does tend to be more minimalistic in nature. They are commonly seen with white walls, bright pops of color, and little done to the outside to disguise its original use. This 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? Well, Hunter Leggitt Studio, must feel that way too because they built a shipping container 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. This works to accentuate the height of the structure rather than the length which diminishes the structure’s resemblance to a shipping container. 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. Overall, this home is a great way to show how manipulating textures such as wood, metals, or fabrics in design can electrify a space as dull as a shipping container!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more of Hunter Leggitt Studio’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Container House Project

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

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!

Alison LaPaglia

For more of The Container’s work, find them in our shipping container homes directory.

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Shipping Container House Plan

Shipping Container Buildings November 10, 2016

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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Garden Refresher Checklist

Home and Garden November 4, 2016

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Is your garden looking unruly and overgrown? If you’ve decided it’s time for a refresher, it’s tempting to rush in and get started right away. Before you expend a huge amount of labor and dole out a bunch of money, it pays to take a close look at all the elements of your garden and assess your priorities for the space. This checklist is a good place to start:

Do you know where the slopes and valleys are in your yard? Are there areas where drainage is a problem, and plants will not grow?

What about microclimates? Is there a sheltered location in your garden where you can plant warm-season vegetables, or maybe a borderline-tender shrub? Alternatively, is there an issue with a cold sink anywhere in your garden, where you have to worry about planting frost-fragile squash, for example?

– Are there areas in the garden where the wind batters your plants?
– How much rain and snow falls on all of the areas of your garden?
– Have some of the trees grown in and are now casting a lot of shade on existing flowerbeds?
– Has the pH of your soil changed? Is your soil too saline? Does it have a sufficient amount of organic matter?
– Have some of your groundcovers spread aggressively and become too competitive with other plants in the area?
– Does your garden have winter interest?
– Do you need privacy from your neighbors, or a noise barrier from the street?
– Do any of your plants require pruning or deadheading? Does the hedge need to be shaped?
– Do you need to divide or transplant any large perennials?
– Are you growing any toxic plants that need to be removed due to the presence of children or pets? What about noxious weeds? Check your local weed control act and make sure you’re not accidentally growing anything you shouldn’t be.
– Do you want to focus on growing edible plants over ornamental ones (or vice versa)?

Once you’ve considered the answers to all of these questions, you’ll have a solid foundation to start revitalizing your garden and getting it back into tip-top condition!

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A Modular Concept that Combines Inexpensive Small Homes with Water Living

Houseboats November 2, 2016

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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A House is Built Out Of 3 Shipping Containers… The result is amazing!

Shipping Container Buildings November 2, 2016

Sustainability is a concept that we are seeing regularly in new architecture. It is not a gimmick or ploy to get buyers to spend more money. It is a project to create healthy living environments for years to come. Arcgency is one of the companies that is striving for sustainability. This Danish company looks to reuse and recycle materials to create less wasteful architecture that will last longer. Their mission can be seen through the work on the WFH House.

The WFH House is made from three old shipping containers. Simply put, one container placed on top of another while the third is placed parallel to the bottom container. Large holes were cut out of the containers to create space for windows and doors, and construction of a new floor and ceiling were used to join them all together. The end product resulted in a uniquely shaped home with a cool interior that meets the needs of sustainable living. What does this mean? In short it means that this home has a interior climate with low energy consumption. It is built so that you may take it apart and relocate, or reuse the materials for something else….again! Plus, the roof is built to optimize rainwater harvesting which could be used to flush your toilets or wash your dishes. Remember, less waste!

Now, let’s look at the design. The design on the home is inspired by Nordic values. These are defined as flexibility, playfulness, a minimalistic look, and an access to nature among other things. They are easily seen throughout the home. The exterior of the home embodies the playfulness with its quirky shape. A square frame complimented by a dramatically angled roof. The square and rectangular shaped windows bring in plenty of natural light and are minimalistic in nature. The front and back entrances to the home are very large with glass doors that peel back to allow residents the access to nature that is prioritized in Nordic values. Entering in the home, you will find a high ceiling with large sun roofs flooding the open floor plan. The walls are  kept white with white or black furniture, and accents of blonde wood. This keeps the miminalistic look going inside of the home. Color is brought into the interior through pieces of abstract art or large patterned carpets which all keep a very playful look. Upstairs you will come upon a balcony that looks over the floor plan below and has access to the bedrooms and home office.

The rooms upstairs have large exterior and interior windows which allows for natural night to move through the home.  Overall this sustainable home is made even better by its fresh and modern design!

For more information on Arcgency or the WFH House find them in our shipping container homes directory

By Alison LaPaglia

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