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Shipping Container Buildings November 2, 2016

Homes can be made from a variety of materials. They can be small or large, and can even be placed on water! So why do we still build traditional housing? The simple answer is, there is still a demand for this market. Though, I wonder if some home owners are not aware of other housing options.  Unique spaces that could provide healthy, sustainable living without a high cost. Luckily for you, this blog will help keep you informed. Today’s housing market is not just for the suburban “cookie cutter” houses, or modern city lofts. We can find housing in all forms. Here, we will highlight the shipping container home.

That’s right, shipping container!  You may have seen this on HGTV , or maybe this is new. Either way, do not be scared off by this out of the box concept. Tim Steele Structures took three old shipping containers and turned them into a large home. Although this is a site specific build, meaning they utilized the land provided to situate the home, we can still look at the interior from a stylistic stand point. Initially, when hearing “shipping container home”, you may picture a dark, cold, industrial space; however, this manifests very differently. Two containers are placed parallel to each other to create the first floor of the home. During the build they are connected through the construction of a roof and floor. The third container is used to create the level below. The removal of large sections from the exterior walls allows for windows. This means that the shipping containers that were once dark are now filled with natural light. Inside the containers interior walls were removed and adjusted to create generous passage ways through the home. An open floor plan is used to provide a large space that can be manipulated by design. This floor plan gives the resident freedom to place their furniture and other items where they see fit.

The exterior walls, with the exception of the newly built windows, are left in the original container structure. This particular home was left with an orange color. If this were a problem to a different home owner, new paint would make it an easy fix! The best part of using a basic structure, such as a shipping container, for a home is that it allows for a variety of designs. There is no specific style that works best with this interior which means there is a lot you could do. You could create a contemporary space using glass table tops, ghost chairs, clean lines, modern furniture, and accenting with a geometric pattern or a bright color. For a more rustic space, paint the walls, distress the furniture, and accent with textured pieces (knit blankets, wooden decor ect.). An industrial space would compliment the original usage and be easily achieved with dramatic drapes, tufted furniture, and steal accents. Of course, it would also be fun to combine complimentary styles too!

The point is that a shipping container home is not only a environmentally friendly build (recycling materials), but it is also a great opportunity for you to get exactly what you want in your home! With the market being as expensive as it is, why should anyone settle for anything less?

For more of Tim Steele’s work, find them in our shipping container homes direcWFH shipping container house by Esbentory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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10 Awesome Modular Homes That Can Be Built in Just Three Days

Modular November 1, 2016

Modular homes are built indoors in a factory-like setting. Thanks to creative minds, many of these modular buildings can be purchased and set up in just three days on a prepared building site. These beautiful homes are transported to their new locations, where they are brought together by their builder. Living in this type of home sounds simple and reduces stress to residents since it’s small, and also portable. Another thing is it enhances intimacy among family members to have a small house, but since they’re modular, they can later be expanded if more space is needed.

These awesome modular homes are built by firms we’ve already indexed in our Modular Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Beautiful green house
Designed and built by  Magic Green Homes
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Lovely modular home
Designed and built by Cradle to Cradle
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Fantastic factory-fabricated home
Designed and built by Robert Gurney
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Simple dwelling
Designed and built by Jonas Wagel
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Gorgeous bamboo home
Designed and built by BIO Architects
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Stunning modular home
Designed and built by Big Box
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Eco-friendly dwelling
Designed and built by Architect 11
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Solar-powered home
Designed and built by Ceardean Architects
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Eco-vacation house
Designed and built by MYCC
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Brilliant micro dwelling
Designed and built by Architect Samuel Gonclaves
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Incredible Prefab Houses

Prefab November 1, 2016

These lovely prefab homes are adorable. Builders have created exceptional designs that are truly desirable for home buyers and provide interesting ideas for home designers. Residents will enjoy living in any of these prefab houses, and there is quite a variety of styles to chose from.

These incredible prefab homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Beautiful structured home-office
Designed and built by Platform 5 Architects
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Gorgeous glass house
Designed and built by The Huf Haus
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Exquisite prefab home
Designed and built by Prefab in France
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Nice porch house
Designed and built by Lake|Flato
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Pretty Modular House
Designed and built by Happy Haus
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Breathtaking prefab home
Designed and built by Patrick Frey Industrial Design
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Breathtaking prefab home
Designed and built by DMVA Architects
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Incredible dwelling
Designed and built by DMVA Architects
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Spectacular prefab home
Designed and built by Mrubina
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Exceptional prefab dwelling
Designed and built by Place Architecture
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Amazing Metal Houses

Metal Buildings November 1, 2016

Metal houses that are built with advanced architectural designs have all the essential elements of an ideal home. Distinguished builders have incorporated industrial features into up-to-date residential exteriors. Wood, metal and cement all work well in these amazing metal houses.

Find the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve already indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area.

Elegantly wood-lined roof metal house
Designed and built by  Finne Architects
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Sustainable dweliing
Designed and built by CR Forma
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Eco-house barn-style metal house
Designed and built by Architect Kimberly Peck
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Simple contemporary box
Designed and built by Intexure Architectshouston

Wooded, rural setting metal house design
Designed and built by Homecraft Design & Build
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Rectangular concrete home
Designed and built by Adams Mohler Ghillino Architectscorrugated

Corrugated metal panels
Designed and built by Samara Greenwood Architecture
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House with some industrial elements
Designed and built by Knowles PS
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Beautifully arranged-glass framed in metal
Designed and built by Genesis Architecture
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Vernacular architecture of farm building
Designed and built by M+A Architecture Studio
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Unique Tiny Homes That Will Inspire You To Build

Tiny House November 1, 2016

There are a lot of types of tiny home — it might not be what you picture when you just think of the term “tiny home” — because they build them out of all kinds of materials, in a lot of different styles, on land and on water, and that’s just the start of it. Here are some that are built with advanced architectural designs and have all the essential elements of an ideal home. Distinguished builders have incorporated industrial features into up-to-date residential exteriors using wood, metal and cement work to interesting effects.

Find the companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area.

Lovely dome house
Designed and built by Steve Areen
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Soothing mobile home
Designed and built by Dymitr Malxew
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Quaint micro-home
Designed and built by Rachel Ross
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Relaxing hut
Designed and built by Macy Miller
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Fantasy rest house
Designed and built by Terunobu Fujimori
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Micro greenhouse
Designed and built by Mickey Muennig
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Fabulous fairy house
Designed and built by Dan Pauly
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Solar-powered house
Designed and built by Team Sweden
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Mortgage-free house
Designed and built by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison
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Recreational cabin house
Designed and built by Cavco Park Home & Cabins
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10 Tiny Fantastic Homes

Tiny House November 1, 2016

Tiny homes are loved these days because some people want to downsize and simplify their lifestyle. The structure, design and style are awesome and can mean important cost savings when building … and when moving the units as well.  Let’s take a look at these 10 gorgeous micro home designs.

These lovely tiny homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Cool tiny house
Designed and built by Wheelhaus Wedge
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Simple home
Designed and built by Scott Newkirk
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Creatively Designed Home
Designed and built by Floating Wooden Exbury Egg House
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Fabulous dwelling with breathtaking views
Designed and built by Prentiss Architects
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Lovely Cottage Tiny House
Designed and built by Alex Scott Porter Design
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Extraordinary mobile abode
Designed and built by dmvA Architects
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Spectacular Hawk House
Designed and built by Alex Wyndham
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World’s Most Narrow House
Designed and built by Jakub Szczesny
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Cute eco-house
Designed and built by Blue Forest
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Amazing Nomad House
Designed and built by Ian Kent
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10 Amazing Prefab Homes

Prefab November 1, 2016

10 Amazing Prefab Homes

Prefab houses seem to be taking parts of the world by storm — well, maybe not by storm, but they sure are getting a lot of buzz. Besides the benefits associated with the building style, there is also the question of how they are designed. Lucky for prefab home buyers, there is now quite a wealth of professionally designed and built prefab architecture out there. Here we’ll look at 10 prefab home designs, so you can get an idea of the range and maybe it will help you decide on your own plan.

Even better: These prefab homes are built by companies we’ve already indexed in our Prefab Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can go there and search out the name of the company, and also find builders near your area.

Energy-efficient House
Designed and built by KENJO System AB

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Elegant Dwelling
Designed and built by Rolf Ockert Design
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Elegant Dwelling
Designed and built by Prebuilt
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Lovely Container Home
Designed and built by Container Homes
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Beautiful Home-office
Designed and built by Pluscreate
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Amazing Eco-house or Studio
Designed and built by Stephen Sainsbury and Wonders Building Company Pty Ltd
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Incredible Residential House
Designed and built by Beaumont Concepts
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Cool Family Home
Designed and built by HUF HAUS
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Spectacular Container House
Designed and built by POTEET ARCHITECTS
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Cozy House
Designed and built by Rocio Romero
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For more prefabs, click here, and to visit our directory of builders and designers, click here.

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Shipping Container Castle … DIY Too!

Shipping Container Buildings October 26, 2016

Shipping Container Castle ... DIY Too!

A unique shipping container castle … with a stair-tower to rooftop patio! It’s unusual in every way, and it was built on a budget. This amazing shipping container home was sent in by one of the members of the Cool Stuff Interesting Stuff News page, Ronda Rowan. Here’s her guest post:

“My husband and myself built this home out of three 40′ shipping containers. We had a 30k cash budget to build with.

“Our county allowed us to build with an owner/builder opt-out no inspections permit. We followed all fire, safety codes and had prior land inspections. We started with a building list for supplies and a tight budget. Welding, cutting, grinding took 6 months, many hours of hard work.

“As my husband welded, I would draw up my ideas of what I wanted constructed. Our home is very unusual in every way. We insulated the containers underneath with 2″ closed cell sprayfoam, ceilings interior 5″ open cell sprayfoam insulation, exterior 5” closed cell sprayfoam insulation, then painted to preserve insulation.

“We live in Arizona desert where temperatures reach 115 summer, 10 at night in winter so we didn’t want the metal containers to transfer the heat or cold. Keeping our cooling/heating costs minimal, it works excellent.

“Our stair-tower was an old water tank we reused and welded stairs inside to access the rooftop patio. To make it look different added top to appear to be a castle.

“We have been given many unique pieces of metal objects to add to our home turning them into pieces of art. They each have a special meaning to us. We owe no debt, no mortgage, and build our home with our own hands. We are very proud to become the first shipping container home allowed to build in our county in southern Arizona. We are the ambassadors of future builders in our area.”

Wow. Thanks Ronda!

Photos by Ronda Rowan. For more shipping container buildings, click here.

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Small Prefab House Beach Design Meant to Be Affordable

Tiny House, Uncategorized October 25, 2016

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What is this small house prefab on the water? It’s 70 square meters of laminated timber construction, wooden deck and terminal base. Four meters in height where even the skylights can be opened.

“People want to stay rural in the summer – but still want all the facilities like toilets and showers. We have been striving for simplicity and a sense of freedom so that you experience the difference between cabin homes and permanent homes,” said Johnny Andersson and Michaela Tengblad, who created the summer house.

Johnny and Michaela, who work at Earth Architects, have designed this small prefab house for summer fun. Notice the housing structure with large glass windows including the roof. The idea is that you should feel that you have the sky as a roof. The large room should feel like a studio or greenhouse, a place where you can paint, pottery and work. Without a lot of sofas that you do not use. When you socialize as you sit at the dinner table. Living rooms are often the least used – if not the television is there.

A starting point for Michaela’s and Johnny’s prefab house design work has been to find the difference between permanent residence and holiday home at the same time they wanted to meet the requirements of convenience. Therefore, there is a toilet, shower and kitchen, but the shower is outdoors and the simple kitchen counter is more workbench which continues outdoors. The house has no hall with a definite admission, but outside several doors and sliding windows can be used. The bedroom’s surface is minimized but a bench in the main room is both storage and can serve as extra sleeping.

“When we designed the house we started from what we ourselves could afford. Therefore, we have worked with simplicity and rugged materials. But to build simple is usually difficult because you cannot hide the errors,” said the designers.

The basic concept of this prefab home design is a 70-square-meter small house, but it can be made larger and designed by the owner’s wishes. One part is built in wood and the other is the concrete foundation and steel structure. The house is winter insulated and equipped with a stove.

“We think that the house is equally suited to lie on a beach in a forest glade or in a holiday home area.”

Johnny sees no problem with having large skylights in the small house. “On the contrary, it is well amazing to hear the rain and watch the snow fall and experience the weather.”

Earth Architects work broadly with everything from private homes to prefab house designs to sheltered housing, from the landscaping to the design of the door handles. The team is Johnny Andersson, 47, who co-founded the architectural firm in 1999 in which nine people work today. Johnny’s dream home is a town house in New York, a hybrid between villa and apartment with its own entrance and terrace; and Tengblad Michaela, 40, who has been with the company for six years. Her dream home is a custom-designed, climate-villa in rough concrete and plywood.

Illustration: Koloss.se

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5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Tiny House October 25, 2016

5 Plans to Build Your Own Fully Customized Tiny House on a Budget

Are you on a DIY high and ready for your next challenge? Forget the crafts, furniture, or decorative figurines. Its time to challenge yourself with a tiny house project! Pin Up Houses is a company that provides you with step by step directions to build your very own tiny home! So, if you don’t know where to start or what to buy, you’re covered! There are several plans for you to choose from that can reflect your personal style. I have chosen 5 plans to fit five different uses to show you that tiny homes are not just for downsizing.

Plan 1: The Lookout.

For the little minions in your life. Video games, television, and technology seem to be taking over many childhoods these days. Many parents or relatives are finding it difficult to get their kids outside for playtime. The Lookout is a great solution to this problem, and a wonderful fit for a curious child. At $690.00 it’s designed to be a tree-house without the tree. The difficulty of the build is 2 out of 5 which is good news for any beginners out there! Six feet off the ground with a stair case. No need to worry about kids falling from a flimsy ladder. From top to bottom it stands 15 feet tall and has two windows for a nice view. Inside you will find a 48 sqft open area, perfect for a table and a few chairs, or maybe a cool rug and a some bean bags. The house will be supported by four beams and a roof that provides over hang, so there is a good amount of covered space for all the outdoor toys currently taking up your garage. Keep the wood exposed and embrace the tree-house style, or paint and provide a personalized hideaway for your little one! Once you are done it will definitely be a ‘brag-worthy’ piece for your kids!

Plan 2: Irish

Give him the man cave of his dreams and take back your living room! This tiny home is 55 sqft of potential freedom. Let’s be honest, you can’t make his xbox look stylish and one television is not going to play both your shows. So, here is the space he can have to hang all the mismatched decorations and catch his favorite games. The Irish is styled to mimic the design of an Irish pub, hence the name. He can build it himself regardless of his talents because it’s difficulty is only 1 out 5. At $770.00 it’s a good choice for a duel gift (worth two occasions), or you can simply remember that you have probably spent more money on the furniture in your home. The structure stands 11ft tall from top to bottom and has a window on each of the four walls to bring in natural light. Inside you could furnish with a small couch or two recliners. If the man who is getting a cave is not interested in electronics, you could use the space as a mini bar with seating, or a small library with all his favorite books!

Plan 3: Alexis

This tiny home is the perfect getaway spot! It is a great choice for a summer home, lake house, or weekend getaway in mountains. This build is more expensive at $9,500.00 , but it is also larger with 394 sqft and a 54 sqft loft. Its a more difficult build with a 3 out of 5 rating, but with your step by step instructions from Pin Up Houses it can still be done! The A-frame structure creates a unique space with an eye catching exterior. Inside you will find a large open space filled with natural light from the large front window. Towards the back of the home there is a small kitchen, bathroom, and a ladder that accesses the loft upstairs. The low ceiling on the sides due to the A-frame design are a great opportunity for extra storage. This means all your vacation accessories such as kayaks, dirt bikes, or  outdoor gear can be safely stored away. The front and back porch both have coverage from the roof which can provide outdoor seating or more storage. The home stands tall at 15 feet and 9 inches with a front window to match. This gives a great view from the loft as well as the downstairs. Place this tiny home a top a mountain or on a waterfront property, and you will have a view that makes it hard to go back home!

Plan 4: Mae

Here’s one for the workaholics out there! A tiny home office to get you a little closer to your own front door. For $1,400.00 you can put this 10 ft tall tiny home in your backyard to avoid your office on the weekends and get home in time for dinner. If the house is noisy and unproductive, and the office is chilly and suffocating, why stay? Make a warm and productive work environment for yourself. This house has plenty of windows so you won’t have to feel like an office shut in. There is 102 sq ft of space  for you to spread out with a large desk and organize all of your important paperwork. A one room house to keep you focused on your work. If you are not an office body and more on the creative side consider this as studio space. The difficulty level on this project is only a 1 out of 5 so anyone regardless of occupation can get this job done! Get creative and get work done in your own private backyard office!

Plan 5: Joi

Get that extra storage space without paying monthly for it. Storage units these days can costs upwards of $100.00 a month, but building a Joi in your backyard will be one payment of $280.00. This unique shaped shed will give you the storage you need without a high demand of backyard space. It is very small at only 20 sq ft. You can lock up your bike, garden tools, plastic bins filled with items that no longer fit in your house, or anything else in this tiny shed! Standing over six feet tall and a little more than 3 feet wide, you will have just enough space to put things away. Shelving on the exterior can provide more space or an opportunity to create a decorative element to the shed. It is an easy build at 1 out 5 rating for difficulty. Just paint this project to match your home and you’re done! Say goodbye to clutter and hello to your new tiny shed!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Pin Up Houses plans, find them in our tiny home directory

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