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Country Barn Home Kit with Open Porch

Houses October 24, 2016

Barns are becoming increasingly popular. They are no longer just used for housing farm animals. It is not uncommon to see renovated barns used as event venues or gallery space. What is it about barns that has everyone raving? The rustic charm of a country barn is undeniable. To many it may feel a lot like home. Others may see it as a unique space that provides a warm atmosphere, perfect for nights spent at home or family gatherings. Either way, the country barn has been so popular that Sand Creek Post & Beam has manufactured a home kit with this style in mind.

The Ponderosa Country Barn Home has the style and warmth of a traditional barn structure without the smell or mess! It is a total of 2,376 sq.ft. with three bedrooms and two and half bathrooms. This home’s open floor plan allows you to host your family and friends without being divided up into separate rooms. The interior beams, columns, and exposed wood provide an authenticity to structure. If you would like to create a more stylish space you could accent your home with white wash or a dark stain.

Paint is always an option as well, but it will cover the grain of the wood which would result in a less rustic look. The front of the home is complimented by a 600 sq.ft. porch complete with wooden columns. This is a great opportunity for some rocking chairs or outdoor seating.

This home kit could be used as a primary residence or a vacation home. Upon purchase, Sand Creek Post & Beam will ship a per-manufactured home kit to the customer. For those of us who feel building your own home sounds like a tedious process just remember that this home will be unlike any other in sentimental value. Plus, the home kit will provide you with the materials you need and a nice base line to start off on the right foot! This project is not impossible and when it is finished it will be well worth the work!

Stats: 24×50, 2,376 sq. ft. total living space, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, living room, dinning room, open porch (600 sq.ft.)

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Sand Creek Post & Beam or the Ponderosa Country Home find them in our barn homes directory.

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Dune Prefab House – Spacious and Affordable Living

Prefab October 24, 2016

Dune Prefab House - Spacious and Affordable Living

A small semi-modular prefab house for 1 or 2 people in the dunes for people on a limited budget, and it’s architecturally interesting: a compact house with an open floor plan.

Facades and roofs
The prefab house has standard corner pieces and wind springs, thereby making house details simple and affordable. Zinc, wood shingles, slate or ceramic would also not be out of place in this house.

High-Tech and Low-Tech division
Complex parts of the building are clustered together in one or two units. These are usually the usage areas including toilets, kitchen facilities and meter. This high-tech element is done by a specialized company in a factory, completely assembled and transported to the building and there connected to electricity, water and electricity. The rest of the building (low-tech) is built around here and contains the living quarters and and is completely operated from these units, so there is no special engineering needed in the rest of the building.

This has a few advantages:
– Very fast implementation and commissioning possible.
– High quality and robustness, for a layman, it is indistinguishable traditional building after completion.
– Few disciplines on site (no tiler, plasterer, electrician, plumber etc. need to construction),so little chance of failure and delay.
– Responsibilities are clear. One contractor builds a shell without technique, one unit builder provides all facilities and use areas.
– This method of construction is IFD (Industrial, flexible and durable)
– Proven, many bathrooms are in hotels mounted this way ready.

Structural = Trim
The prefab house designers, Dingemansa Architectuur, have conceived this buildings to materialize in a way that masonry materials remain in the completed house in sight. In a normal home this means spending about 1/3 of the construction costs to finish the building. An added bonus is that the interior will get a loft-like, airy appearance by using laminated wood structure in this case and keep it in sight.

Another good feature is using power floated concrete, this material is only a fraction more expensive than ordinary concrete what is already needed for the construction and further finishing is not necessary anymore.

For more of Dingemansa Architectuur’s work, find them in our prefab homes directory.

Dune Prefab House - Spacious and Affordable Living

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Houseboats Kitted Out with Smart Technology for Land or Water

Houseboats October 24, 2016

Houseboats Kitted Out with Smart Technology for Land or Water

Who needs a waterfront property when you can have a house on the water! Bluefield Houseboats has created the perfect abode for those of us who don’t always want to be anchored down. Updated technology and a chic design have resulted in a houseboat free of interior columns and tight spaces.  This space is open, filled with natural light, and not to mention complimented by the views surrounding it!

Bluefield offers houseboats ranging in sizes from 500 sqft to 2,000 sqft, so you don’t have to go tiny if you don’t want to. You can even get a second story out of your houseboat! Apart from the style and luxury of living on the water these houseboats also are built specifically to accommodate the few who may change their mind. If the day comes that a houseboat no longer suits your situation or desires, you can place it on land! This is because the company builds to a classification that meets land or water.

Whether you choose land or water, your Bluefield home will be equipped with SMART technology.  This controls the amount of energy you use, and you can monitor it yourself with your smartphone!

This home is perfect for individuals or couples with the “travel bug” or “sea legs”. Depending on the area you live in, this housing option may even be more affordable than a traditional home. When you are done exploring, or if you find yourself in need of a yard without a current, you have the option of placing this home on land. The Bluefield houseboat combines style, comfort, affordability, and practicality in one living space. That makes this not only a great home but also a great investment!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on Bluefield Houseboats find them in our houseboats directory.

Houseboats Kitted Out with Smart Technology for Land or Water

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IKEA Prefab House for $1100

Prefab October 19, 2016

IKEA Prefab House for $1100

A prefab house already being sold for little more than $1000? Yes, it’s possible, as Swedish ready-to-assemble company IKEA has now proven, after years of research and design, as well as extensive field testing, even if these prefabs aren’t ones you’ll find at your local IKEA store. There are already tens of thousands of people living in these $1100, 3-hour set-up, easily ship-able IKEA prefab homes around the world, but the first inhabitants are those most in need of affordable, secure housing of this type.

3.5 million refugees living in tents and temporary shelters around the world. 3.5 million. So far what the UN compounds and other temporary housing situations have to offer for these people are canvas tents — the regular tents you’re familiar with that use ropes and poles to stand up. And guess how long the average family spends in these tents? 12 years. However, is a tent a stable environment for a family? Is it a safe structure where men, women and children can be secure from crime? It turns out that there has been a lot of crime in these types of refugee compounds in all areas, and part of that has to do with the fact that tents are not safe from intruders. So IKEA Foundation partnered with the UN refugee agency and Swedish designers to come up with a new flatpack prefab which is very affordable, very transportable and re-useable, and sufficiently stable and safe.

The prototype IKEA prefab home shelters (click photo to make it bigger) were developed with the goal of revolutionizing or at least improving the camp living situation. Also, to increase usage life. The tents last around 6 months because of the harsh conditions of the areas where they are set up. So IKEA’s prefabs are intended to be stable relative to these. The panels of the prefab, perhaps the part quickest to wear, last up to 3 years by design.

The boxes the IKEA prefab house come in are “like the IKEA bookshelves,” according to Johan Karlsson, who works on the project. They’re designed to be easy to transport and set up in the field.

They want their prefab house to be easier to ship, assemble and live in.

It starts with a frame, which comes in a bag (like a regular tent pole bag but bigger) which is shipped in one of the flatpack boxes. It’s got pipes, connectors and wires in it, and these are assembled to compose the frame of the prefab house. Then there’s the panels, which are thin and very light, but are durable and have a thin layer of insulation. These panels fit right onto the frame of the prefab house and you have walls.

Keep reading on page 2: click here.

 

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Modern Prefab Homes

Prefab October 18, 2016

Modern Prefab Homes

What do you think of these green prefab home designs? Going green with prefabricated buildings isn’t something everyone opts for, because the cost of prefab is already sometimes at the limit of what the house-buyer can spend, but the alternatives offered are sometimes more important.

These designs are by Michelle Kaufman, whose prefab houses — not just houses, she also designs commercial spaces, parks and communities, and from the picture here you can see the community of prefabs are arranged similarly to a trailer park — have been recognized for being airy and light.

This particular design is called the WCG Home, and it’s designed with sustainability in mind. It was built for West Coast Green, a San Francisco architecture conference in 2007.

The prefab design here is a 725-square foot living residence with water catchment, recycled building materials (actually, many prefab homes and metal homes operate with a large amount of recycled materials), and green roofing. This means zero costs for home energy, according to the Michelle Kaufmann Studio.

Some notable features of this design: slanted wood siding, barn-like appearance, light-filled interior, minimal footprint, and high ceilings (often credited with providing house designs with airyness and a sense of space).

For more info on Michelle Kaufman, prefab homes and modular buildings, find them in our directory.

Modern Prefab Homes

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Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Tiny Farmhouse On Wheels Guaranteed To Stand Out Anywhere

Imagine looking out your bedroom window at a different view every month, week, or if you want, every day, from a tiny house like this. Imagine being able to travel to, and live in any place with room to park. A large suburban home is a huge commitment, a luxury city loft is a huge cost, and a summer home is a seasonal enjoyment that comes at an extra expense. So save your money and don’t feel pressured to choose one. Pick them all by getting the perfect tiny home!

The Vintage by Escape Homes is a farmhouse — or farm-tiny-house — on wheels. It is 315 sq ft of all your at home comforts with the obvious bonus that other homes can not offer. It can take you anywhere. It is built to withstand extreme weather conditions.

So it will not be a problem if you don’t plan on moving south for the winter, or if you stay south for the summer. In the Vintage tiny house, you do not need to give up your full size fridge, queen bed, or storage space, as all of these luxuries are provided. No space is wasted, and with twelve windows there is plenty of natural light to make your home feel larger.

The style of this tiny house build allows you to customize your space. So for the individuals who wish to go green, you can choose solar power! All in all, you can get exactly what you want, and go exactly where you want for an introductory cost of $59,800.00. A much lower cost than a home. So to summarize, the tiny home will meet your needs, take you to new places, and not bust your bank account!

For more information on Escape Homes and the Vintage tiny home find them in our tiny home directory.

farmhouse

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KODA is a solar-powered tiny house that can move with its owners

Tiny House October 17, 2016

Technology never ceases to amaze us, but you may still find yourself surprised when you learn of this chic tiny home. It is the perfect combination of technology, style, and architecture. It is so clean and efficient you will find it hard to believe it’s ready for you to move in right now! The Koda is a home that can move where you move. It is built to protect its inhabitants from the elements and bacteria outdoors. It has style that is versatile enough to meet a variety of uses, and the size of the windows alone are a reason to fall in love.

Tiny homes have huge potential and typically they come with some really unique features. So what makes the Koda stand out among the rest? The health benefits seem to be the most unique feature of this tiny home. No need to carry those over priced seasonal allergy medications. The Koda has been built with a sturdy door and vacuum-insulated concrete walls to keep noise, dirt, bacteria, and environmental factors outside. Inside you will be able to control the strength and tone of your lighting. Also the Koda will keep the humidity in your home at the correct levels. Like many tiny homes, the Koda also utilizes eco-friendly technology such as LED lights and solar panels. It is a good choice for those of us looking to leave in a clean, comfortable, with a small carbon footprint.

The design mission by the makers of Koda was to provide a home in which residents could move wherever they pleased. This means that the assembly and disassembly is made simple, and only estimated to take four to seven hours.

If you wanted to rotate your Koda for a better view the process would be even faster. My personal favorite element of this tiny home is the ability to make it whatever you want. The design build was anticipating several uses for the structure. Office space, vacation spot, primary residence, gallery, or studio could all be possible uses of this tiny eco-friendly space. This tiny home is a fresh, clean space that will provide the worry free environment you need to focus on the things you love.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information on the Koda, find them in our tiny home directory.

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The 1 Acre Farm

Home and Garden October 17, 2016

How to Start Your Own 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead!

Anyone can start their own homestead. If you choose to do so, your operation will be dependent upon acreage. For example, a small backyard would not be able to house large animals. For the purpose of this article we will be working off of a 1 acre plot of land. First, you will need to decide which animals you can manage and commit time to. Then decide what you would like to achieve on your land. It all can seem a bit overwhelming so let’s break it down.

Animals are an important part of having a self sufficient homestead. They are also a lot of work. You should only choose the ones you are able and willing to provide for. One acre could allow for one dairy cow, chickens, rabbits, pigs, or goats. The obvious benefit to a dairy cow or dairy goats would be milk, and the production of cheese and butter. These animals require a little more work then the rest. You would need to be willing to milk your dairy animals and commit a half of your acre for them to graze. Also they would need a small barn to stay in during winter months. A dairy cow will result in more milk than dairy goats, but you will also spend more money on feed. Make sure to keep the manure for fertilizing your garden!

Once you have chosen which dairy option you will be working with you can move on to the other animals. Pigs would allow you to provide meat for your family as well as as extra income with the sale of piglets. They should be kept in a movable house with a permanent pen inside. This provides the necessary shelter they need for part of the year, and gives you the opportunity to move them around your land. They should not be kept inside the grazing area for your dairy animals, so pick an eighth of an acre and call that your pig pen area! In between crop cycles, you should allow your pigs to run on your harvested land to help cultivate. Chickens are a more manageable animal as they will be kept inside their chicken coop. You could create a permanent coop in a moveable fenced area so that they can fertilize the land. This structure is called a chicken tractor, and is best placed near your garden. You can collect eggs for your family and sell the extras!

When it comes to crops, its important to remember that you need provide for your family and your animals. This means that planting fodder crops is just as important as planting fruits and vegetables. It increases your self sufficiency and decreases your feed expenses. A crop rotation is the best option for a limited amount of land. The more land that can be used for gardening, the more you will be able to harvest. Having a small home comes at a low cost and allows you to utilize more of your land for your own benefit!

For more information on maintaining a 1 acre self-sufficient farm, Weed ‘Em & Reap, and Mother Earth News, which inspired this post, find them in our bloggers’ directory.

By Alison LaPaglia

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No Frame? No Problem. Here’s How to Do a Bed on the Floor

Interior Design October 11, 2016

A bed frame has always been staple furniture for bedrooms. However, a no-frame bed is also a good idea with just a touch of style and creativity. This is a minimalist approach in decorating a bedroom which is modern, simple and relaxed.

With the right concept and placement, a no-frame bed can actually be very comfortable, homey and creative. It does not require additional furniture yet can equally be decorated in a lot of ways. The mattress can be placed in a slightly elevated platform, or beside a window with a picturesque view of the outdoors, or against a wall with a headboard fixture, or even in a closet type compartment for added privacy. The ideas are endless and just as wonderful as having a standard bedroom concept.

For people who want less bulky furniture in their home as well as for those who prefer a minimalistic approach in decorating a bedroom, placing the mattress on the floor directly or with a flat base can be an excellent idea.

For more of Marbletecture’s work, or to find other metal building companies, find them in our directory of metal construction companies.

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The $50,000 San Francisco Tiny Home

Tiny House October 3, 2016

The $50,000 San Francisco Home

Tiny houses, because living large is hard. It is expensive and a lot to maintain. Is your search for the right home coming up empty because the cost of living is too high? Maybe your price point is not the issue. Thinking small may be your answer.

“The 50,000.00 San Francisco Home” by Nathan Lewis, discusses a budget model that would allow high cost areas to house more people at an affordable rate. A renters rate of a $50,000.00 home would only be $400.00 to $500.00 a month. The catch? We need to give up on “keeping up with the Jones'” and embrace a smaller lifestyle. Spaces range from 120- 500sq ft depending on location. After all, the supply is determined by the demand. The more demand you have in your local real estate market, the more the supply will cost you in the end. If you go small you can get the perfect location for an affordable cost.

For some of us, small spaces may not be a desirable concept but there big benefits to living small. For example, costs go down when you downsize. In Lewis’s article he references a family who once occupied a 1,500 sq ft home and are now debt free with almost no living expenses in their 165 sq ft space.

Another benefit to living in a smaller space is free time. If you were to spend less time cleaning you would have more time for the things you enjoy. If you are a big spender a smaller space might be even more beneficial to your savings account considering you will not have excess space for excess items. Individuals with an environmental interest should appreciate the small living option as it leaves a much smaller environmental footprint.

Last but not least, a smaller tiny home living space could provide the quality time many families yearn for, or just the right amount of bonding a couple needs. All in all, there are many reasons for us to step out of the “living large” culture and into something a bit more cozy and affordable! Think small to win big!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about Nathan Lewis and Strong Town’s tiny homes, find them in our tiny home directory.

The $50,000 San Francisco Tiny Home

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  • Country Barn Home Kit with Open Porch

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  • IKEA Prefab House for $1100

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    by on October 19, 2016 - 0 Comments

    A prefab house already being sold for little more than $1000? Yes, it’s possible, as Swedish ready-to-assemble company IKEA has now proven, after years of research and design, as well as extensive field testing, even if these prefabs aren’t ones you’ll find at your local IKEA store. There are already tens of thousands of people living in […]

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

    by on November 2, 2016 - 0 Comments

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  • 510 Cabin Studio Shipping Container Home

    by on November 10, 2016 - 0 Comments

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  • Dune Prefab House - Spacious and Affordable Living

    Dune Prefab House - Spacious and Affordable Living

    by on October 24, 2016 - 0 Comments

    A small semi-modular prefab house for 1 or 2 people in the dunes for people on a limited budget, and it’s architecturally interesting: a compact house with an open floor plan. Facades and roofs The prefab house has standard corner pieces and wind springs, thereby making house details simple and affordable. Zinc, wood shingles, slate or ceramic would […]