Houses

Adding An Outdoor Room

Adding An Outdoor Room

I spotted these mini additions over at Remodelista and I think they’re a great idea if you’ve got the space. In lieu of an addition, Flexa Studio offers 10-by-12-foot prefab structures as an easy way to add extra space. All that’s required is a foundation on which to bolt the […]

Build-It-Yourself Shelter and Building Kits

Build-It-Yourself Shelter and Building Kits

Shelter-Kit produces kit buildings for “assembly by owners” with no prior building experience. Perfect for folks like myself whose only construction until recently had been assembling IKEA shelves. I think these might actually be easier than assembling a Billy thanks to their manual which includes drawings and step-by-step instructions. Every […]

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

I am so glad that Treehugger spotted this garden shed in World Architecture News, called The Wendy House. I read about so many new green designs and eco-homes that it takes a lot for something to take my breath away. But Amir Sanei’s renders me speechless. Situated in his own […]

Going Green While Saving Green

Going Green While Saving Green

One of the hardest things I’ve come across in my own home renovation is the struggle between “going green” as much as possible and staying within a reasonable budget. Much beyond buying green cleaners and recycling everything under the sun, it’s really hard to make the greenest choices without the […]

Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

At one point, there was hope that the modular home craze would catch on. But most new buildings, like the modulars, have suffered since the crash of the housing market. According to the Washington Post, a new demand for them has come up. People are looking to build new modular […]

Modular Homes From Recycled Plastic

Modular Homes From Recycled Plastic

Live across the pond and want to downsize your home into something more eco-friendly? Consider a new line of modular homes created by U.K. company Affresol, as reported by Fast Company magazine. The prefab homes are made from a recycled plastic waste product called Thermo Poly Rock, which creates homes […]

New Obsession: Treehouse Point

New Obsession: Treehouse Point

I highly doubt I’m the only one out there that’s had Swiss Family Robinson fantasies growing up. There’s something so exotic about living in a tree. Thanks to ShelterPop for showcasing some photos of the lodge, located in Issaquah, Washington. Built by renowned treehouse builder Pete Nelson and his wife […]

Green Advantages for Advanced Framing Techniques

Green Advantages for Advanced Framing Techniques

From the discontinued blog Pardon our Dust from the L.A. Times, two builders share their opinions on advanced framing techniques. At debate here is whether advanced framing techniques (2×6′s 24-inch on center) are justified in their building a more sustainable structure as opposed to using standard framing techniques (2×4′s 16-inch […]

Kansas City Roofer Predicts Green Roofing Trends

Kansas City Roofer Predicts Green Roofing Trends

Roofing is arguably one of the most important parts of your home, a vital structural piece that not only protects your home’s interior but also aids in insulation, energy circulation and temperature regulation. While at the Greater Kansas City Home Show, I stopped to chat with Michael Vaught of Larry […]

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

The Central Plains chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is at the Greater Kansas City Home Show this weekend, offering tips and resources for homeowners interested in going green, especially when building a home. According to a tip sheet compiled by the Central Plains chapter, the top 10 ways […]

Amazing DIY Castle Home

Amazing DIY Castle Home

In an incredible display of do-it-yourself ingenuity and sticktoitiveness, a couple in Surrey, England constructed a castle/tudor home. But the kicker is that they did this without the knowledge of neighbors or local building authorities who had repeatedly denied the proper permits to build such a structure. How’d they do […]

Osprey Eco-Cottage from Nationwide Homes at 2010 Builders’ Show

Osprey Eco-Cottage from Nationwide Homes at 2010 Builders’ Show

We were tipped by Apartment Therapy that the Osprey Eco-Cottage had been setup at the 2010 Builders’ Show this week and that we made to check it. “Sized at just 523 square feet, The Osprey was designed as a secondary or vacation home, complete with a bedroom, bathroom, sizable deck, […]