Tiny Houseboat Gets the Tiny House Treatment

The tiny house movement continues to make big strides, but one group of people has already been putting clever thinking to use embiggening tiny spaces for years: houseboaters. Even so, some houseboat designs are clearly better than others, and that’s where this classy Hausbót comes in. Designed by Mjölk architects, this houseboat moored outside of Prague, in the Czech Republic makes use of a clean, modern aesthetic and large windows to create a feeling of openness in the otherwise tiny…

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Seattle’s NEXTHouse, by David Vandervort (Gallery)

Since we announced SunPower’s $16,000 December giveaway, we’ve gotten a few emails about the home pictured in the article. That’s the ultra-green NEXTHouse designed by David Vandervort- a 3 bed, 2.5 bath home and shop built in Seattle, Washington. Designed to be an supremely energy-efficient home, the NEXTHouse features a number of “green” technologies like roof-mounted home solar PV panels, spray polyurethane foam insulation, a high efficiency / low emissions gas condensing boiler for the radiant floor system, an air-to-air…

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Turning Old Beer Cans into a Shiny New Roof

Whether you’re building a backyard chicken coop or a DIY storage shed, you’ll want a roof that keeps your stuff out of the elements and that looks good, too. If you’re lucky, that new roof would even be made of something that was cheap and readily available. Even better: that new roof could be made of something that you’ve already bought and used, and that you were about to throw out. That’s where this great project, from an Instructables user…

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cdl treehouse largest vertical garden

CDL’s Treehouse is World’s Largest Vertical Garden

Earlier this year, CDL’s Treehouse condo project in Singapore set the official Guinness World Record for world’s largest vertical garden. The building’s green wall covers nearly 2300 sq. meters, and is expected to save the building’s residents more than $500,000 in heating and cooling bills each year. CDL’s Treehouse was completed in 2013, but the company’s project website makes it seem as if several of the apartments- in a pretty wide variety of floorplans, actually– are still available. So, if…

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