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Off-grid cabin built for just $300

Alyssa Craft and Jesse Stafford ditched the trappings of city life and bought some land in the Pacific Northwest, deciding to live in a trailer while building themselves a homestead. With winter on its way, the couple wanted to make life more comfortable, so next decided to extend their living space with a small cabin. The cost of construction for this hybrid cabin/garage home came in at just US$300.Read More

Tiny house built in just three days, promptly sold for charity

Tiny houses are usually built pretty quickly compared to a typical brick-and-mortar home, but the Tiny Task project barely left time for the paint to dry. The snug dwelling was constructed by a group of 10 people in just 72 hours in Manhattan, NYC. Once completed, it was sold on eBay for US$26,600, with all the proceeds going to charity.Read More

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A tiny house with big home comforts

With their focus on downsizing, tiny houses are often lacking in home comforts, but Tiny House Lumbec's recently-completed dwelling proves that doesn't always have to be the case. The TH2 tiny house is a 24 ft (7.3 m)-long towable home that includes a relatively large kitchen and lounge area, a wood-burning stove, and even a small bathtub.Read More

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Portland tiny house rotates to follow the sun

Portland-based Path Architecture recently completed a very charming tiny house. Dubbed 359, the home comprises generous glazing and is set on a manually-operated rotating base, which allows it to easily follow (or indeed face away from) the sun, warming the interior naturally and providing plenty of natural light.Read More

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People in glass houses: The best uses of glass in architecture

Architects have long used glass to provide light and views, but the following homes and buildings go a lot further. Ranging from practical full-time home to experimental sustainable dwelling, each is a completed project that is either mostly made from glass or uses the material in such a way as to make it the defining feature. Join us as we highlight the best glass architecture we've seen so far. Read More

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Bunker-like bolthole lays low on the US-Mexico border

Located just 15 miles north of the US-Mexico border, Casa Caldera is a vacation home that's often left empty for long stretches of time, so unwelcome attention from potential migrant and narco-traffickers was deemed a concern. In response, Tucson, Arizona-based firm Dust designed a discreet, secure, and surprisingly sustainable desert bolthole.Read More

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Living in a greenhouse: One family's experiment in sustainable living

Dutch stylist Helly Scholten is interested in living sustainably, so when the chance came to move herself and her family into an experimental sustainable house designed by Rotterdam University students and researchers, she jumped at it. Essentially an oversized greenhouse, the house was built to explore sustainable methods of living and will serve as the family's full-time home for three years.Read More

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New eco-village hits the (plastic) bottle

Recycled plastic bottles have previously been used to make a sustainable home, but an ambitious new project in Panama hopes to use the ubiquitous modern waste product to construct an entire village. It's early days yet, but the idea is that the aptly-named Plastic Bottle Village will eventually comprise between 90 to 120 homes, each insulated by thousands of plastic bottles.Read More

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Tiny house has curves in all the right places

Canada's Structural Spaces is relatively new to the tiny house scene, but still brings plenty of experience to the table. Chad Smith lived in a tiny house for four years with his young family and has been designing furniture and buildings for 25 years. This all shows with the recently-completed Curved 260 Micro Home, which shoehorns a lot of home into just 260 sq ft (24 sq m), and uses high-quality materials meant to last.Read More

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