From grain silo to a comfortable home…

From grain silo to a comfortable home…

Phoenix, Arizona – Christoph Kaiser LLC Year Built:      2014 Total Livable Space:     340 sq. ft. Photography:     Mark Lipczynski While driving through Kansas, architect Christoph Kaiser noticed a dismantled, 1955 era grain silo. A short conversation with the farmer owner and the bits and pieces has a new owner, and soon, a […]

Casa Kike – 16,000 books and a grand piano

16,000 books and a grand piano!

Beachfront ¬†Cahuita ¬†Costa Rica ¬†–¬†Gianni Botsford Architects Year Built: ¬† ¬† 2007 Surely, one of the toughest gigs an architect must face would be designing a home for his father. But in this instance, Keith Botsford, a writer, gave free rein when he decided to retire from Boston, USA to Costa Rica. The over-riding requirement […]

HABODE

HABODE

Anywhere you choose – ¬†Rod Gibson/Habode Built Area: ¬† ¬† 80 m2 + decks ¬†(864 sq.ft. + decks) The New Zealand built HABODE can be shipped anywhere in the world, trucked to site, ‘unfolded’ and be habitable in just two days. ¬†It is designed and built to withstand extreme weather conditions and meets and exceeds […]

1959 Chevrolet Viking short bus converted into a camper!

1959 Chevrolet Viking Short Bus Conversion

Maine – Winkelman Architects Year Built: 2009 Millwork / Cabinetry:¬†Tony Jose, Linekin Bay Woodworkers Interior Design: Vince Moulton Interiors Exterior:¬†Hoyt‚Äôs Auto Body What started as a mere¬†“Oh by the way…” mentioned in passing by¬†Architect Will Winkelman’s client at the end of one of their project meetings, is now a¬†conversion project that’s turning heads on the […]

Dutch Underground

Dutch Underground

Netherlands – Denieuwegeneratie Year built: ¬† ¬† 2011 Photography: ¬† ¬† Jaap Vliegenthart, John Lewis Marshall In winter, when¬†the¬†sun is lower, the¬†large glass facade allows the sun in to warm the concrete shell. The thermal mass holds the¬†warmth releasing it slowly during the night. In summer, when¬†the¬†sun is¬†higher relative to¬†the¬†horizon, the same mass¬†keeps the house […]

ecoPerch – would you like it here or there?

EcoPerch

Anywhere –¬†Blue Forest Size: ¬†48m2 (516 sq. ft.) This home brings to mind the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham. ¬†“Would you like them in a tree? ¬†Try them, try, them, you will see. You may like them in a tree!” This home can be ‘perched’ just about anywhere – in a tree, on […]

Gypsy Wagon In The Woods

Gypsy Wagon In The Woods

This tiny home on wheels is a modern take on those wonderful gypsy wagon one still sees in parts of Europe. This one’s used as a great getaway space. It‚Äôs whimsical and unique and hard not to fall in love with. Whether it‚Äôs your style or not, it‚Äôs certainly integrates with¬†the sights and sounds that […]

Invisible House

Invisible House Peter Stutchbury Architecture

Blue Mountains ¬†NSW ¬†Australia ¬†– ¬†Peter Stutchbury¬†Architecture Australia is the oldest and driest continent. It’s a land of contrasts with awesome deserts, verdant rainforests and the iconic Blue Mountains. The latter are a series of impassable valleys and peaks edged with magnificent sandstone cliffs. It took the early white settlers more than 30 years to […]

The Mini House

The Mini House

Sweden – Jonas Wagell Architects Area: ¬†15m2 (162 sq. ft,) internal + deck/veranda Prefabrication can save new home owners a lot… of money and stress. ¬†As most builders will admit, if it can go wrong, at some stage it will. ¬†Rain, theft, damage, mistakes – they all add to the cost of a new home. […]

Casa El Tiamblo

Casa El Tiamblo

El tremble √Āvila, Spain ¬†– ¬†James & Mau Arquitectura Built area:¬†129 m2 ¬†(1,390 sq. ft) Builder: Infinski Spain Year built:¬†2010 Photography:¬†Pablo Sarabia Tens of thousands of containers arrive from China and other manufacturing nations every year. ¬†Only 20% go back! ¬†Without commenting on the balance of trade issues, that leaves an awful lot of containers […]