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City Center Lofts; Salt Lake City’s Newest Container Condos

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

 Images Home-BuildingLocal readers probably already caught wind of this; a seven story condo made of orange shipping containers dubbed “City Center Lofts” is planned for construction in downtown Salt Lake City. I’ve always been interested in shipping container construction for it’s affordability, and I am eager to see if in this project it will transfer that affordability to the end user. My guess is probably not. Still with radiant heat expansive windows and a great downtown location, this could still be one cool place to live. More than anything it’s interesting to see modern architecture and design become more accepted in such a conservative state. The container building is designed by container pro Adam Kalkin (who’s website rocks), and backed financially by Adam Price, a lawyer and developer.
For more information check out the article in the Salt Lake Tribune
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The Most Unusual RVs, Campers, and Homes on Wheels You’ve Ever Seen

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

by Willy Volk (RSS feed) on Jun 19th 2007 at 10:55AM

rvHotels are nice. Motels are cheap. Earth ships are, well, you know earthy. But for real travelers — the wanderers with a lust for wheels — there’s nothing more intoxicating than traveling the countryside in a camper.

Watching the scenery glide past; getting a sunburn on the arm hanging out the window; reveling in the freedom to stop anydamnwhere you please…ahhh, this is when traveling becomes adventure.

There are many different kinds of mobile living quarters: campers, RVs, and mobile homes are for the common person. For the true wandering spirit, only a unique rolling room will do. What qualifies as a “unique rolling room”? From the Train RV, to the Little Bugger Mini Home, to the ass-kickin’est overlander imaginable, here are 10 of the most unusual rolling rooms on the planet.

Road tripping is nothing new, of course. If you think about it, the exploration of the Old West was just one long, nation-wide road trip. Covered wagons, though, were not the ideal medium for cross country caravanning.

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Dell Plants Solar Trees in Parking Lot

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Dell Solar Trees Two things are certain for the future: electric cars will become more popular and solar power will continue to grow as a viable source of energy. Because of this, the world is looking to industry leaders not only in the energy business, but to other major corporations that can have a major impact on the world’s power usage. Dell has stepped up to the plate and hopefully the Dell solar trees parking lot is a sign of greater things to come. The Dell solar parking lot by Envision Solar is a very innovative way that Dell has implemented solar powered lights and it is something that is immediately making an impact. The solar trees serve not only the purpose of gathering the suns energy as a viable energy source, but even provides shade over about 50 parking spaces as well! The lot was made viewable from the highway so Dell can let everyone know that solar power is the way to go.

 

[Hayden’s Note: While this is great and all, where is that energy going and what is it being used for? ...

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Shipping Container Homes (or “Why Would I Want to Live in a Metal Box?!”)

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Not just for resourceful squatters, container architecture is taking the world by storm. Recycled freight containers bring efficiency, flexibility and affordability to innovative green buildings, from small vacation cabins to movable cafes, schools and skyscrapers.

Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the linchpin in our global distribution network of products. In the containers go toys from China, textiles from India, grain from America and cars from Germany. In go electronics, chocolate and cheese.

While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers to makeshift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks. Shipping containers can be readily modified with a range of creature comforts, and can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labor and resources of more conventional materials.

So what is this incredible box that faces wind, rain, salt, typhoons, and extreme weight for years?

The common ISO shipping container is either 20 feet or 40 feet long; 8′ wide; and 8’6″ tall.  ...

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Unusual & Creative Staircase Designs

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Unusual and Creative Staircase Designs

November 22nd, 2008 | Inspiration |

Unusual and Creative Staircase Designs

Collection of unusual and creative staircase designs from around the world.

 

Floating Stairs

Creative “floating” stairs designed by Florence architect Guido Ciompi for The Gray Hotel in Milan, Italy. [link]

Floating Stairs

Skateboard Stairs

Creative stairs made from skateboard decks. [link]

Skateboard Stairs

Skateboard Stairs 2

Hanging Box Stairs

Creative inside-out hanging box stairs. [link]

Hanging Box Stairs

Hanging Box Stairs 2

Disappearing Stairs

With a press of a button–and some hydraulic pistons–this staircase folds up and disappears into the wall. [link]

Disappearing Stairs

Stairway Drawers

What a great way to utilize a generally overlooked space! Step and store in style, using each step as storage for a different item. [link]

Stairway Drawers

Glass Staircase

Glass cantilever staircase with full height independent glass panel balustrade and wall mounted handrail. [link]

Glass Staircase

Glass Staircase 2

Longchamp Store Stairs

Creative stairs at the Longchamp Store in New York City. [link]

Longchamp Store Stairs

Longchamp Store Stairs 2

TAF Stairs

Creative stairs in a private residence in Stockholm designed by Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom. [link]

TAF Stairs

Storage Stairs Ideas

No matter how much space you’ve got you probably need smart storing solutions.

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Saving Money with LED Christmas Lights

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

[Price & cost of operation comparison from Dept of Energy towards end of article]

Saving Money with LED Lighting (especially for Christmas!)

Strings of Christmas lights made from light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are fast gaining in popularity and availability. This is good news for the homeowner who wants to save energy and money while still lighting up the house for the holidays.

article_ledpurplebalconyBenefits of LED Lights

When compared to conventional incandescent lighting, LED bulbs have numerous benefits.
– Energy efficiency: LED lights are up to 90 percent more efficient than incandescent lights.

– Long lasting: LED lights consist of solid-state construction, making them sturdier and more resistant to damage than conventional lights. According to the Department of Energy, the best white LEDs have been found to have a useful life of about 35,000 hours, or four years of continuous operation. Also, when one light goes out on a string, the others stay lit.
– Safety: The epoxy plastic that encapsulates the LED bulbs is cool to the touch.

Why are White LED Lights More Expensive than Colored?

White light is composed of several different colors, and white LED lights must use several different color semiconductors....

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Tiny Homes: Bicycle Trailers & Shopping Cart Campers!

Posted on Nov 07, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Tiny Homes: Bicycle Trailers, Shopping Cart Campers, and more!

mobile creative home idea

Kevin Cyr seems obsessed with mobile homes and portable living.  In his astonishing ‘duh!’ concepts, he manages to pack a lot of room (bed,  lighting, storage and much more) into the smallest of interior spaces.

mobile trailer home pictures

His first full-size project – a creative camper bike creation – is an uncanny small-scale replica of a typical mobile home. In fact, it is arguably more surreal for this remarkable resemblance to conventional car-attached campers, complete with faux wood siding, simple windows and basic door. He has sketched, painted and drawn the work in addition to photographing the finished product in action.

mobile shopping cart home

If the bicycle trailer concept is an exercise in overt simplicity and aesthetic similarity, the camper cart could be characterized as the opposite: a project involving subtlety and stealth, a hidden home that looks like an ordinary shopping cart until it is unfolded and converted to an (albeit very small) mobile living space. Naturally, one can see applications of this in tent cities and other urban homeless populations.

mobile fold out tent camper

Reposted from a great website; DorNob....

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14 x 24 Owner Built Cabin w/Loft

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

CountryPlans.com – Gallery

Editor’s Note: This is by far one of my favorite low-cost, owner built cabin plans that I’ve ever seen.  While I am an avid ‘shipping container fan’, when I began reading this and similar stories, I realized I could have more square footage, better insulation, and more customization by building a small lofted cabin.  I still plan to build with shipping containers, but I think I may shift my initial focus to something like this – but in a 16’x 30′ plan in order to have a large bathroom and much larger bedroom upstairs without so much ‘open area’ in the loft floorplan.

The evolving story of an owner-built 14×24 Little House.

Update 9/16/09 Click to see Ladder to Loft.

“I’ve had a number of request for shots of the interior. So here are some updated pictures.”

First an overview of the outside of our Wyoming cabin…

cabin in the woods

Now to the inside…

Owner-built 14x24 cabin interior

The stove and living room area

Owner-built 14x24 cabin

Looking from the living area towards the downstairs bed area

Owner-built 14x24 cabin kitchen

The kitchen area and the bath behind the stove wall

Owner-built 14x24 cabin bedroom

The bedroom corner of the main floor

Owner-built 14x24 cabin catwalk above

Looking up to the loft and catwalk

loft sleeping area

Loft bedroom

Owner-built 14x24 cabin small loft

The smaller sleeping area along the catwalk loft area


Ladder to Loft Updated 9/30/08

Hal has sent in photos of the pull down ladder he is using for the loft....

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AMERIgreen Biofuels

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Despite the bad press some types of biofuels have attracted, it doesn’t mean all biofuels are not green, viable alternatives to fossil fuel in the quest to curb global warming. Enter AMERIgreen Biofuels. The company provides clean, renewable energy for vehicles and heating oil systems. They are ASTM-certified, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, out-perform regular petroleum fuels and are comparable in price. In order to further reduce its environmental impact, AMERIgreen Biofuels are produced in America, which also helps the country win its energy independence. It comes from local farmers, not oil wells in the Middle East. AMERIgreen Biodiesel is a thoroughly-tested premium-quality clean fuel. It performs like conventional diesel, but without the environmental damage. It is also the fir

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Pavegen; Energy Producing Sidewalk Stones

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

 via: Inhabitat.com Any single point on a busy sidewalk can receive as many as 50,000 steps per day, so imagine if you could turn that foot traffic into something useful – like energy?!  Pavegen Systems Ltd. decided to do just that.  They’ve created a ‘stone’ or sidewalk paver that generates electricity everytime someone steps on it.  With as small as a 5mm flex in it’s rubber pavement top, it can turn the kinetic energy of busy walkers into 2.1 watts of electricity per hour! Everytime a pedestrian steps on the Pavegen, it bends slightly, producing energy that is either stored in it’s lithium polymer batteries or distributed to nearby lights, displays, and much more.  Pavegen Systems states that a mere five Pavegens steps spread out over a busy sidewalk has the abili

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Want to Live in a Shipping Container?

Posted on Oct 27, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Want To Live In A Shipping Container?

by Heather on February 16, 2009

If you’re a regular reader of The Greenest Dollar, then you probably already know that I’m enthralled with the idea of living in a micro home. For the uninitiated, a micro home is pretty much the backlash against the McMansion movement of the past twenty years.

The trend now is in the opposite direction. Hallelujah! We’re going Small. Green. Efficient.

That’s micro home living.

So, it is with the utmost excitement that I share this idea with you. And, the idea is constructing a home using old steel shipping containers.

Now, before you throw your mouse at the screen in disgust because those steel crates are just too ugly to even think about being used as a house, just take a look for a moment at what’s possible and then we’ll talk…

Pretty amazing, right? All of those images are from ContainerCity.com, which is the website for Urban Space Management, a group of builders in London who are building entire communities, schools, and farmer’s markets using old freight containers....

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Electric Car Insurance

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Electric car insurance could be cheap because electric car owners are generally perceived as dependable folks. Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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Alternative Energy Trends

Posted on Oct 25, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

What alternative energy trends are showing up and how do they affect you? Find out more here! Click here to read entire article If you are the author or agent of this article and would like your RSS feed removed from www.TruthisTreason.net, please email 'contact@truthistreason.net' and your RSS Feed will be deleted.

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12 Unique Shipping Container Homes

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Twelve amazing shipping container houses

By Brian Clark Howard
Posted Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:50am PDT

 

Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the linchpin in our global distribution network of products. In the containers go toys from China, textiles from India, grain from America, and cars from Germany. In go electronics, chocolate, nd cheese.                                                                              

  Container City
(Photo: Urban Space Management)

While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks.

Shipping containers can be readily modified with a range of creature comforts and can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labor, and resources of more conventional materials.

Discover some of the exciting possibilities of shipping container architecture, from disaster relief shelters to luxury condos, vacation homes, and off-the-grid adventurers. See what makes them green as well as cutting edge.

 

 

Redondo Beach House
(Photo: Andre Movsesyan / DeMaria Design )

De Maria Design Redondo Beach House

With its modern lines and appealing spaces, the award-winning Redondo Beach House by De Maria Design turns heads....

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10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Source: DesignCrave.com

By Joe Wertz

12 container house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Shipping containers are tough. Built from weathering steel, these building blocks of international trade are designed to withstand stacking, stuffing and strapping and are reused over and over. There are roughly 17 million of these containers floating, riding and flying around the world today, but the recent sustainable design trend has found these containers re-purposed to carry a more fragile cargo — humans. Eight feet tall, eight feet wide and either 20 or 40 feet long, the containers don’t contain much space, but architects and building designers on the next page don’t exactly build within the box, so hit the jump and size up 10 great shipping container homes.

The Four Room House

four room house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes Stacked vertically on four different floors, Belgian architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT) have created a compact home for streamlined living. Each of the four small rooms serves a specific function. From the bottom up, a spiral staircase links a work floor, kitchen/dining floor, the living room floor and on the uppermost floor, a bedroom and bathroom space.

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