Friday, June 22, 2012

EcoDeep is a St.Paul-based architectural firm that focuses on sustainability.


I virtually met Kevin Flynn, part of EcoDEEP, when he stumbled on to my blog recently. 

Kevin Flynn practices what he preaches when he took this cape code and transformed it into an energy efficient and sustainable home. This remodel has won multiple awards 
such as RAVE and the Minneapolis StarTribune's Home of the Month. 

Follow the transformation of their 1940's Cape Cod
in St. Paul on their EcoDEEP Haus blog.

Before:

After:
The home has a vegetated roof system that comes in pre planted modular trays. 
The roof uses storm water, can reduce energy, improve noise reduction and 
extend the life of the primary roof system from Liveroof.

He used recycled glass countertops.
Although this shredded money countertop wasn't incorporated into the house,
they are made in LeCentre Minnesota by Shetka Stone.
Colorful carpet squares made by FLOR Toy Poodle.

Here is another project that EcoDEEP has done called the MURPHY (small hus)
 This 856 sf house located in the rolling rural plains of Goodhue County. 
  

The design is simple and utilitarian with a nod to its agrarian roots and neighbors. 
Small enough to survive by purely passive means, the home uses very little energy - the concrete slab and concrete/plaster trombe wall provide thermal mass storage for energy provided by the sun and in-floor radiant heating system can be used should winter temperatures warrant its use. The slab and insulated base are sized to store energy from a future roof mounted solar hot water system. A heat recovery air exchanger provides constant tempered outside air for optimal indoor air quality.




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adventures start away from home

Isn't this so true?
How many of our adventures occur under our own roof?
Who cares if there is only one bathroom or no room for the rice cooker?
No need to go to Iowa State, 
just hack off a few thousand square feel and start couch surfing on the weekend.

Adventures start away from home billboard

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Men downsize by upgrading?

Just this weekend my husband tells me he is switching out his computer, the second monitor, the keyboard and the number keypad  to simplify to one product.
men downsizing computer by upgrading
All that is being replaced by a laptop.
laptop on table
He is playing the downsizing card and it worked. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Robin Falck 98 square foot house

Having a maiden name of Makie, makes me part  finnish. I may not have been swaddled in Marimeko, but I did grow up with a sauna in our basement. My Finnish design ears perk up when I stumble upon anything from Finland. Coming in a mere 96 square feet, this "Nido" which stand form Italian birds nest is built in nature and focuses on nature.   
Robin Falck 98 square foot house
 The soaring two story windows let in light in the day 
and serve as a observatory to the stars at night.
Robin Falck 98 square foot house
 The landing pad deck with two comfy chairs take up 3/4 of the whole development.
Robin Falck 98 square foot house
 Kudos for Robin Falck using recycled materials. I don't see a bathroom and kitchen...eh.
Robin Falck 98 square foot house
The whole self built home cost less than a car.  See more here.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Smallest house in Toronto

 Darling. Darling. Darling.

Built in 1912, this 312 square foot home has claim to the smallest house in Toronto.

smallest-house-in-toronto
It comes with a fold down bed.

smallest house in Toronto
To read more about it's history and see shots of the inside go here.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Peter Turner


From Peter Turner in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada:
My 12’ X16’ cabin on Echo Lake, where I have lived since December of 2005.  No running water and outdoor toilet (ok, it’s a little nippy at -40 C) but electricity, a propane stove for heat, high speed internet and a wireless LAN.  I have a spectacular view of a small lake, and mountains behind.  In summer, a family of loons nest every year, and in winter ice skating, snowshoeing and cross country skiing can be spectacular!