Showing posts with label Small house recycled. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Small house recycled. Show all posts

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bloomington curbside clean up

Each year Bloomington allows their residents a week to put out items they don't need.
The city comes by to collect it or scavengers recycle it.

This house sure took advantage of the situation.

curbside clean up with large pile of mattress, carpet and stuff

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Truck transformed into a living space

Going off the grid, Joseph Tayyar transformed this truck into a self-sufficient and mobile house.
Truck transformed into a living space

The inside is done nice with wood and earthy colors.
Truck transformed into a living space

Solar panels are used on the roof.
pasolar panels on covered truck transformed into a house

For the price tag of $250,000, I would've expected a bit more curb appeal.
Truck transformed into a living space

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dan Phillips: TED talk on making houses with recycled things

With a majority of our world's waste coming from building and tearing down structures, Dan Phillips had me glued to my ipad with all his resourseful transforations of unusual items.

I have posted his work before in my article about Lloyd Kahn. Phillips covered the inside of a ceiling with leftover frames.

His sense of humor mixed with featuring "blemishes" and not worrying about things being perfect was refreshing.

My favorite application was his use of license plates for a roof.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Apple could learn a few tricks from Phonebloks

I know half of my family will be upgrading their phone with the release of the new iPhones tomorrow. Phonebloks has a unique approach to upgrading that makes sense to me.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Phone home

Once upon a time there was a house with many views.
sunset house made of old windows and doors

A place to solve problems piece by piece.
sunset house patio made of remnants of wood

Dreams developed into reality.
sunset house black and white pictures being developed

Windows captured color.
sunset house view from inside

Treasures lined the trophy wall.
sunset house trophy wall

Abandoned objects found new purpose.
sunset house old metal bed frame as canopy

Survival was based on fresh bread and chocolate. 
baking homemade bread

Nighttime would be spent reading novels by candellight or
sunset house lit by candles

sending signals to E.T.
sunset house glow in the dark

To see more on this sunset house in West Virginia go the the Old World Grange tumbler site.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Locus Architecture and the little sustainable house on the prairie

Locus Architecture and the little sustainable house on the prairie
REI held a talk tonight called, "Off the grid on a budget: the home the land built. It was a lovely story of  Michael Larsen and Linda Nelson who had left Minneapolis to live off the land with a house designed by Locus Architecture. With no well, no boiler, no furnace, no grid electricity or a flush toilet, this couple made every effort  to live extremely simple. Check out The Star Tribune's article.

Sustainable house with solar panels in winter

Michael describes how the dark days of winter can fluctuate their solar energy supply. When the sun comes out, it is "waffle time", since that appliance drains so much power.

The metal roof collects all their water. The first 50 gallons are set off to the land and the rest is collected in a 54,000 gallon cement tank under the ground. Read more about this whole project on Micheal's blog.

Much thought went into the design from setting the house down a few feet to provide a ground level perspective, to the rooftop yoga room.

"The Home the Land Built is rising to engage me more fully. Some think I'm crazy. Chopping wood. Igniting prairie fires. Hauling buckets of poop. What could be more connecting?" - Homeowner Michael Larsen

This the little sustainable house on the prairie opened my eyes to choices other than a traditional house.

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.


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.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Back-up plan is to live in a skyway

Tomorrow we visit "the house". 

Odds are against me. 
The timing is against me. 
One bedroom is against me.
Our material baggage is against me. 
Hoping there is a hidden attic 7ft  high is against me. 

 I came across this article of a skyway that went up for sale.

I think I may wear black.

a skyway being sold for a house.