Not all treehouses are made using a hammer and nails. This one is inspired by th…

Not all treehouses are made using a hammer and nails. This one is inspired by the structure of knitting, with the addition and subtraction of columns that create infinite stretchy forms.


A knitted treehouse
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While you’re relaxing in front of the TV (if you have one), you could knit this treehouse.
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Sustainable Mint House is Build From Corten Steel

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The firm James&Mau Arquitectura designed an innovative home in the picturesque Tarragona Province, Spain. The house was built by Infinski and instead of using shipping containers as the main building blocks, the builders chose to use 4 prefabricated metal modules made of Corten Steel. The finished home is called Mint House and comes with a number of sustainable features.

The structure of the 100-square-meter house is made from 3 modules (ISO transport) of Corten Steel. The walls are insulated with an insulation layer made of sheep wool and cellulose panels. For heating the home is equipped with Biomass heating and solar panels, while the eco-friendly insulation and sustainable paneling also means that the house has a minimal amount of thermal heat gain. According to the builders, the home enjoys 60% less energy consumption when compared to a traditional home.

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Another innovative feature of Mint House are the shutters, which are perforated and decorated with mint leaf shapes. These shutters function as solar protectors allowing air and light to pass through them into the house, while keeping heat out.

Mint House is used as a weekend retreat by the owners, and was designed so as to fit seamlessly into the surrounding natural environment. It was also designed as a sort of “living box” which can be “opened”, “closed”, “switched on,” “heated”, and “cooled down” efficiently, easily and quickly. The home was also designed so that the transition from the interior to the exterior is as seamless as possible.


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Home Sales Hold Steady

September new home sales were virtually unchanged from a revised August report. At an annual rate of 467,000, new home sales were the highest since July 2008. The August number was revised downward after an unusually large and unsustainable spike. Given the month-to-month variation in the series, a quarterly average may be clearer. The third quarter finished at 446,000 up… Read More ›
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Sources of Financing for New Home Sales Relatively Unchanged for Third Quarter

NAHB analysis of the most recent Census numbers regarding the sources of financing for new single-family home sales suggest little change from the prior quarter, although the long-run trends point to a growing market share for conventional financing sources. The onset of the housing crisis in 2007 led to a decline in the share of new home sales due to… Read More ›
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It’s no accident or bad maintenance that plants are growing on the ridge of this…

It’s no accident or bad maintenance that plants are growing on the ridge of this thatched cottage. They are iris and they help to keep the thatch dry.


Chaumiere near Rouen, France
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The thatched roof is topped with a bed of clay and iris which hold the reed ends together and remove excess moisture.
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Modular Off-The-Grid Home

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The Eco Pod is a new modular home created by the UK-based company Echo. The tiny home measures 96.8 square feet and can lend itself well to a variety of living arrangements. A standalone Eco Pod can be used as a home office, or extra guest bedroom. The design of these units also allows them to be joined together to create an off-the-grid home, which can be as big or as small as the owners require.

Each Eco Pod unit sits on adjustable legs, making it easy to place it even on uneven ground. The modular units are also well insulated, using either wood fiber or sheep’s wool. The pods also come with an interior finish and external cladding made of wood. Also, in the UK, the Eco Pods are legally defined as a caravan, meaning that the process of obtaining planning and building permits is likely much easier than it would be for a traditional home.

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Off-the-grid functionality is available as an add-on extra. The pyramid shaped roof of each module is perfectly suited to be fitted with a rooftop mounted solar panel array, which provide the necessary electricity and hot water. The energy harvested from the PV units is stored in a battery array, which provides a 12V DC power supply that powers the LED lighting, and can be used to charge laptops and mobile phones, and any other 12V DC appliances. An optional inverter can also supply a 240V supply if needed. When fully charged, the batteries can provide up to 5 days of power. The Eco Pods can also be fitted with a composting toilet, as well as a log burner, a thermal store for hot water use, and a log-burning cooker.

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The basic Eco Pod module costs £10,000 ($16,479). Due to the off-the-grid functionality of these modular units, these are an excellent choice for remote areas, vacation homes, or simply for someone who wants to leave as small a carbon footprint as possible.


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Log construction was introduced to Norway from Finland and Russia during the Vik…

Log construction was introduced to Norway from Finland and Russia during the Viking Age. This Norwegian house for seasonal farm workers was built about 700 years ago and is still going strong…


Over 700 years old
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The home, now in the Norwegian Folk Museum, was part of a large farm in Norway in the Middle Ages.
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#MyDIYFear | Dan – High Expectations! | BuildDirect

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#MyDIYFear | Bill – Moving Into a 1980’s Cabin | BuildDirect

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#MyDIYFear | Karen – Seeing the Flaws | BuildDirect

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