Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…

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Back when our family had our first dog, Ivory Snow (a cocker spaniel), I built her a doghouse made from a large cardboard box; it was later expanded with a second cardboard box. Boy, she loved that thing as much as I loved making it. For our dogs, I’m sure a list of things they would want start at delicious treats and a comfy bed, but for all we know, they could even dream of an improved and updated take on traditional dog houses that may even reduce their carbon footprint. Or paw-print; I’ll see myself out. Continue reading “Here’s Some Fancy Dog House ‘Bark-itecture,’ If You Will…”

Check Out These Eco-Friendly, Sorta-Underground Homes in D.C.

Are you looking for a place to live (like me)? Are you currently looking into the Prince George’s County area in Maryland (NOT like me)? The this house might have you turning your head, and all for interesting design and eco-efficiency reasons. This home stands out from, well, just look at it; the house is partially constructed underground! The 3,300-square-foot home sitting on 1.3 acres of land in Clinton, Md. may LOOK like your average colonial brick design in the front, but if you look at the side and rear, you’ll see that the underground design provides a natural insulation that is eco-friendly. According to the home’s listing, utility bills will average you about $150 a month. Not bad…

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Awkward Plot Success Story: A 594 Square Foot Japanese Home

Just for the sake of imagination and comparison, you could realistically walk pass or through this narrow lot by just taking two huge steps.  While that may make you think that a lot of this size wouldn’t seem ideal for any structure, much less a home for three (INCLUDING parking), however that’s exactly what this Japanese family got and it’s fantastic.  This house in Horinouchi, Japan comes to us from the design work of Mizuishi Architects, and it displays some very clever design choices.  If you look at that overhang in the picture above, it adds square footage to the inside of the home, AND provides weather protection for a parking spot. Continue reading “Awkward Plot Success Story: A 594 Square Foot Japanese Home”

An Instant Stone-in-a-Can Robot Powered by the SUN?!?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you the Stone Spray project, an eco-friendly robot three-dimensional printer that exploring the viability of utilizing soil as a building material. Stone Spray is a new construction method which uses soil as the base material and a liquid binder to solidify the soil granules. It uses a jet spray system to deposit the mix of soil and binder, for constructing architectural shapes.  Currently, the ability to erected actual buildings is out of the robot’s reach, its team has managed to print a series of scaled sculptures (from stools, pillars and load-bearing arc structures) made from sand, soil and their solidification compound.   Continue reading “An Instant Stone-in-a-Can Robot Powered by the SUN?!?”

Fan Builds Own Custom House from “The Hobbit”

image “Lord of the Rings” fan Simon Dale was tired and uninterested in the typical, cookie-cutter suburban homes (or, in his words, “mass produced box design” homes). Dale, who is neither an architect nor contractor, moved his family to a Welsh countryside and designed and built a house in the fashion of “The Hobbit” of his beloved series. Continue reading “Fan Builds Own Custom House from “The Hobbit””