WFH House by Arcgency is a Sustainable Modular Home Made of Three Shipping Containers

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Located in Wuxi, China, the WFH House by Arcgency is made of three shipping containers combined to create this beautiful Nordic-style home. The sloping green roof sits atop an open, spacious interior, which is made of a single container on one side and a stacked set on the other. The style can be customized for various climates, layouts, and plots of land.

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The containers are lined with insulation covered in bamboo, and the central space is airy and open with skylights that fill the area with natural light. The second floor consists of bedrooms for the kids, with a giant glass curtain overlooking the living area.

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The roof is lined with lush greenery that filters rainwater and provides natural insulation, along with solar cells and sustainable bamboo draped along the exterior. The home is a simple, cost-efficient modular design, especially for those living in areas with extreme heat or a high risk of earthquakes.

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The building components are simple and minimal, and undergo a graceful aging process that minimizes wear and tear and reduces maintenance costs.

See the article here: WFH House by Arcgency is a Sustainable Modular Home Made of Three Shipping Containers

InterModal Design Ships Prefab Homes Worldwide

Shipping Container Modular Home External outdoors

Shipping Container Modular Home External outdoors

A subsidiary of Hive Modular, InterModal Design, manufactures durable, prefabricated homes from recycled shipping containers that can be shipped almost anywhere in the world. Shipping container shelters from InterModal Design (IMD) can be used for off-the grid living as primary residence, guest house, or office space. Dwellings can be built out with essential comforts such as kitchen space, a living room that can be transformed into a sleeping area, and bathroom facilities.

With a 3-in-1 structure, the IMD home maximizes the space of the container, creating a single structure with multiple functions. Chairs can be stored flat and a bed and table are installed in a drop-down fashion to be stowed away when not in use.

Shipping Container Modular Home double story

Shipping Container Modular Home double story

Several units are available, with pricing and details in spreadsheets on the IMD website, starting at US$35,000. Upgrades can be requested and custom projects are billed at $100 per hour. You cover costs of site preparation, delivery, and setup, with many areas requiring building permits for additional costs.

While you must assume responsibility for compliance with your local jurisdiction code ordinances for container usage, InterModal Design is available to assist with modifications to containers and designs to bring it to code.

Shipping Container Modular Home Design

Shipping Container Modular Home Design

Each standard plan includes basic furnishings, plumbing and electrical, but check the spec sheets for details on specific finishes to determine your need for upgrades. As your container home is being built, you can prepare your site, set the foundation, and hookup any necessary utilities. Delivery may require a crane and set crew. IMD will assist you in determining the best solutions for foundations and installation.

All products from IMD come with a 1-year warranty, honoring any state-required home warranties in the United States beyond that period of time.

Shipping Container Modular Home internal diagram

Shipping Container Modular Home internal diagram

Shipping Container 2 story home

Shipping Container 2 story home

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Shipping Container Modular Home External outdoors

Roundhouse Garden Buildings Inspired by Yurts

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Rotunda Living, a small home builder based in the United Kingdom, has designed some small, contemporary round houses inspired by nature’s shapes and elements. They look like the perfect backyard getaway to use as a studio, guest bedroom, pool house, or meditative escape space.

The design is similar to a yurt, but with solid walls. The plan is to use locally-sourced materials and a local supply chain to create quality, sustainable materials that will not sacrifice aesthetics. Each design uses natural, breathable, and efficient materials for insulation and construction, providing a healthy environment that inspires creativity in an atmosphere inspired by nature.

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If you’ve always wondered how closely you could incorporate nature into the design of a small home or room, these roundhouses offer an option that is pretty close. For more information on their designs and inspiration, visit rotunda-living.co.uk.

Rotunda Tiny House Interior

Images via Rotunda Living

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Modular Container Home Built in Boulder

There’s a container house in Nederland, Colorado, and soon there will be one in Boulder, too. It’s believed to be the first such project in Boulder, and showcases a design by M. Gerwing Architects for couple Mark Gelband and Courtney Loveman, according to a recent article on the Boulder Daily Camera. The design of the eco-friendly home was driven by the solar shade ordinance, a neighbor that wouldn’t help with the variance, and a challenging narrow building site (more detail here).

Located at 505 College Avenue, the 2,800 square foot home will have extensive windows, a cantilevered second-story master bedroom, and a solar array that stretches about 140 feet. The hope is to get close to net-zero energy on an annual basis.

The architect and owners met what sounds like a storm of opposition to the design, if you read the comments and quotes in this article on the Boulder Daily Camera. Colorado, as far as I’ve seen, is quite progressive, but this is a million-dollar neighborhood, so it’s kind of funny. Hello! There’s a new world of residential living that includes high-quality prefab, container homes, or modern architecture. I can’t wait to see this courageous home when complete. It’s coming together nicely.

[+] More about the Gelband Loveman Container House from the architect.

Credits: M. Gerwing Architects.

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New Living Wall Planter by Woolly Pocket

Starting in October 2012, Woolly Pocket will have a new Living Wall Planter available for sale from $26.99, according to the LA Times.  The product isn’t soft like the standard Wally made with 100% recycled PET.  It’s made with hard recycled plastic not to include BPA and equipped with a self-watering tank.  The modular planter may be installed inside or outside and will be available in white, green, brown, gray, black, orange, and yellow.

[+] Watch for the new Living Wall Planter at Woolly Pocket.

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The Greenest Home in the World [Video]

I was noodling some recent journalist potshots about headlines for “the greenest …” when I landed on this video piece from the Nightly News. NBC’s Kiko Itasaki wonders if this home in Unst, one of the northern Shetland Islands of Scotland, is the greenest in the world. Everyone knows the question has no answer, but I think Michael and Dorothy Rea have accomplished something worth noticing that’s for sure.

The aim of their project, according to the Reas’ website, was to “pilot an approach to carbon-neutral living that can be replicated across the UK and elsewhere.

They built a home from an off-the-shelf kit from Scotframe Timber Frame Engineering (water-tight assembly in 4.5 days by three men). Systems for the home include an air-to-water heat pump with a custom water battery, a heat recovery ventilator, LED lights, solar panels, small wind turbines, and fuel cells that store power for use with a refitted electric Toyota Yaris.

Additionally, the Reas have a 1,000 square-foot, hydroponic greenhouse where they grow food to sustain a vegetarian diet. Apparently some of the food is maintained by minerals and rainwater harvested from the roof, too.

[+] More about the Zero Carbon House in Shetland.

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Prefab Living Structures in North Carolina

If in a pinch for extra living space at home, a detached structure could be just the solution.  Especially if an addition isn’t an option, there are companies all over the country that provide prefabricated structures that can be used for a home office, studio, in-law suite, or cabana, etc.  North Carolina-based Outdoor Environs is one of these companies with a backyard shed from about $40,000.

A 251-square-foot Outdoor Environs is delivered in four to six weeks, though pricing doesn’t include things like foundation, delivery, assembly costs, etc.

The prefab shed by Outdoor Environs is built with Marvin Integrity windows and doors, a galvanized metal roof, the Open-Built Wall System by Bensonwood with dense-pack cellulose (R22), roof panels by Bensonwood with dense-pack cellulose (R32), and HardiePanel siding, etc.

[+] More about prefab living structures by Outdoor Environs.

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LiveScreen is a Mobile Urban Living Wall

LiveWall, LLC, a Michigan-based company that makes living wall systems, just announced a mobile version of the LiveWall product called LiveScreen (not to be confused with another Live Screen that we mentioned). LiveScreen is available in four models (Access, Patio, 4S, and XL) and made with a waterproof aluminum frame on wheels. The product helps people grow plants in small spaces like porches, patios, and decks.

LiveScreen is perfect for annuals, perennials, herbs, and vegetables, according to LiveWall, and can be used for easy-access gardening in any location, whether urban or suburban.

The new product uses modular planter boxes, or WallTers, of various sizes that come in six colors (beige, cool gray, wheat, cedar, sage, and salsa). With these, roots grow down and stems grow up for a healthy living wall. LiveScreen comes without irrigation, but the Plus package includes automatic irrigation components and a hose timer. Conduit tubes are hidden in the mounting tracks with built-in nozzles for mist irrigation.

Pricing is available online and depends on the options selected at checkout. Generally, LiveScreen ranges from about $1,500 – $2,900, depending on slections. That said, for a general idea, the Patio version, which is 32″ by 5 1/2′ with three tiers, sells from $1,350 or $1,895 with the Plus package.

[+] More about the LiveScreen mobile LiveWall System.

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On Watering Living Walls in the Home

I’ve mentioned some of the various living walls available for home interiors — Fyto Wall, Woolly Pockets, Minigarden, Ballavaz, Urbio, etc — and most of these require a modicum of wall structure and planning for light and water.  Along these lines, The Wall Street Journal recently took on the topic of living walls and how various pockets, trays, and assemblies are being used inside for home decoration.

WSJ notes, in so many words, that the devil is in the details.

The wall garden pictured above was built with Woolly Pockets and filled with soil, ferns, and tropical plants.  It was installed for about $1,000 by designer Jason Lempieri (working with designer Peter Smith), who tends the garden to make sure it’s adequately watered and maintained, according to WSJ.

Getting the right amount of water for indoor plans can be difficult.  Automatic watering systems, if not monitored, could overwater, malfunction, or create an environment for mold growth, whereas manual watering is only as good as the person tending the overall longevity of the plants.

Nonetheless, given the risks, I think a healthy living wall is a great way to change up the design of an interior space.  Research suggests that the right plant species could also help clean indoor air, too.

[+] Don’t Forget to Water Interior Gardens by the WSJ.

Credits: Jason Lempieri. 

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v100 Mod Box Homes Unveiled in Phoenix

When I first saw what Vine Saccento was doing with v100 Mod Box, I was impressed.  And I’m still impressed as his prototype has been rolled out recently in the form of three prefab homes at the southern end of downtown Phoenix at 749 S. Second Street.  One is rented by Tom Kelly, CEO of Schaller Anderson, and designer Saccento is living in another.

The prefab homes rent for the going rate of $875, which includes two 10-foot boxes that sandwich a covered deck space of eight-by-10 feet.  One box has the living room and kitchen, while the other has the bedroom and bathroom.

I hope to share some better photos of these prefabs in the future, though a slideshow is available for viewing on the Phoenix Business Journal.  As you can see, the interior is finished with luxe items such as a Duravit sink, LG Hi-MACS countertops, and Fagor induction cooktop, fridge, and combo washer/dryer. The dark walnut cabinetry is by Saccento’s business partner, Robert Mazzullo.

The build is proprietary, but Saccento says these homes are not built with nails, screws, paint, or drywall — believe it or not.  So the result is unlike anything else on the market and could be used as workforce houses, ADUs, lofts, studios, sheds, you name it.

[+] More about these ultra-modern v100 Mod Box prefabs.

Credits: Vine Saccento (#1-2), Schaller Anderson (#3). 

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