This sustainable home in Chile is designed as an ‘unplugged’ retreat for a family of six

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“The most important thing is that the house is totally ‘unplugged,’” LLaumett says. “The electricity is provided by solar panels, and the water comes from a nearby river. It is stored in two elevated containers, delivering the flow to the services by gravity.” The scenery may be a dominant force, but from the perspective of the residents, it’s an enchanting backdrop.

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The Goldtree House is designed for sustainable family living

When kids hit their teens, your house suddenly feels smaller. The atmosphere is hectic, groups of friends traipse in and out, and parents often retreat to a bedroom for peace and quiet. One clever family with teenage twins not only had their home remodeled to accommodate these changes, they even planned ahead to have a private apartment for themselves down the road.

Hartree and Associates Architects designed the changes to the 1950s home in East Fremantle, Australia based on the homeowners’… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The spacious Camberwell House reconnects a large family with nature

Camberwell House, by AM Architecture, had a tall order to fill. The renovated property is a redesign of an existing structure that aimed to bring together parents and kids as well as fuse the indoors with outside.

 

The result is a 5,920 square-foot property in Melbourne, Australia. The family wanted a larger indoor living space to accommodate their numbers as well as an improved layout that would allow them to enjoy both indoors and outside.

 

To full the family’s demands,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

A 1920 Swiss barn is reborn as a modern home for a family of five

Swiss design studio Ralph Germann architectes overhauled an old drafty barn into a beautiful contemporary home with a new timber annex. Located in the rural village of Orsières in southeast Switzerland, the barn renovation and expansion project was commissioned by a family of five who sought a modern and light-filled abode. The adaptive reuse project—named the House EKC—was built of locally sourced materials and is equipped with an air-water heat pump, solar thermal panels, and dimmable LEDs.

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Historic Australian church transformed into a stunning family home for five

Doherty Design Studio revamped a 1910 church in Hawthorn, Australia into a lovely light-filled home for a family of five. While the renovation isn’t the church’s first residential adaptation, the recent restoration has done a fantastic job of contemporary design with features representative of the building’s past, like the stunning stained glass windows installed throughout.

Before Doherty Design Studio got their hands on the project, the 1910 Hawthorn church had already been… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Family of five moves from a 2,100-square-foot-house to a beautifully renovated school bus

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Striking 13-foot-wide family home in Vietnam looks like a jungle in the city

This narrow, four-story-tall family house in Vietnam packs a surprising amount of greenery in a very small space. Its box-like envelope features plants that seem to burst through the modular concrete structure, while the green roof planted with vegetables and flowers beautifies the space and provides fresh produce for the family throughout the year.

The main challenge for the designers, Ho Khue Architects, was the spatial constraints of the plot. Despite the fact that the house is only four meters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

11 brilliant ideas for family costumes that will blow you away

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Jack Skellington, Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel are all ready to celebrate the spookiest night of the year. If grandpa wants to get in on the fun as well, you can toss a burlap sack over him and have him growl all night as Oogie View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

How to protect your family from mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals

Protecting Your Family From Mosquitoes Without Using Harsh Chemicals

Summer is coming, and with it comes barbeques and other outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the warm weather. Unfortunately, the warming weather also brings mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes are the most prevalent carrier of insect borne diseases, carrying things like dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus. These diseases are responsible… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Idaho mom built a tiny house for her family and their Great Dane

Macy Miller built her own tiny house in Boise, Idaho, but it isn’t just Miller living there – she also shares the space with her kids, partner and one giant dog. Choosing to focus on experiences rather than stuff, the space requires some clever thinking and a few tight squeezes, but the whole gang lives happily together in just 196 square feet.
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