An ever-evolving, growing home in Indonesia adapts to its owners’ needs

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Indonesian architecture firm Studio SA_e recently completed the latest and most dramatic renovation yet on Rumah Gerbong, a home that has undergone many evolutions and expansions since the clients purchased it 18 years ago. Located in the planned township of Bintaro Jaya in Jakarta, the house has evolved from a place solely for residence to a multifunctional dwelling that accommodates residential, an office and entertaining spaces. Described as a “multistep development” or “growing house”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This tiny house on wheels can expand to meet the owner’s needs

This tiny house on wheels, built to withstand extreme climates, can expand in order to adjust to specific user needs. The Tiny House Company’s newest design, named Swallowtail, can be used as a primary home, weekender, studio, extended living space, or anything in between.

The design was inspired by post-war homes– it features a butterfly roof, timber screen, plywood cladding and corrugated sheeting. The butterfly roof has an integrated box gutter and downpipe for easy connection and rainwater… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Food-producing reACT home sustainably and intelligently adapts to your needs

The homes of the future will be smart, responsive, and even save us money. University of Maryland students let us take a peek into what the future may hold with reACT, a smart sustainable home that rethinks architecture as living organisms. Created as a “kit of parts,” this modular solar-powered dwelling is likened to a home-building kit that can be easily shipped out and readily adapted to different needs and environments. Most impressively, reACT—short for Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology—is… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Clever bath vanity design helps give special needs child more independence

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Strasser Bath Vanity, special needs furniture, kids furniture, diy bathrooms, Montlake Collection, diy stepstairs, stepstairs for children, diy steps, bathroom for special needs, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zero-carbon home generates income by making more energy than it needs

The home of the future could slash your utility bills and generate enough money to help pay the mortgage. UK firm Koru Architects designed and built one such house, named the Lloyd House, that’s effectively zero-carbon and runs entirely on renewable energy. Tucked away on a quiet street in England’s East Sussex, this contemporary home generates more energy than it consumes and even brings in a net income of £2650 per year from solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, and a wood-chip biomass boiler…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 smart and cheap things every college dorm room needs

Wireless Charging Furniture:

Your phone is at 5% and you’re tossing everything out of your backpack trying to find your charger, which seems to have sprouted legs and strolled away. Sound familiar? IKEA is putting an end to vanishing phone chargers with their wireless charging furniture. It works like this: set down your phone on your table or night stand. Pick up your phone once it has enough juice to for you to Snap your cat doing that cute human-like thing with her paws. Repeat. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building