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This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water

Building a self-sustaining home can involve a higher upfront investment, but it usually pays off in the long run thanks to increased efficiency and …

Aquaponics

Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000

Moments of eye-opening insight can come into our lives unexpectedly like a clap of thunder, and when they do, we are usually not the same person, …

Hawaiian house by LifeEdited harvests more energy and water than it consumes

Design consultancy LifeEdited has built a family home on Hawaiian island Maui, as a model for sustainable, off-grid living.<p>The LifeEdited: Maui …

Mirrored off-grid prefab can be a tiny home, office, or sauna

Prototype construction is already underway<p>There’s something undeniably cool about a mirror-covered building reflecting back the landscape—which is probably the main reason the architects at Coulson created this ultra-green, micro-prefab to have one-way mirrored walls and a glass ceiling. The …

Towable shipping container-based tiny house runs on or off-the-grid

The City model pictured was built with another firm called A2U Container Living and is based on a standard used shipping container, so it measures 8 …

How one couple adapted a 204-square-foot tiny house for their new baby

What’s it like to live in a 204-square-foot space with a baby? Samantha and Robert Garlow of SHEDsistence know, and they’re sharing their story. …

Student Finance

Dreamy cabin harvests rainwater and natural light for a minimal carbon footprint

Nevada-based INCLINEDESIGN proves sustainable design can be beautiful in this dreamy timber cabin on Lopez Island, Washington. Available in the …

Design

The ultimate guide to living minimally

We've all become so used to the modern condition of wanting to fill our homes with more and more trinkets, bright coors and accessories that look …

Want to Raise Calmer, Happier Kids? Science Says This Can Help | Inc.com

Mindful is the new busy. Backed by science showing that mindfulness boosts everything from immunity to productivity, workplaces across the world are encouraging employees to get back to the business of being right here, right now.<p>The demand for mindfulness--whether from a course, a coach, a …

Mindfulness

Shipping container cabin goes off-grid in California wilderness

A no-nonsense getaway<p>Shipping container architecture can come with all sorts of bells and whistles—often featuring multi-story designs that employ up to a dozen steel boxes. But sometimes it only takes two. Look at this container getaway cabin, for example, created by San Francisco-based firm …

Architect builds his own studio at the end of Toronto garden

The Brooklyn trend for backyard studios has extended all the way to Toronto, where the founder of architecture firm Six Four Five A has constructed a …

Prefab ‘Surf Shack’ offers nature getaway, flatpack-style

<i>Swoon</i><p>Fell in love with this gorgeous New Zealand backcountry hut-inspired home and want your own? You’re in luck. Backcountry Hut Company, a Canadian maker of prefab eco-shelters, has a new design out that offers many of the same features, including the simple shed roof and fabulous indoor-outdoor …

Smart & Stylish Use of Space in this 312 Square Foot Home

(Image credit: The Everygirl)<p>I've lived in a townhouse in Texas and in a teeny tiny New York apartment, but my real dream, I think, would be to live …

Outdoor Spaces

The 5 Paint Colors That Will Make You Happiest

Just in time for spring!<p>The colors in your home can have a <i>huge</i> impact on your mood — particularly paint colors. The shade of your walls has been shown to affect emotions: There are certain shades that will bring you down, ones that will help you relax, ones that will suppress your appetite and a …

Happiness

12 brilliant prefab homes that can be assembled in three days or less

1/13<p>Green-roofed Hobbit Home by Magic Green Homes<p>The homes of the future will not only be more sustainable and affordable—they will also be much …

Prefab tiny home, sustainable and 3D-printed, offers idyllic high-tech living

Into sustainable design and tiny homes? You’ll dig this<p>Eco-design nerds will dig this: A Ukrainian company, PassivDom, recently unveiled modulOne, an off-grid, solar-powered 3D-printed prefabricated home.<p>That’s a lot of buzzwords, sure, but the modulOne—which features an insulating …

Prefab Homes

Elizabeth Herrmann creates tiny house for artist in Vermont

American studio Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture + Design has created a light-coloured micro dwelling with cut-out corners and a sloped roof, aiming …

Architecture

Don't Waste an Inch: Ideas for Using a Really Narrow Room

Have you got a landing, a spare room, a bit of hallway—any particularly small sliver of space in your home that's searching for its purpose? Narrow …

San Francisco

2 Ways to Calm Your Mind (and Your Anxiety) Without Sitting Still

Everyone on the planet seems to be meditating right now, from Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bündchen to your roommates and work colleagues. Trendy downtown …

Wood-clad ARK Shelter is a minimalist prefab that opens up (Video)

If you're looking to settle into a smaller home, there are a lot of options out there currently. One could get a custom-built tiny home, or perhaps …

Simple Elegance: 12 Remote Slovenian Homes at One With the Landscape

Slovenian architecture emerges from its geography. Identified by four macro regions, from the Alpine and Mediterranean areas to Dinaric and Pannonian landscapes, Slovenia is known for its rich environmental context. As one of the most water-rich countries in Europe, the mountainous nation-state has …

75-square-foot micro home packs in all the essentials

The Ecocubo is clad in cork and lined with particle board<p>Another micro-living solution has arrived, courtesy of Ecocubo, a Portuguese concept. Measuring just 7 square meters, or approximately 75 square feet, the tiny cubic structure, which is sustainably constructed, of course, is clad in cork and …

Tiny but terrific: See the 150-square-foot apartment one man calls home in NYC

Everyone who has ever looked for an apartment to call their own in New York City knows just how difficult it can be to find a decent and affordable space in the city's ever changing real estate market. One city dweller, actor Anthony Triolo, found a way to embrace the tiny living spaces he …

Man Caves

This prefab tiny house is simplicity at its most chic

It comes fully furnished, down to the cooking utensils<p>There are many traditional architectural elements that tiny homes can skimp on, but natural light isn’t one of them. Thankfully, the gorgeous Ark Shelter offers an abundance of windows cut into its inky black facades. Floor-to-ceiling glass on …

One Bedroom, Desert View: A Tiny Casita in Mexico, Swimming Pool Included

Near a remote stretch of beach in the surfers’ paradise of Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca, Mexico sits a tiny concrete casita with a swimming pool, …

This flexible 140-square-foot home maximizes livable space

Could the ‘13 Square Metre House’ accommodate everything you need?<p>Remember this 13-square-meter house that was on exhibit at the London Design Festival last year? It has now come to rest at its intended home, a tiny, single-story structure in North London that was once a mini-cab office building, …

Young carpenter builds cost-effective timber cabin for his first home

When a young carpenter with a modest budget wanted to build his first home, he turned to Atelier l’Abri for help with the design. The Montreal-based …

25 Profound Quotes From The Dalai Lama That Will Make You Rethink Love, Life and Happiness

The spiritual leader of Tibet and widely seen as the human embodiment of peace and love, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama is a powerful example to …

Remote House is a sustainable modular home that can be anchored anywhere in the world

Located 100 miles away from Chile's capital Santiago sits Casa Remota (Remote House), a beautiful prefab residence that can be constructed in hours …

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