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Prefab Australian home produces more energy than it uses

Designed to capture and maximize the flows of sunlight, water and air, this prefabricated home feels modern, light and spacious.


Mini-Metropolis: Charting the Construction of NYC's First Modular Micro-Apartments

It’s no secret that rental prices in New York are amongst the highest in the world: Trying to find an affordable place to call home can feel like you are forever walking in the shoes of Ryan Nethery, creator of infamous Tumblr The Worst Room.

Now, local firm nArchitects have arrived with a …

New York

Australias first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Fronted by a floor-to-ceiling double-glazed facade, the self-sufficient Carbon Positive House was designed to maximize solar gain and passive design …

Green Living

These Tiny Homes Can Be Built in a Day

Get in on the small space movement — without the wait.

As popular as it may seem, tiny house living is simply not for everyone. But for those who are brave enough to ditch the extra square footage and downsize, there's a new, appealing option on the market.

Designed by the Dutch architecture firm …


5 Tiny Home Offices

A desk and a chair can fit almost anywhere. These spaces carve out home offices in petite and sometimes unexpected places.


Mini House : Modular Structured House with Modern Scandinavian Design

Mini House is a simple building that takes only 15 square meters to provide you with all your basic living needs. It functions as a weekend resort or …


One Bedroom Became Three in This Space-Efficient San Francisco Renovation

Architect Karen Curtiss of Red Dot Studio transformed a one-bedroom into a three-bedroom without increasing space.

Architect Karen Curtiss’s clients gave her only one mandate concerning the renovation of their early 20th-century cottage in San Francisco: convert the one-bedroom into a three-bedroom. …

San Francisco

8 Clever Uses of Curtains

The right window dressing can turn virtually any room into a beautiful space. Here are some examples of deftly deployed drapes and curtains.

New York

7 Super Cool Tiny Houses Revolutionizing Micro-Living

Finally, "small is beautiful" is having its moment...

Shipping Container-Inspired House Idea

German architect Han Slawik created his Homebox design based on the shipping container building model, taking into consideration the ease of …


This little Australian Passive House pushes a lot of buttons


Leaf 3 is a tiny house designed for seriously cold climates

It takes a lot of clever design and cutting edge tech to survive at -40°. Here's how Laird Herbert does it.


Hardscaping 101: Cold Frames

Winter gardeners, take note. You don't need a grand greenhouse to garden year round. A cold frame—which is essentially a warming hut for seeds and seedlings—can fend off frost to extend your growing season through the iciest months. Easy, economical, and space efficient, a cold frame deserves space …


Most Popular Homes of 2014: Green

To celebrate 2014, we're rounding up the homes that were most popular on this year. Take a look at readers' favorite green residences, from an off-the-grid cabin near the Ozarks to an efficient home in Chicago.

A Prefabricated Fortress of Solitude, Courtesy Danish Luxury Trashcan Manufacturers Vipp

Life in a can is not supposed to be a good thing ... but that notion doesn’t seem so bad if said "can" was built by the luxury trashcan manufacturers at Vipp. This month, the Danish brand unveiled Shelter, which at 590 square feet is its biggest can to date.

To be fair, Shelter is not actually a can …


Beautiful Houses: Fujigaoka M

Today we will show you the minimalistic Fujigaoka M apartment in Fujigaoka, Japan, a project by Sinato. The architects made a renovation of a unit in …


Watch a 70-Year-Old Prefab House Unpacked and Rebuilt Over 48 Hours

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When French architect Jean Prouvé—the grandaddy of prefab—built his prototype homes in the 1930s and 40s, he intended …

Prefab Tiny House with Steel Lattice Structure, Assembles in 3 Hours

We obviously spend countless hours here at Decoist drooling over the latest renovation projects, amazing villas and expansive homes and design …


5 Awesome Off-The-Grid Shipping Container Homes

Shipping container architecture is a great way to build a sustainable home, but many architects and homeowners are also going a step further, and …

OTIS tiny house offers a new take on the American Dream

Students at Vermont's Green Mountain College Renewable Energy and Ecological Design class have produced an off-grid, pod-shaped, tiny house that's …

31 Tiny House Hacks To Maximize Your Space

Just because your house is small doesn’t mean you can’t live large.

Keep your window-to-wall ratio high.

Large panes of glass really open up this 136 sq ft DIY Colorado Mountain Home. Bonus: Tucked under the built in desk are two stools that double as storage.

Install floor to ceiling bookshelves.

Tiny …


Houses move off grid, into mainstream

Thousands of super-efficient houses that generate all the power they use are underway in Colorado, a proliferation that promises to make the net-zero …


How a New York Couple Lives in 242 Square Feet

Think your home is cramped? This New York couple lives together in an apartment that measures a mere 242 square feet. Here's how they make it work.

New York

Ultra-Minimalist White House On A Narrow Lot

Japanese designers are famous for their talent to mix functionality and cool design because rationality is in their philosophy and lifestyle. …


12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

Growing in popularity over the last decade, tiny houses are popping up around the country as more people decide to downsize their lives. While the structures often measure less than 300 square feet, the tiny house movement is't necessarily about sacrifice. With thoughtful, innovative designs, some …


Moving Shelves Enable "Infinite Homes" Within A Tiny Studio

Multi-purpose to the max.

With the right design, even the smallest studio apartment can feel spacious. A new studio developed by Madrid-based PKMN Architectures can be configured different ways to create rooms within the room, making a tiny apartment feel like a house. It uses a system of moving …


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