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America’s smallest apartment?: a 78-square-foot live-in closet

By Kirsten Dirksen
August 9, 2011
File under: Living Space, Remodeling Green, Saving Money

Luke Clark Tyler is in a serial relationship with tiny homes. His last New York City apartment was just 96 square feet. His current place is even smaller.

Luke now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio. It’s too narrow to fit a bed lengthwise, but using a bit of plywood and 2x4s he built his own custom bed/couch.

When it’s down as a bed the room is mostly bed and when it’s up as a couch he can prop his feet on the far wall. Luke admits to having a close relationship with the wall, but says it’s an excuse to not buy an ottoman. …read more of America’s smallest apartment?: a 78-square-foot live-in closet here

 
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Furniture Reinvented: The Bed is Dead

By Kirsten Dirksen
July 27, 2011
File under: Living Space, Remodeling Green

At a time when many of us – due to finances, the environment or increasing urbanization- are trying to put our homes on a diet, there’s one obvious place to cut: our bedrooms.

“The bed is dead”, says Ron Barth of Resource Furniture. To Barth, the idea of occupying a room just to house a bed is archaic. So he’s selling the alternative.

As we toured his showroom, Barth- in a move that evoked James Bond- lightly tapped a bookshelf it quickly swiveled to reveal a fold down bed. At another stop, he tapped a desk and up it popped (with the computer and desk stuff still upright) to reveal yet another fully-sprung bed. …read more of Furniture Reinvented: The Bed is Dead here

 
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LEGO Apartment Transforms 1 Room Into 5

By Kirsten Dirksen
May 16, 2011
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, Living Space, Remodeling Green, Saving Money

Christian Schallert’s tiny apartment morphs from kitchen to bedroom to living room to dining room all within a matter of minutes.

When he isn’t cooking, dressing, sleeping or eating, his 258-square-foot apartment looks like an empty cube. To create a room, he has to build it:

Lego KitchenKitchen: he clicks a spot on his vast wall of click-able furniture, and a spring-loaded door swings up to reveal an instant kitchen: double-burner, dishwasher, sink, countertop and microwave oven. The full-sized refrigerator and freezer click open just alongside.



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Bedroom: he rolls his bed out from under the balcony, his stairs become become bedside tables and he can even swing his tv out from the wall.






lego dining

Dining Room: he lowers a plank from the wall, his flower-stand becomes a support and his stairs become a bench.









Located in Barcelona’s hip Born district, the tiny apartment is a remodeled pigeon loft. Christian says its design was inspired by the space-saving furniture aboard boats, as well as the clean lines of a small Japanese home.

One of Christian’s friends has dubbed his apartment “G.I. Joe’s flat”. There is definitely more work involved in constructing and deconstructing your dining room/kitchen/bedroom every day or meal, but Christian likes it that way. He says it’s what helps keep him in shape.

Dig Mini-Homes? Take a look at handbuilt tiny homes built in America, a DIY home for less than $3,500 and a modern hobbit house.

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Is Danger Lurking in Your Living Room?

By Cameron Bard ecomii.com
October 7, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Remodeling Green

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Recent EPA studies have shown that air pollution inside homes can be a shocking two to five times higher than outdoor levels. But what kind of pollution are we talking about, and where is it coming from? Well, you might be standing, sitting, or looking at it right now.

The following guide will help you identify polluting agents lurking in your home and the best ways to avoid or take care of them. So get ready to clean up your home environment, while doing some favors for the planet at the same time. …read more of Is Danger Lurking in Your Living Room? here

 
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GreenBuild’s Top 5 Building Products for Commercial Buildings and Interiors

By Angelique LeDoux
December 8, 2009
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Design, Green Building Techniques, LEED Certification, Remodeling Green

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Windspire Vertical Wind Turbine

This years’ 2009 GreenBuild International Conference and Expo drew more than 27,000 architects, developers, and builders & innovators.

1,800 exhibitors showcased their wares, including sustainable materials such as recycled wood flooring; energy and water efficiency products including rainwater harvesting systems and vertical wind turbines, all for building greener, healthier homes, office buildings, schools and healthcare facilities. …read more of GreenBuild’s Top 5 Building Products for Commercial Buildings and Interiors here

 
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