FSC Reclaimed Teak by IndoTeak Design

Monday, May 2nd, 2011 - Exterior Design

California-based IndoTeak Design has what it calls “the greenest teak products on the market.“  Its FSC-certified, post-consumer, recycled teak products — flooring, paneling, siding, and decking — come from Indonesian structures up to 300 years old.  IndoTeak also offers a unique, patchwork-painted Balinese boat wood,...

Near NZE Morning Sun Home in Oregon

Sunday, May 1st, 2011 - Exterior Design

This is Morning Sun, a near net-zero energy home completed at the end of December 2009 for owners Doug and Emily Boleyn.  The high-performance abode — designed by Matthew Daby of m.o. daby design llc and built by Cellar Ridge Custom Homes — received LEED...

Super-Efficient ADU Complete in Portland

Sunday, May 1st, 2011 - Exterior Design

The accessory dwelling unit (ADU) market is alive and well in the Concordia neighborhood of Portland, Oregon.  People like these tiny structures — sometimes referred to as backyard cottages, granny flats, or laneway houses — because they can be leased out or used to accommodate...

Fuel-Free Yard Work with EcoMower

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Exterior Design

You can do one of two things with a grass lawn.  First, you can get rid of it and save water and fuel.  Or, second, you can minimize the lawn surface and avoid fuels when maintaining it.  If the latter is your approach, this new...

SLI Prefab System for Modern Mid Rises

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Exterior Design

This is a prototype apartment unit built using what is likely the only fabrication system on the market that can be scaled to construct mid-rise buildings.  The system is called Sustainable Living Innovations, or SLI, and it was developed during the downturn of the last...

The Steward of Our Forests [Video]

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Exterior Design

Every FSC product and building material has a tracking number that points to the source of the wood or paper.  It shows, as explained in this personal story by Franke James, “Who Cares About the Forest.“  If you’re in charge of purchasing wood products, you...

GE Unveils New Cyclopentane Fridges

Saturday, April 30th, 2011 - Exterior Design

GE just announced a big improvement in what it uses to make 16-, 17-, and 18-cubic-foot top-freezer refrigerators in Decatur, Alabama.  After retrofitting its existing plant (to keep jobs in the states), GE swapped out HFC-134a as a foam-blowing agent in favor of using cyclopentane,...

Mendoza Lane House – First Design to Reinstate Garage with Laneway House

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 - Exterior Design
Best Design News 05 Mendoza Lane House – First Design to Reinstate Garage with Laneway House Exterior Design SIP Mendoza Lane House Lanefab Lanefab BC

In the year 2009, Vancouver made an attempt to augment the density in single family regions by permitting the homeowners to reinstate their garage areas with laneway houses. With this new requirement, people initiated the work of constructing laneway houses and Mendoza Lane House was...

City Center Penthouse – A Unique Architectural Delight

Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Exterior Design

The best way to judge the taste of a homeowner is to explore the architecture and interiors of their house. Well, despite of how true is this statement, one thing is for sure, interiors always reflect your style. This time, I have brought to you...

Ubon House – Beautiful Villa In Ubon Ratchathani

Monday, April 25th, 2011 - Exterior Design
Best Design News 05 Ubon House – Beautiful Villa In Ubon Ratchathani Exterior Design Villa Ubon House Ubon Thailand Ratchathani Pitupong Chaowakul Moon River House Beautiful

This time I have brought to you a wonderful architectural delight that has been particularly designed to accommodate a modern and personal lifestyle of a young couple. The entire structure has been planned in a way that it allows the couple to create a balance...