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Cairo ‘cargotecture’ company transforms shipping containers into homes. An Egyptian design duo has begun re-purposing old steel shipping containers, transforming them into living spaces, shops and restaurants in an effort to introduce residents of overcrowded Cairo to cheaper and more versatile properties.

Cairo ‘cargotecture’ company transforms shipping containers into homes

Qubix, a year-old company founded by Youssef Farag and Karim Rafla, delivered its first order in August after months spent testing different materials, techniques and insulation methods on a container in their back yard. “Many people think that you’re going to be in a metal box, and that you’ll sit there and suffocate … Egypt is hot enough! But no, that’s not true,” Farag told Reuters. The containers, he said, are fitted with insulation designed to keep the temperature inside at a balmy 25 degrees Celsius. The ‘Plug-in House’ costs $13,000 and takes one tool to build. A number of skylights help illuminate the home.

The ‘Plug-in House’ costs $13,000 and takes one tool to build

Picture: People’s Architecture Office / Gao Tianxia WHILE some of us might struggle to put together a flat pack bookshelf in less than five hours, there is a firm that claims you can build its tiny house with a single tool in less than a day. Takt pod is a reminder that small is beautiful. The musicality of a tiny 45-square-metre backyard granny flat in the Illawarra is a reminder this week that the creation of small and practical shouldn’t necessitate the sacrifice of big ambitions – and beauty.

Takt pod is a reminder that small is beautiful

Designed by Takt Studio for Architecture, at last count this delightful one-bedroom pod was working effortlessly as: a happy holiday home for grandparents, perfect kids sleep-over space, distraction-free homework centre, preferred snooze zone for the family moggie, stylish dinner party venue, cool party hangout, well-designed future rental accommodation, convenient overnight guests’ retreat – and “so much more”. All while humming quietly, beautifully, in the background of the sweet music of life.

The Brief Sam Gill and Katrina Henze’s original, comfortable single-storey 1950s cottage on a large(ish) block of land at Woonona happily accommodated the couple and two young daughters. Interior of The Pod by Takt Studio for Architecture. Build a granny flat for less than $10k. Building a granny flat could now take just hours and cost less than $10,000.

Build a granny flat for less than $10k

An Australian firm is taking quick-build prefabricated homes, originally intended for mining companies, and offering them to the public. Jackson Yin, director of iBuild Building Solutions, says his granny flats take just four hours to build. Home comforts: The buildings come with a number of options, including complete wiring and plumbing. Photo: Supplied “Normally flat pack houses are of low cost, but would take four to eight weeks to install on site,” Mr Yin said. Muji unveils three micro homes for weekend getaways.

Muji, the Japanese retail company renowned for its minimalist style, has taken simplistic design to a new level with the creation of three tiny homes designed for weekend getaways.

Muji unveils three micro homes for weekend getaways

The cult homewares company revealed three basic hut prototypes at Tokyo’s annual Design Touch event this month. Shipping Container House in Brisbane. Talk about a grand design.

Shipping Container House in Brisbane

This jaw-dropping Brisbane property, made out of 31 shipping containers, is a one-off bespoke design by experienced builder Todd Miller of Zeigler Build. The only other similar house in Australia has been built from five containers. Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, the spectacular home stands out in a quiet neighbourhood of more traditional Queensland properties.

Only 8 kms away from the Brisbane CBD, it feels like another world. Sprawling over three levels it features clean lines, open spaces and quality finishes. Glass maximises natural light and a mix of materials, including the signature containers, cleverly used to industrial chic effect. There are four bedrooms positioned over two levels. Outdoor spaces are spread throughout, maximising the tropical climate. You can now buy a whole house from Muji for $215,000. Japanese design giant Muji has moved from flogging homewares to selling homes.

You can now buy a whole house from Muji for $215,000

Starting from $US150,000 ($215,000), the design brand offers three flat-pack houses and they are just a minimalist as you’d expect. Luckily, this isn’t a do-it-yourself assembly job – the company will send professionals to do it for you. The designs, which first mooted last year, are now officially for sale on the Muji website. 3D-printed house built in just three hours in China's Xi'an. FeaturesReal Estate News This villa was erected from six modules in just three hours.

3D-printed house built in just three hours in China's Xi'an

It is claimed to be able to withstand earthquakes. Photo: cnwest via Sina English. This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000. Inside the converted shipping container.

This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000

Photo: Japhet Alvarez One man has really thought outside the box, by turning his home into one. This excellent shipping container home was built for less than $27,000. Smarthouse_amh_brochure. Construction systems. The combinations of materials used to build the main elements of our homes — roof, walls and floor — are referred to as construction systems.

Construction systems

They are many and varied, and each has advantages and disadvantages depending on climate, distance from source of supply, budget, maintenance requirements and desired style or appearance. The environmental performance of a construction system is determined by life cycle or ‘cradle to grave’ analysis of the impact of the individual materials used in it. Preliminary decisions about construction systems are often made during the early design stages of a project whereas analysis of their environmental performance often occurs later during the detailed specification stage (see Before you begin). Making decisions in this order can limit the range of achievable and cost effective environmental outcomes. Similar materials can have vastly different environmental impacts depending on where and how they are sourced. 15 fabulous prefabricated homes. 1. Harmony space by Kenjo Harmony by KENJO System AB, in Sweden, is built entirely from Swedish spruce, a local and renewable resource.

KLIK Australia - MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEM. Floorplan A Floorplan B Please note minimum order numbers apply, contact klik for more details. ABCB - CodeMark Certified Products. Why Monarch. MiiHome Now deliver first instant relocatable homes. When the Australian dollar dropped to an 11-month low against the US currency yesterday, Gold Coast manufacturer Mark Winfield was too busy rolling out a monumental deliver of "transformer-type" buildings to notice. PROJECT BUILDER vs CUSTOM BUILDER. Building a new home? Consider the PRO’s and CON’s of a Custom Builder vs Project Builder We have recently been approached by friend who had bought a block of land and was looking to build. They had visited several display homes and project builders but were becoming confused and as they put it, “getting lots of shock therapy” when they saw the quotes.

Monarch_Capability_Brochure(1).pdf. Active Building Systems. Distributed Energy Storage System (DESS) - Solar AustraliaSolar Australia. The Distributed Energy Storage System (DESS) is a type of Battery Energy Storage System created by Solar Australia. It is based on Lithium-Ion battery technology, comes with a 10-year battery warranty, is relatively compact and stores a significantly larger amount of energy than similarly-priced sealed lead acid batteries. Solar Australia DESS features: Six prefab homes shaping the future of construction as building revolution takes off.

15 fabulous prefabricated homes. 5 bedroom 3 bathroom Executive style kit homes. DIY Granny Flat kits from Nova Design Group (NSW & QLD) Construction systems. How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power My Home? Worried your house will look like a spaceship if you get solar panels? Don’t despair. Chances are, you won’t need as many panels as you think. The number you need depends on a few factors, such as your energy use and where you live. But just how many solar panels do you need to power your home?

Ask an expert The simplest way to find out how many solar panels you need is to ask an expert installer. Caravan parks and manufactured homes fact sheet. The Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 (the Act) applies to tenancy agreements for caravans, caravan sites, houseboats and rented manufactured homes. Manufactured homes which are occupied by their owners are covered by the Manufactured Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 which is administered by the Department of Housing and Public Works. Caravan parks and manufactured homes fact sheet.