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Eco Homes from the Earth: Cordwood. Wouldn’t it be nice to own your own green dream home, made with recycled and natural materials and packed with custom features?

Eco Homes from the Earth: Cordwood

Whether you’re an experienced builder or have never picked up a power tool in your life, you can build a natural eco-friendly home with user-friendly, low-cost materials like cob, cordwood, straw and the dirt and wood from your own land. These natural building techniques produce beautiful homes with a small ecological footprint and tons of personality. The Fibonacci Treehouse, Spain. World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016. Nice Architects have unveiled an eco-friendly pod that can set nearly anywhere in the world and provide you with sustainable electricity and water.

World’s first off-grid Ecocapsule home to hit the market this year, shipping in 2016

GARD Pro Not Registered. “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build A Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere. Having close friends is the best!

“Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build A Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere

They are the people you have fun with — the people you go on adventures with, turn to in tough times, and grow with throughout your life. Sometimes we have best friends from when we are very young, while other times we gain best friends very quickly later in life. Some friendships just click. The question is, if you could live close to your best friends all the time, would you? That’s what four couples who have been friends for over 20 years did in the middle of nowhere just outside Austin, Texas. After they purchased land along the Llano river in Texas, they initially thought of building one big house to share. Man Builds Beautiful Church Using Living Trees. Barry Cox is not only a devout Catholic, he’s also an amazingly talented artist and designer.

Man Builds Beautiful Church Using Living Trees

As a little boy, the New Zealand native served as an altar boy and even had dreamed of being the Pope one day. However, as he grew older, he found his calling in gardening. Barry started a gardening company, but wait until you the work that he does. This Guy Spent 4 Years Growing A Church From Trees. The enchantingly beautiful live-tree church in New Zealander Brian Cox’s backyard is already impressive enough, but it’s even more amazing when you learn that it took him only 4 years to create!

This Guy Spent 4 Years Growing A Church From Trees

Cox carefully selected from a wide variety of trees for his beautiful church. Some have stone-colored trunks, while, others, with sparse foliage, ensure that his church will always be illuminated by sunlight. His secret is that he owns a gardening company called Treelocations, which replants whole, live trees using enormous mechanized spades. This allowed him to plant live trees in any way he wanted, completing this church (and the iron frame supporting it) in only 4 years. Couple Lives Off The Grid After Spending 20-Years Building Self-Sustaining Floating Island. Living off of the grid doesn’t have to include sacrificing the good life, just take a look at Wayne Adams, 66, and Catherine King, 59.

Couple Lives Off The Grid After Spending 20-Years Building Self-Sustaining Floating Island

This awesome Canadian couple spent 20 years creating a floating masterpiece located off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Construction of the self-sustaining floating island paradise began in 1991. Since its completion the couple has enjoyed the good life on a completely different level. They call their home “Freedom Cove,” and enjoy all kinds of cool amenities like an art gallery, dance floor, guest lighthouse, 5 greenhouses and a studio where the couple lives. The couple does not have a fridge or freezer but they still eat very well. The vibrantly colored turquoise and magenta buildings stand out amongst the lush green foliage and blue pristine waters.

The entire masterpiece was powered by 14 solar panels, but after those broke down the couple switched to a small Honda generator. Green Homes Network. No More Ugly Solar Panels - Check This Out - Beautiful and Practical Solar Roofs - In the Garden. Love this – Beauty and Practicality capturing the energy of the sun to heat your home or combined with Soltech’s PV Cells giving you an electrical generating system.

No More Ugly Solar Panels - Check This Out - Beautiful and Practical Solar Roofs - In the Garden

These Glass Roof Tiles. This Tiny House Is Nice, But Watch What They Do With The Area Near The Bed: Astounding! There’s something very exhilarating about being immersed in a natural environment.

This Tiny House Is Nice, But Watch What They Do With The Area Near The Bed: Astounding!

Living in nature, without the distractions of technological applications or the frenzy that is brought on by paying excessive attention to the internet, can sometimes be the best thing. There’s nothing not to love about tiny homes. Especially homes that have a unique look or story behind them — a lot of the time, they can serve as the ultimate sanctuary for us. The Storytelling Roundhouse at Cae Mabon. Norwegian log cabin with green roof. Kindergarten Story Room, Norway. Weaving a home.. how one woman can help millions of people globally.

A sustainable tent that collects rainwater, folds up for easy transport and stores solar energy?

Weaving a home.. how one woman can help millions of people globally

Natural Building: Rediscovering the wonder of building with mud. As someone who has spent a good deal of time visiting various permaculture/back-to-the-land projects, I've seen a fair number of cob, straw bale and rammed earth homes and buildings.

Natural Building: Rediscovering the wonder of building with mud

From Ben Law's stunning woodland home to an endangered "hobbit house" in Wales, it seems like buildings created with these techniques are almost always exceptionally beautiful. But I confess that I have sometimes wondered whether natural building would always remain confined to the quirky "hippie" niche, in terms of the mainstream building industry. There are signs, however, that things may be changing. From ultra-efficient (and conventional looking!) Prefabs with straw bale insulation to Europe's largest rammed earth structure, there now appears to be a good deal of crossover between natural building techniques and at least some elements of the modern construction industry. Prefab Contemporary Log Studio.

Image: © Thomas Mayer There are not many building styles more traditional than the log cabin, so it is always refreshing to see a new idea take advantage of the humble tree trunk. It’s a bonus when the design boasts efficient prefab construction and contemporary finishes. Commissioned by the entertainer Hans Liberg and designed by Piet Hein Eek, this music studio has a hide-and-seek exterior and bright work-all-day interior.

Image: © Thomas Mayer. Low-energy, healthy homes: Europe's answer to shale gas? Simon Dale: How I built my hobbit house in Wales for just £3,000. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 01:26 GMT, 22 September 2011. Naturally built homes in their winter from Poland to Romania. This is a choom in the frozen marshlands of the Yamal Peninsula in northwest Siberia, Russia. The choom, home to the nomadic Nenet, uses reindeer hides wrapped around wooden poles. During periods of migration chooms are moved every other day. Choom sites are chosen based on pasture and ground quality with a water source nearby.

California builds first farm-to-table new home community. Urban farming is in the air and California is setting an example by creating the first American housing project of its kind with an urban farm built intentionally in the center of the community. The farm will be 7.4 acres and will include a teaching center for sustainable farming. Some 547 new homes have been built around the farm. Five Eco Villages Around The World.

Guédé Chantier, Senegal “In the 2000s, we felt our land was dying. We were not getting the yields we were expecting,” says Ousmane Pame, who grew up in Guédé Chantier, a village of 7,000 inhabitants in northern Senegal. In the 1970s Chinese agricultural advisers came to the rice-growing area and taught new methods that involved a lot of chemical fertiliser. GEN Global Ecovillage Network Europe: News Detail. Ecovillage Boekel is mentioned in a law! The Dutch government has a law to support innovative, sustainable projects by allowing them to experiment outside the rules of our regular laws. America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From the Air.

People’s Choice Architectural Design Contest. Into the wild: 12 secluded homes and structures built away from civilisation. Organic Art-itecture: Dream Home Inspiration From Mexico. Tiny Reclaimed Wood Cabins That Appear Plucked From the Pages of Dr. Seuss. The secret to an energy-efficient home? No, it's not solar - Business Of Life. Kevin McCloud: 'What I'd do about our terrible houses'

Haboakus. The Umbrella Home: A Simple Underground House Design. “Umbrella home” is a new and innovating concept that can help you build a sustainable home and save a lot of money in the cold season. The name makes reference to earth-sheltered homes that use a new technique, by placing an insulating “umbrella” on top of the house. The “umbrella” is hidden in the earth that stands for the roof of the house and insulates the soil that surrounds the building. 650 Sq. Ft. Prefab Timber Cabin.

Prefabricated homes are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, among them the relatively quick build time, the ecological advantages, and the flexibility they can provide across a range of budgets. Most of them can be installed in a day, cost less than any other home on the market and are welcoming and comfortable. The house has a wooden structure, which is well isolated and features a modern and airy interior. The beautiful large windows of the house contribute to the brightness of the interior and make it perfect for either a permanent residence or a holiday house.

Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France. Architect Patrick Nadeau designed his green-roofed Wave House (La Maison-vague) as one of 63 experimental houses being built near Reims in France. Straw Bale Gardening 101: An Introduction. A straw bale off-grid house near Madoc, Canada. Creating a Travelling Home. Open Source Building System.

Britain's first 'energy positive' house opens in Wales. 10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome! Natural homes built by inspirational women. Modular Building, Prefab Design, Green Design, Rainwater Catchment, Solar Cells, Solar Power, Wind Power. Straw Bale Houses: examples from Germany. Building a Celtic Roundhouse. Talented architect tackles the tiny house and comes up with a mini gem. Tiny oak playhouse with a green roof, step by step. Dome Homes Could Save Everyone From Hurricanes, Earthquakes And Flying Cars (PHOTOS) An adobe, straw bale and roundwood studio in Taos, NM, USA. EarthLoo - Home. Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes.

UKGBC: Green Infrastructure Increases Property Value, Reduces Building Maintenance Costs · Environmental Leader · Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News. From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. Houzz Tour: A Custom-Made Tiny House for Skiing and Hiking. From brick and mortar shops to city planning, we cover sustainable trends in construction, renovation, and more. His mansion is really nice, but the part I like the best is WAAAY out back. Dwelling with the spirit of freedom. How To Build An Off-Grid Solar Powered Mini Cabin From As Little As $2000. Tiny Wind & Solar Powered Home Lets You Live Off The Grid Anywhere In The World. Highest Good Housing: Earthbag. Sublime 134 sq. ft. tiny home is a Japanese "Tea House" One Community Pod 2 Details - Straw Bale Ecobuild and Construction.

He Quit His Job to Build a Dream Tree-House, You Won't Believe Your Eyes. Untitled. Architecture Firm to Watch: SOM. Cob Village - Open Source Cob and Rammed Earth Village. How new straw-bale homes could help solve the housing crisis -Low impact living info, training, products & services.