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3voOm.jpg (400×554) MOUNTAIN VILLAGE by ~truegarden on deviantART. Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home! Hello there!

Old Garage turned Mini Dream Home!

It’s been a busy week with a trip to Seattle for the Picasso exhibition and a drive out to the coast but I knew I had to share this amazing remodel with you before the week came to a close. Everyone loves good makeovers and the ones involving tiny spaces, creative design and ingenious solutions are my all time favorites! Check out how Seattle artist, designer and welder, Michelle de la Vega, created this beautiful little 250 sq. ft. haven… The before… This lonely little detached garage is just begging for some love. The after! A cozy, light filled sleeping loft is so perfect for the space. The kitchen is well organized and accessible with open storage solutions. The rustic wood burning stove becomes sculptural in this room along with Michelle’s own art installations. The glass boxes housing pillow forms are actually a tribute to Michelle’s father. Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private Home St Nicholas Church Home Renovation – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World.

Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private Home. Adaptive reuse projects generally call to mind industrial warehouses and factories turned into trendy studios, or shabby-chic restaurants and bars, but the transformation of the St.

Dilapidated 18th Century Church Transformed Into a Private Home

15 Unique and Creative Staircases. Stylish modern stairs and creative staircase designs from all over the world. Helical Stairs The gradual upward rotation if this staircase is extremely elegant and the user is almost unaware of the change in elevation. DIY Meditation Temple Built from Salvaged Materials. We could all use a peaceful escape from the bustle and stress of our daily lives, but not many of us have the luxury or time to hop on a plane and jet off to a secluded beach or private mountain cabin.

DIY Meditation Temple Built from Salvaged Materials

But what if we told you that a similar place existed in your own backyard for a mere one-time cost of $28? Created by Aaron Westgate, this relaxing Meditation Temple is a pile of salvaged materials transformed into a beautiful retreat for quietude and contemplation. The one-person Meditation Temple is an exploration in micro-architecture and material re-use. Photoblog - Chinese worker builds "egg" house to beat high cost of living. By Rich Shulman This clever "green" mobile home solves several problems at once: Dai Haifei has eliminated his commute, cut energy costs by going solar, and eliminated his rent payment.

Photoblog - Chinese worker builds "egg" house to beat high cost of living

The only problem? No toilet. Full story. AFP - Getty Images Dai Haifei, 24, from China's Hunan province, looks out from his egg-shaped mobile house where he has been living for the last two months, located near his office in Beijing on Dec. 1, 2010. Tiny houses & small dwellings of every shape and size. Waterfall House. The Houses That PET Built. Eco-minded architects and designers are making treasure out of trash by recycling used PET bottles into beautiful, sustainable, buildings. One of the wonderful things about being recycle-minded is that every piece of trash is an opportunity to recreate something wonderful. At least, that’s the way I felt when I saw testaments to the miracle of recycling — houses, cisterns, furniture, bus stops and even entire schools — made from recycled PET plastic bottles.

Eco-tec , an award-winning Honduran company, has used recycled PET plastic bottles for construction of houses, water tanks, and even schools. Using some 8,000 PET recycled bottles, Eco-Tec created the “casa ecológica” or ecological house, as a means of providing sustainable construction methods and employment in Honduras. 70% of the structures built by Eco-Tec are made up of recycled PET bottles reclaimed from landfills and local clean-up projects. "Domestic waste can be transformed into useful stuff. Step into my backyard office pod. When I was young, I was fascinated by "Growing Pains" dad Jason Seaver’s work-at-home setup.

Step into my backyard office pod

I loved that in between appointments with patients in his home office, the good doctor could pop into the family kitchen and hang with Mike, Carol, Ben and the gang while mom Maggie was out working as a reporter. What could be better, right? Now, as an adult who primarily works from home with the exception of meetings, events, and occasional respite at a local coffee shop, the work-where-you-live concept that I found so novel in "Growing Pains" has, well, worn off a bit.

That's not to say I'm unhappy (and I certainly enjoy my current, zero-impact non-commute) but sometimes things get a touch claustrophobic. Best places in the U.S. to survive the apocalypse: Silohome. Interested in uplifting stories on the natural world, sustainable communities, simple food, and new thinking on how to live well?

Best places in the U.S. to survive the apocalypse: Silohome

Please enter a valid email address and try again! No thanks. The Abandoned Palace At 5 Beekman Street. Update 9/11/2013 – Been meaning to update for a while. 5 Beekman is NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR FILMING, EVENTS, OR ANY OTHER RENTAL PURPOSE due to ongoing construction. 5 Beekman Street has a secret.

The Abandoned Palace At 5 Beekman Street

You’ve probably passed it a million times in your travels through downtown Manhattan. Certainly anyone who has ever visited J&R Row or hit the Starbucks on the opposite corner for a post-Brooklyn-Bridge-walk bathroom break has noticed its twin towers, and perhaps wondered how much its wealthy tenants pay to live behind its beautiful brick and terra-cotta facade.

Design Drool: A Green House You'll Actually Want to Live In. Vitor Penha. Mental_floss Blog » 10 Notable Staircases. Staircases can be so much more than just a means of getting to the next floor. A staircase can be a work of art, a conversation piece, a place to meditate, or a historical marker. Floating on a Wall This floating staircase above by designer Jordi Vayreda looks dangerous, but the steps are made of steel welded to a thick beam inside the wall. The top of the wall can be used as a handrail for the upper half of the staircase. British inventor builds floating home from 120,000 plastic bottles. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 16:58 GMT, 13 October 2010 A British man has created an island home in the Caribbean - with 120,000 plastic bottles.

British inventor builds floating home from 120,000 plastic bottles

Richard 'Rishi' Sowar used the rubbish that would otherwise have been buried in landfill make Spiral Island II in a lagoon off Mexico's Caribbean coast. Filling fabric bags with the discarded bottles and then attaching them to pallets, the environmentalist's island has a house, beaches, two ponds and even a solar-powered waterfall. Take one soft drinks bottle ..: Richard 'Rishi' Sowar, pictured here holding a cat, with some of the bottles he used to build his Caribbean island. Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials. Good things come to those who wait – particularly in a work of uniquely detailed and highly curved architecture.

Lofted Forest Home: Organic Curves & Natural Materials

Nearly a decade in the making, this structure by Robert Harvey Oshatz is much like a tree house – lofted toward the top of the canopy around it – only bigger, grander, more complex and curved than most any tree house in the world. The perimeter of the structure is pushed out into the forest around it, curving in and out to create views as well as a sense of intimacy with the coniferous and deciduous tree cover. The wood and metal detailing is incredible in its variety and customization – each piece designed to fit a particular form and function. Wood and stone carry naturalistic themes from the outside in and even the metal looks naturally rusted.

The curved, organic mix of materials continues to the interior of this elevated forest home – a conceptual play on the fluidity and complexity of music (the source of inspiration for the architect and client in the design). Fascinating Underground Homes. Do You Want To Dream Different?

Do-It-Yourself Downsizing: How To Build A Tiny House. 20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses. Treehouses are more popular than ever, as play spaces for children but also as luxury hotel (and even house) designs for adults.

20 Tree House Pictures: Play-Club Plans to Big-Kid Houses

A former Cement Factory is now the workspace and residence of Ricardo Bofill. Image Courtesy of Ricardo Bofill Architect: Ricardo BofillProgram: Architectural offices /archives /model laboratory /exhibition space /Bofill's-apartment /guest rooms /gardensLocation: Barcelona, SpainTotal floor area: 3,100 square meters and gardensHouse area: 500 square metersDate Completed: 1975.