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Z-Glass Cost to Build Estimated Material Costs: $26,000 (370 sq ft) Want to know how much it will cost to have a contractor build it for you? Visit and follow these instructions. General notes about construction costs:Costs for materials are almost the same in different regions but labor costs will vary greatly depending on where you live. Foundation The house plans come with a post and pier foundation. Utilities and appliances The kitchen includes a dishwasher, full size range with oven, and built in microwave. Can I install air conditioning? What type of fireplace does the house have? Download Free Study Plans Download the study plans for free. Z-Glass Construction Plans include 13 total pages: Floor Plans Detailed floor plans include pertinent dimensions for walls, windows, rooms and door openings. Exterior Elevations These plans include 4 elevation drawings showing the front, back and both sides. Foundation Plan A perimeter foundation plan is included as well with floor joists.

MDU (Mobile Dwelling Unit) - LOT-EK Architecture & Design MDU (Mobile Dwelling Unit) Client: University Art Museum, UCSB Building Type: Mobile Dwelling Size: 500SF Completed: 2003 Structural Consultant: Giulia Viggiani Photography: Courtesy of the Walker Art Center Exhibited at: Whitney museum of American Art, New York, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, University Art Museum, UCSB One shipping container is transformed into a Mobile Dwelling Unit. Cuts in the metal walls of the container generate extruded sub-volumes, each encapsulating one living, working or storage function.

Treehouse / RPA Architects: RPA Location: Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, CA, USA Project Area: 16 sqm Project Year: 2009 Photographs: Eric Staudenmaier Located on a high eastern-facing ridge with views downtown Los Angeles in the distance, the Banyan Treehouse is a diminutive art studio and sanctuary. Perched atop steel pylons that abstractly emulate natural branches, the project is not literally a tree house but rather a modern interpretation of one. Every surface of the tree house is appointed with wood, creating an unparalleled level of warmth. Serving both as a studio and as guest accommodation, the tree house is completely self-sufficient with a water closet, fireplace, refrigerator, daybed, and television.

This Tiny House newsletter 02: MDU LOT-EK is the New York based studio of Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano. LOT-EK’s Mobile Dwelling Unit (MDU) began as an experimental design project in 1999. A constructed version features in a current traveling exhibition LOT-EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit which was organized by the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in conjunction with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. MDU is a 40ft shipping container that has been modified into a relocatable dwelling. The plan below shows the layout of the slide-out sub-volumes: (the thumbnail images click through to larger versions) LOT-EK also envisage MDU harbors, located in major cities, that can hold large quantities of racked MDU’s plugged into infrastructure services (plumbing, data etc). Slide show: Further images of the MDU are available as a slide show (a new window will open). Share your thoughts on the MDU in the fabchat discussion area - you'll see a thread in the ContainerBay forum

Tree House / Robert Potokar and Janez Brežnik The Tree House, designed by Robert Potokar of Robert Potokar Architecture Office and co-designer Janez Brežnik, is a wooden play structure that is elevated without requiring nearby trees to support its weight. The concept, originally designed in February 2008 as since been realized three times. More on this project after the break. The freestanding, self-supporting house-by-a-tree is a playhouse designed with contemporary design principles, deviating from precedents that model real houses or garden sheds. The house is made of spruce spruce plywood, protected on the exterior by a colourless nano-varnish. The furnishings are minimal and simply constructed from dowel pins that allowed children to participate in the making of their playhouse. © Andraž Kavčič, Robert Potokar, Robert Marčun plan and sections

Teahouse / A1 Architects Architects: David Maštálka / A1 Architects Location: Prague, Czech Republic Client: David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová Project year: 2008 (35 days) Contractor: Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic) Collaborators: Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka Dome construction: Jan Bašta Opponency of Diploma Project: Terunobu Fujimori , University of Tokyo Interpreting: Petr Holý, Director of Czech Center in Tokyo Surface Area: 3,75 sqm Construction Area: 7 sqm Photographs: Ester Havlová The Garden At the foot of the hill dividing Hloubetin and Aloisov you’ll find a small garden. The teahouse as a minimal place to gather The Teahouse as a typological kind follows the Japanese tradition of minimizing space and is intended as place the meet with guest at a cup of tea. Natural material The inner walls are constituted on one side by a view of the garden and on the other a clay parget. Minimal place to gather The Teahouse serves as a place for gathering with guests.

This Woman's Friends Thought She Was Insane, But She's Proving Them Wrong Every Day Posted Apr 25, by Christen Grumstrup This is Dee Williams home It is only 86 sq. ft. Her heart condition opened her eyes to the positives of living a smaller and more simple life She doesn't have many materialistic things anymore... But she doesn't need them She wrote a book called, The Big Tiny Which talks about her life in her small home and her decision to downsize Now, she helps work with Portland Alternative Dwellings A company that helps build small homes for others She doesn't know if she will live like this forever, but for now, it's all she needs! Single Hauz Single Hauz – swoisty mały manifest, to eksperymentalna propozycja domu/schronienia dla młodego/starego człowieka dzisiejszych czasów Świata Zachodu. Podstawowa komórka społeczna jaką nazywany jest związek małżeński dziś przestaje być jedynym modelem życia, przynajmniej na pewnym jego etapie. Single Hauz jako wolnostojąca jednostka mieszkalna przeznaczona dla 1 osoby wypełnia pewną próżnię na tym polu: brak takich propozycji dla tzw. Single Hauz, który po trosze jest latarnią, mostkiem kapitańskim, po trosze punktem widokowym i bezpiecznym schronieniem jest więc uniesiony w górę. W poszukiwaniu [ straconego] miejsca. Na przełomie XV i XVI wieku na dworach Europy Zachodniej dyskutowano o nowych drogach transportu do Indii. Trzeba więc, by realizować NOWE uwzględniające nowe potrzeby, nieustannie nasze władze oświecać i edukować. Hedonizm czy ewolucja? Dane techniczne: trzon stalowy oparty na stopie żelbetowej wspiera szkielet stalowy obudowany boazerią zewnętrzną.

Treehouse / Baumraum Check out this cool treehouse nestled into Maple trees near the Hudson River in New York designed by German-based Baumraum. Far from a child’s treehouse, this residence provides simple interiors with a touch of elegance. Constructed for a family with two children, the treehouse serves as an outlet for relaxation and is connected to their main residence via a slender wooden catwalk. More images and more about the treehouse after the break. While the residence looks to be suspended in midair, it is actually perched atop a wall of rocks and then extends off the cliff. The oak tree carries the weight of the terrace with heavy-duty straps and steel ropes. In the evening, the lighted room illuminates the tree tops. As seen on Tiny House Design.

Movement Seattle Tiny Homes Movement Welcome to the tiny house movement. Tiny House Resources The current tiny house movement in the United States began with Jay Shafer. Living small means you live simply. Living small means you live inexpensively. Living small reduces your environmental impact. Today the tiny house movement is represented by the Small House Society, of which Seattle Tiny Homes is a member. Update since this interview on KIRO radio: Seattle Tiny Homes is now licensed as an RV manufacturer and dealer. What are you looking for? Stay in contact. Subscribe to Seattle Tiny Homes' blog: Delivered by FeedBurner Independent living, anywhere. Very little land is needed for your portable tiny home, giving you ultimate flexibility. Backyard office or studio. Do you work at home and the spare bedroom doesn’t give you enough privacy? Extra space when you need it. Put a tiny home in the backyard for an aging relative, college student/young adult who needs a place to call their own, or as a guest suite.

Products / Modern Birdhouses / Modern Birdhouses™ Wieler is proud to present our Modern Birdhouses™, designed by architect Dail Dixon. The birdhouses are handmade from oil-finished teak, with stainless steel screws and sandblasted aluminum roofs. Modern Birdhouses'™ Case Study Masters Series honors the architectural pioneers who participated in the Case Study Houses Program. Our birdhouses - named after Case Study participants J.R. Davidson, Richard Neutra, and Ralph Rapson - feature simple lines, modern detailing, and durable materials. The birdhouses ship pre-assembled, except for the mounting bracket, which can be attached with two provided stainless steel screws and a standard Philips screwdriver.

The Crib is a Tiny Enviresponsible Shelter A while back, I mentioned The Crib, an “enviresponsible shelter” by Broadhurst Architects that can be used as a weekend cabin, backyard office, exercise studio, or guest house — you name it. Well it’s time for a short update from our last article, if you haven’t already noticed, that a 250 square-foot Crib was built on the grounds of the Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. It’s being used as a visual arts studio, a lab, and a gallery and is open to visitors during certain events and various other times. The Crib is built as a kit of parts with SIPs (R32 walls and floor) and other recyclable parts from steel and aluminum. The prototype home also has multi-layer polycarbonate panels, insulated glass, heat-treated poplar siding, LED and CFL lighting, an energy-efficient ceiling fan, and rainwater collection for showers and gardening. In process construction photos are available on The Crib’s Facebook page. The design allows for reuse by dismantling and reassembling The Crib elsewhere.

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