Concept and design

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

Taking advantage of lanes in the middle of city blocks to increase housing density is but one step Vancouver has taken towards ensuring sustainable urban living. Ths is the first of two stories about the city's green initiatives. Vancouver has been fighting the good fight in a battle against urban sprawl that arguably…

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house

The Fincube tiny house is off-grid, portable and enjoys a 360 degree view of the world. The Fincube is a pre-fab multi-purpose dwelling, it's built to operate off-grid, it's portable, and it's beautiful. It's also made in Italy so would hardly be a "green" choice for a North American dweller, but one can't help but be…

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

On September 10, 2012, Naikoon Contracting Ltd. officially broke ground on the "Midori Uchi", launching the construction of what they hope will be the greenest home in the country. Naikoon Contracting Ltd. is embarking on a new residential project that's expected to achieve some of the highest green residential constr…

The Hemloft, Joel Allen's secret treehouse near Whistler, BC
Tiny house

This Cool treehouse near Whistler, BC became a global sensation because it used recycled materials off Craigslist!

With free materials found on Craigslist, Joel Allen built his treehouse, The Hemloft, hidden in plain sight on Crown land. Now that he's shared it with the world, it's going to be hard for him to keep it to himself. Definitely one of the coolest pioneers of the Tiny House Movement in BC Canada, the Hemloft Treehouse i…

Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

Despite being portable, it's almost impossible to think of this traditional looking tiny house as an RV.   Inspired by the Tiny House Movement, Chris and Malissa Tack designed a 140 Square foot home that sits on a 7’ x 20’ trailer bed. This traditional looking home with gable roof and dormers just happens to be mobile…

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

With a southern orientation and well placed windows, passive solar homes can potentially reduce heating requirements by an easy 25% without adding any cost by designing around a good Passive Solar Index score. Homes heated by the sun's free heat! Passive Solar Houses are aptly named because there are no wires, panels…

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

Seeking to balance function, efficiency & budget is not an easy task; but this was the brief provided for the Warburg house. The question posed by the client was simple: could a contemporary & energy-efficient home be built for less than $100,000? Yes. On a wooded Canadian farmstead in rural Alberta, the new house rep…

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

A well-constructed home will stand long enough to see many families come and go in its lifetime, and they won't all have the same needs. When drawing floor plans, flexible design can make future changes easier. Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, the…

A Tiny House for sale locally set me thinking, should I buy a Tiny Home?
Tiny house

ARE TINY HOUSES FOR SALE LOCALLY A GOOD CHOICE FOR A FIRST HOME?

Tiny House, Big Living, Tiny House Hunters & Tiny House Nation are all big on the affordability of the Tiny home lifestyle - But is that the whole Story? An investigation into buying a Tiny Home on wheels. To buy, or not to buy, a tiny house on wheels? That is the question... I’ve recently been looking at Tiny Homes…