Wednesday, February 29

A Green Prefab House by Nexterra

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Check out this stunning house, it is one of four prefab, contemporary dwellings developed by Nexterra Green Homes in Toronto and  designed by architect Ray Kappe. The house takes just 3 days to install on site!

The LivingHome boasts of 2132 square feet of open plan living space in addition to over 1000 square feet of basement, 1000 square feet of exterior multi-level decking and a two-car garage. A glass enclosed stair tower floods the house with light and reduces the need for artificial lighting. Responsible finishes are used throughout including locally manufactured, products such as recycled quartz counter tops, low emitting carpets, and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood for flooring.

Water-wise design is achieved through low flow, high efficiency and high-end plumbing fixtures, an on-demand hot water heating system, a rainwater catchment system and grey water ready considerations. The tight building envelope system features brick, FSC certified siding and a fiber cement composite rain-screen to keep moisture away from house. Topping it off is the green roof for reduced energy consumption and beautification.

Nexterra is seeking the LEED platinum certification for the houses in this project, which is the highest possible designation awarded by the United States Green Building Council and also available here in Canada from the Canada Green Building Council.

All images via Nexterra Green Homes, see more pictures of the house here. 

Monday, February 13

Madrona House in Seattle

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It is a horrible Monday again and I am sitting tired and bleary eyed on my desk. To add to my misery it is freezing cold and windy. The snow is melting to form muddy slush and I have reached the office skidding, slipping and risking my life on black-iced sidewalks. Understandably my mood is on the lowest possible setting and clearly I am in desperate need of some Vitamin D. Let's seek out some bright light filled spaces before I bore you with more melodrama!

This house with interiors designed by Seattle based Robin Chell Design provides the perfect antidote. It even has a cheery Mediterranean sounding name - Madrona, which conjures up images of beaches, verandahs, coconut trees and sun dresses. 

Designed by Bennet Lavacot Architects, this modern 3400-square foot home overlooking Lake Washington was designed to maximize the expansive views and encourage the interplay between the indoors and outdoors. It has a lush  courtyard and makes use of natural and honest materials like exposed concrete, natural stone, blackened steel and sustainable hardwood

All images via Robin Chell Design.Visit their website here.
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