Green Living: Homes Made of Innovative Materials

When it comes to green living and innovative designs, these homes are like no other. Ready to hear about some amazing homes that you probably wouldn’t mind having? If you are in the process of building or remodeling, you might wanna take some notes, as these homes take the term “greenovate” to a whole new level.  Read on….

SHIPPING CONTAINER HOUSE

ShippingContainerHousehttp://tomecekstudio.com/work/dwellings/shipping-container-house/

Located in Nederland, Colorado, this house is made with two shipping containers.  Can’t tell, huh?  Eco-friendly strategies in creating this sweet far-from-the-norm house on a hill (literally) includes the use of recyclable materials, solar paneled roofs, and photovoltaics for electricity. One container holds two bedrooms and bathrooms, and the other container holds a kitchen. The center space between the containers is used for entry, dining and living room.  Total living space is over 1500 sq. ft!

POP-UP HOUSE

PopUpHousehttp://www.popup-house.com/

Have a knack for building legos? You would absolutely love this pop-up house concept!  Available in France and built in just four days, a pop-up house is assembled using insulated blocks separated by wooden boards, tightened by long screws.  The modular capabilities allow for changes in layout, shapes and extensions.   Considered a passive house, the pop-up house has low energy consumption, while capturing maximum solar energy.  Wood is composed of Laminate Veneer Lumber (LVL), which is resistant to fire and earthquakes.

HEMPCRETE HOUSE

Hempcrete2http://inhabitat.com

When you think of hemp, you don’t immediately think “I’m going to built my house with that!” When you hear concrete, then yes, of course, maybe. So hemp + concrete = hempcrete. Hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp mixed with lime-based binder. Hempcrete is making its way as a sustainable resource for housing and construction. It is strong, lightweight, breathable, and mold-resistant. Hempcrete is 3x more resistant to earthquakes than concrete. Over time, the material hardens and can last for hundreds of years. Hempcrete is a renewable resource and can be reused either as a building material or back to the soil as a fertilizer.  America’s first hempcrete house was built in Asheville, NC in 2010 (pictured), and has since made a green statement in encouraging the use of hempcrete in residential and commercial use.

WATERNEST 100

WaterNest-100-02http://www.ecoflolife.com/habitat/

Eco-House of the future!  Designed by Italian Architect Giancarlo Zema for EcoFloLige, he got his inspiration from the aquatic nests of water birds, believing that we, too can live with a “floating experience in a natural habitat”.  Made of 98% recyclable materials and energy saving techniques, the Waternest 100 is constructed of recycled aluminum hull and recycled timber, powered by solar panels.  It is designed to be positioned along sea areas with calm waters, lakes, bay, rivers, etc. Since the earth’s water levels are increasing, we might just have to adapt.

ZEROHOUSE

ZeroHouse

http://zerohouse.net/

The Zerohouse is a prefabricated house that can be easily shipped and built, featuring a full kitchen, bath and two bedrooms. It is climate-controlled and has the ability to be operated independently, collecting solar power for energy. The Zerohouse can also store up to one week’s worth of energy usage. It gathers rainwater in an elevated reservoir and waste disposal connection is unnecessary as waste is processed into dry compost below the house. Master controls are wired to a central computer, so everything in the house is automatic. If you’ve always wanted to live in the desert or in the middle of nowhere, then the ZeroHouse is the perfect option for remote living, especially if you’re thinking of living far, far away from civilization.

 

How to Dress Up Your Bed

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There is so much more to your bed than just being a place to relax and sleep in. Since you spend about one-third of the day in bed, it should be an intimate and beautiful sanctuary where you can unwind and rejuvenate after a long day. In addition, beautiful bedding enhances your sleep as well as your mood. The challenge is creating enticing, much envied looks that you see in magazines, Pinterest and showroom floors.

Here are some tips to help you create your dream bed…

LAYERED COMFORT

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Dressing up your bed is all about layers. However, your bed should be a balance between fashionable and cozy. Choose a great base for your bed by buying the best mattress you can afford. If not, you can update an old mattress by adding pillow toppers or a feather bed to make it feel like new.

THE SHEET SET

dkny-modern-rose-sheet-set-white-800x533 Sheets can be easily changed at any time, so have fun with this. The sheet set generally includes pillowcases, a fitted sheet and flat sheet. You can choose solid colors, or coordinating patterns with the rest of your bedding.

ALL COVERED UP

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There are several options for bed covers. One thing to keep in mind when selecting your bed cover is the type of sleeper you are and the weather if it makes a difference. Summer months in Hawaii gets very, very hot! A quilt can be used as a bed cover, or an additional layer for warmth. It is made with three layers with a middle layer being thin cotton lining. Quilts are usually designed and sewn together with many pieces of cloth, although modern quilts can be solid colors. A coverlet, or comforter, is large enough to cover the whole mattress, sometimes hanging low enough to cover the boxspring and bedframe. It also has three layers- a woven top, a layer filled of material including polyester batting down feathers, wool or silk, and a final backing. A duvet cover is constructed shorter than a coverlet. It is designed for smaller mattresses (European), or for platform beds. It is like a giant pillow case as you can fill it with cushion in cooler months. If you wanted to, you can use it entirely as a single covering for your bed. If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, you can create your own duvet by stitching two different fabrics back to back!

PILLOW TALK

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Image Courtesy of modpiecesblog.com

Selecting the right bed pillows is very important as it gives that luxury of making a bed much more inviting.  They serve a functional purpose and make fabulous accent pieces. The pillows do the most talking, telling you to come on over!

Is there a science behind arranging pillows for aesthetic purposes?  See the visual below created by Marissa Waddell Interiors for ideas on how to arrange your pillows:

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Rule of thumb in pillow sizes is from back to front it should be biggest to smallest. Vary the sizes of the decorative pillows in sizes, colors and textures, while keeping the overall look from getting too busy. Highlight the decorative pillows either by choosing a different color/texture from the sheet set, or pull colors from around the room to create a cohesive look, but at the same time giving them a decorative purpose.

COLOR STORY & PATTERN PLAY

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Play up the color schemes with bright colors and patterns either for a casual or boho look. For a fluffy, I’m-sleeping-in-the clouds feel, go with all white in various textures.  You can also offset this with a highly patterned coverlet for an artistic feel. For a modern room choose color palettes in shades of grays and whites, with strong accents of color such as red and violet.  Textured decorative pillows (neckrolls, bolster and boudoir) can bring a bit of whimsy.  Think faux fur, embroideries, appliques, burlap, etc.  Pops of color and texture on your bed add layers and personality to a sleek and monotonous room.

FINISHING TOUCHES

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For a final touch, add a throw to your bed spread. You can simply fold the throw blanket, just lay it over your bed or drape the throw on the bottom corner.

Another thing to remember is to dress up your bed like you would dress yourself!  Let it be an expression of you!