Monthly Archives: February 2013

Energy Independence and the Micro Cabin

New Off-the-Grid Plans

As the price of gas — not to mention electricity, heating oil, and other energy resources and building materials — continues to rise, it’s important to keep on the lookout for creative alternatives, especially when it comes to building a new home or vacation cabin. Enter Mark Iacocca of Off Grid Shelters, a designer/builder and LEED-certified professional whose tiny, innovative, off-the-grid cabins — he

calls them “recreational shelters” — are the latest additions to our collection. Here’s his Desert Shelters Plan  556-1. The exterior walls are constructed from Continue reading

Context and Compatibility

Hiding in Plain Sight

The new icomfort Wi-Fi™ thermostat from Lennox is very cool — figuratively speaking. Designed like an i-Pad (hence the i in front of comfort, natch), it lets

you set your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world with a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It shows how much energy your home is using and even doubles as a weather station. And there is, to my mind, an even cooler Continue reading

Wow Factors at Home in Las Vegas

Run of House

You expect to see extremes in Las Vegas, and the latest New American Home did not disappoint. Call it an architectural flash flood with almost 7,000 sq. ft. of

contemporary razzle dazzle: the home as floor show. There is the system of indoor-outdoor infinity edge pools with a swim-up bar/barbecue-kitchen (near Continue reading

Sliding Glass Doors and Other Openings

Long Division

A quiet revolution has been taking place in the world of the sliding glass door. The first examples were usually custom-designed and became key features of modern houses, capturing the new machine age spirit of the early 20th century. One of the most famous examples is the large moveable window wall connecting

the living room to the terrace at the Villa Savoye near Paris by le Corbusier, of 1931  — you can see how one panel has slid partly to the left past the round  Continue reading