With a minimum R value of 38, straw bale is always a great choice for at least one wall in a cold climate greenhouse.
Each year in the UK there is a Shed of the Year Contest.
Klinker or clinker bricks were overcooked rejects, a product of intense and smokey coal-fired kilns. They were considered a waste product until early Craftsman builders found their sculptural architectural merits.
Beautiful buildings but the thought of birds flying into the glass is dreadful, so all large panes of mirror should have a deterrent, like a hawk cut-out or strips of ribbon hanging in front. Nesting season would be a particularly problematic time.
No maintenance, long lasting, impenetrable poplar bark siding is a cradle to cradle siding option.
Bark Walls. Bark is waterproof and will not rot; its familiar surface is richly graphic.
Reclaimed corrugated metal is the most earth friendly option.
Architect-sculptor Savin is the son of self-taught organic architect Jacques Couëlle.
Recommissioning local silos is an eco-friendly housing option.
Salvaged wood paneling inspiration...
Reclaimed wood works well in bathrooms. Either as paneling, backspashes, vanity, flooring or ceiling.
If you do not have enough salvaged wood to build a cabin. Build a salvaged wood shed.
Old wood from barns, farmhouses, factories, even snow fence, is potential siding for a new home.
A rising sea level and hurricane-resistant design choice.
Boathouses have been around almost as long as boats.
Cob Fireplace Inspiration...
New building-integrated photovoltaics or BIPVs blend almost seamlessly with traditional roofing materials.
Currently the majority of wood stoves in use deliver only 40 to 50 percent of the energy potential of the wood. This is highly wasteful. But on a bright note, many of the prototype models entered into the Wood Stove Decathlon squeezed out more than 90 percent of the wood's energy potential and burn much cleaner than older stoves. One of the keys is complete combustion...
Sand, clay and hay. Mix it with your hands, your feet or a Bobcat. Sculpt in place.
There are cob homes in the UK that are a thousand years old. In Jericho, by the Jordan River, a cob building still stands that was built 10,000 years ago.
Earthy and warm, the inside of cob homes exude an incomparable charm.