A bed frame has always been staple furniture for bedrooms. However, a no-frame bed is also a good idea with just a touch of style and creativity. This is a minimalist approach in decorating a bedroom which is modern, simple and relaxed.
With the right concept and placement, a no-frame bed can actually be very comfortable, homey and creative. It does not require additional furniture yet can equally be decorated in a lot of ways. The mattress can be placed in a slightly elevated platform, or beside a window with a picturesque view of the outdoors, or against a wall with a headboard fixture, or even in a closet type compartment for added privacy. The ideas are endless and just as wonderful as having a standard bedroom concept.
For people who want less bulky furniture in their home as well as for those who prefer a minimalistic approach in decorating a bedroom, placing the mattress on the floor directly or with a flat base can be an excellent idea.
Luxurious living and a new level of comfort has just gotten more accessible with the Toulouse Pavilion. It is a prefabricated log pavilion with prefabricated floors and walls. The logs which are from Northern European sustainable forests have been meticulously selected to ensure superior quality.
These prefabricated buildings, such as the Toulouse Pavilion, offer a nice and comfortable place to relax, unwind and just enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Prefabricated buildings are likewise excellent places to hold special gatherings, reunions and parties. It is much like entertaining guests in style. Moreover, with its optimum stability and durable nature, this pavilion can last for a long time thus ensuring great value and benefits as well.
These prefabricated pavilions are untreated when you order them; However, buyers have the option to order and request a range of finishes between lightly colored glaze and solid colors. It is likewise recommended that buyers add felt shingles on the roof of the pavilion to protect it from the elements. Various options are also available depending on specific preferences. Another suggested feature is to add guttering and downpipe that can collect rainwater which can then be used to water plants.
There are many other ways to customize the pavilion. With proper selection of features and other add-ons, it can become even more durable, sturdy and stylish. More importantly, it can become more functional and eco-friendly. Indeed, pavilions such as the Toulouse Pavilion offer an exciting way to appreciate having a garden environment. With its luxurious look and classy feel, it can surely give a wonderful and lasting impression.
People who are already interested in building houses with shipping containers may have seen a few different options for how to lay out one or two or even more large shipping containers, but this is one of the nicest looking jobs of a shipping container home using just one container bin, which would cost around $2000 or so.
The price of the shipping container home will be more than the price of the metal bin, of course, but the basis is that bin. On this one, they’ve just set it up on simple blocking — no elaborate foundation — which is an inexpensive and non-invasive way to set a shipping container house (or prefab house or modular home, for that matter), down on its building site.
Already the style element enters, because they’ve opted for thin rectangular columns on the overhang.
But now the style really kicks in. Normally, the blue color of the shipping container house would be something conspicuous and possibly be something the house builder would want to avoid, but here the blue contrasts with the yellowish interior wood, the green folliage and the whitish columns and deck (and furniture) to make the blue look purposeful. Similarly, the squareness and the vertical lines of the shipping container home walls are complimented by the vertical window dividers and the horizontal patio railing.
They coated the container house with ecological heat insulation, which is cotton based, and therefore provides some sound insulation as well. It also has a special membrane of waterproofing to the container bin, so it can have a green roof — see the plants growing on the roof? You might have missed that in the photo. It’s like a nature garden up there.
One of the great things about this design is they made something here that can look good, but that you can build with just one inexpensive used container bin. Here they used two short containers, and whether you use one longer or two shorter makes almost no difference to the design, but the reason I’m saying go with the one longer one is that you don’t have to join the two — you’d just set it down and get to work. Because you can get them second hand usually, you won’t know until you shop around which option (one or two bins) will be cheapest for you. If you go with two bins, each will be 5.10 meters by 3.2 meters by 2.2 meters tall. So overall the building is 10 meters long. If you go with one longer shipping container, obviously you get a 3.2 by 10 meter bin. You can get shipping containers used in lengths even around 40 feet, so you can go a bit longer even if you go with one bin. You might want to build just like this shipping container house, but have some storage space / guest space or maybe a wood shed area on the end.
That wood, if you were wondering, is beech wood, and they used it throughout the shipping container home, except the bathroom, which you can see in the photo is a pale grey. They used cement mortar for that, and all the glazing is triplex safety glass. This luxury container home was designed by Greek firm Zelhs. For more prefab homes, modular homes and tiny houses (including shipping container homes and builders), find them in our directory.
Well, enthusiasts of shipping container homes, this ecologically-friendly house is called Casa Mromelia, and it’s part of the work of the Urban Recycle Architecture Studio, and, as you can partly see from the fact that it’s a simply laid out as far as architectural design, primary among the goals was its concern for the environment around.
The building is 200 meters square (670 feet square), so that places it also at the range of medium sized tiny homes. This also places it at the size where a couple of shipping containers can make up the footage. In this case, the designers built traditionally, but my take on this is, “Look at that layout.” Is this not exactly what designers or cheap shipping container architecture are doing: finding attractive and beneficial arrangements of simple rectangular cubes. Just a glance at the photo above will make it pretty clear that anyone wanting to do this design with a couple shipping container bins could easily do it. And that’s what I’m interested in right now — how to cheaply build a comfortable house, whether prefab, modular, shipping container, or otherwise.
The house also was intended as a starting point for future construction. It was planned out to sit in a building space with nothing really around it in terms of other buildings, and from there the future plans could spread out organically, also taking advantage of and adapting to the climactic conditions around (this one is in Brazil).
For this house to do so, they split the dwelling into two stories and connected them by a staircase, and all this is oriented to benefit from the main wind flows and natural lighting.
There are also large windows placed to enable constant ventilation crossing through the small house.
They also added a wooden deck to reduce the thermal load, and built using renewable and less-polluting materials for the house project. For more prefabs, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory..
Prefab home enthusiasts include those people who already have a house, but want to expand, and they’re looking at either an addition to their home or possibly a guest house or second house on the property. Whether this is for family and friends to visit or is intended to be a rental, one thing about building another building on your property is that you’re losing your yard.
So what these guys did is build a prefab house onto the water near their house instead of either one of the options I mentioned.
Of course, you need a lake or river or sheltered piece of the ocean.
The work on this one was done by prefab home builder Kenjo in Sweden, near Musko.
This prefab house is actually more of a prefab room, or if you want to look at it as a houseboat, its more of a roomboat.
But it does use a lot of the ecological and economic features shared by a lot of prefab home and modular house builders, as well as tiny home companies: things like energy efficient windows, photovoltaic system, LED lighting. It also has some extras like a stereo system.
Shipping container home enthusiasts, this might be some design inspiration you could be interested in. On one of the beaches of the island of Camano, Washington, is this modern house. To avoid costly work on the construction of the foundation, it was built on metal profiles. A side benefit of this building style is that because of the stilts, during inclement weather the owners aren’t afraid of the threat of flooding from the sea and mudslides from the slope. Looking at the design of this boxy modern house, its pretty easy to see how this design could be easily applied to straight shipping container home design, while this particular one used a slightly different building process.
After one of the American families had inherited a small house on the beach on Camano Island, the owners decided to build on the site a spacious modern house. To implement their ideas, the work was contracted out to architectural firm Design Northwest Architects.
The chosen site was a place on a remote, beautiful beach, but with a number of important landscape features. The fact that the site of the slope periodically experiences mudslides being a major concern. Lack of access to the road would greatly complicate the delivery of heavy equipment and concrete mixers. Therefore, the architects decided to build a house on the steel profiles to a height of 3 meters. In addition, all the free space under the houseis a great place to store boats and kayaks.
The house has lots of large windows, to the premises of natural light as long as possible, and the owners can continually admire the views of the vast ocean.
The interior of the house is decorated in bright colors. To dilute the color range, the designers have focused as oranges, bright cushions and furnishings made of natural wood for the kitchen furniture.
In the suburbs of Los Angeles is an old residential house, or at least reconstructed from an old bungalow from 1920. A spectacular wooden terrace “merges” with the external finish of the dwelling, catching the eye of passers-by with its brightness and originality.
Architects at the Martin Fenlon Architecture Office near Los Angeles were hired to reconstruct the bungalow, which is more than 100 year old. With a new porch, terrace and minor changes to the interior of the house, they breathed new life into the building.
Cedar was used for exterior finishing: the main part of the house is made of wood in dark colors, contrasting with the wall with a porch – light colors. Stairs become one with a long bench of the same material.
The old part of the porch with a gabled roof was removed. The triangular hole was converted into a skylight through which natural light enters the room freely. The ceiling was dismantled, and now they have visible wooden roof beams. They are in perfect harmony floor, doors and other elements of decoration, made of walnut and teak. A simple combination of wood and white plaster is a perfect Californian architectural style.
On request, the architects did not overload the interior superfluous pieces of furniture, so everything is very subtle in the finished, or re-finished, house. For more tiny homes, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.
This is an interesting building project, although not one most of you out there will be interested in, I’m guessing, as far as practical application to your own prefab home, modular house or tiny house, or whatever you’re building or considering building.
This was a project undertaken by some artists at Art Omi in New York, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley, and they refer to it as the “ReActor.”
It has all the amenities of most houses: Kitchen, bathroom, living room, and space enough for two people, as planned.
However the whole house spins.
And they lived in it for 5 days, reportedly. Based on changes in the center of gravity in the house, it rotates, not just around, but up and down — it tilts. It’s a 13 meter by 2.5 meter tilting house project. I have no idea why. For more interesting homes, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.
Well prefab home enthusiasts, how about building a prefab house with straw bales? That’s what this house is, besides the timber framing and cladding. They used a construction method called straw bale construction to make it.
It was a project undertaken in Bath, but people have been building houses with straw bales in America and Europe since the 1920’s. Not prefab houses, however, but recently those two economical, ecologically-friendly house building styles have been combined on some occasions.
The BaleHouse at Bath was built on a farm. And they built the walls from hemp cladding panels in addition to the straw bales, stapled together with large stakes. They built the walls first, in other words, so it’s also a bit of a modular house.
Then they set up scaffolding around the square building site, and craned the walls into place, where they attached them as is done with traditional timber framing.
The project was part of one, not only to combine prefab building with straw bale construction, but also to test the durability of this building style over time.
Prefab home builders and others are looking at straw bales because of how readily available they are in many regions — meaning they reduce building costs when compared with insulation and other building costs.
However, building with straw bales has its own challenges. Straw bales and moisture, for example, are not a combination that is good for house building. Straw bales can handle the normal amount of moisture in the air, but they can’t handle water that might get in if the walls are not sealed properly.
In any case, straw bales are an option that is being shown to be viable, as many companies specialize or build using straw bales exclusively. For more information on straw bale construction, or to check out more prefab or modular buildings or tiny homes, find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.
Prefab and tiny home builders — even full-sized family home buyers — how many of you have considered straw bale constructed homes? Maybe a lot of people haven’t even heard of this, but it’s done and it’s a way to save money on a home. For one thing, straw bales are available almost everywhere there are fields, and therefore building material transport can be greatly reduced. It’s therefore also an environmentally friendly building material. Not to mention any unused pieces just return to the environment quickly and without damage.
The building style is relatively new, but not brand new. The first houses built using straw bales that we know of are from the 1920’s, both in Europe and in America (Nebraska).
So how do you build one of these? It’s a lot like a cross between a timber frame and an adobe house. The house starts out as a timber frame building project. The floor, walls, and ceiling and roof are framed with 2X4 or whatever you’re going to use.
Framing is done in the normal way, but that’s when things are done differently from regular timber framing, because now the straw bales come into the picture. They’re stacked like lego blocks or like ice blocks in an igloo, overlapping like bricks, on the corners as well.
Electrical is put inside the walls, so stuffed into the straw bales a bit. You want it in a bit in case the wall gets punctured at some point by someone wanting to hang something on a nail or something, although this is not usually very common.
Stucco is a structural as well as design element in straw bale houses. Portland cement, sand, lime and water is a common mix, and it’s applied with a trowel. You just pile some on a trowel and push it into a wall. There isn’t a great deal of finesse involved or required in stucco-ing straw bale house walls.
They do a second coat of stucco — called a “brown coat” over top to smooth things out. They try to fill in indentations and just give smooth walls. Then a finish coat is applied. Sometimes the finish coat is colored or textured. During the stucco phase, the walls are sprayed down periodically to prevent cracking.
Niches and shelves are carved into the walls (yes, little shelves are just cut into it). Some people add murals and other design elements as well. And there are “truth windows” cut into it. Basically these are just flaps that you can lift and see the straw inside the walls.
Framing for the interior is done with 2X4 timber framing, usually. So, after you’ve done the walls — that’s where the straw bales part of the job is — you return to what timber frame construction hands are familiar with. One company doing this kind of work is called Building with Awareness. Find them in the Building Homes and Living directory.