Avalon is our personal favorite on the list both for its sheer simplicity and the way that it makes green homes an affordable concept. Timber from sustainable forests and metal sheets fashion its exterior even as the green roof above stands out visually during the daytime. Nestled on lovely Avalon Beach and promising wonderful ocean views this modular unit was crafted by ArchiBlox and provides a delightful living space of 106 square meters.
With a simple change in height of the level the living area stands out from the foyer on one side and the dining area and kitchen on the other. Small staircases connect these various levels and a neutral color scheme ensures that there is a sense of continuity despite the clear demarcation of individual spaces.
The idea of a seems revolutionary to most of us. A covering of greenery on the roof is not something you come across often and anytime we suggest a ‘living roof’ the idea is met with wariness and doubts rather than glee.
This might not be a full-fledged residence but this Japanese-style pool house and spa on the banks of Whitefish Lake in Montana rivals any lakeside home both in style and eco-sensibility. Designed by David Koel of CTA Architects Engineers the dwelling includes a unique stone garden relaxing outdoor hangout refreshing indoor pool an art gallery-style entry and a whole lot more here. An eco-friendly retreat designed for those who love both nature and unfettered opulence!
It is a rear extension that gets the job done as the glazed timber addition now holds the new dining area kitchen and family room of the revitalized house. Crafted to ensure that those inside enjoy an open and airy living atmosphere that is accentuated by the visual connectivity with the green outdoors the nifty extension blends in with the existing structure almost seamlessly. A clean white color palette sits next to the already present exposed brick walls comfortably even as large skylights bring in a flood of natural light.
Inside the box one finds additional storage units along with a secret hideaway for the little one at home. There is also a cool cabinet that tucks away all those bundles of toys even as the open living area charms with a simple gallery wall a small couch and a table on wheels.
This classic home near takes precisely this route as its homeowners wanted a new social and family zone that was connected to the rear garden at all times. was revamped and extended by Edwards Rensen Architects to meet the growing demands of the family without splurging on a major renovation.