• October

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      2011
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    Wooden 450 Sq Feet Sustainable Home Has Great Use Of Space, Sweet Details In Buenos Aires

    Small spaces are not new to TreeHugger, and frankly we’ve seen a lot, from indoor treehouses to tiny camping caravans and everything in between.

    But what’s surprising about this sustainable home created by Argentine design firmGruba for this year’s Casa FOA architecture and interior design event is that, thanks to clever planning and details, it doesn’t feel like a small space at all.

    With only 450 sq. feet, the space boasts a full living room and dinning area, kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, storage space and even a small container herbs farm.

    • September

      11

      2011
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    Sheep Wool Insulation Comes To America

    Image credit Oregon Shepherd It is common in New Zealand and a luxury in the UK, but now sheep wool insulation has come to America, via Oregon Shepherd. There is a lot to love about this stuff; “This all-natural and inherently fire-retardant material is non-toxic, resists mold growth, is vermin resistant and is acoustically superior.” After all, sheep know a thing or two about keeping warm

    • August

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      2011
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    Build Your Own Pallet Armchair Designed By Pierre Vedel

    There are said to be two billion pallets in circulation around the world, and two/thirds of them are only used once. Here is a set of plans to convert a pallet into an arm chair. Read more…

    • August

      14

      2011
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    How Did Granite Become The Kitchen Counter Standard?

    Granite counters have been all the rage for a decade, but now it has come to this, an entire kitchen made of granite. I think it is incredibly ugly and probably ridiculously expensive, But seeing this image, and a recent discussion about counter choices for Graham Hill’s LifeEdited project, reminded me of some research I had done into countertops a while back…

    • May

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      2011
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    “Woodland House” Builder Ben Law on Why Prince Charles Rocks

    Ben Law’s stunning woodland house and woodsman lifestyle , and his subsequent videos on how to build a roundwood timber-frame home , have become somewhat legendary in permaculture circles. Now Permaculture Magazine has a great interview with Ben Law in which he talks about building with wood, loving the land, the limited value of networking, and (perhaps surpri… Read the full story on TreeHugger

    • February

      6

      2011
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    Is Mango Wood the New Bamboo?

    From bikes and floors to sheets and t-shirts, bamboo is well-known as a popular green choice because as a fast-growing grass, it’s a renewable material. Hemp is also considered environmentally smart for a variety of products including its wood. Mango trees are also fast-growing and another sustainable source of timber — once they stop bearing its sweet delicious fruit

    More than 30 million metric tons of mango fruit are grown every year – and there are more than 1000 varieties of luscious mangoes. The mango tree can grow to a huge 80- to 100-foot height relatively quickly, when it then becomes difficult to harvest. With its limited lifespan for yielding the best fruit, the trees are cut down.

    • February

      6

      2011
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    George Bernard Shaw and The Marvelous Spinning Shed (LIGHT

    There is something very personal about a work hut. It is a place where first and foremost – work – is done. So right off the bat we need to consider what kind of work is to be done and what are the preferred working conditions of the – worker -.

    As an architect I tend to begin a project by getting to know the person I am working with before I begin to develop a design. I desire to find out what is important to the client. Through experience I have developed an understanding for what works in certain situations and what might be an aesthetic preference. With that in mind I appreciate the fact that each person is different and tends to – see – things differently. That is what makes every project exciting and can potentially lead to new discoveries and wonderful results.

    • January

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      2011
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    Want To Go Live In A Cave? Over 30 Gorgeous Cave Houses To Inspire You

    Stone houses invoke thoughts of dark, cold, and damp places full of creepy creatures. Some cultures have battled these prejudices for centuries, building dwellings deep into rock, and now modern architects are giving it a shot. With all of the warmth and convenience of a suburban home, a cave house is beginning to look a lot more tempting.

    • November

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      2010
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    There Is More To The Local Movement Than Just Food

    I came across this study on “Buying Local”. Granted it is a few years old, but I think it enforces the concept, that we must buy local. This has been the mantra for Eco Custom Homes for many years. Buy Local. I only use cabinets made by a local craftsman, using wood that was reclaimed from local trees. An example of this is the hardwood floors, we installed earlier this year in a Atlanta home renovation project. We used quarter sawn oak flooring, in 6″ to 12″ widths. This wood was produced from naturally felled trees from Atlanta. This lumber was kiln dried in Blue Ridge, GA and final milled in Woodstock, GA. Cradle to cradle, everything on these floors were done within a 50 mile radius of Atlanta, GA. To top it all off, the pricing was inline with store bought products. Please read on and remember to “Buy Local”

    • November

      6

      2010
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    Will Garden Shed Home Offices Catch On in North America?

    Eco-Hab Uncle Wilco shows us yet another british Garden home office design, the O-Pod. It’s full of green goodness like FSC timber andrecycled insulation, from Aidan Quinn , who previously built the lovely Eco-pod. There are so many of them now

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Costs of Custom Homes

The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market?  The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want.  Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.

Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:

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