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Top New Tiny Homes: New Frontier’s “Orchid” – “LED Light, Full Bath Luxury”

“The Solar-Powered Orchid Tiny House Has a Gorgeous, Light-Filled Interior”

“Dwell Magazine”

  • New Frontiers Tiny Homes - The Orchid KitchenLED Valance Lighting – The Orchid has received global praise for its dimmable, independently switched lighting. Skylights, clerestory windows and large glass front wall give this home a lovely aesthetic day or night.

  • New Frontiers Tiny Homes - The Orchid Ground Floor BedGround Floor Bed and King Loft – Sleep four comfortably with the Orchid’s private king bed loft and sofa bed.

  • New Frontiers Tiny Homes - The Orchid Full Size BathroomFull Size Tile Shower – Spacious, chic, and comfortable. The floating mirrors with LED valance lighting give extra dimension to this modern bathroom.

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Top Urban Architecture: Ancerl Studio In Toronto – Two Homes “Appear” As One On A Very Tight Lot

From a Dezeen.com online article (March 28, 2020):

Ancerl Studio Toronto Sorauren 116 - 118 Interior“The detached homes have been conceptualised to visually appear as one single volume defined by its traditional triangular architecture,” said the studio. “Only from up close will the observer notice a crisp breakpoint between the properties.”

Canadian firm Ancerl Studio has designed a pair of houses in Toronto to make them look like a single building.

Both properties include three bedrooms. In Sorauren 116, the master suite occupies the entire top floor of the house. A balcony opens from the bedroom towards the backyard, and the bathroom is separated from the bedroom by a spacious walk-through closet.

The two houses are located on very tight lots on Sorauren Street in the city’s Parkdale neighbourhood, as is typical in Toronto’s residential neighbourhoods.

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Future Of Housing: “What Is An ADU – Accessory Dwelling Unit?” (Video)

 

Granny Flats, Secondary Units, ADUs. In this video we go over what is an ADU, and also what is not an ADU in the state of California. We get a lot of terms thrown at us for the backyard housing market nowadays, but what is an Accessory Dwelling Unit really?

Unique Tiny Homes: “Amp House” In Fayetteville, Arkansas (AD Video)

Today we visit Fayetteville, Arkansas to tour a tiny house capable of booming sound. When Asha Mevlana isn’t on tour with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, she hosts neighborhood concerts from her compact custom home. Situated between her living quarters and the trailer devoted to her instruments, Asha’s porch has enough room for performers to fill the street with music, courtesy of the built-in, wall-sized outdoor amplifier. The innovations don’t end there, though, as living in a tiny house presents plenty of design challenges to overcome. Watch and learn about the ins and outs of this peculiar property on today’s episode of Unique Spaces.

Top New Home Designs: “Laurel Hills Residence” By Assembledge+ Architects

Composed of three pavilions connected by a series of glass hallways, the single-story residence seeks to create a residential oasis in the heart of Los Angeles.

Laurel Hills Residence Assembledge+ ArchitectsThe Western Red Cedar lined guest house/garage pavilion establishes a datum line that carves and connects the two larger volumes of the living and sleeping pavilions, comprised of oversized charcoal-colored board, batten extira and cement board siding. A deep overhang mitigates solar heat gain and shields from the sun exposure.

A walkway of concrete pavers, lined by wild grasses leads to the front door, passing a tranquil courtyard with olive trees. The entry to the house is located within a glass hallway connecting the living pavilion to the west and the sleeping pavilion to the east, establishing a sense of intimate scale before engaging with the other parts of the house.

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The fluidity between the kitchen, breakfast room and family room, designed for uninterrupted entertainment, creates a harmony of transparency and lightness.

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Future Of Housing: Off-The-Grid “CABN” Tiny Homes In Australia (Video)

CABN was established to provide people with a means of disconnecting from the mayhem we have brought upon ourselves. CABN is designed to be completely off-grid, sustainable and eco-friendly relocatable; transforming some of Australia’s most stunning and stimulating landscapes and offer an ideal escape.

This CABN is named Jude, after CABN founder’s mother. Jude is warm, caring and inviting and has always welcomed everyone into her home and life. It’s those same feelings that you can expect when you stay. Adventurous, warm and welcoming – the perfect tiny escape.

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Best Pets: “Domestic Cats – Our Wild Companions”

From Cell.com “Trends In Ecology & Evolution” (Feb 22, 2020):

Cats as Pets Our Wild Companions Cell Press February 22 2020The value of domestic cats as predators-in-residence certainly played a significant part in their global spread, as they were employed for rodent control on trade ships and in the outbuildings of emerging civilisations.

They are predisposed to form attachments with people during early developmental stages, tolerate the presence of humans, other cats, and other domestic animals far better than wilder felids, and exhibit distinctive behavioural traits (including vocalisations and body language) that facilitate effective interspecies communication…

Cats share a long history with humans but are remarkable among domesticated species in largely retaining behavioural and reproductive independence from people. In many societies, the cat maintains liminal status as both a domestic and a wild animal. An adaptive push-and-pull between wild and domestic traits corresponds with dual roles as companions and pest controllers, and with conflicted treatment in husbandry, management, law, and public discourse. To move forward, we must proceed by understanding that cats are not exclusively pets or pests, but both a central component of human societies and an important, often adverse, influence on ecosystems. Developing a collaborative ‘companion animal ecology’, in which human–animal domestic relations link to ecological processes, will enable sustainable management of this wild companionship.

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