Home dreams.
July 22, 2004 7:45 PM   Subscribe

Straw House Blog. Coolhouse. Colorado house. When summer comes, I invariably start dreaming of places to live that are utterly unlike the standard Korean Concrete Beehive Box.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken (11 comments total)
That first house is awesome. Even the drawer handles are well-designed! I don't understand why the owners want to cut the trees on their land down, though.
posted by kenko at 8:14 PM on July 22, 2004

I don't understand why the owners want to cut the trees on their land down

Well, if you've got enough land and trees it means cheap lumber, for one thing. Also, occasional thinning is good for the forest, as it allows younger trees to establish themselves. Lastly, the owners could guarantee that these trees were sustainably harvested, and didn't burn up gallons of gasoline while being transported to the ends of the Earth.

...plus, no money went into the pockets of gigantic multinationals.

Note: I do not know the owners; I'm just guessing at their motivations.
posted by aramaic at 9:31 PM on July 22, 2004

I love this house, which was the subject of a documentary on the UK's Channel 4 TV, Grand Designs.

posted by essexjan at 12:53 AM on July 23, 2004

Cool stav. Nice job! (and no three little piggies jokes yet.)
posted by Tacodog at 12:58 AM on July 23, 2004

My father is actually out in Colorado right now building some sort of log house for retirement. Actually, he's just "supervising" some Canadian builders. Which makes me feel better - I bet Canadians know their logs.
posted by sixdifferentways at 1:18 AM on July 23, 2004

[this is good]
posted by dg at 1:52 AM on July 23, 2004

These houses are efficient, but how do we all find large country properties with south exposure?

Efficient new urban housing is more useful.

Historic buildings have already paid the energy cost of their building materials and community infrastructure. They can be efficient
with energy use, too.
posted by jjj606 at 5:04 AM on July 23, 2004

Well, I did say dream.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:07 AM on July 23, 2004

If you want to build one of these unique, energy efficient and sustainable homes, go here for information.
posted by nofundy at 5:09 AM on July 23, 2004

My house in Colorado (and my only house) is made out of rocks. Sustainable architecture in 1902. (And it has a southern exposure)
posted by Eekacat at 6:31 AM on July 23, 2004

How can you miss out on the Swankee home?
248 reasons

Spend some time poking about his site.
posted by rough ashlar at 11:17 AM on July 24, 2004

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