Make more use of your home's lot with a Backyard Room. Ranging in size from just over 5 to nearly 23 square meters, they can be configured as offices, pool houses, studios, or even full-featured dwellings. Each one is made primarily using wood from renewable, certified sources, and has other earth-friendly features like high-insulation floors, walls, and roofs, optional solar panels, and optional garden roofs. Best of all, they typically don't require a permit, can be designed and built in just six weeks, and can be installed in under a week. The bad news? If you live outside of Australia, you're probably out of luck.
At just a mere 98 square feet, the Micro Cabin can stand on its own in the dense Ontario forest. The cozy retreat operates completely off-grid, warmed by a wood-burning stove and lit by natural light, creating the most honest escape you can get from your everyday life. Its dark timber cladding stands out against the snowy landscape, contrasted by the interior's natural plywood sheathing. A lofted bedroom sits above the ground floor living area to make the most of its modest size.
Larocque Elder Architects
The power of positive thinking might be overrated, at least according to Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. Manson's argument is that improving our day to day lives is less about smiling through our fears and faults, and more about learning to become better at handling adversity. Told through a lens of humor, it's sometimes profane yet often thought-provoking and might serve as the ideal alternative to a spoiled generation and a society that is quick to apply deodorant to a problem that needs a thorough cleaning.
We can't decide whether to call it a console or a portable. Honestly, the Nintendo Switch is a little of both. Dock its 6.2-inch, 720p touchscreen and it lets you play in HD on your TV. Grab it up, attach the Joy-Con controllers, and you've got a portable. Those same controllers can detach for multiplayer gaming, or just for wireless play when you flip out the screen's kickstand. It's powered by a custom Nvidia chip, has 32 GB of internal storage that's expandable via MicroSD, promises up to six hours of play per charge, and gets the highly-anticipated The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as a launch title. Arriving in stores March 3rd.
Ranking just below "cleaning the bathroom" on the list of annoying household chores, folding laundry is no one's idea of a good time. The Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot can make sure you never have to do it again. Just load all your freshly washed and dried laundry, and it takes care of the rest. It takes a picture of each garment to figure out what it is and the best way to fold it, and can automatically sort the folded items by type or by family member, freeing up your time for other pursuits.