Category Archives: home

Yes, I want a Solar Roof

My house needs a new roof. But instead of installing one, I am just repairing it. Why? I am waiting for Tesla to come out with their solar roofs.

What is the big deal?  If the promises hold true, this is the technology of the future. The roof will look better than my roof does now, and it will generate electricity. And  if the cost is not too outrageous, what could go wrong=

BI offers an update — Tesla plans to release their first solar roofs this year.

Pic of the Day: A Rug or a city Map?

Some architects do other types of design in their spare time. Like designing a rug.

From Wired

After creating stunning clothing, furniture, and accessories, architect Elena Manferdini decided to give carpets a try. Her colorful Urban Fabric rugs, made with hand-woven New Zealand wool, recall subway maps or urban grids. She adapted them from a series of abstract drawings, inspired by the work of famed Modernist architect Mies van der Rohe, she created for her Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Building Portraits.

This might be ok until the third martini takes hold. What do you think?

And How Much Will that Solar Roof Cost?

We are used to the idea that going solar is expensive. But consider this, from Elon Musk

“It’s looking quite promising that a solar roof will actually cost less than a normal roof before you even take the value of electricity into account. So the basic proposition would be ‘Would you like a roof that looks better than a normal roof, lasts twice as long, costs less and by the way generates electricity’ It’s like, why would you get anything else.”

Wow! Count me in!

And I am not the only one drooling over this. Fred Wilson is head over heals for Tesla.

Musk Just Changed Home History

The history of the home is about step by step improvements in home life. Things may be pretty good at this stage, but Elon Musk is pushing an idea that will take things a step up.

The vision presented at Universal Studios in Los Angeles is the grand unification of Musk’s clean-energy ambitions. The audience was able to step into a future powered entirely by Tesla: a house topped with sculpted Tuscan solar tiles, where night-time electricity is stored in two sleek wall-hung Powerwall batteries, and where a Model 3 prototype electric car sits parked out front within reach of the home’s car charger.

As Bloomberg  points out, no one saw this coming. But now that it’s here, we can say, “now why didn’t I think of that?”