If you loved LifeEdited’s shape-shifting Manhattan apartment from a few years ago, prepare to be stunned by the design consultancy’s latest project—an off-grid luxury Maui home that produces more energy than it needs. While LifeEdited:Maui is more than double the size of the transforming Manhattan project, the Hawaii home was likewise built to push the envelope in sustainable design. The home, built for LifeEdited founder Graham Hill, offers the top of the line in eco-friendly and space-saving amenities, materials, and technologies – from Sunflare solar panels to Resource Furniture murphy beds.
Located on 2.2 acres of rural land in Haiku, LifeEdited:Maui is a two-story home with 1,000 square feet of indoor living space and an additional 330-square-foot lanai, or sheltered veranda. In keeping with LifeEdited’s philosophy of ‘small space, big design,’ the off-grid home fits an impressive array of amenities thanks to transforming furniture and space-saving techniques, and can comfortably entertain over twenty people at once.
LifeEdited:Maui is a model for how we can innovate to live in the future,” writes LifeEdited COO Ross Porter. “It allows a family to live a big, happy, modern, convenient off-grid life in a 1,000 square foot home that functions like one twice its size.” The home, completed early this year, sleeps up to eight in four bedrooms and two and a half baths. When not in use, certain bedrooms can be easily adapted for other uses, like office spaces, thanks to Resource Furniture’s transforming furnishings that combine functionality with aesthetics.
The home’s sleek contemporary design isn’t visually weighed down by its impressive off-grid capabilities either. Sunflare’s custom-sized thin-film solar panels are nearly invisible on the standing-seam metal roof and provide power that’s stored in a Blue Ion 2.0 Energy System. Natural lighting and ventilation is maximized throughout the home thanks to ample operable glazing like the Andersen MultiGlide sliding glass doors. A 15,000-gallon rainwater tank collects rainwater for irrigation. Automated technology is integrated in many areas of the home. A Sense energy monitor keeps energy levels in check. The luxurious eco-home was completed for just under $1 million.
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