Rachel Ross

 

Rachel Ross lives in a round eco-home on 1 ½ acres near an artsy town in B.C., the “little Berkeley of Canada.” She and her husband, Lars, own a green prefab homebuilding company, Mandala Homes. They design, build and ship round energy efficient homes to out-of-the-box-thinking clients all over the world. Together with their teenager, Poppy, they built the first ENERGY STAR qualified house in BC. It’s one of series of round buildings on their demonstration project of sustainable, artistic and natural building techniques and materials. Their home is their design innovation playground! Rachel is a writer (check out her blog), a Permaculture designer and serial entrepreneur.

Rachel Ross
Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

Build a Gypsy Wagon in the Woods – All It Takes Is Ingenuity, Elbow Grease And (mostly) Recycled Components!

The first thing you notice about this gypsy wagon is the surrounding smell of cedar forest and the sound of crashing waves from the lake, which is just a stone’s throw over the hill. In the

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Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

Roulottes’ Colorful European-Style Caravans are a Place to Call Home

When Hoekstra was a kid in the 60s, he saw these classic mobile caravans still in use and he promised himself that one day he would buy one. When he bought his first fixer-upper, he was a

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Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Turn Hot Patios Into Hot Water Using Hidden Temperature Converting Therma-HEXX Panels

Outdoor living and recreation spaces are popular for a number of reasons: they provide more urban green space, they promote better human health, and they offer cost savings. Yes, that's right,

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Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses – and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today

Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses – and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today

Wind and tsunami waves move naturally around a round building rather than getting caught at (and potentially ripping off) corners. A rounded roof avoids ‘air-planing’- a situation where a

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A Firsthand Look at the Magnolia 2300 Yurt – the First Energy Star Home in British Columbia

A Firsthand Look at the Magnolia 2300 Yurt – the First Energy Star Home in British Columbia

Rachel Ross: Meet our house, the Magnolia 2300. It’s a three bedroom, round, passive solar home located in the lush green forest of Nelson, B.C. Canada. Myself, my husband Lars, and our 15

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