TreeHugger checks in with Chicken 100, a community-support group in Essex, U.K., that provides "peer support, expert advice, and networking opportunities for would be chicken keepers."

The New York Times recommends a few John McClains of the botanical variety in "Hard to Kill: Houseplants for the Inept." The wax plant, birds nest fern, sago palm, moth orchard, and peace lily are some of the species that will stick around until the proverbial cows come home.

Green Diary is in awe of Nashville musician Matt Glassmeyer's decision to shingle a small porch roof with 350 unplayable recycled vinyl records. Behold, the finished project in the photo above. 

Jetson Green chats with Brian Phillips, the principal of Studio Interface Architects. Phillips's firm is behind the buzzworthy Modules at TempleTown, a modular, LEED-certified apartment building for students in Philadelphia. 

The San Francisco Chronicle gets hip to seasonal, eco-friendly housing ... for beneficial bugs. "Thanks to garden artists, architects and upcyclers, insect hotels now come in myriad styles. They all have one thing in common: They provide beneficial bugs with shelter for the winter and a place to propagate." Cute but this kind of makes my skin crawl. 

MSNBC concludes that using a Heat Surge Roll-n-Glow Fireplace, those fancy $298 Amish-built faux fireplaces/space heaters that you've probably seen advertised on TV, is probably not the most efficient way to heat your home during the winter. But if you want your living room to look like the inside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, than by all means have at it. 

EcoHome previews 14 residential-minded products that will be on display at next week's Greenbuild Expo and Conference in Chicago. 

New York Magazine gets to the bottom of why a mysterious prefab home has randomly materialized in Manhattan's West Village. Turns out, it's the latest creation from Michael de Jong of modular architecture firm, MEKA World. Says de Jong of his pop-up creation: "Especially since the recession, people are looking for ease and affordability. They no longer want the monster houses that were popular years ago, but intelligent, practical living spaces.” 

GOOD has some thoughts on "Cheap Ways to Get Solar Panels for Your House."

Re-Nest admires the beautiful, green renovation/expansion of an older, one-bedroom home in Minneapolis. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing catch up: Animal house
This week in green home news remainders: How to share your home with backyard chickens, beneficial bugs and hard-to-kill houseplants. Plus, shingling your roof