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Truly transparent TVs have been developed by Panasonic, and have nearly the same brightness as regular TVs.
These ones were demonstrated at a recent Panasonic show for “the living room of the future.”
“A simple, interactive living space in total harmony with the surrounding space – here Panasonic will showcase its proposal to the details of living. Changing the spatial ambience to suit human behavior makes people feel comfortable no matter where they go and even give a surprisingly wondrous feeling,” stated Panasonic about it’s goals for the showroom and all the new technology, including these “futuristic” transparent TV screens.
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Have you ever considered metal as a home building option? It has a number of advantages over wood or stone, but it is something of another ballgame. There are a lot of things to consider when you’re considering metal buildings. Here we’ll break down 7 essential things to get you started in your quest to understand the steel building option:
1. Steel building is its own specialized field of building. It requires specialized knowledge to build with steel — you can’t just find someone who builds wood-frame structures and expect they can build a steel building. It’s not that they’re harder or easier, metal buildings are just different.
2. Turnkey price is not reliable. Consider this: the price of concrete and the price of labor, to name two important building costs, varies by area. So how can a building salesman really give you an accurate turnkey price?
3. Drawings come before building. Often you need drawings for steel buildings or other modular buildings before you head to the bank to get financing for your metal building.
4. Steel or metal building has its own language. Terms like ASD, PEMB, IECC and IBC are terms you need to know when you are planning, buying and building a metal or modular construction.
5. You can buy metal buildings from bulk suppliers rather than local. When you buy bulk, you get it cheaper, so it stands to reason there could be savings in buying from someone who gets better purchase prices themselves on metal construction. However, as with all big companies, the accountability and personal attention is not always there. If a big company from out of town doesn’t satisfy you, they may be less worried about the damage to their reputation and future business in your town than a local builder who is known and established in the community.
6. “All-included” steel buildings or modulars may not be the best deal possible. You have to consider what type of windows and doors they would be including, the brand, the warranty, the R-value, the locksets. There are a lot of variations when it comes to doors, windows and other features for a home. You might need to pick your doors and windows for your modular or metal building yourself.
7. Planning a building project takes time. Consider that there are a lot of steps between 0 and completion. Engineering, fabricating, delivery of materials or structures, considering snow loads, wind loads, seismic resistance, soil types, are all things that vary from location to location. Start your planning early, is the advice metal building companies suggest.
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Delivered and installed for the price of under $5,000 is what you’re looking at for this metal building. It’s a 2-car garage, or could be a shed or even a detached guest room (but without the insulation, so you might not use it year-round depending where you live, or you might have to use a heater / air conditioner).
According to the metal builders, who are just working on these projects now:
“We are on a 2 Car Garage kick right now! Here is another great example of a Classy, Functional, Affordable 2 Car Garage. Engineer Certified to meet or exceed your local codes. Delivered & Installed for just $4,580.00 plus your local tax.”
22′ x 21′ x 9′ A-Frame Boxed Eave Roof System
(2) 9′ x 8′ Garage Doors
(1) 36″ x 80″ Walk-In Door
(1) Standard Window
Call Choice Metal Buildings to confirm price and availability for your area at 877-422-1812. Below is another one of their garages, almost exactly the same price (about $300 more) and dimensions.
Metal Builders Directory for more metal building info.
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Have you ever gone camping in a tent? Yes, probably almost everyone reading this has. But what about unusual tents like this hanging tent pictured here?
If not, it would be hard to imagine what camping while hanging from a tree would be like.
This is the “Roomoon.”
From the designers themselves, all the features of these hanging tents:
Beautifully hand crafted, the canvas
can completely open up, revealing the
world to the people inside. lightweight
and fantastically well made the
canvas will last in all weather.
The floor is designed to be as portable as
possible and yet maintain the high standard of
the rest of the tent, made out of a light weight pine
for ease of movement and capable of rolling
up to access the storage below.
The frame is made out of stales steel
and so this means that it is strong
and weather proof not only this. It
collapses down to make the roomoon
a viable option for long camping
trips and festivals.
the hoist has its roots in 18th century
engineering. capable of lifting over 1 tonne
with ease. the user need only to run
the lightweight pulley chain through
their hands to be lifted in to the canopies.
Source: Hanging Tent Company
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How about this tiny house in the forest. The designer himself built it for around $10,500. That’s the cost of the materials for this tiny cabin in the woods, and since he did it all himself — he carried the building materials in by hand — he saved on construction costs. The house is called Nido (Italian for ‘birds nest’), and the materials are all recycled: an eco tiny house in the forest.
Here’s what the designer wrote of his tiny house project:
“In 2010 I wanted to build a place of my own. I found this beautiful slot and I set out to design a compact get-away for myself. I also wanted to maximize this small space, use local/recycled materials and build it myself.
“In june that summer I started building my cabin. It took me two weeks to build it (only thing missing was the door and window which arrived a week later).”
The tiny house has a micro-kitchen on the first floor, as well as a tiny home-sized lounging area.
The second story of the tiny house is where the sleeping area is situated, and there is some storage space there as well. You can see from the picture above that there is a lot of glazing on this little cabin and that lets in a fair amount of light. For more tiny house designs, or to see more of Robin Falks work, find them in the directory.
Photographs by the designer: © Robin Falck
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Here are some great shelf ideas. There is actually a very wide range of ideas you can use in the shelves in your house.
Featured is the “fishbone shelf”. I like how the zig-zag pattern contrasts with the horizontal and vertical lines of the wall and the way a house normally is.
You can rotate the shelves however you want, and make the best use of the angles in your house. Is this a nice example of modern Scandinavian interior design?
Source: Home Designing
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The world’s first solar-powered tent powerful enough to power small appliances
Basically, this is a collaboration, or could be. The tent is an Eddie Bauer model, and it’s combined with a battery pack and a solar generator in order to provide energy — enough energy for appliances, which means you could live in a tent with a fair amount of comfort. So for those of you who don’t just want to only rough it all the time, this might be a step in the right direction.
The ingredients used to put together this solar powered tent: 1) Eddie Bauer Katatatic, 2) Goal Zero’s Sherpa battery pack 3) Yeti Solar Generator.
The set-up: The tent has a cover strung over it with solar panels, which feed energy into a generator and power a battery pack (obviously, wiring is also required between the parts). Then that is accessible by a wall socket (just like in a house), so you can plug in lights, phones, computers, fans, and whatever else.
These items can also be used for other camping purposes. For example, you can use the solar panels, generator, and batteries with a regular RV. And of course you could use it at full time.
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This is a camping tip probably anyone who’s had to deal with keeping clean when you get dirty will value. It’s one from a blogger called The Brighter Writer, who, in addition to lots of other stuff she blogs about, did one on a trip she took “glamping” (glamorous version of camping).
She did a number of interesting things on the trip, but the one that stood out to me was this one, where she used shower caps to keep dirty shoes in. Actually, she herself learned the tip from a lady she worked with, so we’re continuing the tradition of passing on the camping tips here.
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