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Uncategorized July 30, 2016


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Quonset Inexpensive Kit Homes Gallery

Uncategorized February 1, 2016

Gallery of quonset style cabins, homes and other structures. These photographs were taken by Elizabeth Anderson for SteelMaster Buildings. To see more about SteelMaster and other house builders we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

Check out the gallery of photos below (all images on our site are expandable, even the featured images at the top of most articles).

A dozen Quonset homes by SteelMaster:

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These kitchen scraps can be used in your garden instead of fertilizers

Home and Garden January 11, 2016

Digging into the Garden: Using Kitchen Scraps for Healthy Plants

Whether or not you have a composter, there are some food scraps that you can dig directly into your garden right from the kitchen. All of these wastes will potentially offer useful nutrient sources for your plants, setting them up for success and a good harvest!

Eggshells – Save your eggshells from baking or breakfast. Eggshells are a source of calcium for plants, particularly tomatoes – although it takes some time for plants to take up the micronutrient. You must crush the eggshells very fine before using them in the garden. Some gardeners will use an old blender designated just for that purpose. I go low-tech (and don’t worry about dulling the cutting blades in my blender) by placing the eggshells into a heavy-duty plastic bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.

Coffee grounds – Coffee grounds provide a bit of extra nitrogen to growing plants (and some gardeners believe they deter slugs as well. There isn’t any scientific evidence that proves their effectiveness at pest control, but using them certainly doesn’t hurt). Although you can apply coffee grounds to the garden when they are wet, fresh out of the coffee maker, it is easier to work with them when they have dried out (and there is less of a chance of mold occuring). Tea drinkers can participate, too – loose tea, or tea that has been removed from used teabags, can also be added to the garden. Tea bags can certainly be composted, but they look unsightly if only partially buried in a garden bed, so it’s best to use loose tea.

Banana peels – Banana peels are a well-known gardening amendment used to add potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus to the soil. Although many gardeners use banana peels specifically for roses, banana peels can be beneficial to all plants. It is best to chop up the banana peels into smaller chunks for ease of digging in and rapid decomposition.

Wood ash – Wood ash is sometimes used as a source of potassium for plants. Err on the side of caution when applying wood ash to your garden, as too much can adjust your soil’s pH to the alkaline side, as well as increase soluble salts in the soil. Never use ash from chemically-treated wood.

Occasionally, you may have to worry about pets or other animals getting into your garden and digging up the food scraps – if this is the case, you may wish to exclusively use a composter, or avoid particularly tantalizing waste products such as banana peels. (Most animals will leave the other amendments mentioned alone).

All of these scraps can be used to sidedress existing plants at any time during the growing season. Some, such as coffee grounds and wood ash, may be sprinkled onto the top layer of the soil. All may be dug into the top 1 or 2 inches of soil, but be careful not to disturb the roots of the plants when doing so.

By Sheryl Normandeau

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The shipping container house that was built in three days

Shipping Container Buildings January 11, 2016

The shipping container house that was built in three days

This particular shipping container home has a place in history as being the first one completed in Ireland in just three days. It was built over a weekend, then put on display at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, and was afterwards to be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

The plans for this house now are to move to Deerpark in Co Cork to house a family in time for Christmas.

Labor and materials were donated by a lot of people — as many as 60 construction-related suppliers pitched in.

The shipping container home is based on a  a 40 foot long, 10 foot wide bin.

Speaking about the project, Carol Tallon, who worked with Derek Trenaman, both of Ceardean Architects said:

“A low cost model of housing was inevitable after the property market crash, and this container project shows that there are new housing solutions available to accommodate different lifestyle choices for Irish people.”

Some people were wondering about the insulation factor for one of these shipping container homes.  According to a fellow named Pól Mag Shamhrain, “I did a couple of design projects in college using containers. If you wrap the outside of the container all around with insulation or on the inside, then it takes out the thermal bridging which would make it cold or warm. It also stops all that dripping that might go on in winter.

“In this case it was put to the outside which is nice. I’d love to spend a day or two living in it!!”

Shamhrain also commented about the time frame of this project though: :If an architect and others in the design team were doing a large scale housing project it could take a year or two just to design,plan and construct the end product. A lot more work went into this small project that 3 days I would imagine. Multiply it by 20, 30 or 40 times and the complexity and time taken to design and adhere to regulations goes up significantly. Say you started a commission for a large scale project tomorrow the availability of these containers as raw material might be more expensive, especially if demand for them spikes in the construction industry like it currently has been and if there was a spike in consumer demand also. To think that the cost of these things will stay flat like you seem to believe is disingenuous to say the least.:

These homes are also being put forward as a solution to houseing: Scipio Africanus: “It looks clean modern and comfortable. If the govenment was serious about tackling the housing problem it would be promoting innovative ideas like this rather then parceling of land to American property developers, who will build private housing for Chinese business men to speculate on.”

Economicopoly agreed: “Absolutely. The “housing crisis” in Ireland has very obvious solutions none of which accord with the interest of global finance so instead our elected govt treat land in Ireland in such a way as is best accorded with international investors return prospects. Of course its not just govt but armies of Irish “professionals” lining up to do their bidding as well. Decent modern train service so that you can be in Dublin City Centre within 40 mins from Navan, Mullingar, Naas etc and a person on the average family can buy an affordable decently sized family home and still be within a manageable commute to the city centre. Instead its endless academic argument over green field site locations and density ratios to mask the real politik of orchestrating our land to deliver the maximum return for financial investors. They shite on about problems with commercial space in Dublin , one 40 storey building would put an end to that in one project, its all about restricting supply to drive asset yields up for the establishment in Ireland FG has always traditionally served best.”

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Requests

Houses January 7, 2016

Here are some things people would like us to find for them. This page is just for us to keep the requests as notes so we can find things that will help these people.

“Single level, pitched roof, open concept, walk in closet, bath with a tub, walk out decks”

“Property taxes are largely based on square footage. Under 1000 sq. ft., is the lowest. Put that on a basement foundation with a walk up attic and that would be ideal for me as an empty nester yet allow me to expand my living area of needed.” – So 999 square feet with a large basement? What’s the ideal attic size? “Big enough to convert to living space if needed.”

“1000 square to 1200 square open concept with 2 bedrooms and bath and a half.”

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How to Get Your Amaryllis Plant to Rebloom

Home and Garden January 4, 2016

Amaryllis Plant

Once the holidays are over, don’t throw out your amaryllis bulbs! It’s easy to save them from year to year with these simple steps:

Once the blooms have faded, cut off the flower stalk at the base. Do not remove the leaves.

Water the bulb and give it a balanced water soluble fertilizer every two weeks. Keep the plant in a sunny location. At this stage, you want to encourage the growth of as many leaves as possible.

In the spring, when air and soil temperatures are warm and there is no longer any danger of frost or cold nights, take your amaryllis plant outdoors. You can leave it in a container as long as it has sufficient drainage, or plant the amaryllis right into your garden bed. Even cold climate gardeners can follow this step. Keep watering and feeding it all summer long.

In the late summer or early autumn, bring the amaryllis back inside the house. Put it in a sunny location, but do not water or feed the bulb. This means the leaves will turn yellow – this is okay! Cut the leaves off after they have wilted and changed color, then move the bulb into a cool, dark location such as a basement or a storage room. The plant must stay in this area for 2.5 to 3 months.

After the period of darkness is finished, bring the amaryllis back into the warm sunlight. Start a watering and fertilizing schedule once again. Within a few days, your bulb should be showing some signs of growth. It will take about 10 weeks for the plant to rebloom.

By Sheryl Normandeau

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This Metal Home is the Perfect Size for a Couple or Small Family

Metal Buildings December 30, 2015

This Metal Home is the Perfect Size for a Couple or Small Family

Many people think about having a house out on a farm, and some of us already live out on farms and ranches or large pieces of land. Barn houses and metal homes both are seeing something of a surge of interest lately. Metal homes as an alternative building method that allows for inexpensive, strong and durable buildings that can also be reused, recycled or modified later on, and barn homes are a traditional style of building people are liking for their own homes.

Here we have a combination of both, and at a size just about right for a couple or small family. The metal house here is designed and built by a company we’ve featured a number of times here on our site: Morton metal buildings — they do a number of different building types. And the job they’ve carried off here is one that I think will catch a lot of attention: a traditional rustic-style farm house with a rust and salmon color scheme.

You can see from the photo above and those below (all the photos on our website expand when you click them) that the interior of this metal building home is also a comfortable, traditional style. You can see that they’ve covered most of the building in wood cladding and some of it in stone work, including that outdoor seating area in the photo. But looking at the interior shots, I think a lot of you might agree that the interior work on this ranch house metal home is the real star of this construction project.

Some more information about this metal building:

Project Number: B070006642
Location: Kellyville, OK
Dimensions: 42’W x 10’4″H x 60’L + 24’W x 9’H x 24’L
This home was built for Curtis & Lesta of Kellyville, OK

Special Features:
Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
Cupolas
Porches
Wainscot
Windows w/ Shutters
Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

This Metal Home is the Perfect Size for a Couple or Small Family

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This Metal Home is Ideal for a Large Living Space … and Shop Space

Metal Buildings December 30, 2015

This Metal Home is Ideal for a Large Living Space ... and Shop Space

Many people think about having a house out on a farm, and some of us already live out on farms and ranches or large pieces of land, and a lot of us also want to have a decent-sized garage or shop right at hand so we can work on our projects, or even do work from our residences. Barn houses and metal homes both are seeing something of a surge of interest lately, and a lot of shops are already built of metal or metal-framed. Metal homes as an alternative building method that allows for inexpensive, strong and durable buildings that can also be reused, recycled or modified later on, and barn homes are a traditional style of building people are liking for their own homes.

Here we have a combination: A stylish, livable space that might catch some eyes and a giant garage-style shop (with pool table) on a large piece of green land. The metal barn home here is designed and built by a company we’ve featured a number of times here on our site: Morton metal buildings — they do a number of different building types. And the job they’ve carried off here is one that I think will catch a lot of attention.

You can see from the photo above and those below (all the photos on our website expand when you click them) that the interior of this metal building home is also a comfortable, traditional style. But looking at the interior shots, I think a lot of you might agree that the shop space / garage on this metal house building is the real star of this construction project.

Some more information about this metal building:

Project Number: 22-2891
Location: Rochelle, IL
Dimensions: 81’W x 26’H x 150’L
This home was built for Clyde & Nancy of Rochelle, IL

Special Features:
Morton’s Hi-Rib Steel
Brick & Steel Wainscot
Acoustical Steel
Morton’s Energy Performer Insulation Package

Find more from Morton steel buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

This Metal Home is Ideal for a Large Living Space ... and Shop Space This Metal Home is Ideal for a Large Living Space ... and Shop Space

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Metal Buildings for Farms and Ranchs

Metal Buildings December 29, 2015

Metal Buildings for Farms and Ranchs

This traditional red barn uses a modern building method: metal construction, for strength, durability, long-lasting re-usability, and economy.

These farm and ranch metal building houses are some of the many buildings being made by Lester these days. They caught our attention, so we thought we’d share them (as with all the images on our website, you can make them bigger by clicking on them — even the featured image).

There are just a few details available for this building. You can use the project number to talk to the builders about this design as a starting point. The idea here is that you’re going to have to talk to the builders anyway, but you can get an idea of what metal buildings are options by looking at what has already been built.

Project Details
End Use: Farm & Ranch
Building Type: Ag Storage/Shop
Location:
Pecatonica, IL
Dealer / Rep: Allen Miller
Project #: 218453
Notes: 4/12 roof pitch, Clopay overhead door, Hayfield windows, flying gable, hip porch, (2) cupolas
Dimensions: 60′ x 136′ x 18′
Primary Color: Barn Red
Secondary Color: Evergreen

Lester Buildings is a leading manufacturer and builder of custom pre-engineered, post-frame building systems for farm, livestock, equine, hobby, and commercial purposes. They also sell material-only packages. What sets Lester’s metal buildings apart? According to the company, “three things: a professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion; customization; and value.”

Find more from Lester metal buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

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This Hobby Shop is a One of Those Metal Buildings

Metal Buildings December 29, 2015

This is one of the hobby shop purposed metal building houses being made by Lester these days. It caught our attention, so we thought we’d share it.

There are just a few details available for this building. You can use the project number to talk to the builders about this building design as a starting point. The idea here is that you’re going to have to talk to the builders anyway, but you can get an idea of what metal buildings are options by looking at what has already been built.

Project Details

End Use: Hobby
Building Type: Garage/Hobby Shop
Location:
Rockton, IL
Dealer / Rep: Allen Miller
Project #: 218675
Notes: 4/12 roof pitch, Hayfield windows
Dimensions: 42′ x 56′ x 12′
Primary Color: Rawhide
Secondary Color: Colony Green

Lester Buildings is a leading manufacturer and builder of custom pre-engineered, post-frame building systems for farm, livestock, equine, hobby, and commercial purposes. They also sell material-only packages. What sets Lester’s metal buildings apart? According to the company, “three things: a professional, collaborative planning experience from concept to completion; customization; and value.”

Find more from Lester metal buildings, and the metal and steel design and build companies we’ve indexed in our Home Designers and Builders Directory. You can search the company’s name and look builders near your area. And to see more metal homes, click here.

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