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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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Add your own if you’re sure they’re appropriate. Otherwise, ask first.
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IKEA, known everywhere for its simple, DIY furniture, has been continuing to experiment. Now they’ve come up with an assembly method that doesn’t even require the little allen keys that usually come with an assembly package.
How? It snaps together. That means wedges, little wooden wedges, are what hold together parts of the furniture.
The “wedge dowel” is a little ribbed connector. Take a look.
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This might be one of the most inexpensive housing options we’ve come across. We share a lot of ideas here, from prefabs to metal buildings to tiny homes to anything else we think you guys might be interested in. That has included a few strange but inexpensive options, and this idea is going to fit right in with those.
These Old Hickory sheds actually start at even less than $1500. That price is the one for their model that has windows and a little porch. It looks almost like a little home — definitely compares with cabins and tiny homes. But it’s actually a shed. These things are actually sold as “utility style” “playhouses” along with their sheds that are sold as “barns,” “lofted barns,” and “utility sheds.” But they’re big as cabins, with 12 X24 dimensions minimum (you can get them bigger) and 8 foot walls. They also have 2 X 3 windows and a 9 lite window door and that porch you can see in the photo. As you can see from the photo, people are already using these residentially or semi-residentially.
And they have smaller ones with less fancy builds that cost even less — like under $1000. Can you imagine what one of these little sheds would look like set up as a tiny home? You could even mount one to a truck trainer if you wanted to tow it around. Note though that they aren’t built for that — it’s just an idea for transport — so you wouldn’t necessarily want to take them on the highway or over any rough ground.
That might mean you can’t expect it to meet building codes for a house, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live in one of these the way you could in a cabin as long as you aren’t breaking any zoning. Of course, these could serve as a guest cabin in a yard, because you could put a shed there no problem, and this one looks like a quaint little tiny home cabin. What if you put a bed and everything you usually put in a cabin in there?
Besides size options, you can also chose roof options (black, dark brown, evergreen, weathered wood) or metal woods in 4 colors.
And here’s one of the more interesting parts of this idea as a cabin: They offer building options for units when you order one. A tiny home cabin could have various sized single- or double-pane windows, various doors, including double wooden barn doors, garage doors (if you want to be able to store your stuff or small vehicle in it as well), flooring, shelves, work benches, lofts, porch railings, engineered plans, and non-standard color options. Basically you can customize your order how you can picture it, staying to the basics of a rectangular tiny home cabin with windows, a door, and a porch.
The company who makes these both sells them (either delivered as a prefab or assembled on site when they can’t be delivered for whatever reason), and also rents them, so you could always try one out first. A third option exists, too: rent to own. And they have 5-year warranties.
They also have free delivery and set-up, and here’s the information for that, since I suspect anyone considering this tiny home option would want to know this: “Buildings at the sales lot can usually be delivered within 5 week days (weather permitting). Ordered Treated & Fir buildings can usually be delivered within 10 to 15 days (weather permitting). Ordered Painted and Metal buildings can usually be delivered within 15 to 20 days (weather permitting). Note: Non-standard metal colors on any building will add one week to the lead time. No site preparation necessary (if site is accessible with truck and trailer and site is no more than 3 feet out of level). Free setup includes leveling with customer supplied concrete blocks and driver supplied pressure treated shims. Drivers can supply concrete blocks for a minimal charge. First 30 miles free, over 30 miles subject to additional charge.”
Find more from Old Hickory and other tiny home and cabin builders 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 cabins homes, click here.
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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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Jessica Thato Phasumane shared these photos of things her small business, Street Smart Creations, are making. They’re making these in India and selling for rupies, so they might not be something you guys will be ordering, given the size of the product, but it might be interesting still to see some of the ways they’re using old and no-longer-used materials to build new furniture, like couches, outdoor sets, tables, stools, fireplaces, and more.
In fact, Jessica’s line about her work was, “We recycle & repurpose steel drums, wooden pallets & tyres to create unique funiture with a variety of colours & designs…Our designs are Eco-friendly too.”
To contact Street Smart Creations, you can use their WhatsApp: 0832401555.
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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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