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5 Reasons Why Life is Better on a Houseboat

Uncategorized March 20, 2017

Many people are seeking a new way of living. The traditional home on a specific plot of land, just isn’t doing the job of satisfying many homeowners. This is one reason why houseboat living has become popular these days. There was a time when houseboat living was a far-off dream in Europe or somewhere exotic. Now, people are living in houseboats all over the U.S. and Canada, and those who are transitioning to houseboat living are from every walk of life. From retired professors to freelance artists and writers, many people are yearning for the freedom of living on a boat,

There are many ways to live on a houseboat. Some dwellers choose to be docked at all times and pay for docking fees, and others enjoy the choice of riding up and down the nearest river and docking whenever they choose. Many areas, have certain docking spaces for those who like to take a ride once in a while. Docking rules vary from place to place. Sometimes you can dock for 24 hours, other docking spaces allow you to dock for months at a time.

1. The Incredible Views

It’s not difficult to find incredible views. All you need to do is look around you. Most rivers and lakes are surrounded by the purest of nature. Living on a houseboat, you get to see that beauty all the time.

2. You Get to be the Captain

This may not be a thrill for everyone, but it is a huge thrill for some. You get to be the captain of your own boat and your own life. Of course, you need to do your studies before embarking on this kind of life move, but once you learn the ropes, donning that captain’s hat can be quite a surreal trip.

3.  You Can Always Move

Living on a houseboat makes it easier to change environments if you don’t like the one you’re in. You can change neighbors much easier by just riding a couple miles down the river to the next docking station. You don’t feel so stuck and restricted as you do when you own a home or sign a lease.

4. No Yard Work

Some people like yard work and gardening, most people do not. You won’t have that worry living on a houseboat. If you love plants, you can still own house plants depending upon the climate and where you place them, but that is really no different than living in a house. What you won’t need to do, is mow the lawn.

5. Life is Always Changing and Exciting

Life is never dull on a houseboat. When you take a small cruise, you get a great change of scenery, and as the climate changes you get a front row seat. You can be on the move for months, stopping here and there for your food and house needs, and meeting new people. And if you remain docked most of the time, the neighbors around you will change much more often than if you were living in a house in the city.

Source: Here are 5 great reasons why photo credit: 14 Reasons Why Life is Better on a Houseboat

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Steel Homes: An Economical Alternative

Uncategorized March 2, 2017

Steel homes are becoming increasingly popular, and more especially to young homeowners buying their first home. Their value-for-money is uncompromising. You can design your own home without the participation of either an architect or an engineer. Their durability is unmatched. There is no risk of problems like fire and pest infestations and so the homeowner’s insurance is much lower than with conventional construction. And with steel homes you can easily add on to the original floor plan and expand the design. You can have complete control over your home’s layout.

The maintenance on a wood built and asphalt-roofed home can be exhausting and expensive. Steel-built homes are much more easy to maintain, and so less of a drain on your wallet. They can be prefabricated or customized to your needs, desires, and requirements.

There are also kits for steel-built homes, so that you can save the cost of a building contractor. For as little as $8,000-$10,00 you can construct your own steel home in a matter of weeks or even days.

The location of your home is completely up to you. Steel homes can be put together almost anywhere you desire. That’s another reason why steel homes are so much more cost-effective. You may want your home to be in an open space, on a mountain, or in a more secluded location. Any of these sites works with a steel-built home.

Compared to a traditionally built home, designed by an architect and built by an engineer, steel-built homes can withstand hurricane force winds and other weather hazards, with little to no stress. A wood sided and framed home is more susceptible to bad weather conditions and is never as durable as a steel built home.

With a steel built home you can add rooms or reconfigure the home’s layout much more easily and less expensively than with a traditionally built home. As your family grows or you need more space for guests or animals, your steel built home can change and evolve just as you and your family evolve.

The benefits of living in a steel built home are many and deserve scrutiny and deep consideration. They are much more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than a traditionally built home. They can be prefabricated or customized to your specifications. The engineering is built into your home’s design. There is no need for an architect. Steel homes are more durable and weather resistant than traditional homes. Add-ons are easily accommodated and your steel home can be expanded as your life expands. Pest infestations need not be a problem and steel homes are non-combustible. The actual construction of your steel home on your chosen site can be quick and simple. Steel homes are a great choice for young couples. So steel built homes are an economical alternative.

Source: General Steel Buildings

 

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Paint Colors for a Calming Bedroom

Uncategorized February 2, 2017

Your bedroom should be a sanctuary of peace, calm, and renewal. It is a place where you unwind and shed the stress of the day. Studies have shown that colors have a huge effect on mood, and the color that you paint your bedroom can influence the kind of sleep you have. Here are five painting options  that can enrich and aid in a restful night.

Lavender

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Soft purple colors are considered to have the ability to be stress-reducing, and this lavender is both cool and sophisticated. It is perfect for a master bedroom. You can counter the cool nature of the paint color with warmer colors on your floors, head board, and accents.

Dark Grey-Blue

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Darker colors can provide a cozy ambiance in a bedroom. And they need not make a small room seem smaller. Break up the grey with lighter colors in artwork. furniture, and flooring. This is both a sophisticated and romantic color scheme, and can help provide  a peaceful, calm feeling. If you prefer a bit more light in your bedroom, use a pale, soft grey on the walls and complimentary colors in pillows, accents and bed linens.

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Nature inspires with this color. Think of a cool autumn day with a crisp blue sky. This is a very relaxing way to make your bedroom your sanctuary. Counter the cool feeling of the blue with warm accent colors in pillows and cushions, and bed covers. A warm area rug or other floor covering will also be a compliment to the blue walls.

Neutral Green

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A soft green hue with a touch a grey is also nature-inspired. Bring the outside in with a pistachio, or sage green, and use other colors of nature in accents and bed linens. This is a warmer option than the cooler colors mentioned above, but is still clean, fresh, and relaxing.

Bedrooms are the most sacred room in the house. They should offer you a chance to shed the activities of the day, to find some solace, and soothe your soul. The colors you use in your bedroom should enhance this and promote peace.

Source: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/56675610/list/set-the-mood-5-colors-for-a-calming-bedroom

Featured image courtesy of Visi Build

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Small Prefab House Beach Design Meant to Be Affordable

Tiny House, Uncategorized October 25, 2016

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What is this small house prefab on the water? It’s 70 square meters of laminated timber construction, wooden deck and terminal base. Four meters in height where even the skylights can be opened.

“People want to stay rural in the summer – but still want all the facilities like toilets and showers. We have been striving for simplicity and a sense of freedom so that you experience the difference between cabin homes and permanent homes,” said Johnny Andersson and Michaela Tengblad, who created the summer house.

Johnny and Michaela, who work at Earth Architects, have designed this small prefab house for summer fun. Notice the housing structure with large glass windows including the roof. The idea is that you should feel that you have the sky as a roof. The large room should feel like a studio or greenhouse, a place where you can paint, pottery and work. Without a lot of sofas that you do not use. When you socialize as you sit at the dinner table. Living rooms are often the least used – if not the television is there.

A starting point for Michaela’s and Johnny’s prefab house design work has been to find the difference between permanent residence and holiday home at the same time they wanted to meet the requirements of convenience. Therefore, there is a toilet, shower and kitchen, but the shower is outdoors and the simple kitchen counter is more workbench which continues outdoors. The house has no hall with a definite admission, but outside several doors and sliding windows can be used. The bedroom’s surface is minimized but a bench in the main room is both storage and can serve as extra sleeping.

“When we designed the house we started from what we ourselves could afford. Therefore, we have worked with simplicity and rugged materials. But to build simple is usually difficult because you cannot hide the errors,” said the designers.

The basic concept of this prefab home design is a 70-square-meter small house, but it can be made larger and designed by the owner’s wishes. One part is built in wood and the other is the concrete foundation and steel structure. The house is winter insulated and equipped with a stove.

“We think that the house is equally suited to lie on a beach in a forest glade or in a holiday home area.”

Johnny sees no problem with having large skylights in the small house. “On the contrary, it is well amazing to hear the rain and watch the snow fall and experience the weather.”

Earth Architects work broadly with everything from private homes to prefab house designs to sheltered housing, from the landscaping to the design of the door handles. The team is Johnny Andersson, 47, who co-founded the architectural firm in 1999 in which nine people work today. Johnny’s dream home is a town house in New York, a hybrid between villa and apartment with its own entrance and terrace; and Tengblad Michaela, 40, who has been with the company for six years. Her dream home is a custom-designed, climate-villa in rough concrete and plywood.

Illustration: Koloss.se

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Falling in Love with a New Color Palette

Uncategorized October 3, 2016

Falling in Love with a New Color Palette

As the leaves change their color and the wind whips through our hair we are reminded that a new season has arrived. Fall is special as it is nature’s final farewell before beginning its renewal. There is a beauty outside that can easily be brought indoors without the mess. Warm colors of fall create an inviting atmosphere perfect for the upcoming holiday season. Red, yellow, and orange based colors are all on this seasons color palette.

Burgundy is a great color for your fall palette. This is a red based color that has a rich, warm feel to perfectly fit the season. Other colors to use, similar in shade, would be maroon or rust.

They can all be paired with warm neutral tones. If you would like a more festive look than pair these colors with gold to create more shine. Red based colors not fitting your space? Try a color with a yellow base. A light honey color is a great option. If you prefer something with more warmth try mustard instead. You can pair these colors with shades of gray or brown in your home. Of course we cannot forget about the seasons overwhelming popular color of orange.

This color is not just for your pumpkins! Embrace the seasons color by bringing in burnt orange for a dramatic accent or caramel if you would like a warm touch.

There are a variety of colors you can choose from and even more ways to present them in your home. Practical ways to enjoy these seasonal colors would be with updated throw pillows or blankets. Although they may be seasonal in your purchase, they can be used year round for guests. If you are not worried about practicality you can buy seasonal decorations that draw upon these colors. If you do not have the closet space to dedicate to these seasonal items then try flowers! They are a great way to bring the season indoors.

Pictured color combinations: Burgundy, Maroon, Rust; Caramel, Burnt Orange; Honey, Mustard)

By Alison LaPaglia

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What Is A Container Home? All About the Shipping Container House

Shipping Container Buildings, Uncategorized October 1, 2016

What Is A Container Home? All About the Shipping Container House

What does it take to build a shipping container house?

Building a container house may seem simple. Just connect two, three or however many used containers in a house. The final cost of the container house includes more than just a couple shipping containers, though, because naturally you need to arrange the containers and building site, and outfit the building for living.

The price of the package is important. But the price of the what’s in the shipping home is also important: doors, fittings, finishes, heating …

NOTE: There are photos to illustrate the sizes of these containers and the types of homes at the bottom of the article. It might be best to go down there and look through them first, so you can know what’s being explained. You can also refer to the images as you go along.

HOW MUCH DOES A CONTAINER COST?

To build a house you need a container or multiple containers. They come both new or used. A container can be purchased from your dealer. Suppliers are often in large commercial ports.
40 foot container: A container costs between $2200 and $3300 US.

It takes one or two containers to build up a cabin or a small house. The shipping containers come painted. Transportation and installation of the package has an additional price. An old container can cost much less, but you have to buy a waterproof container, so make sure it meets that requirement.

The price of the container also depends on the manufacture, and on the quantity purchased. The price to buy 1 or 10 containers is not the same.  For a good price, the used container is a better deal. The best solution is to go to a port or containers are numerous and where providers are also numerous.

Shipping containers are closed metal boxes, and there are different sizes of containers, but 40 meters is the largest and most widely used construction container. This container produces mainly cube-shaped houses. These houses can be considered a byproduct of the industrial international transport to a degree, and are environmentally friendly in the sense that they re-use what is otherwise no longer needed.

20 foot container dimensions: Length : 6.058mm Width : 2.438mm Length: 2.591mm. Internal dimensions Length : 5.910mm Width : 2.340mm Length: 2.388mm. Opening Width : 2.346mm Length: 2.282mm cubing : 33,2m. Maximum weight : 24.000kg Tara : 2.080kg Load 21.920kg.

40 foot container dimensions Length: 12.192mm Width : 2.438mm Length: 2.591mm. Internal dimensions Length : 12.044mm Width : 2.342mm Length: 2.380mm. Opening Width : 2.337mm Length: 2.280mm Takeoff : 67.6 m. Maximum weight : 30.480kg Tara : 3.550kg Load 26.930kg.

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Location considerations: In a hot climate beach-side location, like the interesting tiny house in Sri Lankan (photo below), a shipping container house can be built with materials on and around the site, including a few domestic containers and deconstructed remains of old wooden boxes from weapons. This container house was built with a single container. The waterfront home is located right on the beach, and you can see how well suited it would be considering the heat of the country and the breeze coming from the open water.

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Construction container is trendy, it’s increasing in the world for both emergency shelters and for for modern and contemporary construction.

This house is not a house in France. The orange is a popular color for containers! This modern home has been designed with just shipping boxes. The modular boxes are assembled by connecting two under a single roof. All overlooking a bay window instead of a wall. The industrial style is real, but it is a special home because of its unique design.

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Here is a small house project container with solar panels for home energy. The possibilities are endless with containers and multiple projects are possible.

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Because this building style is a growing trend, architects around the world are working on these concept homes. Some are covered with wood, so they do not appear to be made with metal once they’re finished.

As some might guess, the container house is also popular where labor is cheaper and where people have less money, such as China. In fact, China ships shipping container homes around the world, competing with American, European and other companies.

Why build a house with containers?

The first is probably price. Even if you can’t afford to build a wooden house from a builder, you may have enough to be able to afford a shipping container design.

Also, if you want to save money by building the house yourself, you might not have the experience for framing with wood.

Container houses are strong.

A container is a very sturdy structure. They are stacked 8 levels on top of each other, filled with a maximum load 26.5T. A container can carry 213T. So stacking for houses is something the shipping container is capable of. However, attention has to be paid how they are stacked.

They’re also suitable for any size of house – small or large – and any type – for example, single dwelling or large apartment complex. They can also be added on to or split up to modify the building design.

See our list of shipping container homes and designs we’ve featured here. See our directory of shipping container homes for more information about them. Gallery of examples:

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These Houses Are Actually Inexpensive Barn Sheds

Uncategorized October 1, 2016

These Houses Actually Inexpensive Barn Sheds

These barn homes can be cabins, storage, two-story horse barn, or small house structures, and they are the work of a company that builds both small and large stuctures. These barn homes are actually their “large buildings.”

They focus on high-quality, reasonably price buildings that meet the needs of their customers. And they can provide pretty much any size of building you could ask for. Their standard building sizes for these kit homes are 16X24 and 24X44, but they also have larger sizes such as 30X60. And since we’re looking at the barn home versions, their barn style buildings come standard with a full second floor complete with a stairway.

The second story and stairway is made possible by the barn house’s gambrel roof. This second floor basically doubles the useable floor space of the building, because the second story is also around the same height as a regular house’s ceiling.

They build these kit homes and barns to the specifications required by their customers, and their trained staff helps buyers figure out their needs and design a building. They’re called Outdoor Showcase. They take their time to help people meet their needs. They know that these buildings can be needed for animals or heavy machinery, and might have a dirt or gravel floor in those cases, and they use a pole foundation base to meet this particular need. The pole foundation is made of 4 X 6 treated posts burried with concrete over 3 feet under the ground, and connected using tongue and groove band boards. This durable foundation is finished by bolting double treated headers and capped with a 2 X 5 treated top plate. The pole foundation walls serve as the forms for the concrete, thus saving labor, materials, and expensive footer costs.

Features:

  • 16’x20′ through 30’x60′
  • Many used as cabins.
  • Pole/Post & Beam foundations available.
  • Built only. (Ask for information).

Kits Available

  • Shingles, nails, & hardware included.
  • Lumber is 80%-90% pre-cut
  • Doors are pre-built
  • Load list, simle drawings
  • Detailed VHS tape instructions.
  • Hand Stacked on driveway or in garage.

Options Available

  • Ventilation
  • Lofts and Shelves
  • Ramps
  • Windows
  • Taller Sidewalls
  • Pressure Treated Floors
  • Wider Super Doors

Red kit house image featured: 16×24 Barn Shed: 16×24 Two-story barn/shed with full second story, full front porch, and steel roof. For more about Outdoor Showcase’s work, find them in our barn home and kit homes directory. Gallery of their work here.

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This Shipping Container Home

Shipping Container Buildings, Uncategorized September 20, 2016

Shipping Container Home

This simple but eye-catching shipping container home is one you might have seen before, but never known anything about. Yes, it is as simple as it looks. It’s basically a single shipping container set up on three concrete pillars. It also includes a patio that sticks out at the second-story elevation of the entire structure (see photo for patio).

Is this something you can build? Yes, and it is a prime example of what can be done with a single shipping container house. Shipping containers can cost around $2,000 to $5,000 and you can get them standard in many sizes, but generally up to 45 feet long at the larger end. The one in the picture is 4 meters wide and comes in 7 to 15 meter lengths. What some companies do with shipping containers is disguise them, forming modern or rustic looking houses that just happen to have the inexpensive durability of shipping containers. What other designers do is use the aesthetic of the shipping container itself in the overall design of the house.

This particular shipping container home by Espace is a modern design (as you can tell from the photos), and it used complete modules as well as some wood for the interior. When these were built, they were priced at between 55,000 and 95,000 Euros, but they don’t seem to be built anymore by the company Espace, the website of which is no longer functioning. Doesn’t matter for us though, because we get to see their interesting shipping container design and we can use it for our own modular, prefab, whatever home design plans.

In case you’re wondering about entry for this shipping container prefab house, it’s on the other side, and you can see the walkway to the door is also elevated, like a small bridge to the house. The back of the house is finished in wood paneling, while the front with its expansive view (in this case) is completely glazed. For locate Espace (Austrian company), find them in our directory of prefab homes.

This Shipping Container Home

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5 Useful Plastic Bottle Hacks

Uncategorized September 18, 2016

5 Useful Plastic Bottle Hacks

Plastic bottle DIYs are something that can come in handy almost anywhere, anytime, because plastic bottles are pretty much ubiquitous with modern life. Reports have it you can even find plastic bottles on desert islands, having washed ashore after being dispensed from some soda machine or convenience store.

These 5 DIY hacks are part of Brightside’s 5-minute crafts.

1) Squeeze bottle. If you thought squeeze bottles were a special kind of bottle you had to buy, you’ve got news coming to you. Heat up the lid of a pop bottle with a lighter or candle, push a nib into it with a wooden stick, and cut the end off. Then re-affix it to the bottle, filled with whatever you want to dispense.

2) Holder for pens or make-up. Using a hot iron, you can smooth out the sharp edge of a bottle cut in half.

3) Actually #3 was kind of not that valuable, so we’ll skip it.

4) Dispenser for crystals, powder, etc in a bag: cut the top section off a bottle, remove the cap. Then feed the plastic bag’s open end through the cut off part. When you put the lid on again, it will hold the bag in place. You can either cut a hole in the lid or not.

5) Controlled-water plant holder. You can see from the diagram, one bottle is put into another. And that inverted bottle has a cord of cloth (tied in a knot on the top side so it doesn’t fall through), falls into the water held in the bottle used as a stand.

For more from Brightside, visit them (click here).

5 Useful Plastic Bottle Hacks

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Uncategorized August 26, 2016

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