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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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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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Hello world!

Uncategorized August 26, 2016

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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Building Homes and Living Website Information

Uncategorized July 30, 2016


Tags for Interior Design:

  • Tables
  • Shelves
  • Windows
  • Bedrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Sinks
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Vases
  • Stairways
  • Pet Stuff
  • DIY Projects

Add your own if you’re sure they’re appropriate. Otherwise, ask first.

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Would You Live in a $1500 Old Hickory Shed Home?

Uncategorized March 18, 2016

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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