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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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Metal Building Home for a Couple or Small Family

Houses, Metal Buildings October 3, 2016

A home is supposed to be cozy and warm. It is where we celebrate our holidays with family and invite our friends to get together. So why are people opting for a metal home?!

Here’s why. Steel is sturdy. Metal buildings require the specialty of an engineer. An engineer who will carefully consider the location of a home before building. So if you are someone who will receive a large amount of snow in the winter, or strong winds during the year, you don’t need to worry about your roof caving in or a piece of your home being torn off. Your metal home will use bolts to connect its structure whereas a wooden home uses nails.

A metal home is also environmentally friendly. Wood comes at the cost of many trees, but the steel used for a metal home has often been recycled. If you are familiar working with “fixer-uppers” then you will appreciate that metal buildings do not require any load bearing walls. You can take down any wall you’d like to create a more open space at any time. The best benefit to a metal home, and arguably the most desirable, is the freedom from termites. Every home owner can understand the fear of these little pests damaging their home, but a metal home owner will never even have to worry about it!

Now that you know the structural benefits, you may be thinking how uninviting a steel home might be, but you’re wrong. A steal home can mimic a wooden home in style. You can see this design chosen for ‘Rod’s Cabin’ by Morton’s buildings in the pictures provided. The exterior can look warm and inviting with the use of paint or other materials such as brick for coverage. You could also choose to show off the steel and create a chic, modern space with high ceilings and large windows. The interior can match the exterior in either case.

There is no need to give up your style for the practicality of a metal home, and your design will not diminish it’s benefits. So if you find yourself building your next dream home maybe its time to think a little harder and go with metal rather than wood.

Approximate price for these buildings is around $25 – $80 per square foot.

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about the structural benefits of metal buildings and Tyler Building Systems, as well as on Rod’s Cabin and Morton’s Buildings, find them in our metal home directory

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Tiny House of Glass – Would You Live in a Glass House Like This?

Tiny House October 3, 2016

Tiny House of Glass - Would You Live in a Glass House Like This

The point of a vacation is to escape our day to day lives, experience a different area, and sometimes get quality family time that we miss when we are working. We leave the sights and sounds of our city or town behind to experience something new and different; however, most us swap out one city for another and wind up with a similar experience.

A PurePod, on the other hand, is a truly unique and private experience based in New Zealand. It is a tiny house made of glass, placed in a remote location, and crafted with eco-friendly technology. Here you will have all of your necessities provided.

Safety and security are just as much of a priority as privacy. There are three locations to choose from and each one gives a stunning view, and an opportunity to explore your outdoor surroundings.

To those of you who are afraid this vacation may be too rustic, think again! The glass used for the floor, ceiling, and walls makes the tiny house feel much larger, and the rich natural beauty outside adds an extravagance to the venue. The Purepod also uses eco-friendly technology that ensures clean water and waste management. This means no bath houses or out houses! Maybe some of you are concerned about the vulnerability of a remote area, but in New Zealand there are no large animals or snakes to act as prey. There is no “roughing it” in a Purepod.

A quote from some couple who stayed in one:

“As we approached our PurePod, we could not believe our next 24 hours would be spent in our own isolated paradise, totally immersed in nature in this incredibly innovative eco-luxury glass chalet. We could hardly contain our excitement at our new find, not knowing whether to spend our time inside or out – in the end it was apparent that it really didn’t matter which we settled for because this was an experience where the outside world met the inside one.” – Derek & Emma

Where do you see your next vacation? On a crowded beach, a crowded city, or in a beautiful setting with the one(s) you love? Turn off your television, put away the phone, and escape to a Purepod for the luxurious relaxation that dream vacations are made of!

By Alison LaPaglia

For more information about Purepods, as well as about Derek and Emma, find them in our tiny home directory.

Tiny House of Glass - Would You Live in a Glass House Like This

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Tiny Home Backyard Studio and Guest House Has Got Style

Tiny House October 3, 2016

Tiny Home Backyard Studio and Guest House Has Got Style

Design can play a significant role in the overall impression of a tiny house or other tiny structure. In this case this tiny house building is a studio — it’s outfitted with couches instead of beds, but there is any number of possibilities for how the interior of these tiny dwellings are finished.

This one is called “Orchid Studio” and it’s by design team First Lamp. It’s an outbuilding — it’s not attached to the main house structure. It could be used just as easily as a guest house or reading room.

The team was brought into this project in order to get a nice design for the tiny house-style one-room building. And it does serve as a guest house if needed.

It’s connected to the main house by a diagonal path through the backyard garden to the corner of the yard where they situated the tiny dwelling.

The budget on this project was limited, which limited the amount of bells and whistles added to the basic tiny structure. One thing unusual was the use of Douglas Fir for the rafters, which were left exposed to provide an eventually-red wood accent to the white walls and siding outside.

Photos by: First Lamp. For more of First Lamp’s work, find them in our directory of tiny home builders.

Tiny Home Backyard Studio and Guest House Has Got Style

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Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

Modular October 3, 2016

Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

This was a custom project by ArchiBlox: “Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape.

The module Size 16m by 4.6m and is 106 sqm. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include:

• Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation

• Maximised North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun

• Green Roof which minimises rainwater run off and solar penetration

• FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods

• Low VOC internal paints and natural oils

So, a 2-bedroom modular beach house in New South Wales. And a design you might want to look at if you’re still in the process of getting design ideas or shopping around for a house design.

Architects: ArchiBlox
Location: Avalon Beach NSW 2107, Australia
Area: 106.0 sqm
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Michael Wickham, Tom Ross
Manufacturers: Big Ass Fans, Knauf, T&G, Thermann

For more from the designers, Archiblox, find them in our directory.

Build this eco green-roof modular home in 6 weeks

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IKEA enters small prefab house market, and it’s solar powered

Prefab October 3, 2016

IKEA enters small prefab house market

Prefab houses, modular houses, and tiny houses. Why not combine these housing options into a small shelter?

This is a real game changer. IKEA unveiled a solar-powered flat pack shelter for easily deployable emergency housing. That’s the target, but these tiny prefab homes, designed to be mass produced, could also serve as inexpensive home options for people who aren’t in emergency situations.

The designers, IKEA, are well-known for their urban simple, partially-DIY, economical, sometimes ecological, style. This project is a joint venture between the IKEA Foundation and the UNCHR.

These prefabs are going to replace what UNCHR was using before – tents. However, tents don’t provide the privacy or security hard walls provide, and there have been violent crimes at refugee and emergency compounds.

The prefab houses are flat packed — they flatten out for transport. They’re made from lightweight plastic, and have a total square footage of 188 sq ft.

They’re rated for five inhabitants — that’s twice the size of the older UN tents.

And for power, the grid is made less necessary because these prefab houses have solar power, coming from solar panels on the roof. Candles and kerosene are less often required even in out-of-the-way locations. These solar panels on the roof also deflect 70 percent of solar radiation, so the interior is cooler in the day while being warmer at night.

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Another Great Metal Building Garage

Metal Buildings October 2, 2016

Just recently saw this new one by a company we’ve featured here on Building Homes and Living a few times, Choice Metal Buildings, and since it was a pretty nice one, thought I’d share their info on it. You can find them, as always, in our directory of metal home builders and designers.

Here is the “Man Cave” you have been waiting for!! Order now with a deposit of $3,136.00!! The balance is due at Delivery & Install or we can Finance it for you!! Give us a call @ 877-422-1812.

** Engineer Certified ** Will meet or exceed any local code!

40′ x 41′ A-Frame Vertical Roof Garage
12′ Side Wall Height (All Vertical Paneling)
(2) 10′ x 10′ Garage Doors
(1) 36″ x 80″ Walk-In Door (With or Without Window)
$19,600.00 Delivered & Installed!! Plus your local tax.

(Please call to confirm price and availability, 877-422-1812)

Another Great Metal Building Garage

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Now you can build shelves with 2X4s with no nails or screws – Nice DIY tool

Furniture and Furnishings October 1, 2016

2x4 ADJUSTER shelves

Have you ever wanted to set up shelves in your house, garage, or outdoor space, but not had the right size of shelves to put in? Shelves can be expensive when you have to find a particular size or type. Now, there’s a product called the “2×4 ADJUSTER” which makes it so you can set up DIY ceiling height shelves (or shelves spanning the distance between a table, kitchen island, or other surface and the ceiling) with just 2×4 boards. You don’t even need nails or screws that make holes in your walls (there are extra pieces though, which do require screws or nails, but those nails just go into the 2x4s, not into your walls, ceiling or floor).

The product is by Heian Shindo Kogyo company of Japan, and it just won an award from the Good Design Award organization for the category of “Household goods and daily necessities.”

Simple living? Yes, it fits into the category of making your home simpler, easier, and more mobile — you can remove your shelves very easily and re-use the materials in any number of other ways, whether to set up another set of shelves in another location in your house, another house, or store your 2x4s in your garage to use later.

According to Good Design, “This 2×4 ADJUSTER is a DIY part which can be used even in a rental apartment. You can vertically stretch a piece of two-by-four (38x89mm) between the floor and the ceiling by using this item. As nails or screws are not used, the damage to the floor and the ceiling can be avoided. This item was developed to continue to be used as easy & safe DIY products for women & family.

“Also, in set with this 2×4 ADJUSTER, you can make shelves or partitions of your favorite size / The functionality as a top market share maker in Japan and the stylish design fit in life are the feature of this product.”

Gallery of great images shows the various ways these DIY shelves out of 3x4s can work:

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Prefab Houses Cubes

Prefab October 1, 2016

These prefab house “cube” designs are by Prefab Woning, whose concepts aim at being suitable for permanent residence and are available in many designs.

The basis of all these cubical prefabs is always being constructed from steel containers. This is a prefabricated building technology that means your house is not only robust but also affordable.

Depending on your needs, the steel walls of the Cubes can be left visible or covered so they aren’t visible. Thus, the steel plates can be painted in any color, or can be finished with Western Red Cedar as a maintenance-free wood replacement. At an additional cost, the outside of all the shipping containers can also be finished with stone strips.

With over 20 years of construction experience, Prefab Woning can quite fill some pages with examples of successfully completed projects. They specialize in prefabricated solutions, and have worked in steel, timber and combinations of both. The application of these building techniques is very diverse, allowing them to achieve both ground-level or lower construction, summer house style, dormers and even complete prefabricated houses.

Here is a sample of their prefabricated housing solutions based on the various cubes they offer. Since they always provide customized houses, each cube is different. Keep in mind that virtually every adjustment possible.

For more from Prefab Woning, find them in our directory of prefab house builders and designers.

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Camping and Outdoors Ideas and Plans (Regular Updates)

Outdoors October 1, 2016

Every once in a while, we come across a unique or unusual idea that might interest people for their camping and outdoors adventures, so we thought we’d put a page together for these here. We’ll update this page as we go, so if you like the things on it, you might want to bookmark this page and check back in a few weeks or a month or something.

How Many Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp

How Many Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp

 

 

 

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