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Problem solving

by Jennifer from EconoMod  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:33 AM
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A few times in this project, we’ve hit a minor stumbling block.  Something that we’ve planned didn’t work out the way that we thought it would or it didn’t work out at all.  And by “we” I really mean “me” because in a couple of cases, I was the reason that plans had to be [...]

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Hourville

Book Me on HourVille!

by Becky Shankle from eco-modernism  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 03:08 AM
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From the Department of Useful Tools: This morning I set up my account with HourVille, a tool that lets you buy or sell any service by the hour. Pretty slick - you can pay me directly to my PayPal account, and you can see my availability on my booking schedule. Book Me! I only have my design service [...]

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Sheds for living

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:22 AM
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Manchester-based architects FKDA have come up with a design for an eco-friendly micro-home (some of you may know them from their eco home:works house design, pictured) which they call a 'shed for living' but which is also aimed at potential shedworkers. According to Richard Frankland from FKDA it's also a response to today’s current economic climate where housing needs to be affordable and easily deliverable. Here's how he describes the project (this is quite a long post but it's well worth persevering): "The idea of creating such a small living environment came from the growing reports of people being forced from their homes unable to make their current mortgage payments, and turning to living with family, in garden sheds and even in cars. "The design also caters for a market that aren’t feeling such hardship, but still looking to find more space without moving house. The basic shell version therefore makes an ideal home office, extended living space for a house or a children’s playroom. Other uses include individual low cost student or key worker accommodation, an ideal house for a first-time buyer, or even a holiday home. Developers are interested in the design to fulfill the quota of affordable housing they need to provide in a typical housing scheme. "We were keen not to compromise on space standards and quality of design to achieve a low-cost micro home. The layout of the shed is extremely efficient and compact, yet provides a spacious feeling with a double height space over the main living area. Directly over the kitchen and shower room is a double bed deck with ample storage and hanging space for clothes. To maximise storage, one of the most important attributes people look for in a home, an inner “sleeve” has been designed that incorporates cut outs for furnishings and fittings, and elsewhere provides plenty of storage space. "This inner lining also contributes to the buildings excellent thermal performance. The (FSC Certified) timber framed walls, floor and roof are insulated using cellulose fibre (extracted from 100% recycled newspapers). The windows are all double glazed, and the shed is heated by electric underfloor heating with the option of a real wood burning fireplace. By incorporating renewable energy systems to the building (identified as optional extras), it’s possible for the shed to achieve zero-carbon status (Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes). We have included the same criteria set out for our Zero Carbon house ( home:works ). We have also been careful to design and specify internal fittings and finishes that contribute to our own “healthy home” requisite, to improve air quality, cleanliness and health and safety. "We considered trying to classify the building as a caravan to eliminate the need for Building Regulations Approval, however, they were keen to not only provide a structure that performed no differently to a traditional house, but also met accessibility requirements for the disabled. With simple modifications to the interior and and ramped access, the shed can cater for wheelchair users. Having the same attributes of a dwelling, the shed is also VAT zero-rated. "The shed can be entirely prefabricated in a factory and delivered to site (sitting on a simple concrete foundation). Alternatively, the components can be delivered and the shed assembled on site, with each being small and light enough for one or two people to manhandle, eliminating the need for a crane. Ideally the structure would also be delivered by Bio-Diesel haulage vehicles to maximise the sheds eco credentials. "All-in-all, the shed provides a very unique alternative living, working or playing environment, eco-friendly, healthy, low cost and easily deliverable. It may be designed in response to this current economic climate, but it could challenge the housing market to steer away from the bland house design that is currently on offer throughout the country."

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Front Day 53

Photos of Windows and Interiors

by chad from 100K House Blog  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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In case you missed the recent open house, I snapped a few pics of the exterior and interior of the 120K House yesterday. The exterior looks pretty ominous wrapped in black felt paper with the black windows installed. While the exterior looks cool, the interior is really impressive at this stage. The exposed OSB from the [...]

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The Shed, Tokavaig

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:15 AM
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The Shed at Tokavaig, Skye, is a labour of love designed and built by Mary Arnold-Forster of awardwinning architects Dualchas. Like much of Dualchas ' work, The Shed is inspired by the traditional Highland blackhouse , simple shedlike buildings constructed using local, often salvaged, materials. Lovely to look at with its corrugated larch cladding, it also features solar panels, underfloor heating and the first grant-aided exhaust-air heat pump in Scotland. There are also smashing views of the Cuillin mountain range and across to the islands of Rhum and Canna. Unsurprisingly, The Shed won this year's New Building category in the IAA Design Awards There's a documentary about the building of The Shed on December 18 (tomorrow) on the Discovery Channel and a nice piece in The Times . Best of all, if you want a special shedworking holiday, you can rent it out. Click here for details . Thanks to Elspeth Thompson for the alert. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today's posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists. Click here for more details .

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Cains: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:22 AM
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Friend of Shedworking Chris Routledge has a marvellous new book out, Cains: The Story of Liverpool in a Pint which is a history of the famous Liverpool brewery. You can buy the book here and you can listen to (or download) Chris read from the first chapter of the book (hopefully recorded in his garden office) here . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today's posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists. Click here for more details .

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Shedworking on the move in the 1960s

by noreply@blogger.com (Alex) from Shedworking  (other blog) — Jan 04, 2012 04:21 AM
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The Mobila Hem Sedan 1963 as featured on the must-read Tiny House Blog . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today's posts are sponsored by garden2office, the Swedish garden office specialists. Click here for more details .

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Stach Red Cain Collection Chair

10 Easy Pieces: Red Dining Chairs

by Janet from Remodelista  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 03:06 AM
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From Janet: Add a dash of color to your dining space with red chairs—even a single one adds a festive note. Above: From Staach, one of our favorite companies, Set of Two Chairs in Red; $620 at Design Public. Above: Despite its hefty price tag, we love the iconic Czech Chair in red; $1,100 at Conran. Above: The Norvald [...]

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mas ROJO

by chill (noreply@blogger.com) from house on the hill  (build blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:34 AM
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finished with the red paneling (sans doors and drawers that will come after C.O.) turned out pretty well considering they parallel Robin's millwork. kitchen island is in. Darrell helped me with kitchen countertops made from scrap massaranduba which [...]

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Fossil Cities

by Geoff Manaugh (noreply@blogger.com) from BLDGBLOG  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:44 AM
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[Image: Art by Joe Alterio; view larger].I'm excited to announce that BLDGBLOG and Wired Science have teamed up with Swissnex to host a live interview – free and open to the public – with geologist Jan Zalasiewicz, author of The Earth After Us: What [...]

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