Curbliers, it's time to get down with 'the green team'! Whether you're remodeling, starting a new build, or just like daydreaming about gorgeous kitchens, we've rounded up our five favorite eco-friendly building materials. Ready to dream green? Let's go!
Located in Fort Worth, TX, this 1,051 square foot, two-bedroom casita, designed by BYSP and built by Don Ferrier, is not only green, but it's off the grid too. It features SIP construction, a reflective roof, Weathershield ZoE5 windows and its very own 3.7kW SkyStream
What would impel a guy to DIY a castle? Oh, I don't know, maybe being inspired by a beautiful stone in the road, gratitude for divine intervention, or maybe fifteen years of prison for not converting from catholic to protestent. Or, maybe you just start mixing up cement and goat's milk and start slapping together old car parts, telephone poles and rail tracks. Next thing you know, you've got yourself a castle. Read more...
If you live around these parts and you've been to a tailgate, a picnic, an outdoor company party, a family reunion, or just about any outdoor party, you've undoubtedly seen, or played a game of Cornhole. I have to admit that I steered clear of it for the longest time, but my competitive nature eventually took over. The deal is that if you own the game, people are always calling to see if they can borrow it for their own backyard shindig. Here's how to build your own:
Didn't anyone else imagine, as a kid, what it would be like to live in a pumpkin shell or an oversized shoe? Boy, I did. Happily, I just discovered that dome builder, Steve Miller and I must have been on the same wavelength. In 1997, he, his wife and 1 1/2 year old daughter set out on a dome building adventure like no other. Today, their two story Vermont pumpkin house has been enlarged and improved upon more than once.
Photo Images: THR & Sons
When we built a home years ago my brother suggested some cost cutting carpentry illusions that gave us the look of custom raised wainscoting panels in the dining room and up the stairway. It's fairly commonplace now but at the time, it was a clever construction cost cutting idea.
Gone are the days of face-encompassing safety goggles. No need to look nerdy while buzzing through a 4 x 8 piece of plywood anymore. Safety glasses have gone cool. Hardly resembling their frumpy older sister, safety goggles, hip safety glasses have their own market, and they're hot. Check out some of the latest looks after the jump...
A new blog's a-brewing...Modern Furniture Plans. So states their "About" page: "This blog is devoted to finding modern furniture plans. The key is to find designs that appeal, that are easy to build, that don’t break the bank, and that are more unique than anything you can find in any store." So far, there's just a few entries, but its one to throw in ye ole feed reader for when the time is right.
Bloxes, pl. n, \Ëˆbläks-es\ Building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight — you could build yourself a platform to stand on, and then pick it up and move it wherever you need to.
From CNET: "Bloxes are the latest option in ...
This month’s installment of REALTOR® Magazine Online includes the top fifteen green home building trends. In no particular order, they are:
Copper Roofs. Copper roofs and their alloys can last 100+ years and are recyclable.
Timber Framing. Timber framing, which generally includes the use of SIPS (superior insulating panels), uses less lumber and generates less waste.
Low-E Windows. Low-emittance windows block UV rays from entering a house, which...
The May issue of REALTOR Magazine, includes a trend report about the ‘it’ room. The ‘it’ room is the next big thing in residential construction and it’s based on builders’ best guesses. Popular and profitable forecasts of the past included master suites outfitted with equally impressive master bathrooms and media rooms. On the horizon some builders are betting that those media room will move from basements to the main floor. Other guesses include...
Before we get to the happy ending, we should really discuss how to stay out of jail while undertaking a flip.
Notes on Owner-Occupied versus Non-Owner-Occupied
If you buy a house, move into it and remodel it, you can do all the work yourself–including all the electrical and plumbing. However, if you buy the house on spec, meaning you speculate on its resale, and do not occupy it, as we did with our flipper, you must comply to state codes. This is...