Creatively Recycled

Costa Rica Hotel

Could you imagine praying in a beer bottle Buddhist temple? Or living in a two story shipping container? You might find it unbelievable but it is completely possible. In Thailand’s Sisaket province, Buddhist monks collected a million bottles to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew Temple. The temple is built from recycled Heineken bottles and local Chang beer bottles in browns and greens. If that is not creative enough for you a three bedroom, two story home made out of old shipping containers is a perfect mobile home in Sydney. The home features two bathrooms, laundry room, kitchen and… read more

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Food and beverage packaging are scrutinized and marketing tactics are fully employed long before the products hit the shelves. It is not a secret that product packaging can impact sales decisions, but can it make a difference in the way your cup of coffee tastes? According to a study investigating the subject, it may actually be a possibility. Published in PLOS ONE, results from the article titled Who Needs Cream and Sugar When There Is Eco-Labeling? Taste and Willingness to Pay for “Eco-Friendly” Coffee showed some interesting consumer behavior. The study looked into whether or not coffee that was labeled as “ecofriendly”… read more

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Regal Gold And Silver Interiors

Gold and silver may be tricky to work into a space. Too much of one or the other can lend to visual overkill, but just the right amount can breathe life into a room. The following interiors are remodels or decorative endeavors that incorporate gold and silver palettes to create an imperial impression. The gold accents in this revamped kitchen top off the space and blend the mixture of old and new. From Jessica Helgerson Interior Design whose firm has an environmental focus, this remodel is in a building that was constructed in 1926. The bold black and liquid looking cabinetry… read more

Winter Is Welcome In This Warm Italian Home

Winter Is Welcome In This Warm Italian Home

The quaint feel of this picturesque property is woken up with this original home. The exterior may look rugged and almost fort-like from an angle, but around the corner and inside reveals a more soothing side. From Bergmeister Wolf Architects, the residence sits on an Italian mountainside in the province of Bavarian South Tyrol. The neighboring structures add to the architectural character of the home. A rustic chapel is downhill from the house that definitely softens the look of the exterior. The gorgeous landscape is surely nice to look at year round, but the wintertime appears to be extra cozy…. read more

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday retail displays and commercials may have those in the spirit wanting to decorate, and it is tempting to give in to the desire to decorate for the occasion. However, during tight economic times it hardly seems reasonable to blow your budget on décor that will only be displayed a small fraction of the year. Simple projects and some do it yourself creativity can allow a holiday style around the house without breaking the monetary allowance for the entire season. Trim the tree with reused objects and everyday items from around the house. This ideal uses animal figurines and gives them… read more

Shower and use half of the water

Hollow Water Showers

Taking the steps to reduce water usage when showering or bathing is difficult, especially for those with children or larger households. We search for ways to discipline ourselves and watch our dependency on water, but usually give up and continue on as before. The appliance market is full of “low-flow shower heads” that most of the time end up proving completely useless. Countries with strict water policies, and drought prone nations, could certainly use an alternative option to the numerous faux conservative shower nozzles circulating the retail market. Thankfully, the time of limiting ourselves is nearly over. A New Zealand… read more

A Room Divided

A Room Divided

Bookshelves and storage units can add organization to a space. They can also be used for another purpose. Creating a space with a room divider can be a cost efficient way to add an extra room. Adding storage into the mix provides a double duty design that can totally rework an existing area. This kitchen with floor to ceiling shelving that is almost reminiscent of library units creates a barrier to the other room without completely obstructing it. The wood matches the cabinetry and ceiling, and allows the shelving to blend in. A movable wall panel blocks off a sitting… read more

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

Everyday Utility At The Nakai House

The Nakai House is an energy efficient and economical production that is proof that a lifestyle design can be done on a budget, and with time restrictions. It was built in only 80 days, and the set finances for the plan, $25,000, was maintained. DesignBuildBLUFF, a nonprofit extension in Utah who works with local universities is behind the design. They provide architectural students the opportunity to learn firsthand in the field by enlisting them on teams for help with their construction projects, developing sustainably built homes for residents of the Navajo reservation. This not only allows students to enhance their skillsets, but… read more

Bioclimatic Home Creates An Outdoor Connection

Bioclimatic Home Creates An Outdoor Connection

Bioclimatic homes can offer many benefits suited to their specific locations. Bioclimatic designs take into account the building site’s regional climate and matches architectural features that will benefit the space. Working with the average temperature in mind, structures and elements are laid out in specific ways as to conserve energy. One residence in France showcases a bioclimatic design with all the visual trimmings. From a.typique Patrice Bideau Architects, this home located on a beautiful shoreline has impressive green features. Constructed from wood and concrete, the home incorporates several low energy techniques including thermodynamic heating, a highly efficient hot water tank… read more

It’s Always Cloudy At This House

It's Always Cloudy At This House

Located in Melbourne, Australia an addition to a 100 year old existing home is a unique design, to say the least. The architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan is behind the eye-catching Cloud House. The built on portion is a stark contrast from the existing traditional house, which greets the street with a classical white, Edwardian style. The view in the back, however, is anything but ordinary. Rolling into the backyard, the cloud structure creates a living space quite like no other. The huge cloud shaped glass window intensifies the effect and adds to the airy, open feeling. Almost as if on… read more