Infographic: Feng Shui Your Home

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There are a lot of factors that go into choosing your home design and home decor, often style and taste end up playing the biggest roles. However, the ancient Chinese practice of Feng shui dictates that home decor should not only be visually appealing but be carefully designed and placed so as to ensure positive energy. Feng shui is built on the belief that you can alter the energy of your home with your decor and design choices. In turn, these positive energies should translate into success and prosperity in other areas of your life. In this detailed infographic below,… read more

Architecture That Rises To The Occasion

Architecture That Rises To The Occasion

Addressing rising sea levels and how they effect coastal communities is a current concern in the field of architecture. As the environment changes, engineers and architects must also facilitate inventive ways to respond to structural needs. There is an increased interest in specific construction strategies, such as responsive designs. Some innovative building ideas come from a student project from Harvard University Graduate School of Design students in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The goal was to design a concept for a city that may exist in the future that would respond to increasing threats to coastal communities at risk of rising sea levels. The… read more

How Smart Is Your Home?

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Renewable energy methods are becoming more accessible for home use. These can be used to power up electrical needs, and although an upfront investment they can allow liberation from high electricity bills and save money over time. There are several smart energy options that can be installed and used alone or in combination with already existing electrical supplies. The summaries below provide a brief overview of how smart energy systems can reduce consumption. Solar power can be an economical and dependable choice. Panels can be added to increase power and placed with virtually no obstructions to surrounding landscapes. Wind power… read more

How To Be An Eco-Friendly Homeowner

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Thinking of remodeling your home? Would you like to save money, limit your environmental impact, and give your house an awesome “cool factor”? Look no further than this video by Howdini Guru. You’ll learn all you need to about going green for your home remodel project. What did you think? Was that new info? Old info? Let us know in the comments below!

Towering Treehouse Designs

Towering Treehouse Designs

Horace Burgess had a divine idea to build a massive treehouse home in Crossville, Tennessee. This enormous creation stands at least 100 feet tall. Burgess made the structure completely from reclaimed wood and other reused materials. It has 10 levels and some consider it the unofficial largest treehouse in the world. An 80 foot tall white oak tree is a main support beam, and Burgess, a minister who also has experience as a landscape architect has also repurposed other items like license plates and leftover roofing supplies to assemble it. The building started in 1993, and the architect stated that he has… read more

Couple Builds Dream Cabin from Refurbished Windows

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Nick Olsen and Lilah Horwitz met at an artists’ residency in Pennsylvania. Both are artists of various mediums, though Olsen is primarily a photographer, while Horwitz designs on-site clothing lines with pieces that pertain to the city in which they were created. Shortly after meeting, perhaps even ‘on their first date’ Horwitz claims, Olsen took Horwitz to his family’s property in the mountains of West Virginia. This would also be the setting where, inspired by the spectacle of the slowly setting sun, the couple first imagined plans for a house wherein one was enshrouded with natural light – whether the… read more

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

Don’t Throw Out That Broken Dish

If you have ever accidentally broken a favorite glass piece or heirloom dish, it can be frustrating and it may be first instinct to just throw it away. However, there are actually many things that can be done to recycle glass, porcelain, ceramic and china pieces that will enable them to be cherished in a new way. Often containing intricate designs, decorative glass pieces can be displayed in homemade jewelry. Artists are able to create beautiful items from materials like broken china. You don’t have to be a professional jewelry maker to do this, though. Check out this tutorial for a how-to… read more

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Hundertwasser’s Inspiring Architecture

Artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser is often referred to as the father of green roof designs. Born in 1928, his given name was Friedrich Stowasser, which he later changed. His architecture is widely celebrated for its unexpected appearance and original designs. He was drawn to the sea and nature, and this is reflected in his paintings and buildings. The unusual use of lines in his architectural works does not conform to rigid styles or rules. Taking notes from the perfect irregularities found in natural landscapes, he created visually marvelous spaces that are full of color and character. This snippet from… read more

DIY Reading Nooks

DIY Reading Nooks

Having a literacy rich home doesn’t mean having a full scale library at your disposal, but providing print for young readers as a part of their everyday environment. Whether from books, magazines, newspapers, brochures or digital words, having print rich materials on hand will encourage reading at home. Creating a designated space in the house can offer a special, quite place that will entice readers. Setting up an area for children to have easy access to reading materials is a way to draw them into reading time. Make sure the area is comfortable and has good lighting that is suitable… read more

This Futuristic Home Responds To The Weather

This Futuristic Home Responds To The Weather

Inspired by German design and responsive architecture, lumenHAUSE is an award winning student project by Virginia Tech University. This completely sustainable solar space makes use of luminous light. This creates an efficient use of natural sunlight, but also incorporates research which shows that lighting can impact mood. Check out the documentary: It is a fully autonomous home, able to produce all of its own energy and remaining in a state of ideal efficiency by way of its own management system. It actually keeps track of the sun and is an optimal solar layout. It includes incandescent insulation panels and radiant… read more