Best Built-In Speakers for your Patio and Backyard

If you’re looking for the ideal speakers for your outdoor setup this summer, then this buying guide should help. Here’s our roundup of the four best built-in outdoor speaker systems for your patio and backyard.

The Best Outdoor Security Cameras for Your Home

Not all security cameras are created equal. Some are loaded with useful features. Others, on the other hand, focus only on the basics. Here are some of the best outdoor security cameras in the market right now/

How to Choose the Right Size Ceiling Fan for Your Room

Ceiling fans can be super useful for moving air around in your home — in the summer, they can create a cooling breeze that allows you to turn your thermostat up a few degrees. Reverse the fan’s direction in the winter, and it can push warm air down from the ceiling to make your home […]

A Complete Guide on How to Refinish Your Hardwood Floor

A hardwood floor can last a lifetime but it may need to be renovated and possibly even refinished after a while. Especially if your hardwood floors have lost their shine, it may be time to refinish them. This will involve repairing and sanding the wood and applying three coats of finish. Dirty floors can be […]

5 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy a Sectional Sofa

Sectional Sofas

Furniture manufacturers offer sectional sofas in a variety of modules. This allows for customization well beyond a simple sofa with an attached chaise. In fact, buyers today can create custom configurations for specific spaces and activities!  So it can be tricky. “Shopping for a sectional sofa isn’t like shopping for a simple chair, when an […]

Paint your house solar!

Paint yourself some free energy. Take the titanium oxide that is already in most paints, throw in a little molybdenum-sulphide and humidity and drive away in your hydrogen powered car!

We wrote some years back about early research into solar paints. At that time, the research was aimed at making the paint act as photo-electric collectors in the same way that conventional solar panels work. We’ve seen nothing since about that research but Melbourne’s RMIT has now developed a a paint that might just power your […]

Look… No Triangles!

Each corbelled bamboo beam member is bolted to the column which helps achieve a rigid frame

By Guest Blogger Munir Vahanvati The use of triangles is one of the fundamental principles for bamboo construction which is commonly used in most bamboo structures for stability and rigidity. Keeping with our principle of exploring new designs and connections in every project we decided to challenge the notion of using triangulation for structural stability. […]

Carbon Monoxide – the silent killer!

Carbon Monoxide - the silent killer

Everyone should feel safe in their homes and workplaces and should not have to be concerned with issues such as gas poisoning. Unfortunately, it’s a topic that homeowners need to be aware of due to the existence of and dangers surrounding constantly present gases like carbon monoxide.  There are awareness efforts being made all around the world […]

The Owner-Builder’s Sanity Saving Checklist!

Being prepared is the key to a successful owner-build project

The two most daunting questions in the minds of first time owner builders are: What are the steps or process I need to follow to build a house as an owner builder? and What are the stages of building a house as an owner builder?   How great would it be if you had a […]

Seven Tips for Successful Owner-Building

Attitude is 90% of the game so make sure yours is right before starting your owner-built project.

We choose to owner-build for many and varied reasons. Sometimes, it’s because we have a limited budget and want to save as much as possible. Other times it’s because we want something unique that we feel a commercial builder won’t be able to deliver. And then there’s, what may be the best motivation and reason […]

Don’t like the weather? Change it…

Coelux

From now forward, the food that you’ll eat and the clothes you’ll wear aren’t the only things you can get to decide on at the start of your day – you can now also choose your weather! Well, inside at least 🙂 From now forward, the food that you’ll eat and the clothes you’ll wear […]

From Prototype to Reality – Meet Your 3D Printed Home!

3D Printed Homes

You could be forgiven for thinking that 3D printing is a new phenomenon. After all, it has only really been newsworthy for the past two or three years. However, Winsun China, have had big plans for 3D printing since 2005 when they invented a 3D print nozzle capable of extruding concrete. In 2008, they put […]

Breakthrough creates a metal roof cooler than the surrounding air!

Metal Roof

One of the really big myths is that metal roofs make a house hotter than other roof types. Anyone who has spent time on a tile roof knows that every roof – with the exception of thatched and green roofs, gets hellishly hot. And that heat radiates straight into your roof space and then continues into […]

Leaf House – Indigenous ingenuity

Leaf House - Rio de Janeiro by Mareines + Patalano

Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro – Mareines + Patalano Bamboo, local timbers, copper, massive beams spanning 20 metres and one of the world’s greatest harbours, help to make this a truly unique home. The design drew inspiration from indigenous Brazilian architecture to use natural ventilation to manage the hot and humid climate. Notes from […]

10 unique sinks you won’t find in an average home

Unique Bathroom Sinks

Sinks or washbasins are an indispensable appliance in every home. We use it for sanitation purposes like washing our hands face, brushing our teeth, washing vegetables and kitchen utensils, and a lot more. But aside from this, sinks can also be used for another purpose. And that is to make our homes aesthetically more interesting! Sinks can take […]

Kitchen island with built-in seating inspiration

Kitchen Island With Built-in Seating

Kitchen island with built-in seating! It’s a great option if you are into breakfast nooks but your kitchen layout can’t accommodate the usual design for it – built in a corner, adjacent to a wall… It does require a good amount of space, but it’s a clever design for several reasons. First, it’s space-efficient since you get two things in […]

Amazing tiled staircases!

Tiled Staircase

There are parts of the house that are just functional and little attention to aesthetics are given to it. The staircase is often one of those. You’ll be surprised at what you can do to make it look unique, even short of amazing. Here’s an example of something that might just inspire you to redesign your […]

Beautiful Attic Design Ideas

Attic Design Ideas

Got an attic? If you’re just using it as a storage area then you might want to rethink that when you get a look at some of these great ideas for your attic. You’ll be amazed what a touch of creativity and ingenuity can do to transform your attic into a wonderful space in your home. Though […]

Not Just Another Brick On The Wall…

Climate change is real. Our world is getting warmer. It’s happening and it’s not going away unless we actually live the advocacy for a greener and sustainable environment. And just like what we value most in our lives, care for the environment starts at home, literally. Is your home green? We’re not talking about the color […]

Amazing tiny house on wheels with built-in hot tub

House on Wheels Built-in Hot Tub by Tiny Wood Homes

Living in a tiny house may mean a simpler life in general, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to all luxuries as well! Here’s one great example of what we’re trying to say… 🙂 This tiny mobile house includes a built-in hot tub so that you can still unwind after a hard day’s work right in […]

Puzzle Floor Ideas

Puzzle Floors

Flooring is usually not a design focus when it comes to home and interior design. It may even be just an afterthought in most cases, but the designers of these puzzle floor coverings obviously think otherwise! To them, a floor is not just a surface that people walk on – it can be major design element. And […]