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 […]

8 Clever Old Screen Door Ideas

Even old screen doors can be re-purposed in a number of clever and beautiful ways! If you have one, then you’ve got to see these ideas… Old and weathered screen doors may look ugly for an entry door, but re-purposing or upcycling is a great way for bringing out their beauty. So don’t throw away […]

9 Awesome Repurposed Pot Lid Projects

Repurposed Pot Lids

Pots and pans and lids! Have you noticed that it’s never the lids that wear out? But we tend to throw out or upcycle pot and lid since what good is a lid without a saucepan, right? Wrong! In fact, there are lots of projects that you can make with the pot lid. Here are just […]

8 Easy Re-Growing Foods From Kitchen Scraps

Re-growing food ingredients in your own yard from kitchen scraps is a good idea! Most of these don’t need a lot of garden space to grow. Some you can grow right on your windowsill and some can be planted in your vertical garden! Re-growing foods in your own garden don’t just save you money… it ensures you […]

Seven solid reasons for using bamboo flooring

Bamboo flooring has many advantages to offer a homeowner

Bamboo flooring is becoming an increasingly popular option in new homes and in renovations. Before deciding whether to install a bamboo floor , it’s important that you know and understand the advantages and disadvantages of using this material for your project. The Advantages of Bamboo Flooring There are many advantages to bamboo including its environmental friendliness, […]

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. […]

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 […]

Build a cat castle to keep your pets busy!

DIY Cat Castle

Do you have a cat at home that you want to keep from climbing your furniture? A cat castle like any of these is sure to do the trick! All pets need a place of their own indoors, just like every family member needs their own space. Cats, specifically, love spending time in high places which is why a […]

The Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Transatron Project by Patrick Buckle

Having purchased a small vacant block of land I was keen to find an affordable and comfortable solution to make use of the beautiful mountain location and escape the city for weekends and holidays. After a career of building things to be delivered quickly and efficiently in theatre, I began a search for compact and […]

Innovative Horseshoe Christmas Tree

Horseshoe Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is a time-honoured tradition that families across the globe have enjoyed for centuries. This cherished custom typically involves the selection and decoration of a large evergreen tree, which is often placed in a prominent location within the home. For many, the Christmas tree is seen as a symbol of hope and good […]

10 Best Toys for Your Backyard Chickens

Toys for Chickens

Chickens enjoy getting busy. Most of the time, they are constantly rushing around, scratching, and pecking at stuff. They are social creatures and like to interact with other chickens. It’s important to give them plenty of things to keep them busy. A coop with a lot of wood shavings, an obstacle course with toys and […]

6 Awesome and Unique Crib and Cradle Ideas

Unique Crib Cradle Ideas

Expecting a baby for the first time? Then it’s also time to get that baby shopping list ready! First up, the crib and cradle! Now we know how exciting it is to buy a brand new baby crib, but here’s an idea that could be even more exciting. 😉 A good crib and cradle can be a defining […]

Building an Indoor to Outdoor Space

A year-round addition to a home's functionality. I cold climates, Clear cafe blinds will trap the warmth of that fireplace.

When it comes to creating a home, one of the most loved trends of the moment is to bring the outdoors in. This sounds simple enough, but in order to really effectively achieve this you have to make sure both your indoor and outdoor spaces are cohesive and blend into one, so much so that […]

55- Awesome Gallon Metal Drum Project Ideas

Metal Drum Projects

A used and empty drum just lying around a yard is an ugly sight. Some will just walk past it, while others can see the amazing potential of ‘ugly’ metal drums and create an amazing metal drum project. A metal drum project is a way of upcycling an empty metal drum which is an inexpensive way […]

Creative and Unusual Mailbox Designs

Creative Unusual Mailbox Ideas

Have you ever thought of upgrading your mailbox? Well, we all love creative project ideas that make every home unique and express the individuality of its owner. If you, too, love designing and doing DIY projects for things around your house, you will enjoy this collection! This album is about unusual and creative mailbox designs you don’t get […]

Amazing Raised Garden Bed Projects

Raised garden bed projects do offer a lot of benefits for gardeners. It makes tending to greens more convenient, especially for people experiencing lower back/knee pain. It could also prevent critters and slugs from ruining produce. Last but not the least, they are a great way to improve the landscape. You can choose plain timber […]

8 Easy Steps to Create Your American Flag Pallet Coffee Table

American Flag Coffee Table

Now, this is impressive DIY furniture expressing patriotism! Do you have some pallets waiting for a project? Why not try making a pallet coffee table with your own country’s flag? 🙂 Historically, flags originated as military standards. Soldiers used flags as field signals. The practice of flying flags indicating the country of origin outside of […]

How to Build the Best Raised Garden Bed with Benches in 4 Constructive Steps!

Gardening is relaxing, but can also be a pain in the back. Most gardening activities require kneeling or bending to tend to your plants. The simplest solution is to have a raised garden bed. With a raised garden bed your plants are elevated to a comfortable height, keeping you from kneeling or hunching over. Improve your raised garden […]

8 Clever Tips for a More Productive Garden

Gardening Tips

Did you know that gardening can allow you to burn 200 to 400 calories per hour? If you mow the lawn, you could burn between 250 to 350 calories per hour! Gardening is a fun and de-stressing activity anybody, of any age, can do… until critters and pests try to eat and destroy your plants! […]

8 Lovely Planters on Wheels

Planters on Wheels

There’s something about planters on wheels that we find adorable. Agree? We can’t help but find planters with wheels utterly adorable. After all, there’s something about the combination of plants and wheels that just seems to work. And these planter ideas are proof positive that you can create some truly amazing things when you put […]

8 Great DIY Projects in Kitchen Decluttering

Declutter Kitchen Projects

Think your kitchen is cramped and could use some organizing? We have DIY projects for you that help clear out kitchen counters and other areas from clutter. The kitchen is the busiest part of any house on any given day. No wonder why this particular part of the house can appear disorderly most of the time. When it […]

12 Best Terra Cotta Fountain Ideas: A Water Feature Project

Terra Cotta Fountains

We all have some terra cotta planters that we’ve failed to upgrade or use for our plants. Because the pots are inexpensive and widely available, they do tend to pile up. But the clever DIY enthusiast knows better than to throw them away. Do you have spare terra cotta pots in your garden? You can […]