How to keep your home safe before and after the storm

Flooding will become more frequent as the environment warms.

Although Ireland is a country with relatively calm weather, we still have our shares of storms and other extreme weather conditions that often cause severe destruction to our homes. However, with proper preparation and protection in place, you can dramatically reduce the effect of these weather conditions on your home and properties, saving yourself not […]

Bookshelf House

Yokohama, Japan –  Shinsuke Fujii Architects Built area:    86.16 m2 Year built:    2014 Photographs: Tsukui Teruaki Bookshelf House’s design has smartly combined form with function. A diagonal wall in one side of the house was transformed into a bookshelf. Because it is inclined, a ladder is no longer needed to reach the top portion – […]

10 Awesome Gift Ideas Your Pets Will Love

Gift Ideas for Pets

So, you’ve got gifts for your family and friends… but do you have one for your fur babies? For all the love and happiness they bring us, our pets definitely deserve Christmas gifts as well! Whether you’ve got cats or dogs, we’ve got some really cool ideas below that your pets will like. We even have a […]

Wood-Fired Heating in the Age of Climate Change

Masonry Heater

Do you want a wood burning heater? Many people who would say ‘Yes’ emotionally then shy away from them because of their reputation for being polluting, dirty and hard work to operate and maintain. Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. ? But what if a […]

Cob Homes

Hmmmm… seems like we’re still looking for some good examples. Do you know of any?    

Container Homes

CrossBox

Shipping container stacks are becoming an urban nightmare. Tens of thousands of unwanted containers piling up around the world because it often costs more to ship an empty container back to its port of origin than the container’s worth. This gallery will show you what imagination and effort can achieve in recycling shipping containers. Maybe […]

Beach Shacks

Shall we prepare the purchase agreement?

Of course, the word ‘shack’ is very subjective. For some of us it may mean a 1950’s style fibro clad weekender. For others it may mean the ultimate in luxury, permanent living. No matter what the word evokes in your mind, we hope that there is something here that makes you say, “I WANT THAT!”

Our Media Kit

OK… we have to be upfront about this… There are Media Kits and then there are MEDIA KITS.  Ours is a media kit with lower case m and k  🙄  We figure that one day we’ll have the time to put a real one together. Right here and now, we can tell you that we […]

Start here

Pinterest snapshot for Start Here page

How to get the best from OBN With thousands of projects and something approaching 50,000 photos, you will find heaps here to keep you busy. Learn how to build a deck or how to make stardust playdough. There are projects here for every skill level and every age! And we add new projects and ideas […]

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 […]

Antonio La Cava’s Mobile Library

Antonio La Cava Mobile Library

Antonio La Cava decided that after 42 years of teaching, he can do more to spread the love of reading to children. So in 2003, he bought a second-hand Ape motorbike and modified it to create a portable library known as the Bibliomotocarro. It contains 700 books, which La Cava bought all with his own money […]

InSinkErator Evolution Excel – the Mercedez-Benz of food garbage disposals!

InSinkErator Evolution Excel

If you can’t compost your scraps, you have two options – landfill or a waste disposal unit. Surprisingly, a waste disposal unit (WDU) may be the more environmentally friendly option of the two! However, the challenge with many WDU’s is that they do not grind the waste sufficiently leading to clogging of your drains. Another […]

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas You Can Actually Make

Mothers Day Gifts

Though we don’t need and shouldn’t wait for any occasion to show how much we appreciate our love ones, certain events in the calendar help us make them feel really special. And now that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, we’ve collected some of the cutest DIY gifts anybody can do easily. Whether it’s a […]

How many albums are there on our site?

Win your choice of these great DIY titles

Guess how many albums there are on our site and you could win! Are you looking for inspiration for that landscaping project or kitchen makeover? Maybe you’re thinking of adding a deck or building a pizza oven. Whatever your plans – now or in the future, here are some great titles to get you started! […]

The White House

The White House - Exterior

Isle of Coll, Inner Hebrides – WT Architecture Completion Date: June 2010 Photography: Andrew Lee Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer 😎   If you liked this project, you will also like viewing […]

Castle Rock House

Castle Rock House - Exterior

New Zealand – Herbst Architects Photography: Patrick Reynolds Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer    If you liked this project, you will also like viewing …

Holick Sea Resort

Holick Sea Resort - Exterior

Swedish Coast – Matts Ingman Architect Year built: 2010 Built area: 90 m2 (969 ft2) Photography: Jacob Nordström Click on any image to start lightbox display. Use your Esc key to close the lightbox. You can also view the images as a slideshow if you prefer  If you liked this project, you will also like […]