Using bamboo flooring as part of a modern affordable eco-friendly home design

Bamboo flooring in a modern home design

Affordability and eco-friendly are often not used in the same sentence. This often happens as marketers ride the eco-friendly bandwagon for excess profits.

This is not the case with bamboo flooring. Sustainable equals competitive pricing when one compares bamboo flooring to other solid wood and engineered flooring options. Case Architects designed a modern & affordable eco-friendly home which includes bamboo, see how they did it … [Read more…]

Which bamboo finishing products should I use for my project?

We’re often asked which products to use for their bamboo finishing.

So here we have a guideline for you to follow when finishing your bamboo countertop or bamboo plywood project.

Preparation

Preparation is always the most critical step in any bamboo finishing application, get that wrong and the quality and durability of your finish is drastically reduced.

The first step is to give the surface a light sand just to remove the grime.

Bamboo finishing – oil

Oil is one of the most traditional finishes used.

Oils do not provide as much protection as the more modern finishes e.g. varnish. Oil finishes however, bring out the natural beauty of bamboo boards and counter tops. If you want to stain your bamboo prior to oiling it, use a water-based stain. Oil-based dyes will clog-up the bamboo’s “pores”, stopping the oil finish from soaking in effectively. [Read more…]

Kitchen Remodeling Design Ideas

Gone are the days when kitchens were strictly employed for cooking.  Nowadays, the kitchen is not only a place for preparing meals; it’s now most often the place where the family bonds and interacts.

A kitchen for that reason serves several purposes. A well thought out plan for the kitchen needs to aim at making your home efficient and simple to keep up.  It must also be comfortable “room”.

What are the steps you can take to make sure you get the kitchen you want? Read more …

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Bamboo sinks for the bathroom & kitchen

We’re always telling everyone how tolerant our bamboo boards are of water. Well here are some real world examples …
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Ideas to decorate the Children Bedroom furnishings

With regards to decorating a kid’s bedroom it seems like an uphill task for the parents as to many questions pop to their head. Ought to they program the room around their child’s beloved cartoon character? Or ought to the mother and father paint the room to appear like a tropical forest or a fortress? [Read more…]

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What to Decide Before Starting a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is an exciting proposition.  There are many things to consider—and frankly—fun things to decide.  Decisions have to be made about cabinets, countertops, appliances, a shiny new faucet and flooring to name a few.  Unfortunately, like most home improvement projects, there are some things to consider before starting kitchen remodels. [Read more…]

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Being Eco Friendly at Home

Living a more eco friendly or sustainable lifestyle is quickly becoming a very hot topic for many South Africans. Not only is this a matter of saving the earth, it is also a matter of being frugal, too. Kids aren’t cheap and recycling and reusing are great ways to help save the Earth and save money. A lot of people really just make it a hobby to find creative new ways to recycle and reuse various household items such as shredded paper for example. Here are some great and simple ideas for recycling paper, conserving water, saving electricity, and adding eco friendly furniture to your home. [Read more…]

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A designer builds an eco-kitchen …

As more & more people become aware of the environmental issues facing our planet, they have started to look at eco-friendly alternatives.

In this post, a designer, Joshua Foss, walks you through the process of building an eco-kitchen. Part of the process was selecting eco-friendly materials – and guess what he (and his client) chose? Yip, you guessed – strand woven bamboo boards.

Here is a teaser:

MetroHippie Bamboo kitchen design

The rest can be found here:

Designing an eco-friendly kitchen
Joshua Foss’ web site – Thrive Design Studio

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Bamboo coffee table – sustainable furniture design

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table - side view

Strand Woven Bamboo coffee table – side view

Make a Bamboo coffee table, you ask???

DIY ready bamboo boards are ideal for the DIY enthusiast. Working with solid wood requires all the prep time to get the timber ready for assembly.

Bamboo boards, with all the qualities of solid hard woods, simply need to be cut to your required dimensions.

In this post we’re going to take you step by step through the making of a bamboo coffee table.

See how it’s done … [Read more…]

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White Bedroom Home furniture – The way to Paint Shabby Chic White Bedroom Furniture

Elegance and beauty start with white. The reason why Shabby Chic decorators choose to paint and decorate with all white and antique white furnishings, is simply because it totally goes with everything!! Even if you’ve little kids you can still enjoy the beauty of white. Yes you might need to keep up on your dusting, but your house will remain cheerful, cozy and nicely worth it. White bed room furnishings is extremely versatile. [Read more…]

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