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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Choosing A Garage Door

Looking out to change your old garage door? Have you considered sustainable bamboo as an option? When it comes to choice of the right garage door there are plenty of options available.

Although there are a few sorts of garage doors, it is the sectional steel door that is the most common type. Made from steel, these are one of the most enduring and sturdy garage doors. Besides, they’re quite affordable. You can simply find one that matches your budget restraints well.

Often, there are not many options with regards to the size, design you are looking for sectional steel doors. When searching for a sectional steel door, you often only have the option to make a choice between narrow and wider doors.

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Study on the manufacture of bamboo panel components for a prefabricated house

Prefabricated bamboo houseINBAR performed a study to look at the feasibility of manufacturing a prefabricated house using bamboo panels. The study looks at some important considerations;

  • Physical and mechanical properties
  • Sound insulation properties
  • Thermal transmission properties
  • Fire resistance properties
  • Cost analysis

We’ve interpreted aspects of the study to represent South African conditions and requirements in the post. Have a look, we think that the results merit serious consideration of bamboo panels for prefabricated housing projects. [Read more…]

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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Potential shortage of lumber

According to Niel Poland (MD of Mullican Wood), we could be seeing a shortage of hard woods as early as January 2010. He says the US hardwood harvests have declined by 50% in the last 10 years.

Here is a copy of the audio interview.

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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