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.

Finding Appropriate Garage Door Hardware

Garage door hardware made of different types of materials is available. The ones most commonly used are the wooden, steel and metal types. A small study of each type is one here which might help you make your decision on the right one for you. [Read more…]

Creating sustainable furniture using architectural bamboo plyboard

As furniture designers come more and more to grips with the need to look at sustainable design, we are seeing the use of bamboo plyboards mushrooming. Why? They are an obvious choice:-

  • The boards are available in standard sizes – reducing the need to laminate planks together first. Great for production lines too.
  • They are structurally stable – no wrestling with & bracing the planks to keep them in place.
  • They are so easy to mill to your desired shape.
  • Paint, varnish, stain, oil or wax – no problem.

The more we see, the more excited we become at the possibilities. Have a look at what one company is doing – they have released a whole range of furniture based on bamboo plyboards:

Sustainable furniture the bamboo plyboard way

The Niel coffee table made with sustainable bamboo plywood

How to choose the right bedroom furniture

Choosing the proper bed room fixtures can genuinely be a challenge. After all, the bedroom is a location where a great deal of men and women like to expend their time and unwind from the day’s activities. As such, it is extremely significant for making sure that the room is as inviting as possible. The way we do this is to decorate the master bedroom in such a way that you usually wish to be there. This means choosing the perfect bedroom furniture beds. [Read more…]

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Antiquing Your White Kitchen Cabinets

Antique White Kitchen Cabinets

Do you have a dull, white kitchen that needs to be spruced up? Yes, even though the kitchen is all white, the counters are white, the seats are white, and I’m sure the table is white, and while it all seems nice, the room probably seems cold. This is a prevalent issue for people with all white rooms. Well, a simple way to add personality to your white kitchen is to antique the kitchen cabinets. [Read more…]

Greenington Fine Bamboo Furniture

The possibilities available to the furniture designer, cabinet maker or DIY enthusiast using architectural bamboo boards are limited only to the imagination. Have a look at what Greenington have managed to come up with & be inspired …

Quoted from their web site:

Greenington Fine Bamboo Furniture offers a full line of unique, high quality bamboo furniture for the bedroom, living room, dining room and office including bamboo tables, bamboo chairs, bamboo benches, complete bamboo bedroom sets (bed, nightstands, and dressers). Greenington also offers bamboo wine cabinets, bamboo stools and much more.

Have a look at their bamboo furniture gallery, we think it’s really great …

The Basics of Furniture Refinishing

Furniture was originally designed to provide for resting provisions and also serve as storage spaces. But it’s much more than just ‘furniture’ … they mark the aesthetics of the place, indicates the tastes of the people living and are hence regarded as assets.  But with time, as it is with everything else, things start to wear out with use. To prevent such damage to furniture, refinishing is done. [Read more…]

Front Door Security

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Solid Bamboo door blanks make for sturdy and durable doors

Door Security measure

67% of break-ins take place through the front door. Standard door locks (Yale variety) on its own is actually not really enough. The door should also be fitted with other locks at points along the door. These types of locks should become some thing similar to a five lever mortice deadlock, though insurance firms will probably accept a rim automatic deadlock. [Read more…]