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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5 Basic Additions To Increase The Curb Appeal, Look, Quality, Value, And Satisfaction Of Your Home

If your property was built by a standard builder in the last two decades, odds are they neglected to incorporate lots of features you wish you had currently. It seems builders and consumers have determined that obtaining “more for their money” means getting more living space, while disregarding the design and appearance of their house. [Read more…]

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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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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…]

Outdoor Kitchen Furniture – Find Out How To Appreciate Your Own Open Air

Gone are the days of pulling your house seats and table to dine in the open. The grill has been replaced by the outdoor kitchen having all of the conveniences of the indoor kitchen yet none of the heat on a warm summer season day. In these days there is a totally filled backyard kitchen from stove, refrigerator, wine coolers and all sorts of things like the kitchen sink. The dining table and seats can now remain indoors as the outdoor kitchen furniture replace them. [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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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.

The Pinnacle Room In Your Home – Your Bedroom

“There’s no questions that our bedroom is the most important room in our home. Because of that, we need to be extra careful especially when it comes to redecorating your home. Adding in items that create a cozy atmosphere will be good for you as you rest from a long day at work. In fact, your bedroom is part of your lifestyle. It’s great to greet each morning and you see things that can please your senses. Of course, that includes making your bedroom attractive. Human as we are, we tend to feel positive especially if we something that is beautiful. [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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