Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

We don’t have to wait until April 22nd to celebrate Earth. Every day, we can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Plastic is an amazing, lightweight material that can be made into all sorts of things. But when we use plastic items once and then throw them out, we create a huge amount of waste. People create about 2.6 trillion pounds of garbage each year. That’s heavier than 225 million adult elephants. In the United States, we throw away 250 million tons of garbage every year. That’s enough garbage to cover the state of Texas entirely with trash—twice. On average, each person in the United States makes 4.5 pounds of trash each a day.

Each of us can make a difference by using good judgement when we buy and discards things.

  • When we reduce, reuse, and recycle, we:
  • Save natural resources
  • Save space in our landfills
  • Save energy
  • Reduce pollution
  • Save money

 

Design with Earth in mind

Using reclaimed wood is a very sustainable approach. Old wood, such as barn board can be re-finished and cut to make new wood flooring, kitchen cabinets, or cladding.

You could also choose to use recovered wood from trees that have been cut down for other purposes; for example, clearing forest for building land. In this case, you can achieve perfect consistency in your finished product while knowing that the wood you’re using would otherwise have gone to waste.

Of course, both the options above are likely to be limited and harder to find than wood that comes from trees specifically harvested for that purpose. The next best option is to look for wood that is guaranteed to be sustainably sourced, and ideally, is sourced locally. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) both have certification schemes for wood from sustainably managed forests.

An oasis in Paradise

An oasis in paradise

Architect Mauro Cid of CID Arqitetura renovated an old house in Manguinhos, Brazil into an oasis.

I love the open space and the amazing views..!

 

The Color of the Year 2018 … Is Here!

Color authority Pantone just announced its selection for the 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet, a purple shade that is sure to prompt passionate discussion among design pros and enthusiasts. Pantone says the color “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.”

Mauritius Beach House

Would you like to have an Indian ocean environment all the time inside your very own house? We will give you the idea on making a Mauritius Beach House Design that you can do to make your own house looks like you are forever in Mauritius, the beautiful and tropical place.

Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, the island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, but perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

The island of Mauritius was apparently uninhabited until 1638. It was then that the Dutch, under the Dutch East India Company, made their first attempt to colonize the land, named after the prince of Denmark, Maurice of Nassau. The people of Mauritius are descendants of European (mostly French) settlers, the Franco-Mauritians; African slaves and creoles, the Afro-Mauritians; Chinese traders, the Sino-Maurtians; and Indian laborers, the Indo-Mauritians. Such cultural diversity and geographic isolation have led to a nationalized sense of pride. There is unity in being a Mauritian despite not having a shared language and customs. For this reason Mauritius is often considered a global example of successful cultural integration.

A Mauritius style house is a beautiful way to bring Indian Ocean architecture into the home. Their unique architecture is known for sharp roofs, long balconies, and canopies. Many of the traditional creole houses have been replaced in places by newer materials and designs. The government, in recognition of the heritage of the older houses, has campaigned to save their designs.m.

Greek Beach house

Summer time is beyond our eyes. And it always exciting when we are talking about summer since we will have a very long holidays and we can spend that holidays time with family to a vacation or just stay at home, chill in the pool house. So, this is why we are here today. Of course you are all known Greece for sure. It is indeed a great place to spend your summer holidays. But how if you do not have enough money to go there? Or how if you wanted to have that environment all the time inside your very own house? We will give you the idea on making a Greek Beach House Design Plans that you can do to make your own house looks like you are forever in Greece the beautiful and exotic place.

Looking at buildings around the world, both old and modern, the influence of ancient Greek architecture easily catches the eye. Reflecting basics of the original Greek love affair with balance and symmetry, these edifices typically combine Ionic, Dorian or Corinthian columns with a pediment (triangular-shaped portico held up with three columns), dentil (scalloped designs along a roof edge) or frieze (carved-relief depicting a scene) design feature. Spanning porches or entrances are decorative entablatures held up by columns. Private homes still use this architectural feature founded in Greek building. Students of architecture not only study the archaic Greek influence for its beauty but also for the practical dynamics it brings to lasting and sturdy building construction techniques. The U.S. Supreme Court building incorporates all these classic elements of Greek architecture.

 

Modern Industrial Style

Industrial style was born within the commercial market when old, bare warehouses and similar structures became new shops, offices, restaurants, even apartments. Rather than demolish the remaining essence of the warehouse, designers began to embrace the rawness and conscientiously construct a style around it. Industrial style is known for its utter lack of pretense, for its salvaged utilitarianism, and for its exposed architecture.

The architecture of industrial style emphasizes a stripped-down infrastructure – the more exposed and raw, the better. Unfinished walls, aged brick, metal ductwork, bare windows, and exposed beams pay stylistic homage to the skeleton that supports the structure overall. Often, industrial-type floors (think concrete, wood, or other pragmatic, non-flashy surfaces) are kept bare.