Saturday, April 25, 2009

Canadian War Memorial in Green Park


Virtual Tourist: Parks and Gardens: Green Park Canadian War Memorial I

This striking monument, dedicated to the 1 million Canadians who served in WWI and II and the 110,000 who lost their lives is situated by Canada Gate and close to Buckingham Palace in Green Park. The gently sloping, dark granite and bronze monument, which forms an arrow pointing from Halifax to London, is washed with a constant flow of water under which hundreds of green maple leaves are inlaid. The monument was created by Pierre Granche in 1992.

Address: Green Park
Directions: Green Park Tube Station




Detail of Canadian War Memorial in Green Park
Photographer: scispaz, London-Edinburgh Trip,
"I like the leaf design mixed with the real fallen leaves"


extrospection.com, life_imitates_art

See more photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobcatnorth/286542829/

Children use the monument as a water slide at times.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Spiral Shell House - "Nautilus" 2006



Like something found 20,000 leagues under the sea or set in the center of the planet, this dazzling house design by Senosiain Arquitectos was patterned after a shell - as if you could not tell. Imagine for a moment being one of the two children being raised in this structure, a fairy tale wonderland of architectural and interior design delights. (more)

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dornob.com/creative-colorful-curved-spiral-shell-house-design/

Creative, Colorful & Curved Spiral Shell House Design

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Like something found 20,000 leagues under the sea or set in the center of the planet, this dazzling house design by Senosiain Arquitectos was patterned after a shell - as if you could not tell. Imagine for a moment being one of the two children being raised in this structure, a fairy tale wonderland of architectural and interior design delights.

curved-colorful-home-interior

Constructed from a durable combination of steel wire and special super-thick concrete, this home is as strong as it is strange - able to withstand and earthquake and incredibly low-maintenance structurally.

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Inside the home, the odd forms of the exterior continue to wrap through and connect each space. The interior feels much like it could be outside, filled with plant life, organic pattens and winding stone paths.

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The only real question is whether or not this is a livable space. It is certainly fascinating, absolutely cozy, brilliantly creative and highly original but only time will tell if it can be a home as well as an amazing house.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

BIG Dreams for Small Living

From my email friend Pamela:

"Dream BIG for small living... I am so ready to downsize and BE."

I will start collecting plans and ideas here for BIG Dreams for Small Living." Yes!

To just BE.

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Source: LIVING magazine http://mrmagazine.wordpress.com/2007/11/

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20 Tips for Living in Small Spaces : TreeHugger
TreeHugger likes to promote living large in small spaces and doing more with less in a minimum space for maximum living; having less space means hoarding less stuff, using fewer resources and maximizing the functionality of what we can fit. ... www.treehugger.com/files/2007/10/20_tips_for_liv.php

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Creative Plans by Home Planners


Creative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures

Here's one of my most favorite books for building pool and play houses, and I just realized that I can build one of my own to live in! Won't cost hardly anything... this book has plans you can still order for very little; I can't wait to get started. Copies of this book are available for only 1¢ on Amazon!

Creative Plans for Yard and Garden Structures: 42 Easy-To-Build Designs for Gazebos, Sheds, Pool Houses, Playsets, Bridges and More! (Paperback) by Connie Brown (Author), Matt Debacker (Author), Inc Home Planners. Available at Amazon.com
Plans available from Home Planners, Inc. ePlans.com, 800-521-6797, Tucson AZ.


Just remember, it only takes "one more step" to dive from the high dive into the pool. That's the hardest part. The rest is EASY.

Just start planning your little dream house and your dream life; with the internet it is so easy!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mark Terrano (MarkoPolo) > Tiny Houses


Mark Terrano (MarkoPolo) > Tiny Houses
Tiny Houses Galleries

Updated: Mar 14, 2009 12:39am PST
Sink & Water Heater : A few people have asked about the model of tankless water heater and the corner sink that I have in my house. Here are the product details. I didn't climb under the counter and get the specific model number but you can find one that is properly sized for your number of faucets and whatnot. I love the heater - the only negative is a fairly noticable 'Thunk' when you turn on the hot water heater (heavy relay engaging I guess) In a noisier house it wouldn't even be noticable. But it gives endless hot water and consumes 0 when it isn't in use so there is a lot to like.

Sink & Water Heater

A few people have asked about the model of tankless water heater and t ...

Updated: Mar 09, 2009 9:04pm PST
2007-04-24, Granite countertop installation :

2007-04-24, Granite countertop installation

Updated: Feb 14, 2009 4:34am PST
2008-December - More snow, more pictures : There was such a strange beautiful blue light just after sunset - the sky was a seamless gray and the snow was practially glowing blue. My camera couldn't quite figure out what color to make things - so there is a variety - the light was changing from minute to minute. The front porch light was burned out (or went out because of the shock of cold) so the first few pictures are just with the interior lights. Hope your holiday is filled with family, friends, good things to eat, and no cares. -m

2008-December - More snow, more pictures

There was such a strange beautiful blue light just after sunset - the ...

Updated: Dec 21, 2008 5:24pm PST
2008-12-18 Tiny house snowstorm : First a fresh dusting of confectioner's sugar, overnight 3" of fluffy powder. The tiny house is so snug and warm inside under its silent blanket of snow.

2008-12-18 Tiny house snowstorm

First a fresh dusting of confectioner's sugar, overnight 3" of fluffy ...

Updated: Dec 18, 2008 2:01pm PST
2008-10-10, Big trees, Tiny House : The tiny house is underneath a large tree next to a wooded valley - it usually isn't apparent from the pictures that I take at street level - but I thought tiny house fans might enjoy a different view. The beautiful red Japanese maple and stone bench are from a couple miles away in Kirkland at Marina Park. I'd like to plant a Japanese maple near the house - maybe to the right of the porch near the road.

2008-10-10, Big trees, Tiny House

The tiny house is underneath a large tree next to a wooded valley - it ...

Updated: Nov 15, 2008 1:49am PST
2008-11-01, Falling Leaves : The leaves were so beautiful falling around the house I made a short video so you could enjoy that. I'll try to take more pictures through the windows so you can experience the seasons. Where I live there are a lot of evergreens, maples, and hemlocks - really beautiful fall yellows, oranges, and reds. -Mark

2008-11-01, Falling Leaves

The leaves were so beautiful falling around the house I made a short v ...

Updated: Nov 02, 2008 1:36pm PST
2008-07-15, Loft Update :

2008-07-15, Loft Update

Updated: Jul 16, 2008 10:19am PST
2007-07-13, Loft Ladder : I found this great old oak utility rolling ladder on Seattle Craigslist - it is a beautiful oak ladder, lots of interesting wear and very very solidly built. I'll have to make a custom attachment for it - it is meant to go sideways actually - I just have it leaning there for now. I got the information - maybe i can find out when it was made and how it was used. I think this will be a great centerpiece of functional furniture for tiny house.

2007-07-13, Loft Ladder

I found this great old oak utility rolling ladder on Seattle Craigslis ...

Updated: Jul 13, 2007 4:20pm PST
2007-06-23, Tiny house COO : Got the certificate of occupancy from the city of redmond not long ago, this was my son's first chance to see it.

2007-06-23, Tiny house COO

Got the certificate of occupancy from the city of redmond not long ago ...

Updated: Jun 30, 2007 8:44pm PST
2007-05-13, Tiny House Update : The Ikea cabinets are in (still missing 2 handles, I miscounted)

2007-05-13, Tiny House Update

The Ikea cabinets are in (still missing 2 handles, I miscounted)

Updated: May 14, 2007 7:03pm PST
Tiny House Cabinet Ideas : These are the cabinet choices I'm considering, tell me what you think, or if you have a favorite tiny kitchen. Assume stylish glass-front wall cabinets, and white or off-white for base cabinets. They could also be footed instead of kick-plate (plinth) style but I didn't show that. The box with the * on it is the apartment sized fridge that I've already purchased. Door to the left is to outdoors (opens in), door to right is to bathroom (opens toward bathroom). Which kitchen layout would you like best ? - or feel free to make suggestions.

Tiny House Cabinet Ideas

These are the cabinet choices I'm considering, tell me what you think, ...

Updated: Nov 30, 2006 2:55pm PST
2006-11-08, Tiny House :

2006-11-08, Tiny House

Updated: Nov 16, 2006 7:02pm PST
2006-11-12, Tiny House Front Light Choices : Lamps from Old California Lighting Company ( https://www.oldcalifornia.com/crossroads07.asp ) thanks Danielle for reminding me to identify them. No need for anyone to vote now, I've had the light up for some time, you can see it on one of the more recent libraries. -m

2006-11-12, Tiny House Front Light Choices

Lamps from Old California Lighting Company ( https://www.oldcaliforni ...

Updated: Nov 16, 2006 10:34am PST
2006-10-10, Tiny House Update (Digging) : Update - digging the trenches for power, water, and sewer. The big hole (#4) is for the 500gal septic holding tank that the city mandated.

2006-10-10, Tiny House Update (Digging)

Update - digging the trenches for power, water, and sewer. The big ho ...

Updated: Oct 18, 2006 5:25am PST
2006-09-24, Tiny House :

2006-09-24, Tiny House

Updated: Sep 27, 2006 5:15pm PST
Tiny House Color Ideas : What do you think? (NOTE: House has been painted for awhile, don't bother to vote now - just go to a later gallery and see how it came out - m)

Tiny House Color Ideas

What do you think? (NOTE: House has been painted for awhile, don't bo ...

Updated: Aug 27, 2006 9:45pm PST
2006-Summer Tiny House : Tiny house foundation and walls

2006-Summer Tiny House

Tiny house foundation and walls

Updated: Aug 26, 2006 5:35pm PST
2006-02-11, Building Tiny House : The building permit continues it peristaltic journey through the city and county offices, so we decided to just go ahead and start with prefab - this will make the final assembly go faster.

2006-02-11, Building Tiny House

The building permit continues it peristaltic journey through the city ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2006 10:35am PST
2005-10-17, Building Tiny House : The Tiny House is my project to build my mom a house on my lot - she was wiped out living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. I heard from a friend about Tumbleweed Tiny Houses ( http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/ ) - I ordered plans [Mulfinger plan - might not be offered any longer] and am having that built - I'll be adding more pictures here as the house develops. Unfortunately bureaucracy does not scale per square foot so we're still stuck in permit land. The general contractor is Corey-Dean Homes.

2005-10-17, Building Tiny House

The Tiny House is my project to build my mom a house on my lot - she w ...

Updated: Jan 23, 2006 12:36pm PST
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Friday, April 3, 2009

Water Bottle Privacy Screen


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Room Dividers: 15 Spectacular Spatial Separators
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Written by Steph on March 31st, 2009 - Topics: Furniture

Crafts made from recycled water bottles aren’t generally the prettiest things ever, but this installation of water bottles as room dividers is certainly an exception. Fittingly, this transparent room screen was created by Klein Dytham Architecture for the Danone company, which manufactures Evian and Volvic bottled water. (more ideas)