Friday, March 23, 2012

Tiling a Floor, 3-4-5 Rule & How to Position Reference Lines


EYS Short: Tiling a Floor: Positioning Reference Lines

Uploaded by on Mar 21, 2012
Tips on how to position your reference lines to start laying down your tiles so you end up with the best results for your room




My Comment: I knew about the 3-4-5 ft rule, but I never knew how to measure it out with arcs! THANKS! What kind of double-sided tape do you use for the vinyl tiles?

Answer: Glad you liked my "arc" trick! 

I used the tape sold by Modularity Tiles ($49.00 per roll - 2.7" wide) and the name of the company that makes the tape is "Sigaway" (the type of tape is called "original")

Monday, March 19, 2012

One-Sheet Plywood Boat - Tiny Yellow House


This looks fantastic, and I can't wait to try it out!

My comment on YouTube:

Fabulous! You give us hope for the world... LOL but true! Can't wait to build this boat and try it out at Lake Atitlan, where I live in Central America, and people commute to work across the lake every day. Loved the glass bottom in the boat. Really great touch, and the removable seat for when it rains! You apparently have thougt of everything!

Another Useful Comment:

Not to rain on your parade. If you want a real bonding flexible boat building agent, go to West Marine and buy the West System epoxy resin. Last longer cure faster and MUCH STRONGER. Also can be used for every step from structure to finish (paint etc.).

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mud Girls Natural Building Collective : Welcome!

Mudgirls Natural Building Collective is a network of women who build natural buildings for ourselves and each other, as well as helping others build their own.

About Us
We are a network of women who build natural buildings for ourselves and each other, as well as helping others build their own.
We specialize in building with cob, as well as other natural material such as strawbale, driftwood, adobe, cordwood and recycled materials like glass, car tires, glass bottles and more.

There are two overlapping collectives within the network – one, a bartering collective that is local to Lasqueti, and a second that is worker-run and for-hire which includes women in Courtenay and Nanaimo, and on Denman, Lasqueti and Saltspring Islands.

The second collective is a consensus-based, non-hierarchical collective of women that support each other to gain training and employment.

... more:

Check out the new Mudgirls Blog at:

Referred by Chelsea, who visited Panajachel March 2012, and assisted on the film "2012 The Mayan Word"

Cargotecture & Sunset Magazine’s Idea House 2011

HyBrid Architecture coined the term cargotecture in 2005 to describe any building built partially or entirely from recycled ISO shipping containers. HyBrid Architecture and it’s affiliated construction firm HyBrid Assembly continue to work with developers, government agencies and individuals to realize these viscerally unique and environmentally sensitive projects. 
See pricing at (expensive but can be DIY)

Sunset Magazine’s Idea House 2011

HyBrid was chosen by Sunset Magazine to create the Idea House for their Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California held in June 2011. read more »

See pictures of building and retrofitting at Cargotecture: 


Hybrid Architecture

House from Shipping Containers

House layout on TV, made from two shipping containers in Seattle, Washington. I think this was on HGTV. Great idea!

More ideas:

HyBrid arc

architecture research and construction


  • HyBrid Architecture | Assembly

    contact: Robert Humble or Joel Egan
    1205 East Pike Street Suite 2D
    Seattle, WA 98122
    tel: 206.267.9277

  • Hybrid Architecture

    Hybrid Architecture:

    Established in 2003 by Robert Humble and Joel Egan, HyBrid Architecture and HyBrid Assembly integrate design, research and construction into one seamless process. The utilization of off-site fabrication technology allows for evocative solutions to complex programmatic restraints. Ultimately, HyBrid is interested in maximizing efficiency, whether that be in time, money or natural resources.

  • Projects

    99k-images williams_nicholas_portfolio.pdf 080806_e_elev_spring 017_talktank01 Red Haus - kitchen Red Haus - springtime

  • more:

    c160 scout, base price: $29,500


    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    Green future is possible! The eco house of Simon Dale


    Uploaded by on Sep 22, 2011

    The house; It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).

    The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature. Being your own (have a go) architect is a lot of fun and allows you to create and enjoy something which is part of yourself and the land rather than, at worst, a mass produced box designed for maximum profit and convenience of the construction industry.

    Building from natural materials does away with producers profits and the cocktail of carcinogenic poisons that fill most modern buildings. Main tools used: chainsaw, hammer and 1 inch chisel, little else really. Oh and by the way I am not a builder or carpenter, my experience is only having a go at one similar house 2yrs before and a bit of mucking around inbetween.

    This kind of building is accessible to anyone. My main relevant skills were being able bodied, having self belief and perseverence and a mate or two to give a lift now and again.This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives. For example this house was made to house our family whilst we worked in the woodland surrounding the house doing ecological woodland management and setting up a forest garden, things that would have been impossible had we had to pay a regular rent or mortgage.

    Why are we doing this? First answer: It's fun. Living your own life, in your own way is rewarding. Following our dreams keeps our souls alive.

    Second answer: Our society is almost entirely dependent on the availability of increasing amounts of fossil fuel energy. This has brought us to the point at which our supplies are dwindling and our planet is in ecological catastrophe. We have no viable alternative energy source and no choice but to reduce our energy consumption.

    The sooner this change can be begun, the more comfortable it will be. For our energy consumption to decrease we must reduce consumption and dramatically increase the productivity of our land. This will require developing infrastructure and skills to enable locally self-reliant living. The simplest, sustainable solutions involve small-scale permaculture type land management systems centred around individual or small groups of dwellings.

    There is significant and growing energy at the grass-roots to start implementing these low impact developments. This enthusiasm comes from a combination of intellectual concern and the innate appeal of living closer to nature...

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    Green future is possible! The eco house of Simon Dale WWW.GOODNEWS.WS