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Your source of daily updated funny pictures and gifs. - StumbleUpon. - StumbleUpon. Climate-Friendly Sunken Pool Converts into Radiant Floor. Here’s a truly glamorous idea for a pool.

Climate-Friendly Sunken Pool Converts into Radiant Floor

A sinking pool! The apparently permanent stone floor in this room literally slowly drops to reveal the pool underneath. In the raised position, you can walk on the same surface radiantly warmed from beneath. And of course, having the swimming pool convert itself into a floor makes it child-friendly too: this is not a pool that a child can fall into. Once it is sunken it looks like any other indoor pool – as permanent as you could possibly want. You could design this so that it remains as just a shallow decorative pool when not in use, one that is only an inch or two deep. But the best thing about this idea is that it would also make keeping the pool warm a cinch. Radiant floors or the use of thermal mass is climate-friendly design because of the slow release of warmth – reducing energy needs for heating.

The super-rich with luxury housing do the most harm to the planet with their luxury high energy use architecture. NatureMill Automatic Compost Bin. DIY Design Community « Keywords: firefly, summer, outdoor, Craft. My birthday is on June 17th, which, when you're a kid, is a pretty great day for a birthday.

DIY Design Community « Keywords: firefly, summer, outdoor, Craft

You never have to go to school, the activity options are endless, and your party can always include a squirt gun fight. Related Video: But, each year I also get another special, seasonal gift. Even now, among the good times with families and friends, I always see the first fireflies of the year on my birthday. It started with those outdoor parties and cookouts as a kid, and continued through the bonfires of high school, the theme parks of college, and now, a quiet evening walk with the people I love the most. Unfortunately, they seem to be one of those internet phenomena where things get passed around, and no one seems to know the original source. "Flick glow-in-the-dark paint onto the inside of a mason jar.

Make 'em. Update: Cyndee, in the comments below, was able to locate a how-to from what seems like the author of the original photograph. Spotted on We Heart It. DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars. The principle is simple and seductively clever: solar lights that store energy during the day and release light at night.

DIY Solar Lamp: Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Sun Jars

These can be purchased ready-made in a variety of colors (yellow, blue and red) but they can also be built at home. A simple, less-technical approach involves buying a conventional solar-powered yard lamp and then essentially harvesting it for key pieces to put in a jar. This is simply a way of taking an existing solar lamp design and appropriating its parts to make something more attractive for display around a house or home. A more electronically-savvy individual can take the more complex route and built a solar lamp from the ground up using small solar panels – though the aesthetic result may not be as impressive.

Whatever route you choose to go, these are fun and sustainable gadgets that make it easy to go green, automate the process of turning on lights at night and can add some color to your porch, patio, garden or windowsill. Mentally Stimulating Diversions. Transformer Furniture: A Sofa Bed With A Twist : TreeHugger. Pet Peek™ - The Window For Your Fence.