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Budget 2014: Government announce plans for self-build revolution. Mr Osborne said: “House building is up 23 per cent.

Budget 2014: Government announce plans for self-build revolution

But that's not enough. That's why we're making further reforms to our planning system and offering half a billion pounds of finance to small house building firms.” “And it's why we're giving people a new Right to Build their own homes and providing £150 million of finance today to support that,” he added. The annual rise in house prices is expected to peak at more than 9 per cent this year, prompting Mr Osborne to call on the Bank of England to be “particularly vigilant” about the risk of a bubble developing. The Office for Budget Responsibility forecast the average year-on-year rise in house prices to be 8.5 per cent this year, 7.8 per cent in 2015, 5 per cent in 2016 and 3.7 per cent in 2018 and 2019. It expected house price growth to peak at 9.3 per cent in the third quarter of this year. Mr Osborne told MPs he has asked the Bank's Financial Policy Committee to keep a close eye on the housing market. Recycled Art: 66 Masterpieces Made From Junk.

Ever shocked by the beauty of toilet paper rolls, or saw the chicken formed by the egg shells, or witnessed coolest lion made by tires?

Recycled Art: 66 Masterpieces Made From Junk

Heck, all of them are even made by common things you discarded every day, and they are known as recycled art. (Image Source: Kyle Bean) Recycled art is not something that’s beautiful but just a waste of time and space. 11 Artists Doing Amazing Things With Recycled Materials. We all know that you’re supposed to reduce, reuse and recycle, but for artists, reuse and recycle often have totally different meanings than they do for the rest of us.

11 Artists Doing Amazing Things With Recycled Materials

Here are 11 artists specializing in making trash into artistic treasures. 6 Textile artists using recycled materials. Recycling in art is not a new concept, but practitioners working with textiles seem to be discovering evermore innovative means of harnessing this abundant source of raw materials.

6 Textile artists using recycled materials

The range of textile art being created from recycled or reclaimed goods is testament to the versatility offered by making use of stuff that has had a life already; a life that is often purely functional and as far removed from ‘art’ as you can imagine. The appeal to the textile artist using recycled materials goes much deeper than an easing of their social conscious! The materials being used often have an inherent history, which can offer a powerful starting point and make for a more meaningful process. Collectors and art-lovers will also potentially connect with the finished artwork on a deeper level if they are privy to its story. Today we explore the work of 6 diverse textile artists doing incredible things with recycled materials. 1, Su Blackwell.

8 Fashion Brands That Use Recycled Materials. Making passive construction easy. A Guide to Insulated Concrete Formwork - Homebuilding & Renovating. Sustainable Design For The Home on Exterior Design Ideas with HD Resolution 1864x1047 pixels - Home Architecture Design And Decorating Ideas. Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) - Homebuilding & Renovating. If you have ever been to a Homebuilding & Renovating Show, you cannot have failed to notice various stands full of polystyrene building blocks.

Insulated Concrete Formwork (ICF) - Homebuilding & Renovating

Maybe you have stopped for a chat and picked up a leaflet, or maybe you’ve simply hurried on by, but, to date, not that many of you have been brave enough to actually build your houses using them. However, during the past couple of years, there seems to have been a sea change taking place and the suppliers all report sharply increased sales. Not just to self-builders, but to hard-nosed developers as well. An appear­ance on Grand Designs, albeit not without its problems, has further projected the whole concept into the limelight. Grand Designs Australia: Sustainable bushland home - Complete Home. HOUSE: Coorabell LOCATION: Coorabell, NSW DATE COMPLETED: May 2013 A home design situated in a commanding hilltop position that looks out onto stunning Byron Bay, Mount Warning and the lush surrounding hinterland.

Grand Designs Australia: Sustainable bushland home - Complete Home

Grand Designs' eco home puts planners to the test - Kate Rees. Grand Designs went eco for this week’s episode as Kevin McCloud followed single mum Natasha Cargill in her quest for a rural family retreat.

Grand Designs' eco home puts planners to the test - Kate Rees

The housekeeper, who swapped London for Norfolk, wanted her son to have the best upbringing in the countryside. So what better way to achieve it than by creating your own house? Indeed, after years of renting and searching for the perfect property to no avail, Natasha took it upon herself to build her dream home. The only problem that could potentially stand in her way was the planning department and its tight regulations.

Having purchased a half-acre plot off a local farmer, she spent £80,000 knowing that it was protected land with the strictest of planning conditions in the UK. 10 of the World’s Best Eco Houses. Introduction In this article I’ve put together 10 of my favourite eco houses from around the world.

10 of the World’s Best Eco Houses

As you’d expect with the current popularity and poignancy of terms like ‘green homes’, ‘eco friendly buildings’ and ‘sustainable construction’, there are hundreds of houses to choose from when compiling a list like this, which is a great thing! Because of this I realise I’ve hardly scratched the surface with my research and I’d love to hear any feedback, comments, criticisms or suggestions on the buildings I’ve selected, as well as any you feel I’ve left out… The Eco Arch, Kent, England This rather iconic-looking home, shown on Channel 4’s Grand Designs series in the UK, features an unsupported parabolic arch made up of thousands of tiny clay tiles. More information at… The Active House, Lystrup, Denmark. Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud on the 10 greatest architectural homes. By Kevin Mccloud Updated: 09:35 GMT, 30 March 2011 From the Sliding House using a 20-ton sliding cover on railway tracks to an old fisherman's cottage preserved by giving it weather-proof rubber cladding, KEVIN McCLOUD choose his favourite British homes Architect dRMM came up with a space that changes, using a huge, 20-ton sliding cover on railway tracks that on the one hand protects the building and on the other morphs it It's been dubbed 'Industrial Picturesque', and I love the idea of someone having to come up with a new label for a build.

Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud on the 10 greatest architectural homes

It's fun and it makes me smile. 15 Awesome Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers. Steel shipping containers outlive their usefulness as cargo carriers within 5 years, and they used to sit abandoned at shipyards for years.

15 Awesome Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers

Now, they’re gaining increasing recognition for their durability, adaptability, light weight, low cost and ease of stacking, spurring a recycling trend that has resulted in shipping container sculpture, homes, hotels, museums and more. The possibilities are seemingly endless, as illustrated by these 15 amazing examples of cargo container reuse. Housing (image via: Ecopods) (images via: Illy) (image via: Inhabitat)