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DIY Triangle Shelves. Photo: A Beautiful Mess This fun little project comes via the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess, combining the love of collectables, with the modern twist.

DIY Triangle Shelves

Printers trays are back in fashion (though avid collectors will say they've always been in style!) , there is something rather special about showcasing our little treasures and keepsakes and these DIY shelves offer just the ticket. You'll find step-by-step instructions and photos at the link below. DIY Triangle Shelves via A Beautiful Mess Tagged : How-To, shelves, wall art, DIY Triangle Shelves Material : wood Design Style : colorful, contemporary, minimalist, scandinavian. DIY Laundry Soap & Products. Gardening and Foraging. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit.

Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings

Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit on or eat: It was a hobbit hole and that means comfort.” This line by J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the beloved The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fantasy novels, has inspired hundreds of copycat underground hobbit homes around the world – and is itself inspired by ancient Viking hill houses. These 15 green-roofed dwellings that take a page right out of Tolkien’s books come in all sizes for all kinds of functions, from hotels in New Zealand to backyard playhouses and vintage underground hill-dug duplexes. The World’s First Hobbit Motel (images via: wayfaring.info) For tourists the world over, New Zealand will forever be associated with The Lord of the Rings, since it served as the filming and production location for the film version of the saga. Modern Hobbit Home in Switzerland (images via: toxel) (images via: webecoist) How to Build a Solar Heating Panel with Soda Cans.

If you’ve got good sun exposure on one side of your house, you can take advantage of free heat from the sun with this DIY solar heating panel, which uses old soda cans to collect and transfer the sun’s energy into your house.

How to Build a Solar Heating Panel with Soda Cans

Sometimes, low-tech solar devices are much better than high-tech ones for home use, as they not only tend to be cheaper to make, but will also last much longer before any repairs or maintenance are necessary. And even better, they can be built in part from repurposed or recycled components, which is something you don’t see very often in new solar devices. This solar space heater design uses old soda cans to increase the surface area for heat transfer inside of it, and in its most basic design, uses no external power to move the air. Double-glazed glass or polycarbonate panels make up the front of the device, allowing the sun’s rays to enter it while restricting heat loss to the outside air, and the box is also insulated for more efficiency.

Source: Blackle Mag Related: Homemade Tooth Soap Recipe: Healthy Alternative to Toothpaste. Ever since reading the booklet called, "The Perfect Prescription For Your Teeth: Three Simple Steps to Perfect Teeth and Gums All the Days of Your Life", we've been using tooth soap. At first I thought the lady who gave me the booklet was crazy. That was five years ago.

Refrigeration alternatives. 10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests. Please Share This Page:

10 Plants That Repel Garden Insect Pests

15 houseplants to improve indoor air quality. DIY Household. Nature Sounds. Listen and download for free. Eco Energy. Gardening and Foraging. Companion Planting. Old-Fashioned, Pioneer & Primitive Skills & Resources. Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. How to build a Hobbit house… Cozy Outdoor Fireplace Hut is a Warm Glowing Play Place. This artful outdoor fireplace from Haugen/Zohar Architects is integrated with a nearby playground, allowing families a chance to duck in and take the chill out of a cool evening playtime.

Cozy Outdoor Fireplace Hut is a Warm Glowing Play Place

The fireplace, built on a playground in Trondheim, Norway, is a wonderfully whimsical structure that provides a place not only to warm up, but to spend time telling stories. Its unique shape is reminiscent of traditional Norwegian turf structures, with a hole at the top for the smoke to escape. A concrete base provides a seating area all around the fire, encouraging bonding over scary stories or tall tales. Kids are encouraged to play in the structure, giving it a triple life as a decorative structure, a functional warming-up space, and an extension of the nearby playground. The architects, faced with an extremely limited budget, found an inexpensive building material at a nearby construction site. Eco-Housing Plan Has Humans Moving Into Forest Trees. Denmark-based architect Konrad Wójcik is on a mission to remind humans just how much we have changed the natural world.

Eco-Housing Plan Has Humans Moving Into Forest Trees

With urban sprawl and a global population explosion, we have deforested much of the planet and left it a mess. He believes that the only way to cure this is for humans to get back to nature and let the planet heal itself. His proposal is called Primeval Symbiosis. It consists of small homes which look and behave like trees. Solar panels cover the tops and sides of the pyramid-shaped structures, drawing energy from the sun just as trees do. Eco-Housing Plan Has Humans Moving Into Forest Trees.

Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings. Free crochet pattern sites. Aquaponics. Sewing, Crochet, Yarn, Textile & Fiber Crafts. Water. Portable Solar Desalination 'Plant' That May Aid In Third World Water Woes. By Meera Dolasia on September 14, 2012.

Portable Solar Desalination 'Plant' That May Aid In Third World Water Woes

Subtle Subterranean House is Underground & Understated. Many underground homes have relatively extreme designs, either due to ultra-wealthy clients who give their architects a (literal or at least metaphorical) blank check to design a luxury dream house, or because of existing conditions (for instance; retrofitting an old military base and/or missile silo to be a new home).

Subtle Subterranean House is Underground & Understated

This modest alternative shows the power of simplicity in a nonetheless remarkable minimalist home in the ground. BCHO Architects started by carving a basic box-shaped void into the earth, holding a place for the space with likewise simple retaining walls of rough and raw board-formed concrete. A side stairway starts the sequence of movement down into this space, slowly taking into increasingly more enclosed areas. Along the way, the naturalistic texture of this bounding structure is reprised in real-dirt exterior courtyard floors, rammed-earth walls outside and natural-finish wooden furniture inside.

Sky Garden House - Architecture Linked - Architect &Architectural Social... - StumbleUpon. I think one of the reasons that many are skeptical about environmental design is because they think its terribly complex and costly.

Sky Garden House - Architecture Linked - Architect &Architectural Social... - StumbleUpon

DIY recipes. DIY Household. How to Make an Essential Oil Distiller from Kitchen Equipment. How To Make a Homemade Ozone Generator (Air Purifier) How to do it Youself DIY and make a Water alkalinization ionization ionizer water sytem unit. DIY Solar Still. Architecture. Need Faux Tin Ceiling Tiles? Colors and Sizes Available!

Empty space next to the fridge? Make a Roll-Out Pantry. Composting Toilets. 20 of the Sneakiest Secret Doors (list) Hidden Doors and Secret Passageways are always a cool amenity to any house.

20 of the Sneakiest Secret Doors (list)

Not only does provide mystery to your living quarters, but it also allows for a bit of privacy. Hidden doors and secret passageways seem to be a popular room addition since there are numerous companies on the web who specialize in such requests, like The Hidden Door Company, Creative Home Engineering and Hide A Door. Of course, you can easily get the typical hidden door in a bookcase, but we’ve found some pretty interesting ones below! 20. Mirror Secret Door. Free Plans. Several free plans by Owen Geiger are now available: Preview the Economizer House Plan here.Economizer House Plan PDF Solar Pit House PDF Preview the Solar Pit House plan here. esert Shelters PDF Preview Desert Shelters by searching this phrase in the built-in search in the right hand column. Craftsman Bamboo/Plastic Bottle House PDF (Honorable Mention in Shelters for All housing competition) Preview the Craftsman plan here. oot Cellar Plan Earthbag House for Haiti View download complete complete plans at Teach Democracy.org.

How to Drill Your Own Water Well. How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF. Rocket stoves and outdoor grills are great for cooking in a pot or skillet when the power is down or non-existent following a disaster or a worst case SHTF situation where fuel is either flat-out unavailable or intolerably expensive. There are some things, though, that cook best in an oven. One solution, of course, is to use a cast iron Dutch oven or camp stove. These are great options, sure, but what about something made from the ground we stand on?

I am referring to what is commonly called a “Mud Oven”. Until my recent visit to the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington, I did not know such a thing existed. How to Move Yourself Off-The-Grid.