Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings “In a hole in a ground lived a hobbit. 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.
Modular Motorhome: Hybrid Camper Car + Caravan Combo Campervans are great for the wide-open road, but what happens when you reach your destination and want to travel in something a bit less clunky? This variant concept RV comes with a detachable car to let you cruise city streets once you exit the high-speed freeway. This design challenge was tackled by Christian Susana with great attention to detail, from how each portable portion (car and camper form) looks separately to how they appear as whole when plugged back together. Luxury Furniture, Property, Travel... - StumbleUpon Singita, Luxury African Game Reserve Singita, meaning place of miracles, is a group of world-renowned games reserves in Africa which provide a positive balance of hospitality, conservation and community for all of their guests. The luxury lodges contain an eclectic mix of African heritage and European contemporary furniture which adds a luxury feel to this unique African game reserve. About Richard Barker
The Blog of Shelby White & Flowing Lake Residence May 15th, 2011 Everything about this home brings up a random, undefined wave of nostalgia. Growing up I was never around homes like this, but the surrounding woods look all too familiar. A Low Impact Woodland Home - Hobbit Style Credit to Simon Dale published under a creative commons license Taking care of the environment has always been an interest of mine, especially when it comes to the different options we have with the housing of the future. To put it bluntly humans are very wasteful when it comes to buildings and we often use materials wastefully and the buildings are often designed for looks and not functionality. Before you jump on me here, im not saying houses dont have to look cool - but they must do it while being as self sufficient and with maximum regard for the environment.
Build a Gutterless Rain Barrel Maybe for an apartment balcony. Otherwise, yeah, put up at least a stretch of gutter with a downspout. Other than being up on a ladder, it'll be easier (just hammer into soffit with gutter nails and spacers) and probably will be cheaper than cedar boards. If you put a rain barrel at the bottom of the downspout, you'll also have the option of going through one small barrel, then the overflow of that barrel going to your big rain barrel(s) so the first few gallons, that's normally pretty dirty (first rinse of the roof) are kept separate. Not sure how you'd do that with this setup. Gutters also have the advantage (primary purpose, actually) of being able to route water that falls on your roof *away* from your foundation.
Beautiful Warehouse Conversion in Melbourne By Eric • Feb 14, 2011 • Selected Work Spotted on MBP, here is a completely renovated apartment located in a historic building in Melbourne, Australia. This three bedroom, two bathroom residence is on sale and according to the agent, “this superlative warehouse conversion in “Leicester House”, an historic 1880′s building, provides privacy and vast spaces. It features soaring warehouse ceilings, huge original arched timber windows, exposed red brick walls, imposing brick archways of 65 cm depth and high gloss timber floors. Architectural Form is the most basic of architectural features: it is set by structure and defines a building's character. More and more design professionals are discovering and specifying a structural system that provides exciting forms for landmark buildings. This system, Geometrica®, is a true new medium for architectural expression and a platform for technology to meet elegance and modern design.
Wilkinson Residence In Portland Is One Swanky Treehouse - Green Diary Evoking the feeling of being in a tree house is exactly what the beautiful Wilkinson residence in Portland does. Located on a flag lot, the extraordinary house is brilliantly designed to perfectly blend with the natural landscape. A steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy. Home Plans HOMEPW02349 - 4,600 Square Feet, 4 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Contemporary Home with 2 Garage Bays Building your own home is quite possibly the most exciting and rewarding endeavor for anyone to undertake. And it all starts with the perfect home design. We are here to help ensure that you get off to a perfect start! Here’s why. We’ll Save You Money Using pre-drawn homes plans is the most cost-effective way to professionally design a home.
Solar Wind Bridge - Efficient reuse of highways - eVolo Italian designers Francesco Colarossi, Luisa Saracino and Giovanna Saracino created a Solar Wind bridge project for a Solar Park Works – a competition in Italy. The aim of the competition was to get designers to imagine new ways to reuse an elevated highway between Bagnera and Scilla in Italy, incorporating new energy efficient solutions. The designers won second place for this project. The proposed design has 26 wind turbines incorporated in structure of the bridge.
5 of the Coolest Staircases Ever Anyone wanting or already in the process of redesigning their multi-level home should take a look at these cool staircases, which break away from the standard design and add some creative flair. Continue reading to see them all. [via Toxel] 1. Slide