What are efficiency apartments?" An efficiency apartment is one of the smallest and least expensive apartment rental options on the market. Also called a studio apartment, it's an open space concept design that incorporates the sleeping and living space into one area. The other two main features of an efficiency apartment are an enclosed bathroom and a kitchenette -- a small, open kitchen area. The biggest advantage to renting an efficiency apartment is the relatively low cost. Choosing a studio apartment or "efficiency" over another option is typically a cost cutting move, and it won't appeal to everyone. Renters who are just starting out may have fewer belongings and be able to adjust to the limited accommodations best.
VC Confidential: Why Great Companies Get Started in the Downturns I have always been amazed by how many of our success tech stories, as well as Fortune 500 companies, started during drastic down turns. Innovation does not take a holiday, and in fact, thrives during difficult times when pain & need are greatest. While the current downturn is historic, it pails in comparison to the 22 year depression the US experienced from 1873 to 1895, triggered by the Vienna stock market crash. During the great depression (1929-1939), Texas Instruments, HP, 20th Century Fox and United Technologies all launched. Other periods: during the Oil shock & market crash (1973-1976) Microsoft, Genentech & Apple started. Dogs Will Try New Dog FoodWhen everything is going well, few people or companies want to change behavior, process or vendors. Take Care of DarwinLeading entrepreneurs have a maniacal focus on efficient use of capital and on fulfilling customer needs (versus nice to have's).
Derinkuyu, or: the allure of the underground city My friend Robert and I finished reading Alan Weisman's The World Without Us almost simultaneously – and we both noted one specific passage. Before we get to that, however, the premise of Weisman's book – though it does, more often than not, drift away from this otherwise fascinating central narrative – is: what would happen to the Earth if humans disappeared overnight? What would humans leave behind – and how long would those remnants last? These questions lead Weisman at one point to discuss the underground cities of Cappadocia, Turkey, which, he says, will outlast nearly everything else humans have constructed here on Earth. [Images: Derinkuyu, the great underground city of Cappadocia; images culled from a Google Images search and from Wikipedia]. [Images: Derinkuyu and a view of Cappadocia; images culled from a Google Images search and from Wikipedia]. Some tunnels lead from building to building. [Image: A map, altered by BLDGBLOG, of an underground Cappadocian metropolis].
Solar Water Heating Projects and Plans Solar water heating systems have a good economic payoff, and are manageable systems to install or build as a DIY project. Some of the solar water heating designs are very simple and low cost. You can save as much as $7000 by building your own system. There are just over one hundred projects with full construction details listed below -- all free. The projects range from simple batch heaters for warm climates through closed loop and drain back systems that will work in any climate. One of the systems is our own $1,000 solar water heating system that has provided a solar fraction in excess of 90% through our cold Montana winter. My thanks to the people who have built systems, and then taken the time to send in pictures and descriptions for others to use. Directory for this page: Information on pumps, heat exchangers, heat storage tanks Controllers, pipe insulation, backdraft dampers and other components for solar space heating systems here... Solar Water Heater kits or packages... Questions?
Living Spaces: Inspiration set 1 This year is going to be huge for Designcollector as we just entered our 10th Year of online existence. During the New Year I was thinking to go beyond normal posts and focus on what we love to do – collect things under different categories. So we start the year with 1st Inspiration set of Living Spaces or simply great Interior Design examples (mostly done in Rustic, minimalists and industrial style) collected in our Pinterest View all sets WNC Green Building Directory | Articles By Matt Siegel on 03/24/2011 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has,” anthropologist Margaret Mead said. The Western North Carolina Green Building Council — its members and its founders — demonstrates the truth in those words: About a decade ago, the council literally started as a conversation between two people. It then grew into a group of several people, who started out sitting around a table and discussing how to grow green building in the region. Ashley Featherstone and Jon Senechal representing WNCGBC at Earth Day 2001. In 2011, the organization celebrates its tenth year of helping create a more sustainable and healthier WNC. According to Duncan McPherson, another WNCGBC founder, “The primary need was education at that point, which included educating the city, inspectors, builders and architects. ... Here are some achievements from the past 10 years that the Council can put numbers to:
ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwide North Carolina City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Waiver Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project. While the DSIRE staff strives to provide the best information possible, the DSIRE staff, the N.C. Solar Center, N.C. State University and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. make no representations or warranties, either express or implied, concerning the accuracy, completeness, reliability or suitability of the information.
Singita, Luxury African Game Reserve | Luxury Property, Interior Design, Exclusive Travel & Bespoke Furniture 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 Love Interior Design & Exotic Travel? May 25, 2010 | South Africa Travel | View comments Be enchanted, entertained and soothed at Nam Hai, Vietnam A beautiful location, a captivating heritage and a retreat of pure luxury, The Nam Hai promises to enchant, entertain and soothe. Interlocking contemporary design – Hotel Pupp, Italy Italian and Austrian architectural practice, Bergmeisterwolf Architekten, have designed the Hotel Pupp project for Christian and Martin Pupp of Cafe Konditorei Pupp OHG.
Why Use ISBU For Construction? Why Use ISBU? What Are The Reasons People Are Using ISBU Shipping Containers For Building Construction? ___________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Cheap and Plentiful? In the beginning, the greatest interest in ISBU Shipping Container homes and construction seemed to be the need to remove hundreds of thousands of surplus Shipping Containers sitting in U.S. and other Global ports. Hydraulic Living Room Car Lift Rides Right into Your Home Ah, to be rich enough to simply drive into your underground garage onto a lift and be carried right into the heart of your living room – or at least to be able to implement other creatively luxurious interior design ideas like this one. A moving platform – finished with wood slats to match the surrounding floors – lifts up and down on a hydraulic system at the push of the button, almost like something out of a spy movie. Takuya Tsuchida (Photos by Koichi Torimura) twisted arms and fought building codes for his client when seeking to install this unique horizontal, in-house garage door and elevator system. Considering the work that went into this amazing automobile elevator, however, one has to wonder if the rest of the rectilinear plan and white interior decor could perhaps use a bit more excitement as well – though perhaps that would detract from the sports vehicle sitting right next to your couch and park alongside your kitchen space.
10 Blogs Entrepreneurs Need to Be Reading | Grasshopper Blog - StumbleUpon See the 2012 edition: 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs (2012 Edition) #1. The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Site: What it is: Mike Michalowicz provides entrepreneurs and small businesses with tips on everything from starting a business to networking to marketing and health care. Why you should read it: Mike not only provides great tips but he provides great tips from REAL people. #2. Site: What it is: Written by a panel of small business owners, the site offers tips and advice on everything business related. Small business trends really covers EVERYTHING! #3. Site: Run by two brothers, Matthew and Adam Toren, Young Entrepreneur is exactly what it sounds like; a site dedicated to young entrepreneurs. Between blog posts, forums, polls and interviews with other small business owners, the site offers fantastic content. #4. Site: Why you should read it: #5. #6. #7. #8.
Starting a Business: Advice from the Trenches - StumbleUpon If you’re like thousands of other designers, programmers and other creative professionals out there, at one point in time you’ve considered starting your own business. Unlike most, you’ve gone against common sense and decided to open shop for yourself. And not just freelance full-time, mind you, but file for the company name, get some stationery, and wade through the legal mumbo-jumbo. This article offers real-world advice from the trenches of a small start-up, and is applicable to designers, web developers, copywriters, usability experts and all manner of service providers. Write a Business Plan#section1 The most important thing you can do to prepare for starting and operating your own business. Beyond the mental exercises, a good business plan will give you a much better chance of getting a small business loan from a bank than walking in and saying, “I like Photoshop and maybe a can do some websites or something. Take a few weeks and develop a strong and thought-out plan. Good: