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The Pallet House project by I-Beam Design, was initially conceived as a transitional shelter for the refugees returning to Kosovo after the war. These people needed an immediate alternative to the typical tent solution that could potentially transform into a new permanent home over time, even without access to sophisticated tools and materials. It has since become our aim to also develop the project as a more permanent housing solution to serve not only refugees in disaster stricken areas but also as a modular, prefabricated solution to affordable housing everywhere that can improve people's lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world. The Pallet House is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. The Pallet House is made of wooden shipping pallets. Photos by Peter Miller

maison-palettes-abri How to build My 50 Dollar Greenhouse First off – you really can build this thing very cheaply, but to do so you have to recycle, freecycle, and scrounge. If you just go out and buy new everything it will probably cost over $200 – still not bad all in all.This Article is featured in Jan 2010 issue of Birds and Blooms Magazine!Want to find out if this thing works before you read all this? Read 6 months in the Greenhouse first.Want to see what happens when a few inches of wet snow accumulates on this? Collapse! My $50 Greenhouse Welcome Stumbleupon Gardeners! Materials list Construction Steps Hind Sight – What I would do differently The planning is over and construction on my hoop house greenhouse has begun. After some research I’ve decided to build the structure of the hoop house out of 20 ft. joints of three quarter inch PVC plumbing pipe. My hoop house green house is going to be 11 feet wide and 15 feet long, and will be about seven and a half feet tall in the center. If your Greenhouse is too Flat it will collapse! Thusly

deco-avec-palettes What is a rain chain? What is a rain chain? Artistic Downspouts™ for your home Rain chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional, closed gutter downspouts. History Rain chains (‘kusari doi’ in Japanese) in concept are not a new idea. has taken the original concept and expanded it into a broad line of products, incorporating both cup, link and even hybrid styles into their offerings. Styles Link designs are the closest to the original form. Cup designs are an improvement over links chains in performance and efficiency. Installation Installation is usually straight forward and simple. sells our cup chains in both standard (8 ½ feet) and by the foot. At the Bottom The Japanese often put a ceramic or stoneware pot beneath the chain which fills with water, so that when it rains, the water drips from the chain into the pot, creating a beautiful display. You can make a square out of redwood or cedar beneath the chains and fill it with small pebbles.

Maison-de-jeu-pour-vos-enfants-faites-de-palettes-en-bois-2-1 Prairie Story: Homemade Wasp Trap Ok... this is kind of gross, but clearly it works. Once the wasps go in the bottle they can't figure out how to get out so they get trapped and die. This will minimize wasps, but the only way to eliminate them is to remove their nest or kill the queen. 1) Cut the neck off a plastic pop bottle. 2) Remove the bottle cap and flip the neck upside down and place it in the bottle opening that you just cut. 3) Tape together using packing tape or duct tape.4) Bait the trap. One last note, be mindful where you place the trap as living wasps will be attracted to it.

cinema-maison-palette sustainablework escaliers-en-palettes Natural weed killer (made with basic items in your kitchen) I have to warn you, for the next month and a half my posts will be of a frugal nature. This doesn't mean I won't post items that will be of use to just means I won't be spending very much money on them. We are planning a big family trip (to San Francisco!!! I am so excited. Ever since moving into this house, I have struggled to keep our front walk weed free. I got this frugal, yet extremely effective, way of killing weeds from my neighbor. I have googled this recipe and there are a million and one different variations so I thought I would share what I used and show you how well it worked. Materials: spray bottle (I had a 34 ounce one I purchased at the $ store a while ago)Pickling vinegar (It works better than regular vinegar because the acetic acid % is higher)Salt (1/2 cup for m size bottle)Dish soap (a squeeze) That is it!! Method: Fill a spray bottle almost full with Pickling vinegar. Go outside on a bright sunny day and spray those weeds. Here are the before images:

Maisons en palettes La palette de transport est un matériau de construction alternatif qui inspire les jeunes architectes. Pistes expérimentales à suivre. Manifesto House Située au Chili, cette maison a été réalisée avec des conteneurs et des palettes en bois. L’intérêt n’est pas seulement écologique : il est aussi économique, assurent les architectes de l’agence James&Mau. Gain en temps, coûts minimisés, rapidité de mise en oeuvre : le projet aura nécessité 90 jours de travaux pour un côut de 79 000 € avec à la clef 160m² habitables et 15m² de terrasse. Paletten pavillon Ce « pavillon », élaboré par l’architecte allemand Matthias Loebermann, a été construit en 2005. The palett house Cette maisonnette est un logement imaginé par les designeuses d’i-beamdesign. The paletten haus Cette habitation en forme de parallélépipède mesure 60m2 et nécessite 800 palettes ; elle a été imaginée par les architectes Andreas Claus Schnetzer et Gregor Pils.

Unfinished, Undone, (yet somehow not) coming Unglued Have you ever seen this plant? It is called ‘wedding veil’ (at least that is what the 9 year old said that sold it to me at our local farmer’s market). I love it. For example, the girls room still looks like this. It occurred to me yesterday that even if drywall does goes up in the next few weeks as is planned, when am I going to paint this? However, this man of mine totally redeemed himself with having these beauties built. Oh yes, you guessed it, me. And while painting on walls is really what my focus should be right now, I’m dying to paint a few canvases too. I started throwing some color on a canvas at least a month ago, and then haven’t gotten back over to it since. Here is another image I came across and was totally drawn to. And so I painted him. Lastly, I hope you will come back next week to walk and pray through a series of daily devotionals.

Maisons en palettes de bois Non, ne jetez pas vos palettes de bois ! Après les chaises en palettes de bois ou le bureau design en palettes de bois à Amsterdam, voici une maison en palettes de bois. C’est tout d’abord le résultat d’un prototype de logements rapides construit pour les populations ayant subi les catastrophes naturelles. La palette en bois est l’idéale selon les créateurs (i-Beam) car elle est robuste, peu coûteuse et se trouve facilement. Aujourd’hui, la société i-Beam la développe également pour un logement préfabriqué à faible coût. Les palettes sont polyvalentes, recyclables, durables et faciles à assembler. Voici également l’exemple d’un garage en palettes de bois devenu permanent : Qu’en pensez-vous ? Photos : Source :