How To Green Your Outdoor Deck Maintenance Routine

September 28, 2016 by  
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Summer takes its toll on outdoor decks: the elements, foot traffic, pets, runoff from the roof and plant debris — it all adds up. It’s unavoidable. Regular outdoor deck maintenance ensures that your deck not only looks better but stays structurally…

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Basecamp tiny home boasts a large rooftop deck for mountain-climbing couple and 3 dogs

July 28, 2016 by  
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Tina and Luke moved from Massachusetts across the country to Oregon to build their tiny house and start Backcountry Tiny Homes . The couple describes themselves this way: “Engineers by trade, mountaineers by design, we bring our expertise and our passion to all things tiny. Trust us, with two humans and three dogs and only 204 square feet of space, we know how to make a space comfortable and liveable all year long.” Related: Adorable solar-powered tiny home has a rock climbing wall inside The beautiful wood exterior, complete with a branch-like railing in front of French doors at the entrance, fits right in with the forested Oregon landscape. Inside, wood furnishings from the walls to the raw edge kitchen counters add to the sylvan feel. The off-grid home also boasts a rainwater collection system, solar panels , and a composting toilet. A propane stove inside allows for hot meals. One reaches the deck via a small ” hobbit door ” in the sleeping loft that leads to a staircase that climbs up the side of the home to the roof. There’s another loft inside that allows for more storage. Hidden furniture can be found throughout Basecamp, from a drying rack to a coffee table to a dining room table and chairs. The couch can fold out into a bed for guests. Through Backcountry Tiny Homes, the Orlandos sell their plans so others can build their own tiny home. There are a few customization choices, including a Pet Friendly Option and an Off-Grid Option. + Backcountry Tiny Homes Via Treehugger Images via Backcountry Tiny Homes Facebook and Backcountry Tiny Homes

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One Way To Buck A Great Recession

October 26, 2011 by  
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John Laumer/ CC BY 1.0 I’ve been up since before sunrise cutting up a deer and processing the meat for freezing. This photo shows how it looked out on my deck by late morning. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ujpalota Main Square: An organic square spatially enhanced by user participation

August 2, 2011 by  
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DATTATREYA MANDAL: Ujpalota Main Square Designed by HMS Plan Modern architecture with all its advanced features can sometimes tend to be on a ‘daunting’ level for both the local people and the environment. But a form of flexible architecture that synchronizes with the surrounding, rather accentuates the degree of user involvement, thus increasing the overall conception’s spatial as well as structural efficiency. This is exactly what HMS-Plan has conceptualized as their entry for the 2011 architectural competition of the main square of Ujpalota in Budapest. Picture Gallery Ujpalota Main Square Ujpalota Main Square designed by HMS Plan The architects have envisaged an expansive conception that will be spatially defined by the attributes of the existing local environment. In this case that defining feature is a nearby conspicuous hill that will control the overall gradient of the design. The design criteria will also encompass the active participation of the main user group, to enhance upon the collective nature of the square/park. This involvement will comprise of different user functionalities such as maintenance, protection and even creation of specific living spaces for themselves. For example, visiting members can plant their own gardens in the adjoining park. Coming to the main focal point of the concept, it will be the irregular rectangular deck with an orange-red color scheme. There will be a myriad of functional elements associated with this particular space including a walking terrace and even a festival zone. The structural component of the square will be constructed beneath the deck, and it will comprise of zonings such as public rooms, toilets, kiosks and shops. Other user elements like a full-fledged cultural center and parking spaces will be hidden along these low level spaces. Moreover, the natural slope offered by the hill will allow the forgoing of artificial accessible areas such as stairs and lifts. This in turn accentuates upon the overall organic bearing of the total exhibition space. Finally coming to sustainable attributes, the architects have envisioned a sort of vernacular system where cost effective, locally available building materials would be preferred. The vivaciously angling deck will be built from low energy timber, while the inner structural components will be constructed from a special cement stabilized clay brick (that can be arranged and laid by local inhabitants). This efficient process would reduce the consumption of high emission concrete. Furthermore, to relegate carbon footprint, renewable energy sources such as solar power will be utilized beneath the deck. And finally for micro-climate control, a central stony slab with water surface will be incorporated at the axis of the square. This in turn can cool the surrounding air; thus providing optimized comfort for the visitors. Via: Archdaily

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