10 Things in Your Kitchen You Didn’t Know You Could Reuse or Recycle

August 8, 2017 by  
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You’re most likely familiar with how to recycle lots of basics in your kitchen: plastic bottles, glass jars, aluminum cans and the like. Go beyond the norm, take a look and find out how to make your kitchen greener with this list of recyclables…

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Centuries-old apartment in Israel transformed into a remarkable modern "cave"

July 24, 2017 by  
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This ancient apartment in Israel was skillfully renovated to unify its cavernous, centuries-old rooms into a modern residence that offers stunning views of the sea. Pitsou Kedem Architects concealed some parts of the traditional arches while uncovering others to create an elegant combination of the old and the new. The rooms of the apartment, located in Tel Aviv-Yafo – an ancient port city in Israel– have been altered over hundreds of years, giving each room its own unique character. The architects approached the refurbishment of the entire space as an opportunity to bring more natural light into the interior and open it up toward the sea. Related: Decrepit cave transformed into a beautiful modern home in China The integrated interior spaces are sheltered underneath beautiful arches . Some of the decorations added over the years have been covered in plaster, while the dome in the kitchen was uncovered. The team introduced a new raw concrete floor with accentuated filing stones to the floor level. Black sheet covering emphasize the openings connecting the rooms. These dark elements also hide new technical systems in the walls. + Pitsou Kedem Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Amit Geron

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Estrade Residence adapts to rocky hillside with locally-harvested materials

January 30, 2017 by  
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The gorgeous Estrade Residence adapts to the rocky, steep topography of a lake shore in Quebec , and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. Canadian design studio MU Architecture design the house using natural and locally sourced materials and created a multitude of spaces and terraces that embrace the site. The main idea was to highlight the peculiarities of the site and integrate nature into the design of the house. This resulted in a staggered structure that includes several terraces that establish a strong dialogue with the surrounding landscape. Thick walls made from rocks extracted during excavation create a spine of the project that extends outwards, protect the apartments on the ground floor, and help establish a direct connection between the interior and exterior spaces. Related: Modern meets rustic in the Hemmingford House built from natural materials The different volumes are gradually revealed as visitors climb an aerial and magisterial staircase which connects all levels of the house. Open spaces dominate the ground floor bathed in natural light, with a double-sided fireplace located in the center of the common room adding warmth to the place. This area extends the kitchen to the outside via a veranda which stretches perpendicularly to the natural ridge. Natural cedar cladding of the upper volumes complements the stone walls and gives the residence both a rustic and modern feel. + MU Architecture Via v2com Photos by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard (YUL Photo)

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Xomali House in Mexico City makes clever use of a tiny 115 square foot lot

January 5, 2017 by  
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DMP Aquitectura built the Xomali House on a tiny plot of land of just 115 square feet in Mexico City . They carefully designed it to make the most out of the reduced space while keeping material costs down. Filled with hidden storage everywhere and built with standard affordable materials like wood, ceramic tiles and concrete, the home also keeps the neighbors close with a communal courtyard .

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5 Sink Designs That Waste Water

October 5, 2016 by  
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Kitchen and bathroom sink faucets account for 19 percent of total water usage of an average home, according to Conserve H2O. Fortunately, new kitchen faucet sink designs curb water consumption by using no more than 2.5 gallons per minute, per…

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8-year-old California boy starts a bakery to help his single mother buy a home

September 16, 2016 by  
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8-year-old Jalen Bailey of Fresno , California has big dreams. Inspired by the memories he’s made baking in the kitchen with his single mother Sharhonda Mahan, he decided to start his own bakery to save money for the ” good stuff .” His goal is to set aside enough money to buy his mom a house . Bailey originally hoped to save for a KitchenAid. When someone donated the machine to him, he turned to the rest of his good stuff list. Number one on the list is a house, “so me and my mommy could make more memories in the kitchen, so it could be a bigger kitchen, and I could bake more things,” he told The Fresno Bee. He currently lives with his mother in a small Fresno apartment. Related: 9-Year-Old Boy Raises $3,000 To Save Detroit’s Parks by Selling Lemonade! So Bailey started Jalen’s Bakery this past July, with approval for several recipes from the health department, and now offers delicious desserts like White & Chocolate Chip Cookies or Heart Shaped Chocolate Cupcakes and classics like peanut butter cookies. According to Bailey, “My secret recipe is: Made with love!” Bailey’s mother said she started teaching him about entrepreneurship and owning his own business early on. Although Mahan’s also working towards a house and told Bailey not to worry about it, according to The Fresno Bee, he’s continuing to save for their home. This isn’t the first time Bailey has saved up to help someone else; at age five he started gathering school supplies and backpacks he’s given to about 50 homeless children. Bailey is also saving for college and a dog. If you’d like to help out, you can purchase desserts or a Jalen’s Bakery t-shirt on his website. You can also donate to a GoFundMe campaign started by his mother. The money raised through the campaign will go towards allowing Bailey to grow his business so he can ship desserts nationwide and continue his hands-on education in entrepreneurship. + Jalen’s Bakery + GoFundMe campaign for Jalen’s Bakery Via The Fresno Bee Images via Jalen’s Bakery and Jalen’s Bakery Facebook

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Renovated Victorian House in Toronto combines the best of rural and urban living

September 13, 2016 by  
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The renovation and addition to the old Victorian house created a bright, modern space inspired by rural living. Industrial materials give the structure a more contemporary feel, but applied in a way that doesn’t compete with the predominant architecture of the neighborhood. Large skylights run through three floors and bring natural light into the main living area located on the ground floor. Related: Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin “I really embrace the slot between the two floors. It turns the 2nd floor hallway into a bridge that connects all of the floors. This is key to bringing light down to the first floor,” said John Tong, principal of +tongtong. Related: Old Brick Factory Transformed Into the Sustainable Evergreen Headquarters in Toronto The existing window at the side of the house was widened to create a horizontal opening that connects the kitchen and the dining room, the latter of which features a countertop vent-free ethanol fireplace . Additional privacy was achieved by incorporating a landscaped berm and retaining wall into the design of the house, creating a small oasis in front where kids can play. + +tongtong Via v2com Photos by Lisa Petrole

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Sweden’s legendary ICEHOTEL taps solar power to stay open year-round

September 13, 2016 by  
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The sparkling, chilly beauty of northern Sweden’s ICEHOTEL brings in thousands of visitors each year, only to melt away each spring. That will all change with a new addition projected to open this December, which will stay open into the sunny summer months thanks to a rooftop solar panel addition. Guests will be able to enjoy both the fire of the midnight sun and their icy accommodations at the same time. The ICEHOTEL has been operational for 26 years, with the same routine of preparing the destination each winter and shutting down each spring. The new hotel wing will be open 365 days a year in response to customer demand for a cool place to stay after a late night hike or dogsled adventure in the sun. Related: ICEHOTEL unveils breathtaking rooms carved from solid ice During the summer months, the addition will generate power from the sun day and night via photovoltaic rooftop panels provided by partner Solkompaniet. When the seasonal sun sets, the collection of 20 suites, ice bar, and gallery will join the rest of the ICEHOTEL, which is three times its size, for the winter rush. “We’ve created many temporary ice experiences in the past, and we’ve seen an increasing interest for visiting ICEHOTEL not just in winter,” stated founder Yngve Bergqvist. “Every summer we have international visitors who arrive in Jukkasjärvi and ask us where they can see ICEHOTEL – I look forward to being able to point it out to them!” + ICEHOTEL Via Design Curial Images via Asaf Kliger

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How color choices impact the feel of your interior design

July 14, 2016 by  
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Colors are inextricably entwined with moods, due to both learned association and probably also evolutionary adaptation . Red — the color commonly associated with stop signs and fire trucks – causes human heart rate and breathing to increase. Red is a stimulate (in the literal sense), and linked with excitement and danger. Studies show that sports players wearing red win 60% of the time – perhaps because the red tends to intimidate their opponents. On the opposite side of the color wheel, blue is often considered a calming color conducive to creativity. Blue-colored lights have even been installed in public spaces around the world to prevent crime and reduce suicides . The dichotomy between red and blue can be expanded to include all colors separated into two categories: warm and cool. WARM VERSUS COOL While warm colors, like reds, oranges, and yellows, can evoke powerful feelings of excitement and even stimulate the appetite, they’re often better used as accent colors in the kitchen. Cooler and earthier colors help create a welcoming and soothing environment. We’re particularly fond of neutral tones for the large surface areas such as countertops. In the kitchen, a countertop is the surface you’ll be looking at the most, and you want it to blend into the background instead of screaming for attention – and let you focus on the task at hand. People generally choose neutral colors for countertops, and to help you examine how your color choices will impact a room , DuPont has recently published a Color Trend Report , looking at the most common colors typically picked in interior design: whites, greys, blues and earth tones like green and brown. (Download the Color Trend Report here > ) WHITE The color white is often associated with purity, cleanliness and hygiene, which is why it’s a popular choice for kitchen countertops, walls, and spaces where providing a sense of sanitation is important. White invokes newness, space and wholesomeness. Painting the walls white can also make a room seem more spacious and brighter because of the way it reflects light. Of course, there are many shades of white – some warmer and some more cool — but choosing a warmer white, like cream, will help a room seem more inviting and less sterile. White also makes a great blank canvas for texture, such as a tiled splashback, speckled countertop, or even wood accents and cabinetry. Katie Congress, color trend spotter at DuPont, says: “Lighter colors tend to be used more often in kitchen countertops, due to their timeless nature. A few of our most popular colors for Corian® are Sahara, Witch Hazel, Sandalwood, and Rain Cloud. In Zodiaq®, the colors that mimic natural stone have been very popular, such as Calacatta Natura and London Sky .” BLUES The color of both the sky and the sea, blue evokes depth, space, authority and serenity. Perhaps because blue connotes calm authority, it is the most popular color on the planet. When polled on favorite colors, 57% of men choose blue, 35% of women choose blue . Blue is the most popular color in corporate graphic design (logos, websites, business cards), and in the home it promotes a sense of serenity and strength. Painting a room in light shades of blue can also help trick the mind into feeling cooler, a helpful trick in a hot kitchen. DuPont’s Katie Congress also says: “Bathrooms tend to include spa-like hues of blue and green, offset with white, to suggest water. Colors that connote nature and water are often used in bathroom vanities. For showers, Corian® private collection colors are very popular, including Rosemary , Sagebrush and Sandalwood .” EARTH TONES: GREEN & BROWN Nature immediately springs to mind whenever green and brown are paired together. These earthy tones help create a feeling of calm and reassurance thanks to their associations with rich and fertile forests. The color brown is typically used as a neutral base evocative of stability, whereas green reminds us of renewal and growth. The harmonious blend of greens and browns are also great for making any room into an oasis of peace with a warm and inviting environment. GREYS Balance and elegance are the hallmarks of the color gray. While some may consider the color boring or conservative, gray is surprisingly versatile and can serve as a calming neutral base or as a standalone color that communicates timelessness and nuance. Gray has especially become a design staple in contemporary settings and creates a touch of class, sophistication, and even prestige. When paired with contrasting colors like red and white, gray provides balance and serves well to seamlessly connect lighter colors with darker colors. + DuPont Color Report About DuPont Corian The new Corian® and Zodiaq® colors are split into four collections: the refreshing and wholesome White Collection, the opulent and universally popular hues of the Blue Collection, the naturally divine greens and browns of the Earth Tone Collection, and the calming and refined Gray Collection. The colors were carefully chosen for their ability to coordinate with any style and developed with patented technologies like DeepColor ™, which creates a greater depth of color and pattern. Most importantly, these stain-resistant countertops can withstand the long-term wear and tear to match their timeless appearance. Both Corian® and Zodiaq® surfaces are NSF/ANSI Standard 51 Certified for food contact, certified Kosher, easy to maintain, and are 100% non-toxic and non-allergenic. Since the countertops are inspired by nature with either rich, earthy tones or neutral yet refined colors, they’re excellent for pairing with other natural materials like timber cabinetry or even a living green wall . The Corian® solid surfaces can be thermoformed to create sensuous curves evocative of organic shapes, while the GREENGUARD Certified® and low-emitting Zodiaq® quartz countertops create stunning light play with its sparkling crystals. + DuPont Corian® countertops + DuPont Zodiaq® countertops

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Chic net-zero energy home in Arizona takes the edge off life in the desert

July 7, 2016 by  
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The Loma Linda 2 single-family home mimics its neighbor with the same rusted-metal gates, which keep direct sunlight at bay for those enjoying a day outside on the stylish patio. A four-foot overhang keeps the southern exposure cool, while the east and west exposures are limited. Using biomimicry , the artfully designed, one-inch thick steel siding prevents the sun from heating the walls. EPS insulation along the metal edges and cellulose in the 12-inch thick walls themselves help to keep the home airtight. The architects boast 90 percent energy savings over traditional homes with these features. Related: This Canadian passive house factory was built from its own prefab wood panels An air filtration system expertly pulls stale and moist air from the home, especially where it accumulates most, in the kitchen and bathroom. Bringing in filtered air from outside means the residents can enjoy a comfortable in-home environment 75 percent of the year, without using any heating or cooling elements. The sight of the space alone is enticing, as the indoor and outdoor flow together. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a pleasant, zero-water courtyard. The modern appliances and clean lines of the interior appeal to any urbanite’s senses and create a space for updated living. + VALI Homes Images via VALI Homes

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