An Old, Battered Calgary Garage is Transformed into a Greenhouse

June 27, 2014 by  
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Last autumn, a Calgary couple decided that their 1959 cinder block garage either had to go, or they had to put a new roof on it. The roofer quotes were insane, so instead of building a new garage, they decided to cover it with a corrugated polycarbonate transparent panel to transform it into a greenhouse . Suntuf was chosen because it’s guaranteed to withstand serious hail… and who ever said that roofs have to be opaque? They peeled off the old tar and rotten plywood, kept the preserved beams, added some purlins, and the polycarbonate panels went up in a single weekend. Fast forward to spring: The warm, light-filled garage was ideal for jumpstarting the short Canadian growing season with seeds and seedlings. Now it’s the full height of summer, and the mosquito-free greenhouse is full of tomato , cucumber, pepper, and basil plants; an ideal place for hanging out in with friends and cool beverages. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Calgary , diy greenhouse , Garage , garage transformation , garden , Gardening , green house , greenhouse , new garage , new greenhouse , seedlings , Urban Farming , urban food , urban gardening

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

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Jennie’s Place: A Tiny Vernacular Memorial Home for Two Children Murdered in Honduras

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On June 3, 2008, two children living in a small house overlooking a lush valley in Guaimaca, Honduras were murdered by four criminals. Jennie Lizeth Lopez (12) and her brother, Karlin Adali Valdez (10) were victims of a needless and brutal crime. Paul Lukez Architecture visited the original location where these horrendous events occurred and met with local community members on how to best memorialize the lives and spirit of Jennie and her brother Karlin. The hillside community of La Nava embraced the idea of building a structure on the footprint of the original house. Over 65 family members helped build the structure. In addition, PLA was able to raise $30,000 for materials and specialized labor. The new structure designed by PLA has three interior spaces; a multi-use community space, a chapel and a rest room. Simple means of construction mined from the local vernacular helps create a space of peace and meditation. Light and nature work their wonders, as the space becomes a place to collect and filter impressions, experiences and memory. + Paul Lukez Architecture The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Honduras , Jennie’s Place , memorial , Paul Lukez Architecture , reader submitted content , salvaged materials , sustainable design , tiny home , vernacular architecture

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