Buckminster Fuller: the Dymaxion Bathroom & House

Dymaxion Bathroom

Buckminster Fuller was a 20th century inventor and visionary who did not limited to one field of expertise. He worked as a ‘comprehensive anticipatory design scientist’ to solve global problems. And one of the problems he chose to work on was the toilet.

He devised a four, stamped sheet metal or plastic commode that was light enough to be carried by two workers. They’ll fit up tight staircases and through narrow doors, allowing retrofitting in existing structures. All the appliances, pipes, and wires are built-in, limiting on-site construction to simple instillation hook-up.

With this configuration the interior has no germ-harboring nooks, crannies, or grout cracks.

This focus on sanitation was part of a larger effort known as the Dymaxion House which was meant to use a minimum of materials to provide maximum living space.

From Snore to Sensational – Bring a Touch of Magic to Your Bathroom Shower

One can argue very few would find the above video interesting. Only the true construction aficionado would be captivated.

Enter the following article:

Heat sensitive shower tiles change colours as it warms up

Heat sensitive tile construction inspired by the Aurora Borealis. Now were talking!

 

DIY Garage Shelving

Don’t forget to Spring forward this Sunday, March 8th! It’s in that spirit with the longer days and the warmer weather that we enjoy new found energy to do lots of spring cleaning and to tackle long overdue organization projects. In this video Ana White shows us how to put together a DIY garage shelving unit that not only is simple but loads of fun to do. So grab your miter saw, screw gun, screws and 2x4s to spring forward with a tidy, organized, solid shelving solution that should take only a few hours to build.

Girl Power/Guy Power: A Stereotype Makeover

Oberfraese

Oberfraese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you think of woodworking, or picture a sewing machine, what do you see? Do you associate men with one and women with the other? The American Spirit is the fuel for our DIY world. Today people are more comfortable to disregard gender stereotypes and do what they want to do. Many women are enjoying creative pastimes like furniture building, as more men feel free to explore crafts such as sewing and quilting.

This article is a wonderful exposé which explores this freedom of choice in great detail. Case in point:

Ana White.

Her blog “has become the go-to resource for furniture building DIYers, with over 1000 free plans, step -by-step project tutorials, and videos in which White explains power tools and how to properly use them.”

In a related video, check out President Barack Obama as he tackles Toy-gender based stereotypes 😀

Kitchen Design Ideas

A small kitchen - technical drawing.

A small kitchen – technical drawing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a home or apartment renovation kitchen designs can be challenging, especially in Paris where the space you have to work with can sometimes be so limiting.

In this video they have a few things we found  interesting.

The wall mounted wine racks get a thumbs up. This is a stylish option when contemplating storage solutions in a small kitchen design.

The rolling cart and moving the appliances of the counter tops are also great tips.

And they also touch on something that is rarely addressed.

Different people have different cooking styles. For instance men sometimes approach the kitchen like a construction site and spread out all over the place.

If a couple enjoys cooking together but their styles clash, giving each their own area is also a very good idea!

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Smart Small Space Renovation

Metro de París

Metro de París (Photo credit: Maldark)

The average price of a home or apartment in Paris is 10,000 euros a square meter. Just outside of Paris the price drops dramatically but as far as the city of Paris itself, a renovation of the this size would be of a home worth millions and millions of dollars.

We forget how lucky we are as North Americans where simple working class people from Vancouver can live in a space that in other parts of the world are the domain of the rich and well to do. God Bless North America! 😀

But even if you have a small place here in Paris this fun before and after video gives some great tips.

The mirror at the front entrance is a great idea because it reflects the light through out the house..

They do a nice job of having a basic color theme that they continue throughout the home with accents in the bedroom and the family room.

And from a construction cost stand point they made a good choice by replacing the bathroom with an island for the kitchen. This saves on the cost of rerouteing the plumbing which in certain situations can get painfully expensive.

Good job guys!

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Kitchen Ideas – How to Renovate on a Budget

A small, modern kitchen with popular stainless...

A small, modern kitchen with popular stainless steel appliances. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When looking at renovation costs even a small kitchen design can stretch the pocket book.

If you are looking to transform your kitchen but only have the resources for a small budget renovation, have no fear.

There are options.

DIY renovations can be a fun and a satisfying endeavor as long as you have the time and don’t over extend yourself.

So if you are looking for a way to spruce up your kitchen, painting your kitchen cabinets can be a great, inexpensive way to transform your living space.

This video has lots of great tips and tricks that will help you get on your way to budget renovation heaven.

Once you get the proper materials, in the time of a single weekend you can make a drab, dreary kitchen come back to life again.

Bon Courage!

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