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The House in La Prosperina by Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura

This house in La Prosperina in Guayaquil, Ecuador was designed and built by Juan Solis Orellana and Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura for a young 30-year-old divorced man with three children (who occasionally visit him). The owner looked at his monthly stipend from the Ecuadorian state and his basic salary, and found it difficult to improve his housing situation. This is because the house he’s lived in for thirty years had encountered physical problems that come with older homes in which time just passed them by. The house rests on a lot 4.80 m wide by 20 m deep given by his grandfather. Given his circumstances, the family decided to raise money in order to improve the house. Continue reading The House in La Prosperina by Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura

Get Yourself a Tiny, Transforming A-Frame House for $1,200!

One of the things that strikes me the most about the Tiny House Movement, is the affordability, a varied shapes and sizes they come in, the freedom, and basically how resourceful and resource-friendly most of the dwellings are.  Of course, while style and function make a tiny house standout, this adorable A-Frame house is a standout on its affordability, as well. Relax Shacks offers this A-frame for just $1,200, which includes a translucent polycarbonate roof attached with hinges and props up on stakes to expand the space from 80 square feet to 110. Continue reading Get Yourself a Tiny, Transforming A-Frame House for $1,200!

A True “Private House”; No Shutters Necessary…

This structure is the “Private House”, a project in Uster, Switzerland, and designed by Gramazio & Kohler.  The house works as a reinterpretation of the typology of the neighboring gable-roof houses that is visually clear by its roof, which receives its design by adjusting form to context parametrically.  The house’s plan itself is a solution to a couple of particular geometric operations based upon the site and natural environment.  
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D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna

While you can buy any HDTV antenna from the plentiful options available at your local electronic and/or department store, you could always build your own.  Here’s the kicker: this do-it-yourself project actually looks nice enough that you would want to hang it in a window, PLUS it’s powerful enough to pick up over-the-air HD channels in your area. The best thing about this option is, of all things, it’s really cheap to make.

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Behold this Beautiful Brazilian Bungalow

Have you ever dreamed of having a house with a private pond?  That way, when you felt like it, you could walk onto your patio, down toward the pond and just enjoy the nice, cool water.  Sounds great, right?  Well, allow me to proposition you with this: how about having your patio located directly OVER your private pond!  Yup, you can go from living room, to patio, and as your look down….YOUR OWN POND!!   Continue reading Behold this Beautiful Brazilian Bungalow

Thank You Pogoplug, My New Personal Home Media Server

My lovely Pogoplug
The Pogoplug Classic

A few weeks ago, I took advantage of a great deal at my local Best Buy and purchased a brand new Pogoplug Classic (that used to retail at $130) for only 30 BUCKS.  For the last few years I’ve been looking for a media server (like the LaCie LaPlug Media Server), and this steal came along.  For the longest time, I’ve been using my laptop or my near-10-year-old desktop PC along with some server software (i.e., TVersity, PS3 Media Server, Vuze, Orb, etc.), that that always involved having my computer on ALL OF THE TIME, hogging up a whole lot of power.

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Want to See a Relaxing Rooftop Patio? Climb the In-House Rock Wall, FIRST!!

In order to ensure that the residents of this house are physically healthy and fit as a fiddle, the 3 Way House, designed by Japanese design team NAF Architect & Design, includes a rock-climbing wall in it’s courtyard that can be utilized to access its floors and rooftop patio.

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YES to Home-Theater PC, NO to Cable/Satellite…

In the past 4 years, I have become disillusioned of cable/satellite television subscriptions (though we have DirecTV at the house), and I have discovered five things about my television habits:

1) I have scaled-back the amount of television I watch,
2) I spend more time playing video games and watching DVDs/Blu-rays than television,
3) Most of what I watch is available online anyway (via Hulu, Netflix, Revision3, Clicker, Crackle, Vudu, YouTube, network websites, etc.),
4) I can watch same-day-released movies for a single one-time rental (or purchase) fee on Vudu and Amazon VOD, or some older movies for free on Hulu, Crackle.com, and other legal sites (rather than paying the additional monthly subscriptions for premium movie channels from Cable/Satellite companies.
5) I no longer mind waiting from a few or many hours for a program to show up online, I just want to be able to watch the episode on-demand (WENT I WANT TO).