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Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors
 
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
Stone Furniture
 
No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Looks great as a weight loss program as well. First, the perspiration created while moving the stones into place, and certainly one would not become lazy and lounge around for too long on any of these pieces of furniture.
 
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Staircase Inspiration

Update the look.


painted staircase

Piano Stair, Valparaíso, Chile.
piccsy.com



recycled stairs

Paint worn treads with old crate signage. How-to here: funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com



painted staircase

As above. After ripping up old carpet - stairs get an uplift. How-to here: funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com




painted staircase

Yardsticks as riser. funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com




painted staircase

Suitcase staircase.
Ad by The Bounce Agency, Greenville, SC.
www.thebounceagency.com - recently out of business.



recycled stairs

Pallet Staircase, Amsterdam.
By Most Architecture.
Via: www.designboom.com



recycled stairs

Salvaged Wood Staircase
in the shape of add-on boxes supporting itself from recovered antique floor wood and construction wood by Jan Korbes. www.complett.nl


recycled stairs

Salvaged Wood Staircase
in the shape of add-on boxes supporting itself from recovered antique floor wood and construction wood by Jan Korbes. www.complett.nl




painted staircase

Painted Staircase.
Via: design-milk.com




stenciled stairs

Stenciled Staircase
Stair treads were alternately stained a dark brown and a warm black. 24 different border patterns were used. See: designamour.com



stenciled stairs

Stenciled Staircase based on Moroccan designs. See bottom of page for link to stencils. designamour.com




stenciled stairs

Stenciled Stairs
rutlanddesigner.com



painted staircase

Stenciled Staircase - Henna patterns reworked into stencil designs for risers. Each one different. designamour.com




stenciled stairs

Stenciled Staircase
See bottom of page for link to stencils. See: designamour.com



stenciled staircase

Stenciled stairway by Serena and Lily. www.serenaandlily.com



wallpapered stair

Wallpapered Staircase, check out the before and after images here: fermliving.blogspot.com. Linoleum would work well too!




painted staircase

Applied Mural Staircase
www.casartcoverings.com



painted staircase

Painted Staircase
theestateofthings.com



painted staircase

Painted Staircase
www.melanieturnerinteriors.com



painted staircase

Kid's Republic Bookstore in Beijing.
Check out more amazing photos here:
Sako Architects: www.sako.co.jp



painted staircase

Painted Staircase - just paint - see below.




painted staircase

By Felice Varini, a Swiss artist who was nominated for the 2000/2001 Marcel Duchamp Prize, known for his geometric perspective-localized paintings using projector-stencil techniques. www.varini.org




painted staircase

Painted Banisters
design-crisis.com



painted staircase

Four subtle paint colors. www.countryliving.com



painted staircase

Colorfull stair runner, www.billkingston.co.uk



painted staircase

Beach Towel Staircase
Via: hirshfields.wordpress.com



painted staircase

Painted Staircase, love the image on wall.
Via: www.rubyrhino.co.uk


painted staircase

Op-Art on a staircase.
designersblock.blogspot.com




mosaic stairs

Tiled Stairs
rutlanddesigner.com



mosaic stairs

Mosiac Stairway in San Francisco
Photo by Paul Franson: pfranson365.blogspot.com




painted staircase

Painted Stairs for the Greenville Literacy Association. www.toxel.com




painted staircase

Painted Staircase at Edgartown Bookstore
Photo by Carolyn www.flickr.com



painted staircase

Michelle Allen's hand painted stairs lead to her home studio above the garage. allendesigns.typepad.com




painted staircase

Painted Staircase.
How to - art-moms.com



painted staircase

Stairway to Knowledge.
Copyright sungazing www.flickr.com



painted stairs

Old wooden stairs.
Wharton Esherton's home. Photo by Leslie Williamson from the book Handcrafted Modern. Via: wallssurroundyou.com




If you are interested in stencils:

See: modellodesigns.com, an ornamental library of 1000’s of decorative patterns, each one can be quickly custom-sized and cut-to-order to satisfy any project’s requirements. Plus: www.royaldesignstudio.com, Australia: www.stencilgallery.com.au





 

 

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Building Blog Additional Posts
Showing 21 - 40 of 78 Articles
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Wattle Fence
 
Since Neolithic times we have fenced our sheep and vegetables in this easy to make (albeit time consuming) wooden fence.
Earth Sheltered
 
The earth-house uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from temperature extremes, wind, rain and extreme weather events.
Modern Underground
 
Underground homes with a modern bent. A large thermal mass stabilizes inside temperatures, giving you free heat in the winter, free cooling in the summer.
Pit Greenhouses
 
For those in northern, high altitude or windy climates who wish to grow their food year round. Take advantage of the insulating properties of the Earth.
Stacking Firewood
 
Ingenious ways to stack firewood.
Rocket Mass Heaters
 
The rocket mass heater works on similar properties as a masonry heater. A fast, high heat and oxygen-fed fire burn up the volatile gases and particulates, leaving very little pollution, and turn almost every ounce of wood fuel into energy.
Masonry Wood Cookstoves
 
Masonry heaters can incorporate cook stoves. And cook stoves can act as masonry heaters for small homes.
Masonry Heaters with Ovens
 
Bake ovens can be either white (the fire is in another box, usually below the oven) or black (the fire is in the same compartment as the food being cooked).
Masonry Heaters
 
Heat, not pollution. The cleanest burning wood stoves have been around for centuries, yet have taken a backseat to metal wood stoves and other polluting energy sources for far too long. Time for a revival!
Indoor Pizza Ovens
 
If you live in a cool climate, you might as well investigate adding a masonry heater along side your pizza oven. Or at least understanding them so that you might take advantage of exhaust heat.
River Rock Fireplaces
 
Although lots of mass and beautiful, most heat goes straight up the flue. Build a conventional fireplace for beauty alone, build a masonry fireplace for heat.
Container Homes
 
Somewhere around 30 million steel shipping containers exist today. 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high, and either 20 or 40 feet long, they have been the globally standardized transportation module since 1956.
Insect Hotels
 
Call them bug condos, insect hotels, insect habitats, wildlife stacks, insect boxes, insect houses, insect walls, wild bee walls, insect accommodation, wild bee houses, solitary bee walls or wild bienenhaus. Wildlife habitat is rapidly disappearing. Building beneficial insects a special habitat will help your garden and the bugs.
Outdoor Earth Ovens
 
Examples of pure cob and adobe, and refractory castable cement over bricks.
Outdoor Brick Ovens
 
Recycle some old bricks...into an oven.
Outdoor Masonry Ovens
 
Build an outdoor oven with local stone and DIY skills for a few hundred dollars. Or, buy an oven kit and have it veneered for a few thousand.
Living Willow Hedges
 
Willow cuttings called 'withies' easily root in either water or moist soil. Plant in late winter and come July you'll have a privacy screen.
Hedge Laying
 
Over two thousand years older than chain link.
Greenhouses from Old Windows and Doors
 
Replacing your old windows or windowed doors with more energy efficient ones? Here's a project to repurpose those old windows.
Stone Furniture
 
No more plastic! Or vinyl, or PVC! Looks great as a weight loss program as well. First, the perspiration created while moving the stones into place, and certainly one would not become lazy and lounge around for too long on any of these pieces of furniture.
 
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