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Wednesday, 18 July

00:00

Celebrating the States: The South (West of the Mississippi) Design*Sponge

Celebrating the States: The South (West of the Mississippi), Design*Sponge

Celebrating the States: The South <em>(West of the Mississippi)</em>, Design*Sponge

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Tuesday, 17 July

10:35

73 Earthbag Clay Houses for Nepali Farmers

73 earthbag houses have built so far in Nepal by Ithaka Institute

73 earthbag houses have built so far in Nepal by Ithaka Institute


Thanks to the generous donations of the friends of Ithaka Institute and a building design as beautiful as it is simple, 20 farmer families that lost their homes in Nepal were able to move into new, safe earthbag houses only a few short months after the earthquake. The houses are made using 95% local, natural materials and were built without machines but with local craftsmanship and many helping hands.

Since the original 20 Ithaka houses, others have been built in the following areas:
1. Naya Gaon, Kabre (10)
2. Maina Pokhari, Dolakha(4)
3. Dhunkharka, Kabre (1)
4. Nalang, Dhading (3)
5. Lamjung (1)
6. Ratanpur, Tanahu (1)
7. Dhuseni, Dhading (57)- OHF

Ithaka Institute
http://www.ithaka-institut.org/en/ct/120-20-Earthbag-Clay-Houses-for-Nepali-Farmers
Guidelines for the construction of earthquake resistant clay buildings by Gernot Minke and Hans-Peter Schmidt
Guidelines for constructing houses using the earthbag method (not found)

Kelly: This is interesting. They seem to have grasped many of the essentials of building with earthbags, but I still have some concerns about what I saw in the document. While the bamboo nails are innovative and would certainly help stick the bags together, they would not provide tensile strength to the wall like barbed wire. This may be a factor in how robust the structure would be in an earthquake.
Owen: Wrapping strong stucco wire completely around the wall (under the gravel bags and up and over the bond beam) would be one easy way to make this design stronger. In addition, tie the stucco wire together periodically with twine ties placed between bags. No one in my network was able to inspect these houses because theyre in fairly remote...

05:27

Our Prime Day Picks: 8 Neutral Home Pieces We Love Design*Sponge

Guess what? Its Prime Day. We tried to make a silly knock-knock joke for you earlier but that didnt really work out and were moving on. So we know its Prime Day, you know its Prime Day and lets face it the entire internet knows its Prime Day. We love Prime Day like we love the holidays, but yep it can get stressful wondering what fantastic deals one may be missing out on.

Enter our calm, clean Prime Day post. First off, to get the deals, you need to be a Prime member and that costs $119 per year. If youre not a member, you can see all of the benefits here and sign up here. I can tell you from first hand experience that its easy to sign up for a 1 month free trial to test it out and just as easy to cancel your membership. I pay the monthly fee ($12.99), but you can pay it all at once too.

Now back to the goods and deals that caught our eye. Keep in mind that were generally on the hunt for versatile pieces in styles that can be woven into a whole slew of interior looks. When it comes to actually laying money down, neutrals are our thing because they generally have a much longer life than your everyday neon pink pouf. Scroll down for eight of our favorites, their discount now through tomorrow at midnight and their average rating from people who have actually purchased and used the pieces.

If youre interested in a piece, do click through (the green button with the price & rating info) to the product page because they do have some relat...

00:00

Checking In: The Jane & Alba Villanueva Suite Design*Sponge

Of all of the things I love about the telenovela spoof Jane the Virgin, the relationship between Jane and her Abuela is my favorite. Their respect and adoration for one another is clear and as solid as a rock. In todays edition of Checking In, were stepping into to a suite made-to-order for Jane and Alba complete with traditional and modern touches that personify my favorite TV grandmother and granddaughter. Grab your favorite romance novel + a babysitter and cozy into the Jane & Alba Villanueva Suite with us. And yes, there will be porch swing sessions every hour, on the hour! Caitlin

P.S. Be sure to read one of my favorite Alba quotes at the end of the post!

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Monday, 16 July

23:00

Light Up Leather Arm Braces Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

mixing leather and wearables results in some fantastic arm braces

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09:58

Homemade Wood-Fired Pizza Oven Cost Nothing At All To Build (And Feeds Small Multitude)


An oil drum (barrel) and a bit of metal pipe is all you need to make a really simple but effective pizza oven. It may not look very fancy but it works well and it will cook a whole lot of pizza. Also, instead of waiting for days/weeks for your clay oven to dry enough to use, an earth bermed barrel oven can be made and used on the same day. Which is really handy if you have a few people coming round.

The soil/earth/stones are vital to keep the heat in but you could use sand, clay or bricks too. (Dont use bark mulch or anything similar as it will catch fire for sure.) On our oven the soil ended up being around 8 thick at the top which was good but more than was really needed. (We would have built the whole thing into a bank, which would have saved a lot of work, but there wasnt one handy.) I would suggest you aim for 6 minimum.

More details on YouTube
The most impressive thing to me was how fast they built this pizza oven and how much food they made. They fed a large group of about 20-30 people and did everything within a few hours.

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