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Monday, 15 January

01:00

This Week in Making: Build Your Own Speakers, Construct a Lightsaber, and More Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

This week, 3D print your own speaker system, build a device that will allow you to open your door with your hand, or construct a lightsaber.

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Sunday, 14 January

11:43

1950s Home Retrofit to Super Efficient Passive House


This 1950s Montreal house was retrofitted to become a super efficient passive house by adding a 16 inch thick layer of cellulose insulation to the exterior.

Maison Ozales builder, Richard Price from Construction Le Tournesol, also used triple glazed windows with insulated frames, and strategically placed small windows on the north side of the building to reduce heat loss, and placed large windows on the south side to take advantage of solar gain, which helps heat the house in winter. In order to avoid overheating the house in the summer, there are built-in shading elements above the large south-facing windows.

Because of the energy gained from passive solar, and because its airtight, this home only needs approximately 10% of the energy a typical home of the same size would need to heat during the winter.

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This is all very interesting, however, most people cant afford tens of thousands of dollars just to lower their heating bill. Need to find low cost, simple solutions. Thats why we emphasize using natural materials.

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07:21

Weekend Watch: Charlie the Maker Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

A young UK YouTuber documents his building projects and what he's learning through making.

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Saturday, 13 January

14:01

DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 410 Funky Junk Interiors

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 410 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific Greetings everyone! Who else is missing the outdoors these days? Im jumping up and down with my hand held HIGH. Watching storms the past couple weeks nearly did me in. So when the ice and snow was almost all gone, []

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10:34

New Earthbag Primary School and Learning Center, Nepal

New earthbag primary school in Dhading District, Nepal

New earthbag primary school in Dhading District, Nepal


We are proud to announce the completion and opening of Belingtar Primary School in Dhading District, Nepal. Thanks to our team, volunteers and sponsors Kimberly and Becca for making it all happen and giving the children a safe and beautiful space to study.
Earthbag construction Butterfly Learning Center, Nepal

Earthbag construction Butterfly Learning Center, Nepal

We are also excited to announce the Butterfly Learning Center is finally opened! The Center is built using Earthbag technology and will serve as a community building and learning center for adults and children. In collaboration with various NGOs, Good Earth Global will be running workshops such as Adult Literacy Classes, Women empowerment, creative and fun classes for children, health and hygiene, etc

We would like to say special thanks to the sponsors Jennifer Dahlem and Kevin L.H. for making this project happen! We are also grateful to our Good Earth Global team and volunteers who managed to overcome all the obstacles and complete the beautiful building that will serve the community.

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04:00

A Pink Castle Escape + Best of the Web Design*Sponge

I dont know about you, but I could use a little escape this week. Im working on a daunting makeover project at a very special shelter/home in our area, and right now I feel a bit in over my head. If this project was an HGTV show, wed be deep in the find a bunch of dead rats and scary abandoned bathrooms stage. Im trying to take deep breaths and remember that well get through this stage, but I need a little digital refresher just to clear my mind and keep my energy high. So this dreamy (and very Wes Anderson-y) pink castle in Scotland will do just the trick. I came across this amazing destination (Craigievar Castle in Aberdeenshire) on photographer Ramonas Instagram feed called @Monalogue and it helped me take a much needed mental getaway. If you could use a little digital trip, too, check out Ramonas beautiful British travel photography right here. Until Monday, have a safe and happy weekend and enjoy our favorite stories from around the web below! xo, Grace

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02:00

Before & After: A Horse Trailer Becomes A Chic Refuge For Competitions Design*Sponge

Simone Howell is an interior designer and describes her life simply as, We ride horses and design interiors. The horses eat hay and run around barrels as fast as they can! And I am an Elite Designer for Decorist  an online interior design service. Today Simone is sharing a horse trailer that she designed for her daughter for their life on the road doing barrel racing competitions.

Simone was born in the UK and raised in New York and California. Up until four years ago, Simone and her family were living in Los Angeles where Simone was designing and her daughters were dancing competitively. Moving to Dallas, TX was definitely a bit of an adjustment. Simones oldest daughter easily transitioned from dance to cheer (as football reigns supreme in Texas) and her youngest, Avery, began working with horses (another popular Texan pastime). Simone herself grew up riding horses, so she was excited at Averys interest. Avery is now a competitive barrel racer and as their time at the barn and on the road attending competitions increased, having somewhere to relax at all-day events was a logical next step. When Simone found a trailer small enough to comfortably tow, she naturally saw the potential in a little redesign.

For a designer that describes herself as a California girl through and through, the first thing that had to go was the trailers brown-on-brown motif. Enter white paint! Vinyl flooring replaced the old carpeting and then Simone began to create mood boards like she does with Decorist for any client of hers, only this time it was for her 15-year-old daughter. Avery tends to love all things Texas, rodeo and rustic and I lean more toward modern, white and vintage. We worked together to strike the perfect balance of young, hip AND country! A little bohemian and collected with just enough fringe, leather and cowhide to keep her happy and not look out of place at a high school rodeo!

The horse trailer Simone revamped is pretty petite in terms of the human quarters; at just 70 square feet, with one room and two bunks. No one lives in the horse trailer, although Simone jokes that shes on the far...

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