Monthly Archives: November 2015

Small Houses with a Big Future

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Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff.

One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure of a building. Due to their convenient size, shipping containers are well-suited for use in houses and their appeal lies in their apparent simplicity: you get a room delivered in one piece, and you can stack them together to make multiple rooms or join them up to make larger rooms.

  1. Green-Building

This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of goods, since it is cheaper to just load and send new containers, rather than transport empty ones back to the port of origin. This problem is especially noticeable in North America, where import of goods exceeds export. Reusing the containers as homes also saves a lot of energy that would otherwise be wasted for melting them down.

  1. Cost Effectiveness

Shipping containers are already the perfect shape to be repurposed into homes, so a home built out of them is much cheaper than a same sized home built the traditional way. Shipping containers can also be obtained very cheaply, sometimes even for free. Almost all the structural work associated with building a home falls away when using shipping containers, and even people with no architectural training can build a home for themselves using them.

  1. Structural Soundness

Shipping containers are built to withstand the harsh conditions of ocean travel. They are designed to bear heavy loads, withstand harsh climatic conditions, as well as rough handling. ISO standard compliant containers can also easily be stacked one on top of the other to create multi-story homes. Due to their robustness, such homes are earthquake and even hurricane proof, which makes them extremely safe and perfect for building in natural disaster-prone areas.

  1. Ease and Speed of Construction

It is quite possible for a person to build a home out of a shipping container by themselves. Most people opt for hiring a design firm, though, or cutting the containers in off-site facilities. Despite this, it takes considerably less time to build a home out of a shipping container, and most can be assembled within a day or so, if all the pieces have been pre-cut off site.

Will Price Set the Heat?

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Vent-free fireplaces have several advantages over vented models. Since they don’t require any bulky vent pipe or chimney, ventless appliances have much more flexibility in terms of placement and can be used in small homes a where it would be impossible to install a vented fireplace. And, if you’re searching for efficiency, a vent-fee fireplace is definitely the way to go. Vented units lose a significant amount of the warm air they produce up their chimneys, but ventless fireplaces are entirely self-contained, allowing all of the heat to remain inside the home.

Ventless Fireplaces

If you’re looking to heat a single room in a unique way that is aesthetically pleasing, a ventless gas fireplace could be just what you’re looking for.  Ventless fireplaces are unique because they don’t require a chimney, flue or external venting ducts.  These types of fireplaces make excellent choices for those who rent apartments or do not want to engage in costly renovations to install a ventilation system in their home.  This makes them cheaper than traditional fireplaces be they gas or wood burning.

Instead, ventless fireplaces use natural gas or propane for fuel and vents along with the gas (oxygen) from the air inside your room.  This makes for a unique alternative source of heat for your house especially in a living room that gets chilly night.  But even more so than heating your room, a ventless gas fireplace brings an aura of coziness, luxury and elegance to your home.

A vent free gas fireplace comes in many colors and styles to match any home decoration or motif that you have going on.  The only thing that you need to install your ventless fireplace is a propane tank line to supply your fireplace with fuel.  Alternatively, you can use natural gas from your city’s supply line, a choice that is gaining in popularity as more and more new apartment buildings are equipped with this type of line.

Choosing a Ventless Fireplace

The key to choosing the right ventless gas fireplace for your home needs is doing a little bit of thinking before you make your purchase.  You must consider how you’re going to use the unit as a primary function.  If you’re just going to be using the fireplace as a light source or for aesthetic values, you won’t need a high BTU source.  BTUs tell you how much energy your fireplace will consume and in turn how much heat your room will receive.

It doesn’t have to be a pain to choose a ventless fireplace. Talk to a local expert or visit websites online to find the right one for you and your family. It will definitely keep you very warm this winter.

 

Small Houses with a Big Future

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Small Houses with a Big Future

Building homes using shipping containers has been all the rage lately and few can deny that these structures lend themselves very well to building sustainable, cozy and unique homes. But not everything about using shipping containers as building blocks is perfect. This article looks at the main pros and cons of shipping container architecture, starting with the good stuff.

One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure of a building. Due to their convenient size, shipping containers are well-suited for use in houses and their appeal lies in their apparent simplicity: you get a room delivered in one piece, and you can stack them together to make multiple rooms or join them up to make larger rooms.

  1. Green-Building

This is perhaps the most obvious benefit. Hundreds of thousands of steel cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe, mainly due to one way shipments of goods, since it is cheaper to just load and send new containers, rather than transport empty ones back to the port of origin. This problem is especially noticeable in North America, where import of goods exceeds export. Reusing the containers as homes also saves a lot of energy that would otherwise be wasted for melting them down.

  1. Cost Effectiveness

Shipping containers are already the perfect shape to be repurposed into homes, so a home built out of them is much cheaper than a same sized home built the traditional way. Shipping containers can also be obtained very cheaply, sometimes even for free. Almost all the structural work associated with building a home falls away when using shipping containers, and even people with no architectural training can build a home for themselves using them.

  1. Structural Soundness

Shipping containers are built to withstand the harsh conditions of ocean travel. They are designed to bear heavy loads, withstand harsh climatic conditions, as well as rough handling. ISO standard compliant containers can also easily be stacked one on top of the other to create multi-story homes. Due to their robustness, such homes are earthquake and even hurricane proof, which makes them extremely safe and perfect for building in natural disaster-prone areas.

  1. Ease and Speed of Construction

It is quite possible for a person to build a home out of a shipping container by themselves. Most people opt for hiring a design firm, though, or cutting the containers in off-site facilities. Despite this, it takes considerably less time to build a home out of a shipping container, and most can be assembled within a day or so, if all the pieces have been pre-cut off site.

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Will Price Set the Heat?

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Will Price Set the Heat?

Vent-free fireplaces have several advantages over vented models. Since they don’t require any bulky vent pipe or chimney, ventless appliances have much more flexibility in terms of placement and can be used in small homes a where it would be impossible to install a vented fireplace. And, if you’re searching for efficiency, a vent-fee fireplace is definitely the way to go. Vented units lose a significant amount of the warm air they produce up their chimneys, but ventless fireplaces are entirely self-contained, allowing all of the heat to remain inside the home.

Ventless Fireplaces

If you’re looking to heat a single room in a unique way that is aesthetically pleasing, a ventless gas fireplace could be just what you’re looking for.  Ventless fireplaces are unique because they don’t require a chimney, flue or external venting ducts.  These types of fireplaces make excellent choices for those who rent apartments or do not want to engage in costly renovations to install a ventilation system in their home.  This makes them cheaper than traditional fireplaces be they gas or wood burning.

Instead, ventless fireplaces use natural gas or propane for fuel and vents along with the gas (oxygen) from the air inside your room.  This makes for a unique alternative source of heat for your house especially in a living room that gets chilly night.  But even more so than heating your room, a ventless gas fireplace brings an aura of coziness, luxury and elegance to your home.

A vent free gas fireplace comes in many colors and styles to match any home decoration or motif that you have going on.  The only thing that you need to install your ventless fireplace is a propane tank line to supply your fireplace with fuel.  Alternatively, you can use natural gas from your city’s supply line, a choice that is gaining in popularity as more and more new apartment buildings are equipped with this type of line.

Choosing a Ventless Fireplace

The key to choosing the right ventless gas fireplace for your home needs is doing a little bit of thinking before you make your purchase.  You must consider how you’re going to use the unit as a primary function.  If you’re just going to be using the fireplace as a light source or for aesthetic values, you won’t need a high BTU source.  BTUs tell you how much energy your fireplace will consume and in turn how much heat your room will receive.

It doesn’t have to be a pain to choose a ventless fireplace. Talk to a local expert or visit websites online to find the right one for you and your family. It will definitely keep you very warm this winter.

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Making Money from Home

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Making Money from Home

If you have children you know how difficult it can be to find adequate child care and money for gas and food. It can often time’s become a struggle. The good news is technology has created new opportunities for stay at home moms and dads who want to earn a living from home. Spending time with your family is important, and most companies are starting to realize that. The sooner you start working from home the better off you and your family will be.

Online Researcher – If you find yourself spending a lot of time surfing the web, and if you’re looking to start your own business, consider an internet research service so you can get paid for the time you spend surfing. This business opportunity was once called information brokering, but, with the introduction of the internet, the name has changed. The business remains the same, however, as the information that was once researched and compiled from newspapers, trade magazines, and business and industry journals may now be found online.

Web Designer – If you’re in business today, a website is as important as an ad in the Yellow Pages. With a Web presence, you’ve got access to millions of potential customers around the world–it’s like rolling out a major advertising supplement, marketing brochure and mail order catalog in one easily updated package. And all without printing, postage or phone costs! The problem is that for most people, designing a website is on a par with building your own TV set–a major mystery best left unexplored. But if you can unlock the secrets of HTML and you’ve got a flair for graphics and copywriting, then Website design could be the business for you. The advantages to this business are that it’s creative, you can start part-time on a minimal budget, and even if you don’t already know HTML, it’s not difficult to learn once you set your mind to it.

Public Opinions and Research – If you’ve got a flair for demonstrations, people skills and the gift of organization, then an in-store demonstration service might be the business for you. You’ll contract with food brokers and other suppliers and manufacturers to show off their products via your own on-call, personally trained demonstrators. People are more likely to purchase grocery products after tasting them, and customers of other types of goods can also be enticed by something they can see in action, feel, hear or smell, all of which makes the demonstration business valuable to brokers and manufacturers as well as store owners. You can start small and grow big–some demonstration companies manage as many as 2,000 to 20,000 demonstrators in several states.

These are all great ideas for moms and dads who want to stay at home with their own businesses and families.

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