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How Kids Learn, How Humans Learn, How to Learn Woodworking

Friday, January 9th, 2015


By Tobin Dimmitt


 How Kids Learn, How Humans Learn, How to Learn Woodworking


Doug Stowe teaches woodworking to primary schoolers. This means he doesn’t only discuss woodworking, but how he can apply the ways that children learn to creating woodworking projects.


California Home Blends In With Local Foliage

Friday, January 9th, 2015


Visit Decoist to tour the Mountain View Residence by Atelier Hsu. The bright California home has rammed earth walls to complement the suburban vegetation and keep the house cool in the summer. The interior is clean and minimal, a balance between modern and contemporary. The house tour also has a floor plan.


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Build Your Own Utility Knife Handle

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015



You keep those wood strips because you know you can make something small with them. Now let’s use them. John Heisz’s idea is to make a utility knife handle. This project involves light work with the metal plate that protects your handle from the blade slider. The project might be what you need if you’re looking for something different.


See the tutorial at I Build

The Hello House Would Like to Tell You Something

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


OOF! Architecture of Australia went for contemporary hardwood when they designed the interior of the Hello House. But the house’s most distinguishing feature is the brick work in the front. The bricks employ differing textures and depth rather than color to tell all the neighbors, “HELLO,” ending perfectly with a window.


Go say hello.

Both Sides of This Loft Bed Are Climbable

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015


Small spaces often have loft beds to save floor space, but they create another design problem: who gets the ladder or stair side? Of course, if you’re the Hungarian firm Batlab, you just build a bed loft with stairs on both sides. The following design is even lit up.


View the loft at TreeHugger.

The Endearing Home Charming Home Tour

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015



Jennifer Zuri has found another beautiful home to tour. The Endearing Home is maintained by a Southern mom, Lauren. Lauren’s home is comfortably traditional, with curved detailing in the furniture but with elegant, practical pieces surrounding them. The entire decor scheme is carefully thought out.


Visit Jennifer’s tour at Town and Country Living.

Thinking of Replacing Your Windows for Home Efficiency? Think Again

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015




CC by 2.0 by Lloyd Alter

This is a convincing article from Lloyd Alter. Many of us have been told that replacing old windows will improve the insulation in our home. While that’s technically true, the returns on your investment for windows are lower than other forms of insulation. You might want to pop into TreeHugger to learn about getting window inserts instead.


Prepare to be surprised.

What is Weird Architecture? That’s the Point.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015


by Vicki Nemeth


Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to put a curb on “weird” architecture in China, but he seems to be having trouble defining what weird architecture is. President Xi’s Communist Party is online at People’s Daily and say weird buildings are “strangely shaped.” The Chinese Housing Ministry says they are still working on writing standards to identify weird architecture. Various local governments are being left the job of defining weird architecture.


In effect, Xi provides people with an ill-defined concept, the only definition being that it limits their architectural scope; the message lets their imaginations do the rest. People get talented at suffocating themselves when you don’t tell them exactly what you want.


The Wigwam Is a Smart Home

Monday, January 5th, 2015


Toronto’s WORKshop is a design center that recently held a panel discussion on smart homes. The wigwam was a topic of interest here. I’ll point you to TreeHugger to learn more about the panel. Lloyd Alter graciously summarizes how a wigwam’s heating and insulation system is smart.



An Interview With an Amish Cabinetmaker

Friday, January 2nd, 2015



You can get personal with Amish cabinet maker Dennis Hochstetler in this interview by filmmaker Philip Bloom. Indiana is home to a diverse range of Amish groups who handle technology differently, and Dennis tells you about his lifestyle in Bremen, Indiana.


Dennis owns Rentown Cabinets, a family business. Dennis gets more requests than he can handle and his business philosophy teaches us a valuable lesson about success: “As far as growth is concerned, if I’m making a living with my family, why add more headaches?” We all need to learn that before you grow, you must evaluate the responsibility and your values.


Shots include beautiful cabinetry and a woodshop at work that you can almost smell.


Visit the filmmaker, Philip Bloom, or his Vimeo.