So much in the design world is controlled and ordered that it is refreshing to see something this wild and natural, while also being so modern. It is an intriguing juxtaposition of controlled chaos on the exterior and elegantly designed simplicity inside.
While most of us won’t be fortunate enough to have a place like this of our own, I think the lesson here is to remember that good design doesn’t necessarily mean perfect symmetry or control over the elements. Sometimes letting things run a little wild can lead to beautiful results.

via Overgrown garden shed shows beauty of wild design 

So much in the design world is controlled and ordered that it is refreshing to see something this wild and natural, while also being so modern. It is an intriguing juxtaposition of controlled chaos on the exterior and elegantly designed simplicity inside.

While most of us won’t be fortunate enough to have a place like this of our own, I think the lesson here is to remember that good design doesn’t necessarily mean perfect symmetry or control over the elements. Sometimes letting things run a little wild can lead to beautiful results.

via Overgrown garden shed shows beauty of wild design 

For some, raising chickens can be part of a integrated approach for self-sufficiency. In growing your own food, chickens can provide a regular supply of eggs, fertilizer through their manure, pest management (they eat lots of bugs), plus their ingrained, ground-scratching behaviour prepares the soil for crops. Chickens need shelter of course, and we’ve seen plenty of nifty designsfor chicken coops, with this interesting specimen from Italian collaborative laboratory DettoFatto (a.k.a. “said done”) being one of the latest.
See more photos here: Chicken coop gets cool & contemporary treatment in Sicily

For some, raising chickens can be part of a integrated approach for self-sufficiency. In growing your own food, chickens can provide a regular supply of eggs, fertilizer through their manure, pest management (they eat lots of bugs), plus their ingrained, ground-scratching behaviour prepares the soil for crops. Chickens need shelter of course, and we’ve seen plenty of nifty designsfor chicken coops, with this interesting specimen from Italian collaborative laboratory DettoFatto (a.k.a. “said done”) being one of the latest.

See more photos here: Chicken coop gets cool & contemporary treatment in Sicily

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Water towers do not make for easy conversions; there are going to be lots of stairs. London developer Leigh Osborne took a tower dating back to 1867 and converted it into “one of the most lavish and eccentric residences in the city”. It was a challenge; he tells the Penarth Times that “There were 2,000 dead pigeons in there, and poo that went up to the top of your wellies!”
See more: Water Tower Converted Into Superluxe London Home

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Water towers do not make for easy conversions; there are going to be lots of stairs. London developer Leigh Osborne took a tower dating back to 1867 and converted it into “one of the most lavish and eccentric residences in the city”. It was a challenge; he tells the Penarth Times that “There were 2,000 dead pigeons in there, and poo that went up to the top of your wellies!”

See more: Water Tower Converted Into Superluxe London Home

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Andreu Carulla’s NeighBirds is a clever take on the birdhouse. 
Each birdhouse is hand-crafted into a hexagon from untreated pine. As a stand-alone birdhouse NeighBirds is a perfectly fine birdhouse. The genius of the design comes into play when the love birds decide to start a family.
(via NeighBirds: Brilliant, Modular Birdhouse Expands Into Bird Neighborhood (Photos) : TreeHugger)

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Andreu Carulla’s NeighBirds is a clever take on the birdhouse. 

Each birdhouse is hand-crafted into a hexagon from untreated pine. As a stand-alone birdhouse NeighBirds is a perfectly fine birdhouse. The genius of the design comes into play when the love birds decide to start a family.

(via NeighBirds: Brilliant, Modular Birdhouse Expands Into Bird Neighborhood (Photos) : TreeHugger)

Growing food indoors is usually limited by the space you have. More often than not, that means some kind of vertical placement, as we’ve seen withwindowfarms, mini-greenhouses doubling as lighting and aeroponic systems.
Fogponics — a more advanced application of aeroponics where vaporized water is used to transfer nutrients and oxygen to enclosed, suspended plant roots — is where German design company Vakant Design begins instead with Fogger, a unit designed to give plants that extra boost.
(via Fogponic Unit Stacks Vertically to Grow More Veggies in Less Space : TreeHugger)

Growing food indoors is usually limited by the space you have. More often than not, that means some kind of vertical placement, as we’ve seen withwindowfarmsmini-greenhouses doubling as lighting and aeroponic systems.

Fogponics — a more advanced application of aeroponics where vaporized water is used to transfer nutrients and oxygen to enclosed, suspended plant roots — is where German design company Vakant Design begins instead with Fogger, a unit designed to give plants that extra boost.

(via Fogponic Unit Stacks Vertically to Grow More Veggies in Less Space : TreeHugger)