There is a huge trend towards downsizing and building tiny houses, people looking for their first home or others that are tired of huge mortgage payments are opting for a tiny house solution.
The tiny house has the advantage of low cost living (in most cases no mortgage or rent) and the ability to move to a new location if there is a job transfer or you are growing tired of your current location.
When you decide on a tiny house and end up with no mortgage (if purchasing with cash) you will have resources for doing other things in life like traveling or tackling a new career move.
This type of living is a lifestyle change and will require careful planning before making the plunge because once you are committed it may not be so easy to turn back.
The downside to a tiny home is the small footprint, you will need to downsize everything in your life so if it is not necessary then it needs to go, there will be lots of compromising!
The item that takes up the most space is furniture but you will need seating or relaxing options and perhaps an extra bed for guests, usually a large pull out couch is not going to work.
That is where the tiny house hammock comes into play they make an excellent option for chairs by using a hammock chair or a regular hammock for an extra bed or additional seating.
The ideal type is a non-spreader bar hammock would be perfect because they will take up less space.
Another advantage to the hammock solution is when it is not in use you can take it down freeing up more space to move around.
Portable shade you can do yourself!
You heard me right that’s all this is “portable shade” and guess what we all can use it! This DIY outdoor umbrella stand is a big “Patio Sized Umbrella” planted in a gargantuan pot, weight added for stability and it’s portable.
Let’s face it there’s days we’s like to be outside on the patio and not get fried in the sun. This portable DIY Outdoor Umbrella Stand accomplishes just that!
Kids can color in shade in the yard, you can enjoy some adult beverages without the worry of Melanoma and life’s a little cooler in this global warming world.
Have it “made in the shade” with this ubber cool DIY Umbrella Stand
No trees for your hammock? No problem build your own hammock stand.
Not all of us have towering trees divided at that perfect distance to hang and hold a hammock. If that is the case with you then you need DIY Hammock Stand Plans!
Fact is yes we enjoy our lazy days in the shade! We also crave the days when we can catch some rays and what a better, more relaxing, cooling way than in a hammock!
Solution to the problem? Review these DIY hammock stand plans or wait 15 to 20 years and grow some trees in your backyard living space?
Hint: go with these DIY hammock stand plans!
This is a permanent piece of outdoor furniture and the design is very attractive sure to be a talking piece, and sometimes used by guests. It’s constructed to never be blow over or blown away (Floridian’s).
Find that perfect spot in your yard with equal rays and shade and get to work on your future ultimate relaxing place, your hammock.
DIY Hammock Stand Plans not your thing? Okay if you prefer you can go here for a quality hammock stand.
Get A DIY Doghouse For Your Dog!
How does it work?
You order the kit and when it arrives at your front door you assemble the kit, generally the DIY Dog House Kit consist of seven panels that you can assemble easily with basic tools and very little skill.
What do I need besides the kit?
You will need an area where you can locate the doghouse that is protected from the elements as much as possible, as an example if you reside in an extreme cold climate it would be wise to locate the dog house in a protected area from the wind.
If you reside in an extreme hot climate it would be ideal to locate it under a shade tree or a patio area so the direct sunlight is not heating it up during the day.
What is the best type of wood kit?
If money is no object then a composite dog house is ideal, however if you have limited funds to spend on a home then the ideal shelter would be a cedar dog house, preferably western red cedar.
Why western red cedar wood DIY Dog House Kit?
It is beautiful wood – The natural beauty of western red cedar features crisp, rich grain and is the preferred wood by many woodworking professionals for all types of designs. Because of the natural oils in the wood it is also resistant to insects and premature rotting.
It plays well with others – Western red cedar is resin and pitch free, meaning it will stain very well and it is readily available in all sizes and shapes.
It is an Eco-Friendly wood– Unlike some other building products like brick, concrete or other synthetic materials cedar will not generate greenhouse gasses and it is a renewable (if sourced from sustainable managed forests), biodegradable product.
By using real cedar for this doghouse it actually reduces the amount of Co2 (Greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere. During the growing stages, young cedar trees absorb and hold Co2. This Co2 is maintained even through cutting and manufacturing.
Allowing the trees to grow though out their lifespan and become old, as they begin to age and break down, that previously absorbed Co2 begins to release back out into the air.
Won’t Any Cedar Work Just As Well?
What makes western red cedar unique is the tannin oils that throughout the wood, meaning it doesn’t require the high maintenance like other cedars such as the cheaper white or yellow cedar wood.
All wood requires some type of care but the western red will stand up to the elements much longer, a simple application once a year with a wood sealer will ensure your doghouse will last a long time.
Okay I want a new dog house but what size do I need? There are several obvious considerations when selecting the right size house for your dog. You will need to consider the height of your dog for the door opening; they need to clear the door when they enter, however it is wise to have the entry as small as possible to help retain heat in the winter or to keep the house cooler in the summer.
So if the entry is approximately three fourths of the length (shoulder to ground) of your dog they can enter comfortably. However this is a guideline you know your dog better than anyone. If your dog is elderly “ducking” (as most dogs do while entering a door) may be difficult and should be taken into consideration.
The next consideration is the width and the length for your dog, again breeds vary as does each dog. Your dog needs to be able to enter the dog house and turn around. Is your dog (gasp) overweight? If so that needs to be taken into consideration.
A guideline that can be used is not having the house more than 25% bigger than your dog. So if your dog is 20 inches in length (nose to flank not including tail) then you may consider a house 25 inches in length & 25 inches in width or a little larger. Again this is a guideline.
If you are in a warm climate year round having the house a bit larger is not a problem. On the other hand an oversized house in a harsh winter climate is going to be hard to retain heat. If you can’t decide, or if you think your dog is in-between sizes it is wise to go to the next size larger, look at it this way if you were buying a mattress would you want your feet hanging over the end?
Next consideration is the height of the dog house.
The 25% guideline applies here as well so if your dog stands 20 inches from head to toes your house should be approximately 25 inches tall or a little larger. It is not a problem if the height is more than 25% as long as it does not exceed 50% of your dog’s height.
So there you have some guidelines, if you are still confused watch your dog and the next time they are stretched out on the floor take note of the space they need to be comfortable get a tape measure and measure that area.
Most gardening enthusiasts may like the idea of having their own greenhouse in their backyard; however purchasing one can be a challenge if you are gardening on a budget. This post is a How To – Build Cheap Easy Greenhouses.
Did you know you can make small greenhouses from everyday items around the house? Some of these items are old windows or even empty plastic soda bottles, to name but a few.
For some fantastic ideas for creating a diy greenhouse with everyday items go to this page for several different options, you can copy these plans or they may give you some of your own ideas.
One of the first factors you will need to consider is what size you want to start with, if it is your first greenhouse it might be wise to start small and then expand once you know you are going to enjoy the entire process.
You may want a large unit but the larger it is the more time it will take to maintain and harvest your plants. Also you will need to decide if you want to do it year round.
The next item on your greenhouse list is what you want to grow; will it be vegetables, flowers, other plants or all of the above? The type of plants you want will determine the space you will need plus the time it will require on your part.
The next element is placement, do you have enough space? If space is not a concern then the next order of business is the greenhouse orientation, because you will want as much sunlight as possible.
Once you have figured out your growing goals and figured out the size you desire then it is time to put together a materials list you too can Build Cheap Easy Greenhouses.
First what is it and what does it do?
Your DIY Calming Glitter Jar is designed to represent your mind and the glitter is your feelings or thoughts.
Our minds are going all the time and often are filled with clutter because of our visual environment and our social activities or perhaps our work environment, regardless you mind is trying to process it all.
Your mind can get cluttered just like your house or garage and sometimes you need to figure out a way to slow everything down and relax, this is where the glitter jar comes into play.
The glitter jar with its circling glitter is designed to calm our minds and allow for clarity, because before you can have clarity the mind must be calmed down, the same process as meditation.
By focusing on the floating glitter as it sinks to the bottom of the jar we become more aware of ourselves and our surroundings.
When we do this we can change how we may be processing particular feelings especially if they are negative and making us feel depressed or overwhelmed.
The glitter jar is not sensitive to gender or age it will work for anyone, simply shake the jar and breathe easy.
To learn how you can make your own jar with step by step instructions and a complete materials list browse this page!
In fact just the process of making the calming jar can be start to clearing your mind, focusing on something rather than your problems can be very healing!
So gather all the materials from the list provided and start your DIY project today and learn how you can relax and clear your mind of negativity and clutter.
It is a great project to do with your children!