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Results found for "green"

  • Poor Livingroom, This is our living room ... It is put together with hand me downs yard sale finds and dollar store goodies. But nothing seems to work... I hate it! It looks like a yard sale in my living room :o(..really could use some help, Living Rooms Design

    Poor Livingroom

    7 photos, 928 Views, Flag

  • Master Bedroom, My husband has transformed this room into our very own hotel suite., Bedrooms Design

    Master Bedroom

    10 photos, 1,801 Views, Flag

  • lush garden in London-Spring 2011, Gardens Design

    lush garden in London-...

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  • My Garden in May, Its late spring/early summer in London and plants have really accelerated. The first of the summer blossoms have just started to appear and the welcome hum and buzz of bees and insects has returned, some how the garden doesn't seems alive with out it. The foliage has become lush and intense in colour and bare earth is almost  filled up. When you walk through the paths the plants caress you, demanding your attention and seems like soon I will be needing a machete to walk through the paths. I absolutely love this time of the year, knowing that this is just the beginning and things will be getting much better., Gardens Design

    My Garden in May

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  • Affordable Sustainable Homes Project, Here are our preliminary Google SketchUp designs.  Of a simple solar heated home, with passive and active geo thermal cooling features.  Since solar space heating panels are computed to harness nearly 6 times more energy.  Than the same size solar electrical panel, or same wind capture area (aperture) of a residential wind generator.  While being affordable.  We elected on building this kind of energy into homes.  And so, the renewable energy features are part of the home.  And are covered in the home owner loan.

True some of our features are experimental.  But we have considered some design features that deal with certain problems that arise in highly insulated homes.  And so, believe we have the best engineering concepts for building sustainable communities.  Since our concepts are based upon ideas that have been tried before.  And have been Measured and Verified by research through US DOE projects.

Our concept of this basic model layout has evolved through development.  And so, looks pretty much the same.  But we do have some models to add to this collection.

The Google SketchUp software that we use.  Contains the NREL OpenStudio plugin.  That connects SketchUp with the US DOE analysis software EnergyPlus.  Which allows us to analyze various energy zone attributes that we apply to the SketchUp models.  In addition we have used Solar2 solar Btu and shading software.  To compute the solar heat input of our solar space heating panels and south facing windows.

Heating And Cooling Of The Green Workshop

76' x 36' ~ 2736 f^2 for areas where the cost averages $200 f^2 the cost for construction is around $547,200.00.  Price varies with a design that uses a crawl space or basement; which adds additional cost depending upon the basement contractor in your area.

Given an average Whole Building Envelope R Factor of R 21 for our intended design, as the target R Factor.  With an envelope surface area of 4528 f^2 for the ground level floor space.  We have a Btu/h/degree F loss factor of 215.62 Btu/h/degree F.  And given our lowest average winter time temperature of 9 F.  With an intended interior temperature of 74 F.  We would need 14,015 Btu/hour to heat the building when it is 9 F.  Which is 4106.5 watts ~ 4.11 kWh.

To help with the greatest year round energy requirement of winter heating.  We can use at minimum 4 solar space heating panels.  To help provide this heat.  If we have a nice sunny day, though it is freezing cold outside.  However since it can be partly cloudy.  We might want to consider using 6 solar space heating panels for our green building design.  With the panels being thermostatically controlled so that will will not be over heating the building.  Since we will also have some large window surfaces on the south facing side of the building.  That allows the sun to heat those rooms on that side.  As well as interior solar heated mass features.

Now it takes less energy to cool a building in the summer than to heat it.  And so, our building envelope being highly insulated as compared to standard buildings.  Does improve the blocking of solar heat gain from the outside in the summer.  But it also retains interior heat better.  And so heat gain from home appliances needs to be dealt with.  And hence to provide some energy enhancements in the summer time.  We can remove some of the heat by using cold geo thermal mass in the basement.  To ***** the heat up via the 2cd Law of Thermodynamics.  And so we can deal with sensible heat gain in this manner.  Yet to deal with latent heat we need to have a energy efficient central air conditioner to remove the moisture from the interior air.  However we can remove several kilowatts of heat from the air conditioner's daily load.  Using low energy means coupled with (renewable) cold geo thermal mass energy.  And fans or blowers rated under 100 watts.  For which two small solar panels can supply most of the energy.

Most people would think that their greatest home energy need is for electricity. However the greatest year round energy demand is for winter time heating.  And so, before we can do such a thing as design a Net Zero Building.  We have to design in the means to address the greatest energy need., Home Exterior Design

    Affordable Sustainabl...

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  • When you have that ugly paneling, My home has paneling through out the whole house. I could not afford to tear it down so I had to come up with another solution.. I got the idea of taking dry wall compound you use for sheet rock.. It was very time consuming and messy but so well worth it.. Don't be afraid to tackle the job if you have the time and you are willing to deal with the dust.. As for the painted paneling, just always prime before you paint... , Living Rooms Design

    When you have that ugl...

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  • My Squirrel Haven, This is my beautiful back yard... I have no idea what the concrete side walk is for.. it was there when I purchased the house...I need some ideas that will not cost a fortune.... help me please.. the squirrels are taking over...., Yards Design

    My Squirrel Haven

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  • Bright Green Twin Boys Nursery, Bright, fun, "not your typical" nursery for twin boys with adjacent walk-in closet, Nurseries Design

    Bright Green Twin Bo...

    17 photos, 5,075 Views, Flag

  • May and its lushness, Come mid May and the garden takes on a whole new persona, it becomes a completely different place. Bare earth is replaced by lush, undulating foliage which is fresh, vibrant and unblemished. you know the leaves have never been seen before.
May is when things really begin to accelerate and changes are noticed by the hour, always a new flower in bloom. May and June as whole, I refer them to as froth season masses of flowers every where. But in my garden, because it so heavily relies on foliage colour and texture so not much flowers are to be seen now but a little latter on. My first show stopper of the season is my wisteria, absolutely dripping in blooms.Knowing that this is just the beginning and  better is yet to come then May is the time when you just celebrate. :), Gardens Design

    May and its lushness

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  • Missing summers already!!!, The summer of 2011 was such a great gardening year, a surprisingly long gardening season we had in London. I still have masses of fuchsias and begonias blooming and the cannas are still vibrant. These  were some of the random pics lying around in my folder, I thought I might as well upload them.
I have revised some planting schemes and added more colourful foliage and texture which I will upload next year in end of March and beginning of April. For me flowers are always a second thought. I cannot wait to see what next year will bring, I just hope the winters are kinder this year., Gardens Design

    Missing summers alre...

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  • Bright Pink and Lime Floral Nursery, Baby girl nursery with bright pink, lime, and turquoise in happy floral theme with little garden bug accents.  Also incorporates Fisher Price Rainforest accessories.

From early on, I knew I didn't want a traditional pale pink girl nursery.  I wanted something happy and bright.  
I really wanted to do lime and turquoise and ideally I was hoping to do it in florals, but most of the sets I found were very boyish.  I actually ordered 3 crib sets and sent them back before I found one that had the right shades and colors that I was looking for.  From there, I searched for coordinating fabrics and accessories to personalize the space and really tie my colors together.  It ended up including pink after all, but a very bright happy pink which fit nicely with what I had in mind.

I spent $1,000 on the furniture and about another $500 in paint and decor.  But my parents bought a few things for the room and my best friend paid for the custom made window treatments and a few other things.  So in total, we probably have about $2,000-$2,200 in the room.

She's 7 months old now and LOVES her room!  She's loves looking around at all the bright colors and accessories., Nurseries Design

    Bright Pink and Lime ...

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  • Pink and Green Nursery, This is my daughters pink and green nursery.  For more pictures and to follow along with all of our updates, visit our blog:

Thanks for looking!, Girls' Rooms Design

    Pink and Green Nurser...

    7 photos, 4,151 Views, Flag

  • spring 2013 springs into action, What a cruel, harsh, odd and a seemingly never ending winter this has been. The winter just did not want to shift.
I live near central London and the winters here are generally very mild and spring also makes an early arrival here. This year however, it has been very different. Spring has been very late. We did receive a couple of weeks of slightly warmer days in early march, coaxing the plants into a little growth. Optimism set in.  As I was beginning to celebrate the season's coming, the weather shifted. Cold winds and harsh frost returned, as if the garden had gone into a second hibernation. The plants were like in a suspended animation, poised waiting for the right moment ready to grow. 
 But when winter loosened its grip and the weather warmed up, everything exploded into life. 
 I have been craving for some bright and bold colours in the garden all winter and when spring arrived, I got bag loads more than what I anticipated for.
 Now the sun is shinning and the flowers are blooming and I'M smiling. Enjoy the pictures everyone!
, Gardens Design

    spring 2013 springs in...

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  • Dressed to Entertain, I re-painted the dining room in 06 This is one of our favorite rooms in the house. I still haven't decided what to do with the wood work. , Dining Rooms Design

    Dressed to Entertain

    10 photos, 4,062 Views, Flag

  • Glorious Summer ( revisited ), Gardens Design

    Glorious Summer ( rev...

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  • Late Spring early Summer, what a wonderful time of year this is. There's the freshness and exuberance of spring yet fullness of summer. It seems as if the garden has been preparing all year for this very moment. You really cant believe how the garden has changed at this time of year, a change that really has an impact. Growth is at its optimum until the summer heat kicks in. The fresh green growth really brings out the colours of the flowers I think.
, Gardens Design

    Late Spring early Sum...

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  • Early Summer 2012, June brings a promise of abundant blooms. The pictures uploaded in this file are mostly plants just about to break from bud or have just started to flower. Just a teaser of what is to come in a few weeks time. I will be uploading  the pictures of all aspects of the garden once majority of the plants of this season are in full bloom., Gardens Design

    Early Summer 2012

    20 photos, 2,879 Views, Flag

  • garden update (SUMMER 2012), Was generally  pottering about in the garden  early on a Sunday morning and could not resist taking some random snaps., Gardens Design

    garden update (SUMM...

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