Micro apartment turned into a family home with transformer furniture

Using transformer units to make the most of the available space in small and micro apartments is not a new idea, but it’s always nice to see new approaches to it. One such is certainly this renovation by Spanish architect Angel Rico who turned a micro, 215 sq ft (20 sq m) apartment into a family home for three. He installed transformable, multi-functional elements and furniture, which makes this apartment much more spacious and comfortable.

The apartment is located right by the ocean, so one of the key considerations was maximizing the view. To achieve this, all the storage spaces, such as the closet, pantry and even the child’s bed have been placed on one side of the tiny space, and hidden inside a wall transformer unit. This wall has more than one layer. A part of it hinges out and reveals many smaller compartments, which are used to store various items to keep them out of the way. The child’s bed can also be hinged down then moved out of the way during the day.

The top of another part of this transformer wall can be unfolded to open up the kitchen, which can also be hidden away when not needed. The fridge is also stored inside this wall. The bathroom is separated from the rest of the space by another hinged wall, which is also a closet. This set up allows the occupants to shower and dress in the same space. Above the bathroom is a loft, which the mother uses to take naps in, since she works late shifts at the local hospital, though they might turn it into a kid’s bedroom eventually.

The living room features a sofa-bed, which is where the parents sleep. They also use this space for entertaining, since it can fit up to 11 guests. This is where they place the extendable table and chairs, which are otherwise hidden in a hatch in the ceiling. The apartment also has a balcony, which works to extend the living space of this micro apartment and makes it appear more spacious.

All in all, these renovations and clever uses of transformer furniture make this apartment appear much more spacious than it is.

Innovative Revolve House Wins This Year’s SMUD Competition

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The so-called SMUD Tiny House Competition is very new, and this year it took place in Sacramento, California. Its main aim is to promote sustainable living and eco-construction of tiny homes. This year, the winning entry was the so-called Revolve House, which was entered into the competition by Santa Clara University. It competed against 9 other California-based college teams and their creations.

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Gorgeous Lamps Made of Reclaimed Wood

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Wood has many uses, from providing heat, furniture and raw building materials, but now it has another one, namely providing illumination. Californian designer Paul Foeckler of Split Grain came up with a beautiful wooden lamp, which would look great in any home. (more…)

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Off-Grid Cabin That Doubles as Ski Slope

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This fun cabin was designed by the architecture firm Vardehaugen of Norway. It can function completely off-the-grid and features a sloping roof that the architects claim can serve as a ski/sledding trail and even a ski jumping slope, though I’m not sure how safe the latter is. (more…)

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The Sensible Approach to Sustainable Housing

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Green technology is amazing. You have heard it all. Green houses, sustainable homes, solar panels, eco-friendly fuel, and so on. All that new green technology (or greentech) is growing in popularity and providing all the necessary tools for us to “save the world”. Green ways of waste disposal, green ways of handling your rubbish, and proper recycling will apparently be enough to do this extreme feat and relieve you of the responsibility of feeling guilty about the planet’s state.

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Gardening for Beginners Infographic

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Gardening for Beginners

Beginning your journey as a gardener may seem like a daunting task, but when you begin you will wonder why you didn’t get started earlier. It really is a fantastic way to spend your time and watching your garden develop thanks to your hard work will give you a real sense of achievement. Moreover, you will get plenty exercise when you’re gardening, and it really does add up if you get out there and do some gardening on a regular basis.

So what do you need to get going? You really only need some very basic tools and these can be used for nearly every gardening job. There are also some basic gardening terms you should be familiar with and you will have heard many of them already. If you are planting in your garden you will need to understand how all plants react to the different seasons. For example, annuals complete their life span in a single season, so you need to know which annuals flourish in which season.

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Knowing when to plant can be tricky but you will get the hang of it quickly enough. A general rule of thumb is that you plant any Spring-flowering bulbs before the end of September, and for delicate Summer-flowering bulbs, planting in early Spring is the best option. When and what to plant will become intuitive with experience.

The process of actually planting the bulbs will require some thought. For sandy soils, you will want to plant a bit deeper, but for heavy clay soils, you need to plant a little shallower.

Controlling weed growth is also an important part of gardening and there are a few things to keep in mind. One great tip to keep weeds at bay is to cover the soil’s surface with a sheet that blocks light and spread mulch over it. Remember that you should be aiming to water the plants and keep as much water away from the weeds as you can!

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Author Bio
Eamon is a landscape specialist at Capital Garden Services. He loves gardening and believes everyone can enjoy the gardening experience.

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