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Bathroom Design Principles

From minimalism to maximalism and from classic to contemporary, there are plenty of different ways to design your bathroom. But whatever your design preference might be, it still requires careful planning to make most of the space available. In this post we’ll explore the two main bathroom design principles you need to know before planning your design. DESIGN PRINCIPLES The bathroom layout is affected mainly by two things; existing plumbing

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Tree House Design – Part II

Having covered a lot of the preparation topics – like tree selection and fixings – in the Part I, let’s pick up where we left off and continue with the rest of the tree house. In this post we’ll look at how to design a tree house pod, as shown Figure 1 below. This includes the basics of platform design, flooring, wall construction, cladding and roofing. DESIGN INTENT First and foremost,

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Tree House Design – Part I

Designing and building a proper tree house is definitely one of the things on my bucket list. I mean, who wouldn’t want to live in a tree house similar to those inhabited by Ewoks in Star Wars? Inspired by these furry little guys, this post kicks off a two-part series discovering that magical world. No, not the Ewoks, but the world of tree houses. In this first part we’ll look at

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How To Design a Contemporary Garden

This post isn’t about garden plants. With that being said, let me tell you what it is about. The aim of this post is to provide you with a basic understanding of some of the design principles involved in contemporary garden design. The focus being on the hard landscaping aspects – that’s the non-living objects. First, we’ll start by learning some of  the most commonly used design theories. Once we’ve

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Kitchen Design Principles

The kitchen is where the magic happens. It’s not only where we cook, but where we entertain friends and family, start our mornings and where we relax after a long day and our dinner. So given the importance of the kitchen, it should be designed and made to suit your specific needs. In this post we’ll discover the two main kitchen design principles that will help you design a more efficient

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How To Design a Cantilevered Staircase

Staircases are a lot of fun. That is, even though the design process is strictly regulated by the building code, it can be the perfect opportunity to flex your creative muscles. But how exactly do you design a cantilevered staircase? How do the stairs stay in place? And what do you need to take into consideration during the design phase? We’ll tackle these questions by first having a look at the relevant building regulations,

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“A house that has a library in it has a soul”

Although the quote itself supposedly never appeared in Plato’s writing, it does have a point though. Having a library room can provide that perfect place to slow down and disconnect yourself from the outside world. In this tutorial we’ll look at how to design such a space. The example we’re using is shown in Figure 1 below. It’s all about the books here, so features include floor-to-ceiling MDF bookshelves and a cosy build-in bed where you can

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