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The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

The Greater Purpose of Repurposing

Since this recycling project was designed and built based on the materials I had on hand – and it’s something I’m sure most of you don’t need – I’m treating it more as a philosophical exercise in creative problem solving than a how-to project. The ‘project’ in this case is a roadside garbage box – […]

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Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

Stonehaven’s Bow-Roof Greenhouse

My previous post – The Recycling Cycle – paid tribute to our former greenhouse as an inspirational example of a DIY project made with mostly recycled materials. Today I’ll share the history of how it came to live at Stonehaven. We called it "The Greenhouse" – but it really served us more as a storage […]

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The Recycling Cycle

The Recycling Cycle

Stonehaven’s Greenhouse – our most unusual and useful landmark – is gone. R.I.P. Even though it outlived its life expectancy by nearly a decade, we knew it was becoming more vulnerable with each passing year. The winter winds of 2012-2013 struck the fatal blow to our beloved greenhouse – built from mostly recycled and repurposed […]

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Don’t Throw That Out!

Don’t Throw That Out!

I have a friend who’s a retired beekeeper and all-around do-it-yourselfer. Having grown up on a farm and worked in the home renovation business, he’s often said to me, "Don’t throw anything out. Ever." While there are a lot exceptions I can think of to his blanket statement, the underlying truth is, we can’t always […]

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The Future Looks Good for the Jack of all Trades

The Future Looks Good for the Jack of all Trades

Who’s more likely to paint their own living room – a ballet dancer or an accountant? I don’t know the answer – but I think it’s an interesting question. I watched a great TED Talk video the other day presented by Sir Ken Robinson that asks the question – “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” It started […]

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Earthships: Sustainable & Self-Sufficient Living

Earthships: Sustainable & Self-Sufficient Living

These odd-looking houses are not for everyone, but they offer a remarkably sustainable solution to counter climate change, recycle materials, reduce energy needs, manage scarce water resources and feed our families. Earthship creator and Architect, Mike Reynolds, has been refining and adapting his sustainable building techniques for over 40 years. He calls it "Biotecture" – […]

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