Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Coat Hook Board

For the past few weeks I have been involved with the Habitat for Humanity Restore here in London. The idea behind the project was to upcycle odds and ends around the store. I used an old laminated mdf board along with two old scraps of wood and some hooks.  This piece was inspired by the work of Ariele Alaska which you can find here.

Next time I'll try the same technique on a bigger scale. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Pallet Bar/Table

Walking home one day I opted to take a slightly altered route. A walk home can get rather mundane after a few years. When I rounded my new found corner I gazed upon four top notch pallets just waiting to be my next project. I lugged them home awkwardly as my mind raced on what exactly they would become. After spending a week or two gazing through every pallet related DIY project on google images and pinterest I set out to build a new table on the patio that would overlook the fire pit and the rest of the backyard.

The Waste.

The End Product.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Fire Escape

For years the fire escape at my house has been more of a potential threat than any sort of safety precaution.  This made it the main project for a summer work weekend with the guys. It was a simple task. Rip out the old stairs, put in some new supports and cut new steps. After a few hours of working away this is what we got.

So now there is actually a full set of steps... strange feeling. 

Thursday, 24 May 2012

The String Lamp

This project was headed up by my girlfriend Kate. She saw a similar idea on pinterest so we decided to give the string lamp a shot - after all lamps are fantastic creations. After a bit of running around at the Walmart, Home Depot and digging through our closets we gathered the materials needed. 

Using a yogurt or ice cream container (not exactly sure what it was) we traced a circle which would eventually be the bottom open portion of the lamp. If you are trying this I would suggest drawing an additional coin sized circle directly opposite the large section such that the lamp chord has a centered location to come through the top. 

One person dips the string in glue as the other pulls it around the ball without going in the circle traced out earlier. 

Let that dry overnight and then liberate your ball/balloon/whatever from its cage. We opted for a ball so we could get a perfect sphere rather than some odd bell like shape you would find in a balloon. 

Once that is done you are nearly there. Simply install  lamp parts through it. We purchased a standard kit from Home Depot but dismantling an old lamp is a great cost effective and simple solution. 

And viola! She is complete. 

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Market/Apartment Design

In one of my urban development courses last semester we were giving the task of designing a structure and running a feasibility study on it. I opted to make a multi use facility featuring a large open market place, office space, apartments, underground parking and green space. Although the project was not financially feasible it was an excellent opportunity to play around with google SketchUp. 

Monday, 14 May 2012

The Patio Overhaul

The patio has been a space in our house that I have been eyeing up for quite some time. Originally it was an old garage but some time in the distant past the roof fell in. It was worked on and the retaining wood was placed so the brick would not fall away anymore. When all that happened is an enigma. Over the past week a lot of junk was removed, converting the patio from a dump to a welcome private patio. We also managed to salvage a fairly nice outdoor table set before it was sent off to the landfill.  Finally it's a place worth inhabiting. 

A Mexican Fiesta to celebrate!

Underneath the patio is a small space that we use to store bikes, ladders, lawnmowers, etc. It had a small shack-like entrance to it that served no real purpose other than an eyesore. It was demo time :) 

The original door was taken off and cut down to fit the opening of the actual crawlspace. And the best part you ask?

A lock to keep out pesky bike thieves. Curse them and their mothers!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Mason Jars

I spent a few days at home after finishing exams and dug through my very cluttered unorganized garage. I managed to pick out this table of gems. For most things I wasn't quite sure what I would use them for just yet, except the mason jars. I decided to move my ever growing international sand collection (yes i collect sand) into them. 

(I have more sand, I swear)