Restroom Maintenance

One of my biggest pet peeve is when the restrooms are not in great working condition.  And why not?  Can you imagine taking a shower at your home with molds around your shower or bath area? Obviously, maintenance is prime.  But other items to consider especially when you’re designing the bathroom are:1. Isolation valves –

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Midday Slump

We all go thru the same thing.  Lack of sleep…  A big lunch…  Weather outside looks dreary…  It’s called a midday slump.  Here are some ideas to get out of the slump.  One of which is… Embrace the slump Have a conversation with a coworker–tell a story Go for a walk–outside Hydrate Clean your desk

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Google Garage

“The environment influences human behavior,” says Frederik Pferdt, Global Program Manager for Innovation and Creativity. “So if you want to encourage creativity, and wild ideas, and moonshot thinking, you should create that exact environment that helps you achieve that.” Source: Go Inside Google Garage, The Collaborative Workspace That Thrives On Crazy, Creative Ideas...

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Pre-Fab “Mobile Home” or Office?

“The prefab can be customized with energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and it can be joined with other units to create a modular LoftCube complex.” “It only takes 5-7 days to set up a LoftCube, and the units can be disassembled in just two days and transported by truck from place to place.” “The luxurious

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Netherland’s Gorgeous 15th Century Church-Turned-Bookstore

The pictures speaks for itself.  Just magnificently re-done. “Two architects, Jos Burger and Wouter Keijzer of BK. Architecten, in charge of the renovation of the old church decided to preserve the atmosphere of the existing place with a spatial intervention that preserves its historical value. The three new floors were placed in the side wing

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Zillow’s Zippy Move

Yes, I remember this move quite well.  And it was completed inspite of the zippy timeline.  I can’t believe that it’s been 10 months since the move.  Congratulations to Owen Santos & the Zillow team! “The pull-out meeting rooms are private but still maintain an open feel.” “The kitchen area can be transformed into a

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Rustic Shelves

I’ve seen this everywhere and they can be expensive.  If you have the time, patience & inclination for a DIY desk project, check this out:   Source:  Design DIY: Industrial Rustic Shelf

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Interactive Door Locks

Check-out some new locking options: August Smart Lock:  “It’s not actually a lock, but a device that fits over your existing lock.”  It uses your smart phone as key by connecting “to your phone via Bluetooth and is controlled through the August app” by unlocking the door for you.  The key feature can be shared

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Leading the Sustainable Way

Imagine a world with all the combined efforts for sustainability – “effective road management, cap and trade, sustainable energy, excellent public transportation, a zero waste program, air quality measurements, intelligent city infrastructure, sustainable communities.”  Each of the countries featured lead the way for hopefully full adaptation of the various efforts in the...

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Office Yoga

It’s important to take breaks.  No matter how “ergonomic” your office set-up is, if you skip the breaks repetitive movements injuries occur – especially if most of your work involves the computer.  Here are some yoga moves to give your body & mind a break. “Benefit: Great to relieve the stress in the lower back

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Home Energy Stats

I think it’s cruel to keep the fish in an aquarium…  An aquarium uses 72 kwh per month!  A swimming pool pump uses 720 kwh per month – better switch that to solar.  And don’t forget to take shorter showers. Source: How Energy Gets Used and Wasted in the Home [Infographic]

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