Using seven discarded shipping pallets, avid recycler and designer James Higginson—who previously shared his pallet table project with us—now ups his game with a gorgeous DIY beach bar built on a tiny budget. Check out James’ tutorial on how you can make your own beautiful construction this summer. His step-by-step instructions can found here, and though this project requires some building know-how, it’s also a DIY masterpiece that’s sure to WOW your friends and family!
$60/sq ft is for the Taj Mahal, $30-35 can be expected
Window design company Fakro has developed an innovative skylight that can transform a window into a balcony! With the flip of the window sashes, the panes open out to form a guard rail, creating a small open-air terrace. Met with a slide rail inside, Fakro’s design can transform a room’s architecture without expensive renovations.
BUFORD, Wyo. (AP) — What’s advertised as the smallest town in the United States is scheduled to go up for auction next month.
Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming, is famous for having just one inhabitant, Don Sammons.
Sammons plans to retire from managing his businesses at Buford and move on. The auction is set for noon on April 5.
Buford traces its origins the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and had as many as 2,000 residents before the railroad was rerouted.
Sammons and his family moved from Los Angeles to Buford in 1980. Family members moved away over the years, but Sammons stayed on as sole resident and “mayor” of the unincorporated community. He bought the trading post in 1992 and operated it until last year.
“It was a great life for me and for my family,” he said, adding it would be the same for anyone looking for a unique operation.
Buford sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet and is the highest town along Interstate 80 between New York and California. The area offers impressive views of the Rocky Mountains but is prone to extreme winds and frigid temperatures — even by Wyoming standards.
Foul weather shuts down I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie at least a couple times during a typical winter. Each time that happens, Buford might as well be at the North Pole rather than next to one of the busiest cross-country thoroughfares in the U.S.
Assets up for sale will include a gas station and convenience store, a 1905 schoolhouse that has been used as an office, a cabin, a garage, 10 acres of land, a three-bedroom home, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/z6dCkL ).
Buford has its own ZIP code and post office boxes for people who live nearby.
It’s a business opportunity that also offers a romantic lifestyle, said Amy Bates, chief marketing officer for Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Williams and Williams, which is handling the auction. Bidding will open at $100,000, she said.
“We’re going to have a variety of people attracted to this property, based on what it would mean to them,” Bates said.
If you’ve got a spare $100,000, you could potentially become the owner of a small Wyoming town that’s set to be auctioned off next month by its sole resident.
After more than 30 years of residing in the unincorporated community, town “mayor” Don Sammons says it’s finally time to move on.
“Don, ‘The Mayor’, is retiring after 20 wonderful years in his town,” Sammons writes on the website for his business, the Buford Trading Post, a gas station and store. “This entire, income producing, town is for sale; the house, the Trading Post, the former school house, along with all the history of this very unique place.”
Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie, was first founded in the 1860s and was once home to an estimated 2,000 residents before the Transcontinental Railroad was rerouted.
Sammons moved to Buford with his family in 1980. In 1992, he bought the Buford Trading Post and has continued to preside as Buford’s unofficial “mayor.” Over the years, members of Sammons’ family gradually moved away until he was finally left as the only resident.
“It was a great life for me and for my family,” Sammons, 60, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, adding that selling it on his own wouldn’t do the town justice. “I needed to find someone who is an expert in selling unique and one-of-a-kind items.” Buford, Wyoming’s second-oldest town, was named after a Civil War general.
Along with the above-mentioned items, whoever purchases Buford will also become proprietor of his or her very own ZIP code, 82052.
And while Sammons is Buford’s sole resident, he’s hardly alone out there. Sammons says the trading post is visited by roughly 1,000 customers per day.
A local advertisement for the forthcoming auction, hosted by Oklahoma-based Williams and Williams, describes the sale as follows:
“Unique opportunity to acquire an entire town, along with the Buford Trading post, an income-producing convenience and fuel store. Included in the auction are 10+/- acres of land, five buildings including a 3 bedroom home, United States post office boxes, plow and three vehicles. There is also a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease, and parking area previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches.”
“We’re going to have a variety of people attracted to this property, based on what it would mean to them,” Williams and Williams’ Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bates told the Eagle.
1050 x 40ft containers = 320,000 sq ft
Keetwonen is the name of the biggest container city in the world (we know of no other village of shipping containers of this size: do you?). Living in a converted shipping container was a new concept in the Netherlands when launched by Tempohousing, but the city of Amsterdam took the courageous step to contract Tempohousing to go and realize it. It turned out to be a big success among students in Amsterdam and it is now the second most popular student dormitory offered by the student housing corporation “De Key” (www.dekey.nl) in Amsterdam (and they have many). The initial fears of some people that the container homeswould be too small, too noisy, too cold or too hot, all turned out to be unfounded: : they turned out to be spacious, quiet and well insulated and certainly offer value for money, compared to other student homes in the city.
They also come complete with amenities often missing in other student dormitories: your own bathroom and kitchen, balcony, separate sleeping and study room, large windows that provide daylight and a view and even an automatic ventilation system with variable speeds. The heating is from a central natural gas boiler system. The hot water is supplied by one 50 liter tank per home and a high speed internet connection is included, as well as a central audio phone system for visitors at the main door downstairs. The whole project was designed with an eye on how students like to live: a place for yourself, not having to share the shower and the toilet with strangers, but at the same time lots of possibilities to participate in the social life of the dormitory, including the many parties that come with being a student. The blocks have a closed off internal area for safe bicycle parking.
http://www.tempohousing.com/products/housing-solutions/professor.htmlAlthough the project was initially meant to only stay on this site for 5 years (and to be relocated after that – container homes are ideal for that, you move and you take your house with you!), it is expected that the relocation will be postponed until 2016. The project started at the end of 2005 (first 60 homes commissioned) and was completed mid 2006.