Plastics Buildings for the Homeless ?

CaptureRecently, I came across this video which in short highlights an initiative to provide housing for homeless in Columbia by building 430sqft structures out of recycled plastic!

At a glance, it is a brilliant altruistic idea that has a lot of potential in helping an array of housing and environmental issues present in almost every country. This not only includes populations that are homeless, but those that may have been displaced due to naturally occurring disasters, social/political strife, war, or those areas which are experiencing shortages of material or an abundance of trash. The process demonstrated in the video appears simple enough:

Collect plastics (bottles, containers, etc.) → mill them down → melt and mold into bricks → stack via tongue and groove.

Capture 2On a more critical note, I still harbor some questions about it:

  • The structural stability of these houses
  • The lifespan of the material ( how it will degrade and affect the environment)
  • Potential hazardous health effects from long-term exposure to the plastics and additives
  • Large-scale  feasibility for a large issue

What are your thoughts on utilizing this material? I would also love to hear  if you know more about the specifics of this project?

New apartment for my new future

I’m excited to announce that I will be moving across country to go to graduate school in a few months. The only downside is that I’ve been stuck with renting an apartment that is well… less than ideal.  A few problems I think that I will encounter are:

1) Poor lighting

2) Old boring appliances

3) Small Living room

4) Odd “L’ shaped bathroom

5) Selecting a good color scheme for each room ( can’t paint tho 😦 )

Me being an aspiring designer, I have it in my mind to try and pre-plan a few things before I arrive in the space and document the journey. I have a some design ideas jotted down but I would love to get your input. So, over the next three months I plan to post polls, pictures, and when I arrive share with you the before and afters as of now.

As of now here is a picture of what I will be working with as well as the floor plan. Comment and let me know what you think!





Dime Saver DYI: Series 2

Hey all just wanted to share some of my favorite natural homemade products that all surprise me in how great they work! Get on this!!

All Purpose House cleanser

two tablespoons vinegar

one teaspoon borax

hot water

Dishes- Stuck on grease 
rub a fabric softener sheet on trouble area
If still sticking let soak with it

Revive burn out pots and pans
Let stand 10 minutes
Rub out with cloth
Repeat if necessary

Facial Mask
 2 egg whites
mix two ingredients together then apply to face and leave on for 10 minutes.

Hair Products
Cleansing and Detangling Shampoo
Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water
Add lavender extract for smell

Deep Conditioner
1 Avocado
1 Banana or banana baby food
1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 tbsp vitamin e oil

raw shea butter
mixed with 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
Natural Hair Lightener
Lemon juice
+ Conditioner of Choice

Dime Saver DYI: Series 1

Design aspirations know no budget but your bank account does! That is why I  have decided to start posting some of my favorite DYI projects that can help you satiate your need for change without you having to spend your last dime. Need not be put off!

The first DYI is one I found many years ago. My mother wanted new granite countertops in the kitchen but couldn’t afford so I tried this out on her laminate! Before your begin I suggest trying out different techniques on a piece of project paper (you know the kinds kids use for school presentations) this way if you don’t like your colors you didn’t risk everything.
I guess that what I’ve been doing other people have thought of as well so if your a visual learner here’s a CBS video I found that shows you the basic process. Take a look!

Materials Needed:

Faux granite kit or

Three paint colors ( I used cream, brown, and lighter warmer brown)



Paint roller
Foam brush
Old towel
Sponges (different textures)
Work or rubber gloves
Masking tape
Fine-grit sandpaper
Wood or plastic filler

Prep Work: Tape off any surfaces.

1) Sand down the surface. The purpose of this is to take of any protective layer on the formica or laminate. Second is to provide track for the primer to grip.

2) Wipe clean of dust. You don’t want weird clumps in your final product.

3) Prime. Use the larger brush or roller. You can use any multi-purpose primer and if there are any minor damages (we had a burn mark that left a dent) just fill it in with the plastic filler or coats of primer and sand down to even out surface. Now let it dry!

4) Sponge on color from lightest to darkest, occasionally going back over with a lighter color. Use separate sponges for each color. Let it dry.

Tip: Decide on the look your going for by referencing a picture or going to Lowes or Home Depot and taking a sample back with you. While I recommend using more spontaneous gestures to create a natural look, this reference will help you keep on track.

5) 3-4 coats  of polyurethane.

6) Sand again to smoothen.