Stephen Kowalski

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Loft House / Tom Robertson Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Loft Project is a delicate contemporary addition to an existing cottage. The previous living areas …

Rammed Earth Walls Tie This Eco-Friendly Home to the Desert

Spanning a desert wash, a modern residence in Arizona embraces its natural surroundings with minimal impact.<p>When Keith and Becky began planning for their new family home on a lot in Paradise Valley, they worried that the desert wash bisecting the site would severely hamper their design vision.<p>But …

Rammed Earth

116 Best Architecture Books for Architects and Students

Architecture, while a profession that is very visibly and tangibly realized, has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the …

Verizon's 5G Home internet and TV service launches October 1st

300 Mbps+ internet service with no data caps, and it's free for the first three months.<p>Today Verizon announced it's launching "the world's first commercial 5G broadband internet service" on October 1st. 5G Home service uses the next generation wireless technology to offer home internet service …

Mobile Devices

How to Build the Ultimate Overland Adventure Vehicle—For Less Than $10,000

Despite what glossy magazines (including us!) might say, you don’t need to spend a fortune to go on amazing, long-distance off-road adventures. As proof, we built a vehicle that’s as capable as anything out there and that’s peerlessly reliable—for less than $10,000.<p>Overlanding is sort of like …

The Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring 4x4er

How to Buy<p>Step #1? Get the right rig.<p>Wes Siler<p>Wes Siler<p>Jun 19, 2018<p>Wes Siler<p>Wes Siler<p>Jun 19, 2018<p>Want to go off-road? Here are options at $10K, $20K, and $30K.<p>Wes Siler<p>Wes Siler<p>Nov 30, 2017<p>The all-new 2018 Wrangler will be more capable both on- and off-road<p>Wes Siler<p>Wes Siler<p>Oct 5, 2017<p>Roomy, safe, …

Camping

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

A 3-Step Formula for 100%+ Returns From Safe Dividend Payers

Moe Ansari, host of the popular Market Wrap radio show and podcast, asked me on air:<p>“Brett, how do you find dividend paying stocks that will double your money?”<p>He was intrigued enough by my analysis to ask me on his show, but I knew he was a bit skeptical as well. And that’s perfectly normal – even …

The end really is near: a play-by-play of the coming economic collapse

<b>(Getty/Salon)</b><p>Recoveries generally don’t die of old age. So what’s going to kill ours? Five economists call it like they see it<p>Max Cea<p>August 12, 2018 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since June, 2009, the pit of one of the biggest recessions in American history, the U.S. economy has been growing, slowly but steadily. …

Economics

Laird Hamilton’s Insane Workout Could Be Your Ticket To A Sculpted Surfer’s Body

When you look at the impossibly tanned bodies of the super-humans that make a career out of nonchalantly cheating death, getting into their mindset …

Could Computer Algorithms Design the Floor Plans of the Future?

Programmer Joel Simon has created an experimental research project, Evolving Floor Plans, to explore speculative and optimized plan layouts using …

12 Epic Hotels That Take Glamping to the Next Level

When you really want to go camping, but you really don’t have a clue.<p>Have you ever wanted to go on a camping trip but (a) you have no gear, and (b) you’d have no idea what to do with it even if you did? It’s a dilemma faced by many urbanites. The idea of camping sounds utterly magical: beans for …

National Parks

Rammed Earth Modern / Kendle Design Collaborative

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> A modest single story hillside home designed for a family wishing to downsize and simplify. The feel of …

Architects build their own rammed-earth office around existing trees

Paraguay-based design firm Equipo de Arquitectura has created a number of innovative structures, but when it came to constructing their own office …

This Sleek Prefab Can be Built in Just Six Weeks For Under $22K

Formed from the idea that extra space to call your own shouldn't be a hassle to obtain, this tiny prefab can be placed anywhere you desire.<p>The need for space is universal, yet the definition can be quite specific. Sure, we can get it from nature, but if that's too far away at the time, then we can …

Prefab Homes

Wilbur C. Pearce House: Frank Lloyd Wright Southern CA

Wilbur C. Pearce House, 1950<p>This house at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains is made of simple concrete block, with a dramatic, cantilevered roof …

How to set up your speakers, according to professionals

If you recently purchased some new speakers – or bought speakers years ago and haven't quite figured out what to do with them – we've got good news: …

This Budget-Conscious Bamboo House Is a Slice of Paradise

Built for $93,200, this tropical holiday home in Northeast Brazil features a striking, chevron-patterned bamboo exterior.<p>Faced with a budget of €80,000 (approximately $93,200) and a design and construction timeline of just 10 months, Brazilian architecture firm Vilela Florez had their work cut out …

Architecture

5 Tiny Coastal Cottages

1 of 24<p>Cottage 1. New England Classic<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 24<p>Living Room<p>3 of 24<p>Kitchen<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 24<p>Dining Room<p>Advertisement<p>5 of …

The White House

Top 10 Best Serious Compact Digital Cameras 2018

ePHOTOzine has reviewed every serious/advanced compact camera available and here, we reveal the best cameras, based on our in-depth reviews. Below, …

Three Timber Cabins Form a New Zealand Architect's Family Retreat

Architect Cymon Allfrey takes a page from the traditional “bach,” or holiday home, to design this alpine getaway.<p>Inspired by the iconic New Zealand "bach"—a modest holiday home or beach house that rose to popularity in the mid-20th century—Christchurch architect Cymon Allfrey designed his family …

Outdoor Spaces

Jean Genie: A Moto Guzzi Le Mans for Vanguard Clothing

Clothing labels have been leaning on motorcycle iconography to market their goods for decades. Just look at Belstaff—the entire brand is virtually built on the two-wheeled halo effect. It’s usually as basic as hiring in a cool bike for a shoot, but the Dutch menswear label Vanguard has taken it a …

Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to …

How the Bullet Journal stopped me lying to myself

The humble to-do list has been rebranded for millennials. A sceptical Leo Mirani finds himself converted<p>I have known my oldest friend since we were …

British Columbia road trip: the art of getting lost

The best road trips have few set plans. They’re about the thrill of discovery, of not knowing what comes next. Forget detailed itineraries that look like a shopping list. As Kerouac said: “There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars.” That’s my kind of road …

Hiking

Fede House / Unoencinco Arquitectura

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Casa fede is a project that falls within the framework of the program "Pro.cre.ar Bicentenario" …

L4 House

After building several houses in Costa Esmeralda, and captivated as we were by the place, my girlfriend Ekaterina and I set up to project one for …

Living Rooms

4 Conservative Dividend Stocks That Belong in Every Income Investors Portfolio

I mentioned in a <b>recent column</b> that I think we're nearing the end of the current bull market. After all, a big first-half selloff is keeping the …

Arkles Bay Residence / Creative Arch

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> This home in Whangaparaoa is nestled amongst the branches of protected Pohutukawa, looking through …