Solar Electric Bonsai Tree for the Home

Here’s an update to an old article about a tree-shaped charger powered by solar energy. Vivien Muller’s Electree+ is on Kickstarter seeking to raise $200,000 to mass-produce these little home/office gadgets here in the USA. The new prototype will be made with an 14,000 mAh internal battery, 27 amorphous silicon solar cells (each about 3.7 inches), and an easy-to-assemble tree structure that can be customized. In case you’re interested, the early bird gets in at the ground level for ~$199.00.

[+] More about the solar bonsai tree called electree+.

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Disney House Prefab in Joshua Tree

As mentioned earlier this week, a new Blu Homes prefab will open for tours this weekend, September 15-16, 2012, in Joshua Tree, California.  The home was built for Tim Disney with two Origin units and a separate guest unit.  Each Origin unit, to give you a ballpark on the value of a home like this, starts at $135,000 in California, according to information on the Blu Homes website.

One of the things about off-site fabrication is that it enables the construction of homes in places where homes may not have been built in the past, whether for reasons of cost or otherwise.  A prefab in Joshua Tree, for example, can be built almost entirely by available professionals in Vallejo for less cost.

But finding available land is still a tough nut to crack for most.  Cheap land usually has challenges, and infill land is hard to find without deconstruction.  A Blu Homes representative told me about 80% of their customers want a green prefab but they have no land.  That puts the Blu Homes’ land search partnership with Redfin in perspective.

For customers that can find a parcel, Blu Homes solidified its position as best of class.  The other day, the company announced a new round of funding led by Netherlands-based Skagen Group.  Blu now has a total of $69 million under investment since the founding in 2008.  New funds will be used to “[expand] sales and marketing efforts to keep pace with our technology and design innovations,” according to recent statement.

But land and investment aside, if you’re interested in seeing this modern Joshua Tree prefab, register here.  Ace Hotel is providing 15% off when registering by phone with the code “bluhomes.”

[+] Register to visit this desert prefab September 15-16, 2012.

Credits: John Swain Photography.

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Vienna Home Remodeler Announces Winter Offer for Northern Virginia Residents Interested in Finishing Their Basement

Vienna, VA (PRWEB) December 03, 2011

Ideal Construction & Remodeling is an unusual family business. The gene pool blessed this family with a father who is an architect, two brothers with civil engineer licenses, and one brother with a mechanical engineer license who is also a certified building inspector. If that weren?t enough, they all have master degrees in business administration and marketing and 25 years of combined experience.

This talented family works together to offer a wide range of services designed to breathe new life into a living space with budget-friendly rates. For winter months, homeowners can take advantage of their great offer of $ 700 off any complete basement finishing.

That makes this the perfect time to take an ugly, unfinished basement and transform it into a beautiful home theater, wet bar, or exercise room. Ideal Construction & Remodeling can help homeowners avoid common pitfalls, give expert advice on positioning walls, pull plans and permits, and provide creative ideas to help design a more functional basement.

?We have the engineering background and experience to deliver the high quality work that our customers deserve,? says Jason Jarrar, general manager and mechanical engineer. ?We know how to work for reasonable prices and within a budget. We do not leave a house unless the customer is happy and satisfied.?

In addition to basement finishing, Ideal Construction & Remodeling offers custom builds, new construction, additions, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, roofing and siding, roofing, decks, interior and exterior painting, commercial remodeling, and handyman services.

For more information about this unique construction and remodeling company, please visit them on the Web.

About Ideal Construction & Remodeling

Ideal Construction & Remodeling is a family owned and operated business with the engineering background, experience, and expertise to deliver the high quality work customers deserve. Their wide range of services includes custom builds, new construction, additions, bathroom and kitchen remodeling, roofing, siding, decks, interior and exterior painting, and handyman services. They serve Fairfax and Loudoun Counties including McLean, Vienna, Arlington, Alexandria, Springfield, Oakton, Great Falls, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Washington D.C. and Falls Church.


Texarkana Roofing Contractor Announces Promotion for Customers interested in Metal Roofing

Texarkana, TX (PRWEB) December 01, 2011

Today, Texarkana-based contractor LMC Metal Roofing announced a special offer to allow both businesses as well as residential consumers to learn more about the benefits of metal roofing. Commercial businesses often use metal roofing because of its durability and low maintenance, but now residential homeowners are discovering all the benefits as well. In fact, the fastest growing segment of metal roofing is the residential roofing market.

LMC Metal Roofing believes so strongly in the quality of metal roofing, they only install and specialize in this type of roofing. With their offer of a free estimate, residents and business owners can see for themselves why the future looks bright for metal roofing.

?What people don?t realize is that metal is not any more expensive than shingles, depending on the roof options the customer chooses and the layout of the roof,? says owner Leon McCauley, who has 15 years experience in the industry. ?A metal roof can last as long as the house it sits on. Metal roofing has a 40 year warranty. Shingles won?t last near that long.?

Consider a few more benefits of metal roofing:

A metal roof is durable and weather resistant. Metal roofs have the highest ratings for fire, wind, and impact resistance.

Metal roofing is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. According to studies conducted by the Cool Metal Roofing Coalition and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, reflective metal roofing materials can save up to 40 percent on summer cooling energy costs.

Many insurance companies, depending on the area, offer up to 25 percent off on homeowners insurance. In addition, a metal roof can increase a home?s resale value.

To learn more about this exceptional company that believes a roof should be installed with the same quality and craftsmanship as their own roof, please visit them on the Web.

About LMC Metal Roofing

LMC Metal Roofing has earned an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, only installs and specializes in metal roofing, and has the experience to do the job right the first time. Fully insured, owner Leon McCauley believes every roof should be installed with the same quality and craftsmanship as the roof he installed on his own home. The company is based in Texarkana and serves Hooks, Nash, Wake Village, New Boston, Dekalb, Atlanta, Queen City, Redwater, Maud, Naples, and Linden, Texas along with Texarkana, Foreman, Ashdown, and Fouke, Arkansas and surrounding areas.