Sep 27, 2010

The Back Yard of Grandfather’s House

My grandfather’s house in Ciamis, West Java, Indonesia has huge yard around it. On the back yard, there is a rice field and a wooden shelter. My aunties who live there never buy rice for their daily meals. It’s one of the reasons why I love wandering the yard every time I visit the house. I and my husband love sitting inside the shelter and seeing the rice fields.


Sep 24, 2010

A Letter Box

When embarking on a round of home improvement, don’t forget the humble letterbox. The following box has three separate storage areas; you can simplify this design and use the same construction principles. For example, the roof could be left off or shingled, the columns omitted or the bottom removed. Western red cedar is the best basic material.

The structure is simply two boxes standing one on top of the other. The ceiling is beveled to allow the roof to meet it. The roof can be made with a butt joint or mitred, as shown. The whole box is fixed to a masonry column with galvanized metal brackets. Alternatively, mount the box on 100 x 100mm timber post or galvanized metal pipe that has a collar attached.

Sep 20, 2010

Playing with Balls

I captured these moments when I visited Petuguran Dam in my husband’s home town. During the Eid ul-fitr vacation times, around the area, there are held some games spots. One of them is this ball playing game. We call it ‘mandi bola’ or ‘having a bath with ball’ game. A sweet little girl attracted my attention with her funny acts. Children looked so happy with the balls!


Sep 18, 2010

A Guest Room

I’ve just came back from my Father in Law’s home (Bumiayu, Central Java, Indonesia). The house is an old one; built in 1918. I and my husband captured several spots in the house; one of them is this guest room.

Sep 17, 2010

Bathroom Bench

Do you wish you had a bench you could sit on while you dry your feet or put your socks on? Here’s a simple solution which could be fitted into a bathroom as well as a cabana or swimming pool change room. It’s ideal when space is at a premium.
This bench consists of nothing more than two angle brackets fixed to the wall, and a slatted seat which is fixed to the top. Simply enlarge the dimensions if you have sufficient room. The timber should be Oregon or Tasmanian oak. Both are strong and ideal for withstanding the moisture that builds up in bathrooms.
source: Easy Home Project

Sep 7, 2010

Flat-Roofed Carport

A car is, after your house, probably the most costly investment you’ll ever make. Like a house, it can quickly deteriorate if it’s not looked after. With the changeable weather condition, some form of shelter is essential. If you can’t afford a garage, consider constructing a carport.

Here are several forms of carports, for your inspiration:

Source:Easy Home Projects

Sep 4, 2010

Cycling Tailor

I’m not good with sewing things. Fortunately, there is a tailor man who always helps me. The good thing is, you can call him to come to your home!

Sep 2, 2010

Installing a Skylight

A skylight is a fantastic way to let light and heat into dreary rooms. It’s suitable for a roof with a pitch between 15 and 85’’. This is a fixed unit, not to be confused with a roof-mounted window which can be opened.

Putting in a skylight, especially if the ceiling follows the slope of the roof, is not beyond the capability of the average do-it-yourselfer.

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