Beer Bricks: Raise a toast to this noble but failed idea
In the 1960s, Alfred Henry Heineken, grandson of the eponymous brewery’s founder, decided his company should do something to help combat world poverty, and the housing shortage in underdeveloped countries in particular.
His solution? Make beer bottles that could be used as bricks. The specially designed “World Bottles,” or WOBO for short, came in two sizes: 500 ml and 350 ml. The neck of each WOBO was designed to fit snuggly into a recess at the bottom of another. The 500 ml bottles were the size of a standard brick while the smaller bottles were half-bricks. It took about 1,000 bottles to build a 10 x 10 structure.
About 100,000 of the bottles were produced and a couple prototype buildings constructed on the grounds of the Heineken family estate near Amsterdam, but the concept never caught on. Our guess is that the masons got too drunk trying to keep supplies on hand to build any more.
Would you want to live next door to the Flintstones? Apparently, residents of Hillsborough, Calif., have decided they would not. They're suing the owner of the local "Flintstone House" to stop, um, enhancing the décor.
For years, ceramic tile artist Cristina Delago has been installing tiles outdoors.
Choosing exterior materials has never been an easy task for either homeowners or contractors.
Life in the big city wouldn't be the same without our critters.
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While doing some interior renovations at a client's home a few years back, I noticed a significant sag in the centre of the garage roof. My curiosity got the best of me so I grabbed a ladder, lifted the attic access lid, and got the shock of my life.
The new Canadian aging-in-place specialist program is launching this fall.
More and more, builders, contractors, and construction companies are relying on rental equipment to meet short-term project demands, manage costs, and stay on schedule.
This video of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology HRP-5P shows the robot lifting a sheet of drywall into place and screwing it in.
We are the market leader in the manufacturing of skylights and roof windows. It is a result of our intense focus on creating the best quality, most energy efficient daylighting products available.
SOPRA-CELLULOSE is a thermal and acoustic insulation used in interior and exterior walls, attics, floors and ceilings.
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It will probably come as no surprise that Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology is a world-leader in robotics. This video of their HRP-5P shows the robot lifting a sheet of drywall into place and screwing it in. And here you thought it was only assembly line workers who had to worry about robots taking their jobs.
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Fusion Stone is an easy and budget-friendly way to beautifully upgrade your home, inside and out. A patented Shouldice innovation, Fusion Stone is a thin stone veneer that is easily installed with the included stainless steel clips & screws. You just screw it to the wall and it’s “Hooked for Life”.
HomeStars is a free service to help homeowners find reputable renovators, repairmen and retailers by searching its database of 2 million companies and hundreds of thousands of reviews.
ROCKWOOL insulation is the sustainable way to make an impact on the challenges of climate change, urbanisation, improving people’s health and quality of life, and resource scarcity.
All-electric fireplace showroom and design centre with the largest selection in Toronto and York Region. Combining specialized expertise with over 20 years' interior design experience. On-wall, in-wall, fireboxes, retrofit inserts, mantels, custom cabinetry, stone and brick veneers. Residential and commercial. Trade and volume inquiries always welcome.
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For over 75 years, John Brooks Company has proudly been your Spraying Pumping Filtering Systems Specialists.
Canadian Appliance Source has become the fastest growing provider of Major Home Appliances in Canada for over 10 years, we have grown to include over 13 locations across Ontario & Quebec.
Custom fabrication, marble granite quartz and a boutique showroom that caters to designers, architects, contractors and more! Everyone is welcome!
Saunacore is a world leader in the manufacturing of premium quality sauna and steam bath products. Saunacore manufactures sauna heaters, steam bath generators, far infrared sauna rooms, traditional indoor and outdoor saunas, material liner kits, accessories and much more.
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Created by fusion of exceptional design, superior quartz quality and cutting-edge technology, HansStone Quartz weaves together intriguing patterns and colours inspired by the diverse Canadian landscape.
We've been proudly serving the community for more than 160 years. We deliver natural gas safely and reliably to two million homes and businesses across Ontario. With safety as our ongoing priority, we're committed to making communities better places to live.
Established in 1987, Caesarstone pioneered the original quartz surface and continues to be a leading developer and manufacturer of premium surfaces. Highly functional and design forward, Caesarstone surfaces have endless application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall paneling, furniture and more.
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Union Gas exists to deliver the energy that enhances people's prosperity and quality of life, and has done so for more than 100 years.
More than a kitchen and bath luxury showroom, The Water Closet offers unparalleled service, selection and solutions for all your plumbing and heating needs. Our goal is to be your full-service showroom while “Enhancing the Flow of Life”.
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cobistyle is an attitude about home and lifestyle. When I started cobistyle, I made a promise that I would never add to the marketplace more of the same. I believe your home should reflect your own unique character and make you happy. In order to do that, we need choices to fall in love with! Surround yourself with beauty every day and bring your home to life!
By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last three decades, Annie Sloan is widely recognized as one of the world's most respected experts in paint and colour.
The mission of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute is simple: To plant 2 million trees along and within the communities adjacent to the 401 Highway of Heroes, a tribute to the men and women who fought for Canada in our wars, and a living memorial to the 117,000 who died for freedom.