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The Peace lily & seeing green


The Spathiphyllum-floribundum ©copyright2014owpp

The Spathiphyllum-floribundum
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We are lucky enough to have succeeded in keeping this most exotic plant alive in our home for quite a few years 🙂
I’ll include the photos of its maturation.
I hope you like it, have a good weekend!

Courtesy of Wikipedia.
Spathiphyllum floribundum, snowflower,[2] peace lily,[2] is a flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to northwestern South America from Panama east to Venezuela and south to Peru.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant. The leaves are oval to lanceolate, 12–20 cm long and 5–9 cm broad. The flowers are produced in a spadix, surrounded by a 10–20 cm long, greenish- or yellowish-white spathe.

Perfect shape & texture ©copyright2014owpp

Perfect shape & texture
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Close up ©copyright2014owpp

Close up
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Magical changes ©copyright2014owpp

Magical changes
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Seeing green ;) ©copyright2014owpp

Seeing green 😉
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Shipping container family home: building blocks in Redwoods


The first thought that popped into my mind from such a title was oh no! it’ll look horrific, time wasted but was pleasantly surprised by this ingenious form of housing and the space felt all along. It looks more like modern housing than anything else.
I took the liberty and pleasure to entertain you for a whole 9.33 mn… let me know if it was worth it 🙂

Published on Jul 7, 2013
Kam Kasravi and Connie Dewitt wanted a modern cabin that wouldn’t disrupt the Redwoods on their property. First they considered prefabs, but quickly realized they wouldn’t fit up the narrow road to their land in the Santa Cruz mountains. So they convinced their friend, architect David Fenster, to design them a home made from shipping containers.

Built from recycled cargo containers hand-picked from the Port of Oakland, Six Oaks was built around the footprint of the land. The containers were building blocks that were cut and stacked to fit between Redwoods along a steep grade.

While the home was assembled in 6 hours, it took nearly a year to finish the interior since so much of it was custom. The unique materials meant some unique requirements: instead of carpenters, they used welders; a commercial roofer had to be hired, etc.

Acoording to Connie, it wasn’t “the cheapest way to build”, but It cost about $50 per square foot less than a more conventional custom home.

They didn’t aim to build an extreme home, but the couple feel confident their home will hold up well under extreme conditions- i.e. falling trees, forest fires. Connie jokes that if a tree does fall on the home, “it will get a little dent and we’ll call the auto body shop to fix the house”.

David Fenster, MODULUS architects http://www.modulus.com/modulus.html

*Thanks to Connie and NorCal Construction for the construction time lapse: http://www.norcalconstruction.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/…
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Everywhere accompanying our very step (trees 3) 28.5.2013


Grazing the foot of mountains ©copyright2013owpp

Grazing the foot of mountains
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Everywhere accompanying our very step (trees 3)
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They are everywhere
Grazing the foot of mountains
Bordering a lake, brushing rooftops,
Designing a niche for a lone abode,
Parading on the Champs-Elysées
Or encircling protectively the Eiffel Tower
Harboring those who hurry home from a
Somber season or guarding the slanting
Façade of a historical house.

They are just everywhere
Accompanying our very step…
Around the globe, we swirl and detect
Leaves ablaze with sun’s warm reflection
Or a trunk soaked by forests flavors
After a sudden gush…
Nourishing and being nourished
By earth’s plentiful.

Rooftop's brushes ©opyright2013owpp

Rooftop’s brushes
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Nature's protective niche ©copyright2013owpp

Nature’s protective niche
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Champs Elysées's parade ©copyright2013owpp

Champs Elysées’s parade
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Framing decoratively the Eiffel Tower ©copyright2013owpp

Framing decoratively the Eiffel Tower
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Paris under rain ©copyright2013owpp

Paris under rain
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Slanting façade ©copyright2013owpp

Slanting façade
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