The homely vision of a farm in ones mind is totally up ended when viewing these extraordinary farms whom have cultivated as tourist curiosities due to their one of a kind activities.
Snake Ranch, Australia
This snake farm is one of the largest reptile farms in the world. 15 species of snakes are bred on the farm, most of which are pythons. What makes this reptile farm unique is that the ideal habitats for the snakes have been designed for their residence, these are known as snake nurseries.
Spider Goat Farm, United States
The goats bred on this farm have been genetically modified, being inoculated with the spider gene. This means the goats give milk containing Nephila comaci silk. The silk is separated from the milk and used in products such as fishing line, surgical thread and bullet proof vests.
Black Ivory Coffee Farm, Thailand
Black Ivory is a very expensive coffee, the price for 450gm being close to 500 dollars. on this farm elephants play a key role in the production of the coffee. After the beans are collected they are fed to the elephants and then the elephant dung is cleaned to reveal the peeled coffee beans. This process ensures the coffee to be devoid of bitterness unlike other similar products.
Swansea Biopharm Leech Farm, United Kingdom
This unusual farm does not look like a farm, but rather like a sterile laboratory. Each year the farm supplies about 60000 leeches to health centres and hospitals for medical healing processes.
Armstrong’s Cricket Farm, United States
This farm raises crickets for the purpose of fishing bait. in addition to crickets, other kinds of feeding such as worms are bred. The farm is particularly remarkable for breeding domestic crickets. The farm is open to visitors, being an interesting attraction.
Georgetown Swiftlet Farm, Malaysia
A special breed of birds known as Swiflets are bred on this farm. The purpose for the breeding is unique as it is the birds nests which are the purpose for this absurd farm. The nests are a delicacy served in the world’s best restaurants, used in the famous bird’s nest soup.
10 Things Most People Forget When Building a Garage
There are a lot of things worth keeping in mind when building a shed – and a lot that most people forget.
Download our checklist here to make sure you get everything right & avoid the pitfalls others don’t.
You can also read our list below:
1. You might need more space than you think.
Nobody ever thinks ‘we should have built a smaller garage!’. Extra space is always worth having.
2. Garages are multi-purpose.
You might think that you’re only building a place to store your cars. But garages become more than this. They might become a workshop, a storage area, an entertainment area. Built a garage that can be used for more than just one purpose.
3. Frame strength differs between builders.
This one is major. Cheaper shed builder will use C Section frames, which only have 3 sides and are made of a single sheet of metal.
RHS frames are thicker, have four sides, and are closed off. They are more than twice as sturdy and protect your investment long term.
4. Building permits.
Councils can be picky – even when you just want to build a shed. DIY builders can often get caught.
Check with your local council or get your builder to check. A good builder will already know what needs to be done and can handle the paperwork for you.
5. DIY shed kits aren’t permanent.
Simple DIY shed kits are great, but they aren’t the same kind of investment as proper, quality-built sheds and garages.
DIY sheds are a temporary solution that will last up to 10 years. This might be exactly what you need, or you might be better off looking at a long-lasting investment.
6. Your property value.
This should be central to your considerations: How much will your new garage or shed contribute to the value of your property?
A premium, solid garage or barn can boost your property value, especially if it’s large and well-placed.
7. Ground works.
The ground your building on needs to be prepared, often with a concrete slab.
The best way to manage this is to work with your builder so you get a concrete slab that is ideal for your garage.
8. Time costs.
DIY building can be a great option – particularly if you have free weekends and enjoy building.
But if that’s not for you – you need to consider what your time cost will be. Hiring a professional may cost more, but the time it will save you may prove worthwhile.
Your shed/garage needs to be placed someone on your property that makes sense. Ideally, you will find a place where it looks great, is easy to access and its fits.
Council regulations place limits in where you can build a shed. Many councils limit how close to a fence you can build, while some have other strict conditions.
Check in with your local council or make sure your builder can handle this for you.
5 Shed-Like Homes to Inspire You
- 1. North Carolina Residence.
This stunningly simple home almost looks like an extended shipping container or carport. Resting on large concrete bricks in the forests of North Carolina, the simplicity of the building lends it grace & majesty. The large windows maximise the natural lighting, relying on the dense forest for privacy.
2. 2. London Garden Shed Studio.
This incredible & tiny space was converted from an old garden shed in London. To compensate for the lack of space, a bed is hidden beneath the floor boards. The space is used as an art and living space.
3. 3. Wyoming Barn.
This barn looks old and unassuming – in fact, it’s a recent build made from reclaimed wood. The modest external hides a very luxurious and detailed internal. It also makes fantastic use of its height with a large window onto an expansive panorama of the mountains.
4. 4. 9 Steps.
This beautiful building is tucked away at Mt Buffalo. (We’re biased because we helped build it. More on that here.) This simple structure is, in many ways, a shed. Made from steel with a straightforward layout, the building fits in wonderfully with its surrounds.
The place can be rented for those looking to try out the tree-change lifestyle.
5. 5. The Double Shed, Chile.
This interesting home is comprised of two large shed-like buildings linked by barn-style doors. It’s unique & memorable.
Ready to get a quote for your own liveable shed? Request a consultation here.