- 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.
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Common Foods That Grow In Surprising Ways
It is a common belief that pineapples grow on trees, however this plant is in fact a herbaceous perennial. It has soft leaves and no steam resembling that of a palm. The pineapple is of the same family as air plants. The fruit only grows after the plant is old enough to flower, which takes 2 or 3 years. The pineapple grows out of the center of the plant and is actually a berry!
Chocolate comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. The seeds are roasted and fermented before they can be used with other products to make chocolate.
Vanilla is grown in an orchard like other fruits however it is not grown in many areas of the world. The reason for this is that the bee that can naturally pollinate vanilla is only found in Mexico and Central America. It can be grown elsewhere if it is hand pollinated but vanilla still remains expensive due to this.
Asparagus is grown out of the ground, each stalk emerges from the ground separately. It is a perennial plant, which means that it grows back year after year even when you cut it if the conditions are right. If the asparagus is left too long it will flower and get taller growing leaves and berries that are toxic.
Cashews grow on trees like many other nuts. However the cashew nut is encased in a shell at the base of the cashew fruit which is known as a cashew apple. The apple can be turned into jellies and is also distilled into liquor.
Peanuts are in fact legumes like lima and kidney beans. They grow in the ground and are dug out as you can see in this picture.
Coffee comes from a seed that is encased in a red coloured cherry fruit and is called the coffee cherry. Mostly people ignore the fruit that comes with the coffee seed but it is able to be brewed into tea.
Artichokes are part of the same family as thistles, the part that we eat is the flower before it has bloomed. It will hang in the middle of a cluster of small flowers.
Chickpeas are unlike other peas which grow in a pod with several other seeds. These peas do grow in pods however there is only one chickpea within the pod.
Capers are similar to artichokes in the fact that they are actually edible flower buds that are picked before their bloom and pickled.
Brussel Sprouts are part of the same family as cabbages which is no surprise, but they grow on a fibrous stalk clustered tightly together.